onGEO Professional Certificate Course: ONGEO-N003.(33), Remote Sensing
Spring 2017, First Session: Syllabus
Instructor: Yi Shi, firstname.lastname@example.org
This course develops the basic technical and methodological skills you need to employ various types of remotely sensed, electronic images from airborne and spaceborne platforms as a source of qualitative and quantitative information in any of the landscape sciences (for example, geography, forestry, urban planning, landscape architecture, park and recreation resource management, fish and wildlife management, crop and soil science, geology, archeology, et cetera). Most of the laboratory exercises will utilize high-resolution aerial imagery, but about one-third of the labs will focus on analyzing moderate-resolution, digital satellite imagery. Students will gain familiarization with images and applications involving a wide variety of environments -- urban and rural, residential and industrial, agricultural and forested, et cetera. Most of the imagery will be from Michigan or the American Midwest, but one exercise will familiarize you with land cover types from overseas locations.
Professionals who are currently working in fields that use geospatial technologies and pursuing training opportunities (required or by choice), professionals and post-baccalaureates looking to advance or revamp their current career path, teachers pursuing continuing-education credits, and international students seeking an educational experience and certification from an American university.
Course Goals and Learning Outcomes (Objectives)
By successfully completing this course, students will be able to do the following.
Course Requirements and Recommendation:
All course emails will be sent to your Michigan State (mail.msu.edu) or Community ID email account only via the D2L system. You will need to check this email account at least once a day for emails from your Instructor and Online Geography staff. If you need to, please set your Michigan State account to forward your emails to an account that you do check frequently.
While a team of faculty and staff manages the course, an Instructor teaches each section. Moreover, this course is delivered through a series of online lessons and textbook readings. Course assessments are accomplished through online exams (based on online lessons, textbook readings, and labs) and online labs (based on concepts covered in recent online lessons). Review Quizzes are provided for you after many lessons so you can test your understanding of the lesson material.
Your instructor, onGEO staff, and course authors
This session, Dr. Yi Shi, is responsible for this course, from the day-to-day management to the grading. Dr. Shi will take care of instruction, grading labs and quizzes, any content questions you may have, any questions about how to work through the course, and final grades. ALL email correspondence should go to your instructor.
Beth Weisenborn and Juliegh Bookout are staff members of Online Geography (onGEO) courses at Michigan State University, so you may receive notices from them occasionally.
Dr. David Lusch, Bob Goodwin, and Dr. Qi are the original authors of the course content. They created this course and are the lecturers responsible for the class in the context of the Geography Department at Michigan State University. Yi Shi, Cadi Fung, Juliegh Bookout, and Beth Weisenborn were content editors. While this group of onGEO faculty and staff developed the course, they are, for the most part, not involved in the day-to-day workings of the course.
This course consists of 12 online lessons and 9 online labs.
Readings (required handouts and recommended text, pages for 6e and 7e)
Course Introduction and Overview
Introduction to Remote Sensing
- Definition of RS
- History of RS
- Future of RS
7e: 1.1; 2.1 to 2.2
Electromagnetic Radiation and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
- RS Types
- EM Energy
- EM Spectrum
7e: 1.2; 2.5 to 2.10
Remote Sensing Platforms and Sensors
- Analog (film-based) Sensors
- Classification of Aerial Photo and the Airphoto Mission
- Aerial Photography Distortions
- Stereo Aerial Photography
- Digital (electronic) Sensors
Elements of Aerial Image Interpretation
- Convergence of Evidence
Color Science and Formation
- Color Science
- Color Formation
7e: 2.3 to 2.4
- Measuring Ground Distance
- Direction Determination
- Area Measurements
- Height Measurements
7e: 3.1 to 3.8; 3.10 to 3.11
Atmospheric Interactions and Biophysical Controls of Reflectance
- Solar Radiant Flux
- Energy Interactions in the Atmosphere
- Atmospheric Interactions: Scattering, Absorption, Reflection
- Biophysical Controls of Reflectance: Vegetation, Soils, Water
Land Cover / Land Use Classification
- Guiding Principles
- Land Use versus Land Cover
- MI LC/LU Classification Scheme
- Federal Geographic Data Committee Standards
Interpreting Urban and Built-up Lands
- Commercial, Services, and Institutional
- Transportation, Communication, and Utilities
- Open and Other
Interpreting Agricultural Lands
- Orchards, Bush Fruits, Vineyards, Ornamental Horticultural Areas
- Confined Feeding Operations
- Other Ag Lands
- Grassland and Shrubland
- Forest Lands
- Barren Land
handout: pages 3 - 4, 7 - 10, 27 - 29 in Cowardin et al., 1979.
The textbook is recommended (not required) for this course.
There are seven quizzes. The purpose of these quizzes is to test your understanding of the material from the online lessons. The quizzes will be open for you to take at your convenience. You may take each quiz only once. Once you begin a quiz, you will have to finish it in the designated time limit. You must take and submit each quiz before moving on to the next set of lessons and quiz. Quizzes are open-note and open-text and you may consult both of these sources while taking the quiz. Be forewarned, however, that having an 'open-book' quiz does not release you from studying! Quizzes are timed and if you are not prepared you will spend your time trying to find the answers.
