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SPST504 - Remote Sensing Satellites

Course Details

Course Code: SPST504 Course ID: 3717 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

CORE COURSE: Earth orbiting remote sensing satellites play a key role in the lives of human beings. This course is a study of the major components of contemporary remote sensing satellites, the various methods of remote sensing capability, and the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Course topics also include study of remote sensing orbits, launch vehicles, and technology. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED COLLEGE ALGEBRA BEFORE TAKING THIS COURSE. (Prerequisites: SPST500 and SPST501)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • CO-1: Describe in situ, remote data collection, and the remote sensing process.
  • CO-2: Describe the types of resolution and associated remote sensing applications
  • CO-3: Describe electromagnetic radiation to include energy transfer mechanisms, how it is generated and transported through space, and how it interacts with the atmosphere and the terrain.
  • CO-4: Describe the history and of remote sensing from the invention of photography to today.
  • CO-5: Describe aerial photography to include vantage points, cameras, filters, and film.
  • CO-6: Describe the various methods of image interpretation.
  • CO-7: Describe the methods used to extract quantitative information from aerial photography and vertical remote sensor data.
  • CO-8: Demonstrate ability to calculate data relative to remote sensing.
  • CO-9: Describe multispectral remote sensing and sensor systems.
  • CO-10: Describe infrared remote sensing and sensor systems.
  • CO-11: Describe active and passive microwave remote sensing and sensor systems.
  • CO-12: Describe LIDAR remote sensing.
  • CO-13: Describe remote sensing of vegetation to include BDRF and the temporal phenological cycle of vegetation.
  • CO-14: Describe remote sensing of water to include methods to monitor surface temperature, precipitation, aerosols, clouds, water vapor, and snow.
  • CO-15: Describe remote sensing of the urban landscape, land use, and land cover.
  • CO-16: Describe remote sensing of the soils, minerals, and geomorphology.
  • CO-17: Report on remote sensing applications.

Grades for this course will be based on the following grading instruments. You must complete all assigned tasks in order to pass the course.

Exams

The five (open book) exams are worth a total of 35 percent of your course grade and will test your knowledge of the terms and concepts covered in the textbook. Each exam consists of multiple choice and fill-in the blank questions. You will have 2 hours to complete each exam. Although open book, it is literally impossible to pass the exams without having completed the assigned readings.

Forum Postings

Five times throughout the course, discussion items will be posted within the Forum area of the classroom. Your responses must be between 100-300 words, be in YOUR OWN WORDS (no quotes), well written and grammatically correct. Your responses will clearly show whether you have read assigned classroom readings (listed in this syllabus). Opinions are always welcome… However, postings providing only opinions will be graded accordingly! You must also comment on one other student’s posting.

Short Paper

This assignment is worth 5% of your course grade. Details can be found in the assignments area. The 2 page paper will be due at the end of Week 3 and is worth 5-percent of your total course grade. Your paper must be at least 2 pages of written material; you can use illustrations, graphs, charts, etc. but the written portion of your paper must be at least 2 pages. Chicago style must be used and be sure to cite ALL facts/sources as you use them!

GIS Paper

This assignment is worth 20% of your course grade. Details can be found in the assignments area. The 7 page paper will be due at the end of Week 6 and is worth 20-percent of your total course grade. Your paper must be at least 7 pages of written material; you can use illustrations, graphs, charts, etc. but the written portion of your paper must be at least 7 pages. Chicago style must be used and be sure to cite ALL facts/sources as you use them!

Research Paper

Details on the research paper are posted in the assignments area. The 15 page paper will be due at the end of Week 8 and is worth 30-percent of your total course grade. Your paper must be at least 15 pages of written material; you can use illustrations, graphs, charts, etc. but the written portion of your paper must be at least 15 pages. Chicago style must be used and be sure to cite ALL facts/sources as you use them!

All assignments in this course are given to you prior to the due date. The “due date” for all assignments is the week in which the assignment is due. For the purposes of this course, a “week” is defined as the time period between Monday–Sunday. The first week begins on the first day of the semester and ends at 11:59 PM EST the following Sunday.

NameGrade %
Forums 10.00 %
Topic #1 1.25 %
Topic #2 1.25 %
Topic #3 1.25 %
Topic #4 1.25 %
Topic #5 1.25 %
Topic #6 1.25 %
Topic #7 1.25 %
Topic #8 1.25 %
Research Paper 30.00 %
Research Paper (Due end of Week 8) 30.00 %
Writing Assignments 25.00 %
Short Paper (Due end of Week 3) 5.00 %
GIS Paper (Due end of Week 6) 20.00 %
Exams 35.00 %
Exam #5a (Due end of Week 7) 7.00 %
Exam #4a (Due end of Week 5) 7.00 %
Exam #3a (Due end of Week 4) 7.00 %
Exam #2a (Due end of Week 3) 7.00 %
Exam #1a (Due end of Week 2) 7.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Exam #1a (Due end of Week 2) - Dale 0.00 %
Exam #2a (Due end of Week 3) - Dale 0.00 %
Exam #5a (Due end of Week 7) - Dale 0.00 %
Exam #4a (Due end of Week 5) - Dale 0.00 %
Exam #3a (Due end of Week 4) - Dale 0.00 %

Book Title: Remote Sensing of the Environment: Earth Resource Perspective, 2nd Ed (custom)- The custom ISBN may have more competitive pricing in hard copy/electronic format. Non-custom ISBN is: 9780131889507, please use this to search for the book elsewhere.
Author: Jensen, John
Publication Info: Pearson
ISBN: 9781269648073


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Book Title:Remote Sensing of the Environment: Earth Resource Perspective, 2nd Ed
ISBN:9780131889507
Publication Info:Pearson
Author:Jensen, John
Unit Cost:$186.55

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.