This course will introduce you to the application of drones as mapping platforms for environmental applications. You will learn about the basics of aerodynamics, flight navigation systems, legislation, data analysis and have hands-on practical experience flying small drones (< 2 kg). The emphasis of the course is on employing rigorous science for processing imagery acquired with drones and deriving and visualising a range of 3D mapping products.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous and scheduled face to face tutorials||2hrs||Week 1||3 times|
|Fieldwork – Face to face fieldwork||4hrs||Week 9||2 times|
|Learning materials – Asynchronous online delivery of learning material||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Synchronous and scheduled face to face computer Workshops||2hrs||Week 3||8 times|
|Learning materials – Asynchronous online delivery of learning||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Online – Asynchronous online delivery (computer exercises)||2hrs||Week 2||8 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous and scheduled online tutorial wks 1, 12 and 13.||2hrs||Week 1||3 times|
|Fieldwork – Online Fieldwork activities||4hrs||Week 8||Once Only|
300 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...||Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Learning & Teaching Council|
|1||Explain fundamental concepts about using drones as platforms for mapping the environment||
|2||Design, use and evaluate different approaches to field data collection methods and interpret and analyse data collected with drones||
Creative and critical thinker
|3||Search, select and critically review relevant academic information and communicate findings orally and/or writing||Creative and critical thinker||
3, 6, 7
|Australian Learning & Teaching Council|
|1||Knowing: Demonstrate a coherent geographical understanding of trends, processes and impacts that shape Australian and other environments and/or societies at different spatial and temporal scales.|
|2||Knowing: Demonstrate an understanding of Geography as an academic discipline, including awareness of its concepts, history and principal subfields, whilst acknowledging the contested, provisional and situated nature of geographical understanding.|
|3||Thinking: Apply geographical thought creatively, critically and appropriately to specific spaces, places and/or environments.|
|5||Investigating and problem solving: Resolve geographical questions by ethical means, applying evidence-based knowledge and appropriate research techniques, including those associated with field work.|
|6||Communicating: Communicate geographical perspectives and knowledge effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriately selected written, oral and visual means.|
|7||Self-directing and collaborating: Contribute effectively as a member or leader of diverse teams working in geographical or multidisciplinary contexts|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
GEO100 or ENS253
GIS and remote sensing
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Early feedback on the structure for Assessment product Task 2 2 report will be given during week 4.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
During computer workshop
|Refer to Format||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 7||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Oral and Written Piece||Group||40%||
2,000 words and 10 minutes per group
|Refer to Format||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check and in class|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Computer workshop quizzes|
To develop your theoretical and practical skills in using drones for mapping applications
During weeks 2, 3, 4 and 5 you will be provided with data and exercises. At the end of the computer workshop you will complete a quiz/short technical report and submit via Turnitin.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Technical report|
To identify, interpret and communicate key concepts about mapping the environment with drones and to analyse and report drone-derived data.
The report should synthesise and communicate results derived from computer workshops in a clear and concise writing style. The length should be a maximum of 2000 words and the structure should follow a conventional scientific report template.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Field trip report|
To present the methodology and results obtained from fieldwork, including the analysis and discussion of data/evidence collected and conclusions derived from the results
|Product:||Oral and Written Piece|
A concise scientific report based on data collected by each group. The written report is due Week 12 and should be around 2,000 words and written in the style of a manuscript for publication in the peer-reviewed literature, including a reference list, as well as tables and illustrations, as needed. Each group will also present their main findings as an oral presentation, which will include a 3D visualisation of results during weeks 12 and 13.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Recommended||Sharma, J. B.||2019||Applications of small unmanned aircraft systems : best practices and case studies||n/a||Boca Raton, Florida : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group|
|Recommended||Jonathan Carrivick,Mark Smith,Duncan Quincey||2016||Structure from Motion in the Geosciences||n/a||Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated|
Access to a Windows-based computer for running software. Field work is a significant component for this course. You will be required to undertake field work, where you will need to wear covered footwear, hat, long-sleeved shirt and long trousers for field safety. Detailed time, location and potential costs will be set out at the beginning of the semester. Discuss any financial hardship that might be associated with the field studies with the Course Coordinator.
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