Quizzes will consist of mostly multiple-choice, true/false, and some short answer and essay/calculation questions. All quiz questions are selected at random from a pool of questions. All answer options for each question are also ordered at random. Please take note that your quiz is unique and completely unlike any other student's quiz. Attempting to be dishonest on these quizzes is against University/course policy. You are expected to follow University policy on Academic Integrity.
In addition to the quizzes, you will also be required to complete nine entirely online labs and submit your answers in D2L by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the date specified on the course schedule. Please contact your instructor if you have special circumstances and need a few extra days to complete the assignments. All of your lab grades will count toward your final-grade calculation.
The labs will be based on the lessons you have recently covered. Spelling and grammar will count toward your score for written answers. Any form or degree of plagiarism will NOT be TOLERATED and will result in 0 points.
As with any course, it is the responsibility of the Instructor to uphold the standards suggested by the grading rubrics provided by the course authors. While your grade is determined by assessing the quality of your lab answers compared to the grading rubric, the grading process is subject to the rigor of the Instructor.
Labs are independent exercises; you are not to collaborate with fellow students on them. The labs are designed to take approximately 3-5 hours to complete.
It is strongly suggested that you start your labs early so that you have enough time to ask your instructor any questions you might have.
MSU privacy statement (and use of course materials)
From the D2L Help Page (http://help.d2l.msu.edu/):
"Know your rights and University Policy: MSU expects that you will respect the rights of faculty and other students as you participate in the educational process. Participating in a D2L course means that you may have access to personal information and academic work produced by other students and faculty members, such as discussion board postings, drafts of papers and other work produced in the course. Academic norms and MSU policy require that you must not reveal any information about classmates, coursework, content, or its authors to anyone outside the course."
ALL of our course material in D2L is copyrighted property of MSU. This means that ALL course material in the course site is protected and, other than one copy of the material for your own personal use, this material should not be distributed or posted in any form.
You are expected to take this course in adherence to University and Department standards for Academic Integrity (The Office of the Ombudsman at Michigan State University). Please visit this site for a more detailed explanation of academic dishonesty and, especially, plagiarism -- two serious offenses from the viewpoint of onGEO, the Geography Department, and the University.
Calculating your final grade
Your final grade will be based on all of your 9 lab , 1 activity, and 7 quiz scores, on a Pass (70% or higher) or Fail (below 70%) basis. Here is the breakdown:
Lab 1. 5 points.
Quiz 1. 5 points.
Getting to Know You module. 5 points.
Lab 2. 48 points.
Quiz 2. 20 points.
Lab 3. 65 points.
Quiz 3. 20 points.
Lab 4. 60 points.
Quiz 4. 20 points.
Lab 5. 60 points.
Quiz 5. 20 points.
Lab 6. 51 points.
Quiz 6. 20 points.
Lab 7. 50 points.
Quiz 7. 20 points.
Lab 8. 50 points.
Lab 9. 50 points.
Total: 569 points
We highly recommend that all labs and quizzes achieve a level that demonstrates mastery of the material (at least 70% of the total points per lab). Labs and Quizzes may be resubmitted once to achieve a satisfactory score.
You can view your grades for your assessments by going to Assessments > Grades from the toolbar at the top of the course D2L site.
Given the number of assessments and abbreviated length of the course, no extra credit work will be considered.
onGEO Professional Certificate Course: ONGEO-N003.(31), Remote Sensing
Spring 2017, First Session: Schedule
Getting to Know You: module contents are due by Tuesday, Jan 17
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Quiz 1 – Lessons 1 and 2
Electromagnetic Radiation & the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Remote Sensing Platforms & Sensors
Quiz 2 – Lessons 3 and 4
F, Jan 20: Lab 1 (Remote-server Logon)*
Elements of Aerial Image Interpretation
Quiz 3 – Lessons 5 and 6
F, Jan 27: Lab 2 (The Eight Image Interpretative Factors)*
F, Jan 27: Lab 3 (Additive Color Formation)*
Atmospheric Interactions & Biophysical Controls of Reflectance
Quiz 4 – Lessons 7 and 8
F, Feb 3: Lab 4 (Film Comparisons)*
F, Feb 3: Lab 5 (Measurement Methods)*
Land Cover/Land Use Classification
Interpreting Urban & Built-up Lands
Quiz 5 – Lessons 9 and 10
F, Feb 10: Lab 6 (LC/CU Classification Systems)*
Interpreting Agricultural Lands
Quiz 6 – Lesson 11
Interpreting Wildlands: Grass/Shrub Lands, Barren Land
F, Feb 17: Lab 7 (Interpreting Urban LU)*
Interpreting Wildlands: Forest Land;
Interpreting Wildlands: Water, Wetlands
Quiz 7 – Lesson 12 (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)
Th, Feb 23: Lab 8 (Interpreting Agricultural LU)*
F, Feb 24: Lab 9 (Interpreting Wildlands LC)*
* Labs are due by 11:59 PM (ET) on the due date provided.