GISC406-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Remote Sensing for Earth Observation

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course explores the use of data from earth orbiting satellites for monitoring and analyzing the state of the environment from local to regional scales. It provides practical experience in data analysis from a range of earth observation sensors to obtain information on surface properties in 3 dimensions. The derived information can be used for further analysis in Geographic Information Systems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will both be able to take advantages and understand restrictions by using data of earth observation satellites. Students will be able to access free satellite data and undertake simple to medium-complex data analysis tasks making use image analysis software and programming. A full data analysis chain will be designed for an individual research project from planning the data acquisition to the presentation of results in a report.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


RP: GEOG205, GEOG313



Recommended Preparation

GEOG205, GEOG313

Course Coordinator

Wolfgang Rack


Assessment name Weighting Due date (if known)
Lab 1 10%            10%
Lab 2 10%            10%

Lab 3 10%             10%
Lab 4 10%             10%
Lab 5 10%             10%
Lab 6 10%             10%
Project proposal 15%
Data analysis report 25%


Recommended preparation:
GEOG208 or GEOG313

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,054.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.

All GISC406 Occurrences

  • GISC406-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020