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Course Overview

This module will provide students with an introduction to UAV, airborne and satellite remote sensing, digital image processing, and softcopy photogrammetry to extract environmental data and information from digital imagery, and a number of monitoring and mapping applications. Students will learn how to acquire UAV imagery, and to process it into information as part of a group practical mapping exercise.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Green

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of UAV, airborne and satellite remote sensing platforms and sensors, set within the context of softcopy photogrammetry, digital image processing, and a range of environmental applications. Students will be introduced briefly to the history of remote sensing, the wide variety of remote sensing platforms and sensors now available and in use, and some of the wide-ranging environmental applications. The evolution of UAVs as low-cost remote sensing platforms will also be introduced for the practical collection of photographic and video data. An introduction to soft-copy photogrammetry and digital image processing tools and techniques using industry-standard software (e.g. Erdas Imagine, ERMapper, AgiSoft, and AirphotoSE) will be provided with an emphasis on acquiring an understanding of how to extract data and information from imagery and the creation of various end products such as mosaics, 3D models and maps for visualisation and communication, and for inclusion within a Geographical Information System (GIS).

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

100% Continuous Assessment. Group Project (Report/Poster/Presentation - weighting 50%/25% /25%).

Resit -

Any assessed coursework with a FAIL mark.

Formative Assessment

A number of additional duly completed in-class assignments will be provided.


Students will receive feedback on coursework using Turnitin. Feedback on all assignments will be within two weeks.

Course Learning Outcomes


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