This course provides an introduction to world geography, emphasizing a regional approach, and comparing characteristics such as social, political, economic, and environmental aspects that contribute to the diversity in world regions. The course examines a broad range of geographical perspectives covering all of the major regions of the world. Each region is reviewed in a similar structure so that students can clearly examine similarities and differences between the regions of the world.
This course examines the spatial patterns and interrelationships among physical elements at the earth's surface. Emphasis is given to developing an integrative view of how atmospheric, hydrologic, geomorphic, and biotic processes control the patterns of climate, water, landforms, soils, and ecosystems across local, regional and global scales. It concentrates on the terrestrial landscape, the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere and the human interactions with their natural world.
This course focuses on the discussion of the human impacts on the environment, pollution, population explosion and movements, and the benefits of geography to society. The course objective is to introduce the study of human geography by providing not only a body of knowledge about the creation of places and regions, but also an understanding of the interdependence of places and regions in a globalizing world.
This is a lecture/lab course that provides a foundation in the theory and techniques of remote sensing and geospatial data, characteristics of remote sensors, and remote sensing environmental applications. Topics will include the electromagnetic radiation spectrum from the ultraviolet to microwave and interactions with terrestrial surfaces, optics and sensor design, image processing and data visualization. The course and lab exercises are designed to provide students with an overview of the remote sensing process and information extraction.
The course provides an introduction to the history of cartography and the new automated mapping techniques. Topics include a brief introduction to basic cartographic principles such as map projections, map scale, coordinate systems, raster and vector data structures, data sources and accuracy, cartographic design (graphic communication, scale, color, typography and lettering the map), and statistical surfaces (dot map, profiles, land-surface form, contours).
This is a lecture/lab course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of GIS. The lecture part of the class focuses on the history of GIS, major components of a GIS, geographic data sources, vector and raster models, database development and management techniques, and spatial analysis. The lab portion is hands-on, where students use GIS software to apply the principles and methods discussed in the lectures towards solving real world problems.
This course deals with the economic activity of human societies within the global economy. It describes the structure of the global economy and the various approaches used to understand the global arrangement of economic activities. It explores elements of investments as production, consumption, distribution, foreign exchange, and current economical problems. It concentrates on macro and public sector economics, revenue generation, finance of public infrastructure, operating budgets for urban areas and micro concepts as utility maximization and rational decision making.
This course emphasizes the use of economic theory in urban planning, evaluation and role of urban planning in market economies, theories of regional development and economic growth, balanced and unbalanced growth, income distribution, theories of urban growth, urban location theories. As this course studies the functions of the urban economy: it concentrate on macro, public sector economics: revenue generation, financing of major public infrastructure, operating budgets for urban areas and introduce micro concepts.
The course covers basic statistical concepts, non-spatial and spatial measures of central tendency and dispersion, basic probability, spatial data analysis, statistical theories, methods and problems in spatial data sampling (random, systematic, stratified, clustered). It also introduces students to statistical hypothesis tests (normal distribution, Pearson's chi-squared test (X2), t-test), and geographical dimension of attribute (thematic and distribution maps). Moreover, this course covers ANOVA analysis, correlation analysis between geographical phenomena, regression model and collinearity diagnostics.
This course examines population and all related aspects such as distribution, composition, demography, explosion, migration, income, disease, projection, and future trends of a population of a geographical space. The study of population deals literally with life and death. For this reason alone, the subject occupies a place of importance in a wide variety of academic disciplines, as well as in government, service organizations, business, and industry.
This course addresses the role of population in urban policy and planning, and the impact of a changing population and their activities on cities. It uses census data in deriving measurements and conducting analysis on population distribution segregation in urban centers. The course concerns with the study of population growth (migration and natural increase) to determine infrastructure and service's needs. Urban demography stresses also on the study of population characteristics and its role in changing the landscape of urban centers.
The course focuses on using computers in map-making, map design, data structure, thematic mapping, and enhancement of communication and visualization. Topics covered include use of GPS for mapping, 3-Dimension, new means of map communication such as on-line maps, mobile maps, animated maps, virtual reality, and multi-media. The course includes a laboratory portion that provides students with hands-on ArcGIS and 3D Analyst.
This course provides an introduction to TOD and covers the historical development of transit, organizational structure, ridership trends, and performance measures. Special attention is also paid to the fundamental strategies and tools for TOD implementation, and how it operates within the existing built environment. It also examines TOD's benefits, impacts, barriers, practice from different transit oriented projects implanted in the world including: USA, Singapore, Italy, Netherlands, Tokyo, and UAE (Dubai).
