Course Title: Advanced Imaging Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Imaging Technology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Chris Bellman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3269

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.024

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisite:

GEOM2084 Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry 1

Course Description

This course builds on core topics in the field of remote sensing and photogrammetry covered in Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry 1. You will study the principles of aerial camera and satellite earth-observing instrument design, common data errors and the effect of the atmosphere. Basic image processing for natural resource assessments is detailed.

You will learn how to manipulate digital images and investigate biophysical phenomena in landscape context. You will undertake classification and change detection using industry standard remote sensing techniques and software and evaluate the validity of these image assessments. You will investigate the principles of photo resection, multi-photo adjustments, automated methods for terrain modelling, feature extraction and target recognition. The course also reviews emerging technologies in the design and implementation of image capture systems.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

The WAM web page link:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Classify,evaluateand interpret an image using remote sensing software
2. Perform calculations using photogrammetric formulae
3. Extract a DTM from photography using automated tools
4. Produce image-based digital data products
5. Explain key principles of multi-photo adjustments for mapping purposes and close-range measurement purposes.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for 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 surveying and geospatial science.
2.1  Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems.
2.2  Proficiently perform survey computations in two and three dimensions.
3.2  Interpret and critically analyse results and make informed judgments on the appropriateness of solutions.
3.3  Apply critical and analytical skills in a scientific and professional manner.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively involved in a combination of lectures and practical classes. You are expected to invest time in independent mastery of the software environments used in the course.

36 hours of lectures and 18 hours of practical classes for the structured learning exercises. Students are expected to devote equivalent time to completing assignments, reports and to independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

As a student enrolled in this course you have access to extensive learning resources provided in the school and in the RMIT Library. The library offers comprehensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully. You will have access to specialist software used in remote sensing and photogrammetry. Furthermore we will provide you with additional lecture notes and practical guides. There is no prescribed text for the course but the library contains many suitable reference books on this and related topics.

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Online quizzes
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2 & 3

Assessment Task 2:  2 x assignments.
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3:  4 x practical exercise reports
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment 4: Final 2 hour examination
Weighting 40% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 ,4 & 5