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Last approved: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:00:38 GMT

Last edit: Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:26:40 GMT

Catalog Pages referencing this course
Change Type
GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
712
032569
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Environmental Earth Observation and Remote Sensing
Env Remote Sensing
College of Natural Resources
Parks, Recr & Tourism Mgmt (15PRT)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Joshua Gray
Assistant Professor
full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2525NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
15GAPHDPhD in Geospatial AnalyticsRequired
Focus is on passive electro-optical (microwaves, infrared and visible) remote sensing and will cover the physics of remote sensing, light interactions with Earth surface materials, limitations, advantages and disadvantages of passive remote sensing techniques, estimation of bio/geo-physical parameters from remote sensing data, and sensor performance and mission design for applications including hydrology, cryosphere, atmosphere-ocean dynamics, ecosystems and carbon cycle, and land use land cover change. Students should have introductory knowledge of GIS and remote sensing.

This course is a core course for the new PhD in Geospatial Analytics


No

Is this a GEP Course?
GEP Categories

Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
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Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

No additional resources needed. This course is part of the instructors normal teaching load.

The objective of this course is to improve students' ability to understand and predict Earth system dynamics across the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere through monitoring and global measurements utilizing remote sensing theory and application. 


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:



  1. Define and describe the basics of the electromagnetic spectrum and interactions with various types of media. Explain how electromagnetic radiation is transferred through the atmosphere and interacts with atmospheric, oceanic, vegetation and other terrestrial features.

  2. Explain how remotely sensed data are applied in environmental earth system science applications and describe the major scientific achievements made by the past five decades of Earth satellite observations.

  3. Determine the spatial, spectral, radiometric and temporal resolutions required for remotely sensed data for applications in different earth systems and optimize tradeoffs of different earth observing missions.

  4. Critically analyze literature in remote sensing.

  5. Judge what type of remote sensing datasets are most suitable for your specific application in the earth sciences for research or work after graduation.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Multiple exams300 pts (30%)Two exams during the semester. Exam 1 is worth 100 points, Exam 2 is worth 200 points (comprehensive final).
Written Assignment300 pts (30%)There will be three literature assignments worth 100 points each. You will read and critically analyze multiple remote sensing journal articles covering various topics in Environmental and Earth System science. Assignment details will vary with each assignment, and will be announced in class.
presentation300 pts (30%)Adopt-A-Sensor Presentations: Students will select assigned sensors from a provided list, and will provide an oral presentation (10 minutes) on the sensor specs, demonstrate data-access, and give a brief presentation of a journal article that uses the sensor to address a scientific problem of interest to the student. One student per day will present their assignment in class throughout the semester. Each student will have multiple sensor assignments (at least 2, maybe more). Once you have signed up for your date, rescheduling is permitted only for excused absences. All presentations MUST be completed before the end of the semester.
Other100 pts (10%)A remote sensing primer: self study of vocabulary, terminology, and key concepts.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabusSee syllabusSee syllabus
mlnosbis 12/4/2017:
1) The listed prerequisite of "introductory GIS" cannot be coded in the scheduling tool. I suggest removing this and adding the clause to the end of the course description. You can use the prerequisite of "Instructor permission required" if you want to block all students from registering themselves until you review their previous experience, or you can just leave the note in the course description so they are aware and can enroll themselves.
2) The catalog description in CIM should be identified as the course description on the syllabus. You can call the other information "Course Information"
3) Syllabus notes
-Include the preferred meeting time on the syllabus. We need to be able to see the amount of class time per week in lecture.
-Include price of textbooks
4) Possible consultation with Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences because of the atmospheric and earth science content

cohen 1/18/2018:
1.In the syllabus under Attendance, it would be good to specify what a “reasonable” number of excused absences means.
2.As Melissa said, there should be a consultation with MEAS.
3. I will roll this back so that the section on withdrawal can be modified.

esmoney 1/18/2018
1. Pre-requisites clarified in catalog description and syllabus
2. Catalog description and course info clarified in syllabus and matched in CIM
3. day/time added
4. Price of textbooks were already listed
5. MEAS consult: all of the PhD courses were already vetted as part of the PhD program proposal approval, this will eventually be taught by an MEAS professor (we've listed Josh Gray for now as a placeholder until the new hire is in place. original instructor left the university)
6. Withdrawal language updated in syllabus

ABGS Reviewers 2/5/2018:
- No concerns
cohen (Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:28:13 GMT): Rollback: Eric, I am rolling this back to you so that the section on withdrawal from the course can be modified. Jo-Ann
mlnosbis (Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:32:35 GMT): I edited the workflow to bring this course back to the ABGS position. This has been approved by the DGP, department, and college.
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