Course Title: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Mariela Soto-Berelov

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9663

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.27

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are expected to have completed the majority of first year courses in the surveying program BH116 or geospatial science program BH117.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the basic principles of remote sensing and photogrammetry. The course is taught in the second year of the program and draws on the general surveying and mapping knowledge you have acquired in the first year of your program. The course includes the development of the technologies and covers fundamental concepts of photogrammetry and remote sensing. You will learn about these technologies by exploring examples for which they can be used. The typical geometry of a photograph and the basic mathematical formulations are introduced.  The accuracy and precision of measurements will be explored. You will investigate the differences between a map and a photograph and the reasons for these differences are studied in detail. A typical satellite-based passive remote sensing system will be explored in detail and several common remote sensing applications studied. The course provides you with the foundation knowledge necessary for you to undertake GEOM2086 Advanced Imaging Technologies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes in BH116 Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying)(Honours) and BH117 (Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)(Honours):

1.2 Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the spatial models and mathematical methods used in contemporary practice.

1.3 Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in geospatial science.

2.1 Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems.

2.2 Proficiently perform computations in two and three dimensions.

3.2 Interpret and critically analyse results and make informed judgments on the appropriateness of solutions.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Define the four fundamental resolutions of remote sensing and describe their interaction
  2. Describe the types of sensors that are used to detect and record the electromagnetic spectrum from space- and air-borne platforms
  3. Define and critically analyse spectral signatures and feature space plots
  4. Extract and analyse measurements from photographs, understand the basic geometry of photography used for mapping
  5. Calculate the fundamental quantities associated with photography, such as scale, distortions and errors, and estimate the precision of measurements made using air-borne photography, demonstrate the principles of relative and absolute orientation, and analyse the results of the orientations
  6. Describe the range of applications of aerial and close range photogrammetry, and remotely sensed images.

Overview of Learning Activities

  The learning activities will consist of:

  • Your attendance at lectures where course material will be presented and explained, and the topics will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • Completion of assignment questions, online quizzes, and practical work designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
  • Completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
  • Your commitment to private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.
  • There is a strong emphasis on developing specific skills in dealing with geospatial imagery in this course.   

Total study hours

Teacher Guided Hours: 60 per semester
Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access a learning guide, course information and supplementary learning materials through the myRMIT and be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant references, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. Students will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during tutorial and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks

  • Online Knowledge Check (20%) (CLOs: 1-6)
  • Practical exercises (20%) (CLOs: 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Assignments (40%) (CLO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Online quizzes (20%) (CLOs: 1-6)