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Course Details

Course Code: EVSP322 Course ID: 3298 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course illustrates the fundamental concepts of GIS and remote sensing technologies in the context of land use planning and management. Topics include the physical basis for remote sensing, remote sensing systems, digital image processing, data structures, database design, and spatial data analysis. The course is not intended to provide students with extensive training in particular image processing or GIS packages; however course exercises and the final project will require GIS data analysis and presentation skills.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO-1 Detail the history of modern remote sensing use and technology.
  • LO-2 Describe how fine spatial information is collected and analyzed using field surveys, remote sensing, GIS and GPS technology.
  • LO-3 Interpret air photos and images.
  • LO-4 Explain the application and uses of remote sensing technologies, including satellite imagery, active microwave remote sensing, Lidar, hyperspectral and thermal remote sensing.
  • LO-5 Apply remote sensing technology and data analysis to complex problems in environmental management and land use planning.
NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.00 %
Week 3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 6 Forum 3.00 %
Week 7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8 Forum 3.00 %
Assessments 20.00 %
Assessment 1 10.00 %
Assessment 2 10.00 %
Homework 32.00 %
HW-A 8.00 %
HW-B 8.00 %
HW-C 8.00 %
HW-D 8.00 %
Course Project 24.00 %
Course Project 24.00 %

Required Readings:

Evans, D.D. (2004) Active microwave remote sensing. Crosslink, 5(2): 20-26

Current issue of the academic journal Remote Sensing of Environment, available through the APUS online library.

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the University academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Earthshots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change:

European Space Agency:

Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

GIS at Indiana University:

Global Visualization Viewer (GLOVIS):

Google Earth:

The Landsat Program:

Lidar In-space Technology Experiment (LITE):


National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

National Snow & Ice Data Center:

National Wetlands Inventory:

The Online Guides – Remote Sensing – University of Illinois:

RADARSAT-2 Canadian Space Agency:

Remote Sensing Data and Information:


The Weather Channel:

Weather Underground:

Wetlands Mapper:

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Introduction to Remote Sensing, 5th ed.-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Guilford Press
Author:Campbell, James B
Unit Cost:$115.90

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.