Course Content and Outcomes Guides (CCOG)

Course Content and Outcomes Guide for GEO 252 Effective Fall 2020

Course Number:
GEO 252
Course Title:
Unmanned Aerial System Data Integration & Interpretation
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Course Description

Introduces the fundamental principles and concepts of using Unmanned Aerial Systems/Vehicles (UAS/UAV) to create orthomosaics, point clouds for Digital Terrain Models and Digital Surface Models, and 3D models of buildings and other structures. Covers the FAA authorization process, mission planning and control, launch and recovery, and GIS integration. Required: Current UAS Certificate of Authorization from the FAA or meet course prerequisites. Prerequisites: GEO 265 and GEO 248 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Apply industry-standard UAS operations and safety protocols to effectively plan and execute missions.
  • Fly UAVs using manual controls and waypoint planning for automatic flight with mobile and desktop programs.
  • Utilize remote sensing and high accuracy GPS technologies to collect optical data via UAV platforms.
  • Perform post-flight data analysis and image processing to create quality aerial surveys, mapping products, and 3D models.

Aspirational Goals

  • Be efficient and resourceful to problem solve both technical and process-oriented issues.

Course Activities and Design

The materials in this course will be presented in a computer lab and field setting through classroom lecture, discussion, software demonstrations, peer critique, and computer-based assignments.  Other methods may be implemented such as small group work and in-class activities.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of themes, concepts, issues, competencies and skills by any combination of the following:

  • Written results of class labs and exercises
  • Completion of exams and quizzes
  • Completion of a final project

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Content, Themes, Concepts

  • UAS operational planning, execution, and ethics
  • UAS regulations and licensing
  • Remote data collection
  • Aerial photography
  • Photogrammetry
  • Visual image interpretation
  • Digital image processing
  • 3D Models
  • Applications of remotely sensed data and imagery
  • Geographic Information Systems

Issues & Skills

  • Types, uses, and analyses of unmanned aerial systems and data
  • Troubleshoot technical issues
  • UAS/UAV regulations
  • Capture, compile, analyze, and display UAV derived products.