SURV 115 - Photogrammetry (1.5 Credits)

Course Details
Course Code:
SURV 115

Calendar Description:
This course introduces the concepts of photogrammetry and remote sensing. The course begins with a general introduction to remote sensing concepts including the process of capturing passive energy from the sun and how electromagnetic radiation interacts with various surfaces. The course will then flow through the topics of photography, photogrammetry and finally visual image interpretation. Topics to be covered include the negative-to-positive photographic sequence, film exposure, and types of film. In addition, photogrammetric principles such as geometry of stereo photographs, scale, and area determination, relief displacement, image parallax and the importance of ground control will be discussed. The elements of visual interpretation and image interpretation equipment to examine various applications that benefit from remote sensing technology will also be applied. The course includes a combination of lectures (theories and concepts) and labs (practical experience) related to issues of photogrammetry and remote sensing.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 20
Lecture Hours: 1
Laboratory Hours: 1

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Topic 1:
-Aerial mapping cameras and film

Topic 2:
-Stereo vision and history
-Scales and digital images (lab)

Topic 3:
-Stereo plotters and Orientations
- Parallax (lab)

Topic 4:
-Air photo interpretation (lab)

Topic 5:
-Image interpretation
-Applications of air photos (lab)

Topic 6:
-Mapping with and applications of air photographs
-Optimum flying height (lab)

Topic 7:
-Aerial flight design

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
- Illustrate and explain the process of passive remote sensing
- Describe examples of applications that benefit from remote sensing technology
- Explain the process of film exposure
- Define photogrammetry and explain the concepts of photogrammetric data collection
- Illustrate the geometry of photogrammetric data acquisition
- Perform scale and area measurements to specified precision
- Illustrate the concept of relief displacement and image parallax
- Describe the significance and necessity of ground control in remote sensing
-Visually interpret aerial photographs

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 35 %
Midterm Exam: 30 %
Assignments: 35 %

Number of Assignments:

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Additional Comments:
Assignments: Late assignments, lab reports or projects will not be accepted for marking. Assignments must be done on an individual basis unless otherwise specified by the instructor.

Makeup Tests, Exams of Quizzes: There will be no makeup tests, exams or quizzes. If you miss a test, exam or quiz, you will receive zero marks. Exceptions may be made for documented medical reasons or extenuating circumstances. In such a case, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor immediately.

Ethics: NLC assumes that all students attending the Institution will follow a high standard of ethics. Incidents of cheating or plagiarism may, therefore, result in a grade of zero for the assignment, quiz, test, exam, or project for all parties involved and/or expulsion from the course.

Attendance: The attendance policy as outlined in the current NLC calendar will be enforced. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session. Students not present at that time will be recorded as absent.

Illness: A doctor's note is required for any illness causing you to miss assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, or exam. At the discretion of the instructor, you may complete the work missed or have the work prorated.

Attempts: Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from the appropriate program.

Course Outline Changes: The material or schedule specified in this course outline may be changed by the instructor. If changes are required, they will e announced in class.

Required: Materials will be provided by instructor and made available on-line