This course focuses on the development of contemporary planning concepts and principles; the nature, purpose and scope of urban planning. It gives an historical overview of the theory of planning and discusses the role of the state, the private economy and the civil society in different planning theories. A range of development planning tools is introduced as: SWOT Analysis, economic and demographic trend analysis, private/public/NGO partnerships, sustainable development planning indicators, and outcome evaluation.
This course explains the location of industrial activities from the perspective of regional and local development. It focuses on explanations of factory location, the role of location in corporate strategies and the geographical structure of production systems, including industrial districts. Emphasis is on the organizational structure of the economy, especially the dominant role played by multinational firms (MNCs). Topics covered include: importance of the geography of industry, theories and rules of industry, relationship between industry, mineral resources, transportation, and urbanization.
This course is designed to expose students to real world practices in governmental departments such as municipalities, town planning, telecommunications, police, and environment. The student will be engaged in real world projects at the governmental or private departments and supposed to adhere to the departments' rules and gain some skills such as project management, technical skills, and personal development. By the end of the course a student has to prepare a report and make a presentation about his/her experience. (This course should be taken over a complete semester. No courses are allowed to be registered with it)
The course provides an introduction to land use planning in urban areas, land use theories, planning processes, and decision making. Special attention is paid to different types of land uses in urban areas: residential, open space, commercial, industrial, and interconnections between different types of land use. Students will understand the importance of land use tools in the planning process and its impact on cities and the welfare of urban residents. The course also covers zoning and growth management strategies.
Research is the basic focus of this subject. At its most fundamental level research is simply a consistent way of asking questions and finding answers to them . The course covers diverse topics related to research methodology in geography. For example, research methods/approaches, types of research, sources of data for research (geographical, statistical), field survey, geographical techniques for research, steps for producing geographical research, and factors controlling good quality research. (This course should be taken over a complete semester. Other courses can be registered with with it).
This course presents an integrated overview of the principles and concepts of the geology, chemistry, physics, and biology of the world’s oceans and seas. This includes the study of the origin of seas and oceans, physical and chemical characteristics of ocean water, waves, topography and biotic life in oceans and seas. The importance of gulfs and canals and international sea boundaries is analyzed as well from an economic and political point of view.
The course focuses on studies of arid zones, causes of aridity, topography, climate, soil, vegetation cover, animals, and human life in arid zones. Special attention is paid to activities and problems in arid zones such as agriculture, grazing and water. Unique physical environments of arid lands and human interactions with these environments over space and time as well as the physical and environmental issues of the arid lands in the region are also considered.
This course involves the study of the characteristics, origin and development of landforms and examines the processes operating within the Earth’s surface systems that shape, modify and lead to the genesis of the surface landforms. From the perspective of landscape management, the course places emphasis on the understanding the processes of weathering, slope development, fluvial systems, desert features, glacial landforms, coasts and shorelines. Topical issues in geomorphology in the UAE are discussed in detail.
This course involves the study and application of advanced aspects of thematic cartography to the design and production of innovative maps and atlases. As well as it provides the chance to produce a cartographic portfolio of well-designed, professional grade maps. It covers theoretical concepts, advanced techniques of data presentation and cartographic production about visual communication, perception and cognition; map reading, analysis and interpretation activities and tasks.
This course is intended for students who have the desire to advance their understanding and research of geographic information systems and technology. Emphasis is placed on the development, integration, and visualization of spatial data for characterizing environmental systems. Application and evaluation of spatial analytical methods to environmental systems and databases of interest to the student are emphasized. Finally, student projects are presented in a “conference” setting during the last two week of class.
This course explores the spatial aspects of regional transportation systems including the description of network structure and flows. Topics include an introduction to models for analyzing multi-modal transportation flows and congestion over urban road and transit networks. These models include trip generation, trip distribution, modal split, and trip assignment and routing algorithms. Applications are developed in a Geographical Information Systems environment. Models are extended to urban land use, spatial safety analysis, pavement management system and air quality applications.
This course examines the causes, physical processes and geographic distribution of natural hazards. The aim of the course is to examine the occurrence of particular types of natural hazards, their causes and resulting social impacts. Emphasis is placed on the geographical distribution of natural hazards, the risks that they present and various response methods. Details of the systems for predicting these events and attempts made to reduce the severity of the impacts generated are also examined.
This course covers the geography of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a focus on the different geographical concepts. The entire human and physical geography of the UAE is covered in details within the course. Topics include history of the UAE as a country (from when the country was established), the landscape and geomorphology, climate and weather systems, and natural resources.
