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GIS3406 Remote Sensing and Image Processing

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Remote Sensing & Image Process
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031103 - Mapping Science
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Kithsiri Perera


Remote sensing is an important technology for land resource mapping, monitoring and modelling. Remotely sensed images provide an invaluable source of current and archival information about the geographical distribution of natural and cultural features. The use of digital images in various applications is aiding planners and decision-makers at various project stages and operational scales. It is essential and advantageous for GIS, surveying, and other professionals to be familiar with the concepts, techniques, and applications, involved in the digital processing of remotely sensed images.


This course is designed to provide students with the basic and intermediate knowledge and skills in the digital processing of remotely sensed images. Topics include: basic principles of remote sensing; image processing systems; pre-processing of remotely-sensed data; image enhancement techniques; image transformation and filtering techniques; unsupervised classification; supervised classification; post classification and accuracy assessment including field investigations; integration with GIS; and applications and case studies. Various imagery products will be studied, such as panchromatic, multispectral and hyperspectral data. Image processing software will be used to demonstrate and reinforce the concepts and principles involved.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. evaluate the importance and role of remote sensing and digital image processing in land resource mapping, monitoring and modelling;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and techniques involved in digital image processing of remotely sensed data;
  3. choose and apply appropriate image processing technique(s) for a specific requirement;
  4. evaluate the accuracy of image classification output;
  5. compare with the traditional and recent applications of image processing techniques;
  6. use image processing software to analyse temporal, spectral and spatial differences.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Basic principles of remote sensing 10.00
2. Remote sensing platforms and sensors 10.00
3. Image processing systems 8.00
4. Pre-processing of remotely sensed data 12.00
5. Image enhancement, transformation and filtering techniques 18.00
6. Image classification 20.00
7. Integration with GIS 10.00
8. Applications and advanced topics 12.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Campbell, JB & Wynne, RH 2011, Introduction to remote sensing, 5th edn, Guilford Press, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Jensen JR 2007, Remote sensing of the environment an earth resource perspective, 2nd edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Lein, JK 2012, Environmental sensing: analytical techniques for Earth observation, Springer, New York.
Lillesand, TM, Kiefer, RW & Chipman, JW 2015, Remote sensing and image interpretation, 7th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.
Mather, PM & Koch, M 2011, Computer processing of remotely-sensed images: an introduction, 4th edn, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK.
Australian Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI), 2018,
Geoscience Australia, Earth Observation from Space, Case Studies, (accessed in 2018),

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 51.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 50.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 30 Aug 2019 1,2,3,4
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 11 Oct 2019 3,4,6
2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION 600 60 End S2 1,2,3,4,5,6

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks /grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the dispatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.