Imaging the Environment

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Imaging the Environment

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering, Design Management, Engineering Science, Environmental Design, Environmental Engineering, Geography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This subject will introduce students to the use of imagery in the mapping of both human and natural environments. Imagery is often the cheapest way to gain spatial information about the environment, especially for large areas, but analysis and interpretation of the data requires sophisticated techniques. Usually the light or other electromagnetic radiation being emitted or reflected from the surface being imaged needs to be interpreted into another variable of interest, such as the type of vegetation on the surface. Once interpreted, the information must be communicated to others; usually in the form of maps or reports.
    This subject builds on a student?s knowledge of the physical and built environment relevant to their discipline and allows them to interpret and communicate that knowledge. On completion of the subject students should have the skills to perform routine image analysis tasks in the workplace using industry standard software. This subject partners with others to the Spatial Systems majors of the undergraduate science and environments degrees to allow the student to progress to the Master of Engineering (Spatial) or to enter the workforce in a paraprofessional role.
    Image interpretation basics
    Image acquisition and formation
    Fundamentals of image processing and measurement
    Both aerial photography and satellite imagery will be used to illustrate the techniques of measurement and interpretation by which both spatial position and semantic content can be extracted from image data.
    Having completed this unit the student is expected to:
    Describe those characteristics of different image techniques which allow information to be extracted from the image
    Extract data from images
    Applying image data to the creation of maps
    Analyse image data to monitoring both human and natural environments
    Interpret image data to inform management of human and natural environments.
    Four short practical reports, totalling no more than 2400 words, due across the semester, each requiring approximately 10 hours of work (10% each, 40%), Addresses Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 5.
    3-hour end-of-semester examination (60%). Addresses ILOs 1, 4 and 5.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.