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SVY3202 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Photogrammetry & Remote Sens'g
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 : 031199 - Geomatic Engineering not elsew
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 May 2020


Examiner: Zahra Gharineiat


There is increased and wider use being made of remotely sensed data from terrestrial and aerial photogrammetry, laser scanners and satellite sensed data to gather information for geographic information systems. Computer and electronic technology advances are continually increasing the availability, variety and usefulness of this photogrammetric and satellite sensed data, increasing its importance within the spatial information industry. It is necessary for the spatial science professional to be aware of the methods of acquisition of these data forms, their accuracies and precision, their uses and the relative economics compared to other spatial science techniques.


This course will enable students to extract, interpret and evaluate data from aerial photographs (including images captured by UAVs), terrestrial photographs and laser scanned images. This data will be presented and related to the environment or integrated with other data forms for direct application or information system storage. This course will also develop the student's understanding of the physical basis and properties of remotely sensed data. During the investigation of applications of this satellite sensed data, students will develop basic skills and knowledge in extracting, manipulating, interpreting, analysing and presenting this data.


On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. explain the basic principles, theory and accuracy of various aerial terrestrial and close-range photogrammetric methods;
  2. design of photogrammetric surveys;
  3. compare the methodologies and techniques of using digital photogrammetric equipment, to extract information from photographs;
  4. appraise the application of photogrammetric methods to topographic mapping, engineering projects and information gathering for geographic information systems;
  5. describe the basic principles of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs), types of UAVs, their applications and how to plan UAV operations
  6. discuss how image processing is done to create data products such as digital point clouds, orthophotos and Digital Elevation Models (DEM).
  7. illustrate the accuracies and application of laser imaging;
  8. describe the basic principles of remote sensing and possible applications;
  9. describe the physical basis of remote sensing; these include spectral, temporal, spatial and resolution properties; the spectrum and its radiation and reflectance properties; and image properties.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Aerial photogrammetry and remote sensing principles and properties 10.00
2. Aerial (UAV) terrestrial and close-range photogrammetry 20.00
3. Photogrammetry and remote sensing image interpretation 12.00
4. Photogrammetric and remote sensing project planning 15.00
5. Photogrammetric and remote sensing data acquisition 25.00
6. Laser imaging principles and techniques 10.00
7. Photogrammetry, remote sensing and GIS relationships 8.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Kasser, M. and Egels, Y 2002, Digital photogrammetry, Taylor & Francis.
Kraus, K 2007, Photogrammetry: Geometry from Images and Laser Scans, Volume 1, 2nd edn, De Gruyter.
Lillesand, TM, Kiefer, RW & Chipman, JW 2015, Remote sensing and image interpretation, 7th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
(Library 621.3678 Lil.)
Linder, W 2016, Digital Photogrammetry 2016: A practical course, 4th edn, Springer.
Luhmann, T, Robson, S., Kyle, S., Boehm, J 2014, Close-Range Photogrammetry and 3D imaging, De Gruyter.
Rees, WG 2013, Physical principles of remote sensing, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
(Library 621.3678 Ree.)
Wolf, PR & Dewitt, BA 2014, Elements of photogrammetry: with applications in GIS, 4th edn, McGraw Hill, New York.
(Library 526.982 Wol.)

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 61.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assignment 1 200 20 21 Apr 2020 1,2,3,4,5
Assignment 2 200 20 18 May 2020 6,7,8,9
Online Exam 600 60 End S1 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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 assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    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 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 weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    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 the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch 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 one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary 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.

Date printed 30 May 2020