GY 302 REMOTE SENSING (3 credits) F02

1765 sec. 01 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00-11:00 a.m. 202 Martin Hall

Dr. Miriam Helen Hill Office: 205 Martin Hall Telephone: Office: 782-8063

Office Hours: Monday 11-12, Tuesday and Thursday 10-11, Wednesday 1:30-2:30, Friday 9-10
Or by appointment OR by e-mail

E-mail addresses-
    for communication (questions, etc.): AND quickest response, send to both)
    for submission of WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS
  (to receive credit, the assignments must come to this address or be received in person on time)

Course Description: Prerequisite: GY208: Map Reading . A general introduction to the principles and applications of remote sensing with an emphasis on aerial photography. 

It will include analysis of aerial photographs for geographic information; principles of image identification; stereoscopy and photo measurements; and interpretation of air photo images of natural and cultural landscapes. 

Objectives: The student will develop skills to interpret and use the output from remote sensing of the physical and cultural environment. This will include:

Required Text: Thomas Eugene Avery and Graydon Lennis Berlin, Fundamentals of Remote Sensing and Airphoto Interpretation, 5th (New York: Macmillan, 1992).

Other materials: Colored pencils, yellow highlighter, drafting pencil, atlas, straight edge, engineer's ruler, divider, protractor, zip disk, basic function calculator (advanced functions may be prohibited during some lab work),and other such basic classroom and office instruments. pocket stereoscope is required and available from the university bookstore.

Other resources: Access to the World Wide Web is required and available through university facilities. Students are expected to be familiar with computers or at least willing to learn how to use e-mail, print and save files, access sites on the WWW, and utilize a digital remote sensing program.

Class homepage: The class homepage is at and also can be reached through the link on Dr. Hill's homepage at This syllabus will also be linked to the class homepage. 

Grading: Vocabulary Assignments will count for a total of 10% of the grade. Daily Activities will count for 10%. Graded class activities will count for 25%. Chapter questions will count for 20%. Two major laboratory events are scheduled. Event A will count for 15% and event B will count for 10%. A digital remote sensing activity will count 10%. The "guaranteed" grading scale used is: above 90% A's; 80%-90% B's; 70%-79% C's; 60%-69% D's.

Reading Assignments and Vocabulary Assignments: Use the attached schedule to read the assignments BEFORE coming to class. For each of the assigned readings, the student will be required to complete a Vocabulary Assignment posted on the web.  This assignment is designed to demonstrate preparation for the day's class. Since these are open book assignments, a high level of achievement is expected. Papers which fail to demonstrate competence will receive reduced credit. These assignments will be due at the START OF CLASS on the date listed on the schedule below.  They may be submitted either by e-mail to or given to the professor upon entrance into the classroom BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE LECTURE that day. These assignments can be submitted LATE, defined as submitted not later than when the chapter questions are due. Late assignments will receive less than 50% credit. Vocabulary Assignments will receive full credit if submitted ON TIME with the necessary identifying information and demonstrated competence. Papers without the proper identifying information and format will receive NO CREDIT. Vocabulary Assignments may be submitted early to avoid missed deadlines. These may be submitted by e-mail to the address or before the beginning of class. The total number of Vocabulary Assignments submitted on time and late will determine the grade based on the scale below. These papers will not be returned, so if you desire, keep a copy.

Vocabulary Assignments:
number grade number grade  number grade number grade number grade number grade
15 100 12 70 9 40 6 15 3 3 0 0
14 90 11 60 8 30 5 10 2 2
13 80 10 50 7 20 4 5 1 1

Chapter Assignments: After chapters have been covered in class, Chapter Question sets will be due. See the schedule. The same deadline policy and heading instructions are to be followed as for the Vocabulary Assignments. Selected questions from the Chapter Questions will be graded. The percentage score of the selected question set will be recorded, and the final grade will be the mean of these scores.

The reading assignments, vocabulary assignments, and chapter questions for any canceled class are due at the beginning of the next class session along with that day's assignments. 

All papers are to include student name, chapter number, and chapter title as the heading and as the subject line for the e-mail.  The question number should be followed by the answer. Failure to provide this information risks point penalties. The question itself need not be copied. For e-mail submissions the subject line MUST be student name, chapter number, and chapter title to fill the rest of the available subject line space. 

Follow this format for all vocabulary assignments and Chapter Questions whether e-mailed, typed, or hand-written. Students are expected to do their own work and to demonstrate familiarity with these terms during the class sessions. Any notable violations of academic integrity will receive no credit and risks penalties for academic dishonesty (see below). 

Remember that successfully submitting your assignments to your professor is your responsibility, not the professor's. One way to double check e-mail submissions is to send yourself a "carbon copy" by also sending it to your own electronic mail address. Keep your copy as proof that it was sent. Messages sent by someone else, or sent from someone else's electronic mailbox, or with someone else's e-mail identification may not be accepted. You must do your own work and send your own messages from your own electronic mail address for every assignment. Also, be sure to type the correct subject line information and heading information inside the e-mail to identify yourself and what you are submitting and to certify that the work is your own and no one else's. 

E-mail submissions will be acknowledged when recorded by a reply button option. Notes and comments may be sent by e-mail to the addresses you have provided. Checking your e-mails then becomes essential to maintaining your grade records and for other information . 

