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Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

Course Details

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Spring 2014
Bolin Hall
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Days & Times

Class meets from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Labs meet from 3:00 - 4:50 on Tuesday (section 1) and Thursday (section 2)


GEOS 3634                    Lecture Schedule                Spring 2014

 Week          Dates                   Topics Covered (general)                       Chapters

 1                  1/13; 15; 17            Introduction; Concepts and Systems                      Intro; 1                                                                                                    

2                  1/20; 22; 24            MLK; Photography; Spectral prop. of materials             2                                                         

3                  1/27; 29; 31           Landsat; TURN IN 3 JOURNALS on Friday                   3

 4                  2/3; 5; 7                  Earth Resource and Environmental Satellites              4

 5                  2/10; 12; 14            Thermal Infrared Images                                                  5                                                         

6                  2/17; 19; 21            Digital Image Processing                                                  8                                               

7                  2/24; 26; 28            CCRS Tutorial Ch. 5 (self-guided); Review    

8                  3/3; 5; 7                  ; Radar                                                                            6; 7

9                  3/10; 12; 14            Radar; Environmental/Oceanographic Applications     7; 9 

10                3/17; 19; 21            SPRING BREAK          

11                3/24; 26; 28            Ice; Climate Applications                                                    9         

12                3/31; 4/2, 4             Geologic mapping; Lidar; Hyperspectral;                        9                     

13                4/7; 9; 11                Project work; Oil Exploration                                            10

14                4/14; 16; 18            Minerals Exploration; Nat.Hazards; Easter Break       11; 13                                                 

15                4/21; 23; 25            Land Use/Cover; Review                                                   12                                       

16                4/28, 30; 5/2           ; Final Class Presentations Weds & Friday

                                                  TURN IN 7 JOURNALS on Friday May 2rd 



GEOS 3634            Lab Schedule        Dodge            Spring 2014


TUESDAY OR THURSDAY             3:00 – 4:50            Bolin Hall #105

                            TOPICS                                                                        CHAPTER

 Jan. 14, 16   Overview; Quiz                                                                NASA Remote Sensing tutorial

 Jan. 21, 23   Spectral properties of earth materials, VNIR            Lab notebook Ch. 1

 Jan. 28, 30   Spectral properties of earth materials, VNIR            Lab notebook Ch. 2

 Feb. 4, 6      Image Processing                                                           MultiSpec Tutorial

Feb. 11, 13  Thermal properties of earth materials                         Lab notebook, Ch. 3

Feb. 18, 20  Digital Image Analysis - manual                                  Lab notebook, Ch. 4

 Feb. 25, 27  Image Interpretation                                                      CCRS Image Quiz

Mar. 4, 6      Digital Image Analysis - manual                                  Lab notebook, Ch. 5                               

Mar. 11, 13  Radar                                                                               CCRS Tutorial Ch. 3

Mar. 17, 20  SPRING BREAK

Mar. 25, 27  Image manipulation - MultiSpec                                 Lab notebook, Ch. 6

Apr. 1, 3      Subsetting; Atmos. Corr., NDVI, - MultiSpec              Lab notebook, Ch. 7 

Apr. 8, 10    Change Detection- MultiSpec                                       Lab notebook, Ch. 8 

Apr. 15, 17  No lab; Easter Break 

Apr. 22, 24  Unsupervised Classification, Accuracy         

                    Assessment ; MultiSpec                                                Lab notebook, Ch. 9 

Apr. 29, 5/1 Supervised Classification, Accuracy   

                    Assessment ; MultiSpec                                                Lab notebook, Ch. 9 


Dr. Rebecca L Dodge (view Profile)

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Course Objectives


Course Objective: To observe the earth's surface from remote sensors, both satellite and airborne, in appropriate wavelength regions for diverse applications.  You will learn to


  • Recognize distinctive spectral reflectance patterns for common earth surface materials
  • Select appropriate wavelength regions for earth observations for environmental assessment, resource exploration, coastal and marine mapping, and other applications
  • Understand how scale and resolution affect image interpretability, and choose appropriate scales and resolutions for diverse applications
Grading Standards


Assessment:  Your grade will be based on four components:

 Exams:  There will be two exams.  Exams will include short essay, fill-in-the-blank, matching, and multiple-choice questions. The exams will cover lecture materials, as well as the readings from the textbook and other assigned readings. Grades will be given during office hours or posted on D2L – they will not be posted in hardcopy.  Make-up exams will only be given when a written excuse is provided.  In order to take a make-up, a written excuse must be provided before or within one day of the scheduled exam. (100 points each)

 Lab: Lab grade will be based on your assignments completed in your Lab Notebook, quizzes, and activities from web sources that you will complete in lab.  You will need to bring a blank notebook to lab to complete many of the exercises.  You should also bring a calculator to lab.  (150 points)

 Journal:  A journal about Earth Observations for geologic or environmental science applications.  10 applied remote sensing articles will be analyzed. (75 points)

 Final Project:  Students will select an application topic (i.e. a natural hazard, environmental event, field of study such as archeology, ecosystem management, resource exploration, oceanography), and document how remote sensing systems are used to study the topic.  The project will be presented to the class in PowerPoint, and will be 10 minutes in length.  (75 points)

90 - 100 points = A

80 - 89 points = B

70 - 79 points = C

60 - 69 points = D

60 points = F

Final Exam 05/07/2014 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Submission Format Policy

Assignments not completed and turned in during class or lab will be submitted into the appropriate dropbox folder on the D2L site for this course.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Attendance is required; be on time and do not leave early.  Students with 4 or more unexcused absences will be dropped from the course.  Excused absences must be communicated to Professor Dodge at the email address above, before or within one class period of absence.  All students should refer to the MSU Student Handbook for university policies related to student responsibilities, rights, and activities.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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