Geography (GEOG) 322

Introduction to Remote Sensing (Revision 1)

GEOG 322 course cover

GEOG 322 is temporarily closed, effective May 1, 2013.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study with home lab component.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: None. COMP 200 and MATH 270 or the equivalent are recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology

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GEOG 322 has a Challenge for Credit option


This course will appeal to those students whose vocation or interests involve any aspect of the physical environment of the earth's surface or near-surface. Remote sensing involves gathering information about the earth's surface remotely, and generally encompasses acquiring this data from aircraft or satellites. Remote sensing is very much an interdisciplinary area of scientific investigation, and relies in large part on knowledge of physics, mathematics, chemistry, and geography.


The course consists of the following units.

  • Unit 1: Basic Principles of Remote Sensing
  • Unit 2: Optical Remote Sensing
  • Unit 3: Optical Remote-Sensing Systems
  • Unit 4: Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing
  • Unit 5: Radar and Sonar Remote Sensing
  • Unit 6: Digital Processing of Remote-Sensing Imagery
  • Unit 7: Applications 1-Meteorology, Oceanography, and Environment
  • Unit 8: Applications 2-General Land Use and Land Cover
  • Unit 9: Applications 3-Geology
  • Unit 10: Applications 4-Vegetation: Forestry and Agriculture
  • Unit 11: Comparison of Sensors and Image Types
  • Unit 12: Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
  • Unit 13: Digital Image Processing and Geographic Information Systems


The weighting of each component of the final mark is shown below. Note that there is one mid-term examination, to be written after you have completed Unit 6, worth 15 percent of your final mark, and a final examination, worth 20 percent of your final mark. The Tutor-Marked Exercises are worth a total of 65 percent. To receive credit for GEOG 322, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) and a grade of at least 60 percent on both the mid-term and final examinations. All the assignments are required.

Tutor-Marked Exercises 1 - 6 (5% each) Mid-Term Exam Tutor-Marked Exercises 7 - 13 (5% each) Final Exam Total
30% 15% 35% 20% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Sabins, Floyd F. (1997) Remote Sensing Principles and Interpretation, Third Edition, W. H. Freeman and Company, NY.

Other Materials

The course materials also include study guide, course guide, reading file, laboratory manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the GEOG 322 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, June 2002.

Updated May 12 2016 by Student & Academic Services