GEOG12021 - Remote Sensing of Environment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Remote sensing is one of the most important and widely applied methods for monitoring natural and built environments. Satellite images help society understand the atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic environments of the earth. Information extracted from images may be used in many ways - as a basis for mapping and monitoring changes to features (vegetation communities, soil types, mineral outcrops) and biophysical properties (biomass of forest, crop yields, ozone concentration, soil moisture). Satellite images are often integrated into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and with other spatial data to support environmental management. You will learn the spectral and spatial concepts that underpin multi-band image biophysical classification schemes. You will spend time practicing image acquisition, processing and interpretation steps. Given the continued proliferation of satellite and airborne vehicle acquired images for efficiently monitoring earth processes – remotely sensed image processing skills will increasingly be in demand.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 units of credit

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Case Study 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 23.53% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student satisfaction survey.
Students' feedback suggests the use of the European Space Agency satellite image processing software was problematic due to 'bugs'.
The unit lead will liaise with the European Space Agency software support facility to influence software upgrades of the agency.
Action Taken
Recent European Space Agency image processing software updates have made it more stable.
Source: Student satisfaction survey.
Students' feedback suggests the Moodle site and the assessment regime are engaging and support learning.
The unit lead will maintain the engaging Moodle site and authentic assessment regime.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator maintained the engaging Moodle site and authentic assessment regime.
Source: Student feedback.
Students would seem to be happy with the learning design of GEOG12021.
Maintain current learning design in the short term (into Term 1 2023) for GEOG12021.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the electromagnetic radiation theory behind satellite monitoring of the earth
  2. Create maps of selected earth observation parameters using satellite image processing techniques
  3. Evaluate the limitations of satellite remote sensing image processing for an earth observation application
  4. Explain the concepts of spatial, spectral, radiometric and temporal resolutions of remotely sensed data
  5. Plan a project that requires analysis of remotely sensed data.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Case Study
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Case Study