GISCI 341 : Remote Sensing of Surface Processes

Science

2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Key concepts of geographic information science as applied to earth and environmental sciences. Monitoring, analysis, visualisation and modelling of landscape change for terrestrial and coastal environments, using imagery from satellites, airplanes (LiDAR) and UAVs. Principles and practice of field techniques, including RTK-GPS, LiDAR and UAV piloting will be reviewed with application to catchment management, conservation, natural hazards and civil infrastructure.

Course Overview

This course further develops key concepts of geographic information science as it is applied to earth and environmental sciences, including physical geography. Monitoring, analysis, visualisation and modelling of landscape change is explored for a range of terrestrial and coastal environments, using imagery acquired from satellites, airplanes (LiDAR) and drones (Structure-from-Motion). Principles and practice of field techniques, including RTK-GPS, LiDAR and drone surveying will be reviewed. Application to catchment management, conservation, natural hazards and civil infrastructure are explored in a series of practical laboratory projects. Students will learn to marshal diverse 2D and 3D GIS datasets for analysis and visualisation.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: GISCI 241 Restriction: GEOG 317

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and explain physical principles and concepts underlying common forms of remote sensing (Capability 1 and 4)
  2. Develop expertise in applying remote sensing to assess process rates and spatial patterns of topographic/nearshore change on the landscape (Capability 1 and 5)
  3. Identify and critically assess the needs of solving real world problems in terms of the best data available and data analysis methods (Capability 2 and 3)
  4. Identify, critique and evaluate how a remote sensing data can be formatted, cleaned and imported into a GIS project framework (Capability 1 and 2)
  5. Critically interpret the information provided by the acquisition workflow; visualise/communicate the findings; present elementary model results. (Capability 4 and 5)

Assessments

Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Final Exam 40% Individual Coursework
Laboratories 30% Individual Coursework
Test 10% Individual Coursework
Project 20% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Final Exam
Laboratories
Test
Project

Tuākana

As part of the University-wide Tuākana community, The School of Environment Tuākana Programme aims to provide a welcoming learning environment for, and enhance the success of, all of our Māori and Pacific students. We are led by the principles of tautoko (support) and whanaungatanga (connection), and hope you find a home here at the School. Students who have identified as Māori and/or Pacific will receive an invitation to our online portal introducing the Programme, the resources we have available, and how you can get involved.

Māori and Pacific students are encouraged to contact Sonia Fonua (s.fonua@auckland.ac.nz) or Kimoro Taiepa (kimoro.taiepa@auckland.ac.nz) for information about the Tuākana programme.

Special Requirements

Must complete practical work / compulsory participation.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 2 hours of lectures per week and a weekly 3 hour laboratory. Additional time will be spent on assigned readings and completing assignments and preparing for the Test.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs/tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including labs will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events .
Attendance on campus is required for the test/exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Special advice for Offshore students

This course is available online to students resident offshore. The assessment and learning delivery mechanisms may differ from that presented in this Digital Course Outline. Please contact the Course Coordinator for further details: Jon Tunnicliffe (j.tunnicliffe@auckland.ac.nz).

Learning Resources

Students are expected to engage with journal articles, both in classroom learning/discussions and in the term project.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Copyright

The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.

Disclaimer

Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 16/11/2021 08:17 p.m.