Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis

Sarah Robinson

U.S. Air Force Academy
Public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate


This is an introductory remote sensing and imagery analysis course.

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Special Interest: GIS
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Course Context:

This is an introductory remote sensing course taught primarily to Juniors and Seniors; it is a required course for Geosciences majors and Space Operations majors. This course consists of forty 53 minutes lessons; there is no separate lab period attached to this course.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to determine the appropriate imagery to solve a geospatial problem.
Students should be able to acquire and manipulate imagery to enhance analysis of surface materials.
Students should be able to produce and evaluate a map of surface materials extracted from imagery.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Students demonstrate their mastery of the course objectives through Exams and a Final Project.
Exams: The two exams in the course are open book because they are testing decision-making and application, rather than memorization. Questions on the exam focus on selecting and evaluating the correct technique or imagery to solve a problem. There are closed-book quizzes during the semester to serve as checkpoints of mastery of course content in preparation for the exams.
Final Project: The final project is an analysis of any Landsat image of the students' choice. The final project is a portfolio that includes their analysis of their own Landsat image and an associated write-up that demonstrates they can both execute and explain imagery analysis. Students get practice for the final project from the 6 lab exercises due throughout the course.


Assessment methods include: practice problems, in-class exercises, quizzes, exams, lab exercises, and a final project.


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