Late Submissions: Late work may be accepted for less than half credit. The e-mail time sent will determine when it was submitted. Misdirected e-mails may receive credit if the error message or the original as misdirected is FORWARDED to the correct address indicating timely submission. When absences are expected, if acceptable work is submitted prior to the absence it will receive full credit. Ordinarily, chapter questions and vocabulary assignments are due at the beginning of the class session NOT during or after the lecture. Late arrival to class risks missing the deadline.

Attendance-No specific attendance records will be kept. Attendance is expected and the benefits are inherent. Note, however, that the student is responsible for the material and activities covered during the missed session AND for SUBMITTING THE ASSIGNMENTS before the designated time. 

Daily Activities-Daily Activities will be written during each class session and submitted at that time. Tardiness or early departures will risk missing these activities. Papers with acceptable content and format will receive full credit. The total number of acceptable activities submitted will determine the grade based on the scale below. Students will receive full credit for any canceled class sessions. 

Daily Activities
number grade number grade number grade number grade number grade number grade
25 100 20 70 15 30 10 17 5 10 0 0
24 95 19 60 14 25 9 15 4 9
23 90 18 50 13 20 8 14 3 8
22 85 17 40 12 19 7 13 2 7
21 80 16 35 11 18 6 12 1 5

Absences: If a class is missed, the daily activity can be replaced by submitting a one page summary of one of the journal articles or chapters cited at the end of the chapter covered that day. Give the complete bibliographic reference of the article at the top of the page. If this is missing, credit will not be awarded.. These are due NO LATER THAN the start of the SECOND class after the absence (one calendar week). Remember, this replaces the daily assignment ONLY. Vocabulary and Chapter Assignments ARE DUE AT THE START OF THE CLASS ON THE DATE ON THE SYLLABUS! YOU MAY WORK AHEAD, if you can not e-mail the work or are afraid you can not get the materials to class on time. Late papers may receive less than 50% credit. 

Graded class activities: An unidentified number of daily activities will be graded. The lowest score of the graded activities will be dropped. Thus, the student may miss class on one of the days when an activity is graded or may do poorly on one without penalty. The chapter review questions will not replace graded activities. These activities and their replacements will not be returned, so submit a copy if desired.

Lab Events: Two major laboratory events are scheduled. More information about these will be provided in the context of the class.

Digital Remote Sensing Activity: Details about this will be provided in class. This will require work in the GIS laboratory that should be expected to extend beyond class time. 

Class membership: Class members are expected to answer and ask questions, be involved in activities, and to facilitate an educational academic atmosphere. Proper attitude and behavior are expected. At all times presence should facilitate a smooth flow of intellectual ideas, knowledge, and intelligent discussion. Failure to contribute or promote this important goal will risk grade penalties. 

Additional Comments: During class sessions, other bonus points might be offered. These are only available to the students in attendance that day. Bonus credit is possible for exceptional meritorious performance or behavior in all categories of grading. The first student that notifies the professor of an error in the textbook or class materials of which the professor is unaware, will receive one percent bonus on a test. [Either send an e-mail to or give a note to the professor which identifies and corrects the error. First will be determined by the e-mail time sent or when the note is given to the professor.] No individual extra credit papers, projects, or activities will be allowed. 

Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty is defined to include any form of cheating or plagiarism. A discussion of the topic is set forth in the student handbook. Working and studying with classmates is beneficial and to be encouraged. Copying work is not to be confused with comparing work and discussing similarities and differences. You are responsible for both understanding answers submitted and the completion of the materials. Academic dishonesty will receive a grade of zero for the assignment or F in the course depending on the severity of the offense and will be reported.

You will need: Bring ALL of your texts, equipment including stereoscope, class notes, paper, pencil, and other related materials to each class meeting. 

Questions or problems: Please contact the professor. Asking questions is an extremely important part of the learning process. 

Class Schedule: Use the outline provided to complete the assigned reading BEFORE class on the designated dates. Specific readings generally will not be announced in class. Remember, also, to send or bring your vocabulary assignment from these materials for the class session when the readings are due. 

Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty is defined to include any form of cheating or plagiarism. A discussion of the topic is set forth in the student handbook. Working and studying with classmates is beneficial and to be encouraged. Copying work is not to be confused with comparing work on assignments. You are responsible for both understanding answers submitted and the completion of the materials. Academic dishonesty will receive a grade of zero for the assignment or F in the course depending on the severity of the offense and will be referred to the College Judicial System.

Reading Assignments: Use the outline provided to read the chapters or pages in the text BEFORE the designated date. Specific readings generally will not be announced in class.

datereading assignmentquestion set due 
Aug. 30   
Sept. 4 Chapter 1 
9 Chapter 2  
11  chapter 1
13 Chapter 3  
16  chapter 2
18 Chapter 4  
20  chapter 3
25 Chapter 5  
27 Chapter 6 chapter 4
30  chapter 5
Oct. 2 Chapter 7  
7  chapter 6 
9 Chapter 8  
11  chapter 7
14 Chapter 9  
21 Chapter 10 chapter 8
23 Chapter 11 chapter 9
25 Chapter 12 chapter 10
28  chapter 11
30 Chapter 13  
Nov. 1 Chapter 14 chapter 12
4 Chapter 15 chapter 13
6 TBA: digital RS chapter 14
8  chapter 15
13 LAB EVENT B part I 
15 LAB EVENT B part II 
Dec. 2  
9 10:30-12:30 project due 

*Any major changes to this schedule will be announced in class.

If a self-addressed stamped envelope is submitted with the final examination, the final grade will be mailed when determined. No grades will be posted or available by telephone.

All grades are final at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9.