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CEG1706 : Principles of Remote Sensing

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rachel Gaulton
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module introduces students to the physical principles behind satellite and airborne remote sensing techniques and photogrammetry. An understanding is developed of the nature and properties of electromagnetic radiation, characteristics of sensors and platforms and basics of digital image processing. Students will gain an appreciation of the remote sensing workflow for applications within the geosciences and practical exercises allow the opportunity to gain familiarity with remotely sensed data sources and image processing software.

Outline Of Syllabus

Nature of electromagnetic radiation and interactions with the Earth’s surface and atmosphere. Platforms, sensors and resolution. Introduction to photography, radar and laser scanning. Remote sensing data acquisition and processing workflows. Calibration and validation. Digital image processing techniques including image display and enhancement, filtering, pre-processing and classification techniques for thematic mapping.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:3010:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion22:305:00Practical reports - Image Interpretation and classification.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00Image processing and interpretation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study151:0051:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge, understanding and background theory is primarily taught through lectures, supported by practical sessions that build on this understanding and allow the development of skills in image processing and interpretation in more applied contexts.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Closed book
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M30Single coursework submission (classification exercise) 1000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2Mx 3 in-practical quizzes
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A formal examination will be used to assess understanding of theoretical concepts in remote sensing. A practical report will be used to assess competencies in image interpretation and image processing, developed during the linked practical sessions. Formative assessment within practical sessions that are not formally assessed will ensure adequate progress.

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