This course focuses on the relationships between urban and regional planning and the geography of regions and cities. It lays out a foundation for the planning of cities and regions, requirements for planning, models of planning, planning principles, geographical dimension of planning, major stakeholders of planning and land use, what factors impact planning decisions making process, and samples of planning entities from UAE.
This GIS course focuses on the application of geographic information systems in the practice of urban and regional planning, with a focus on land use and environmental issues. Topics covered include GIS in decision support, GIS workflow strategies, and GIS for Decision Support in Land, Transportation, and Water Resource Management. The central component is a class project covering the collection, formatting, analysis, and presentation of land use data for a GIS application.
This course introduces the main concepts and methods of transport geography, as well as provides an overview of the historical evolution of transport systems and urban form. Moreover, this course examines transportation modes (land-sea-air), transportation terminals, spatial interactions, urban transportation and environmental impacts. It also investigates the relationship between transportation, economy, transportation networks, and planning. This course also outlines current transportation issues, such as congestion, air quality and sustainable transport.
The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of GIS and coastal management. It focuses on how to manage and monitor characteristics of the marine environment, marine resources, organisms and economic importance, hazards of pollution, conservation laws, maritime boundaries, and legal aspects through remote sensing and GIS. The laboratory portion provides students with hands-on contact with GIS and remote sensing information products and their applications in coastal management.
This course covers various advanced techniques of image processing and analysis of remotely sensed digital data. Topics include radiometric correction, geometric correction, atmospheric and ground effects, image enhancement, spectral analysis, color processing, image filtering, supervised and unsupervised image classification, fuzzy classification, post-classification, accuracy assessment, change detection, and image compression. Practical exercises based on satellite datasets using image processing software such as ERDAS/ENVI/IDRISI is an integral part of the course.
This course examines climatological processes to arrive at an understanding of how and why climates vary spatially and temporally. The course is an introduction to the science of climatology and provides an overview of the physical processes that determine global and regional climate, including: radiative energy transfer; general atmospheric circulation patterns; atmospheric moisture and clouds formation, forms of condensation and precipitation; and global warming and climate change. The emphasis is on the processes that control the Earth's climate.
This course explores spatial analysis, 3D modeling in GIS, remote sensing, GPS, and GIS data used for conducting optimum oil exploration operations, production, marketing, and environmental impact of petroleum. It covers advanced applications of multi spectral imagery for oil industry environments, locating optimal position of a new outlet, and thematic mapping of petrol stations. The course further develops hands-on skills with industry-standard GIS software for application in geologic and geophysical analysis.
This course examines the nature of tourism, associated economic, environmental and socio-cultural consequences. It considers the functional system of tourism; impacts of tourism on regions, communities and landscapes; tourism-resources management and planning. It introduces the basic concepts and practices associated with tourism research, development and planning from the economic geography perspective. It will explore the complex nature of tourism focusing on the spatial interactions between location, the development of tourism activities and their impact on the physical and human landscape.
The course addresses current environmental issues. Topics covered in this course include: the natural environment (atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, biosphere), the environment as interrelated systems, human impact on the environment (urbanization, pollution, global warming), environmental management methods, environmental conservation, environmental impact assessment, and environmental issues related to the UAE and the Gulf. Student has to complete a short report in one of the environmental problems.
This course integrates the social, cultural, environmental, economic and political perspectives on tourism. It consider theory; delivery of services; spatial aspects; economic dimensions and impact; planning; policy; future dimensions; and current research. Topics covered in this course include the relationship between tourism development and urban planning and other geographical phenomena, global tourism, factors affecting tourism (beaches, archeology, historical sites), local tourism and its impact on development, scenic sites in the world, and tourism in the UAE.
The objective of this course is to explore and use GIS and remote sensing in managing the environment, pollution, preserving cultural heritage through restoration and preservation projects and through participation in municipal planning and development decisions. The GIS will help inventory and analyze pollution, cultural, historical, and environmental resources. For example, integrating historical information with the current data to create a computerized model of the life processes that have sustained the community over time.
This course addresses the ways in which local citizens and officials influence the physical shape of the city, government operations, resources available, and opportunities for people to enjoy lives of quality. Urban Politics analyzes the forces that shape the city and emphasizes on how people engage with urban problems and participate in community and economic development. The course selects different countries in the Middle East and the West to make a comparison in the nature of political authority.
The course covers the skills essential for project success in the GIS business environment including a best-practice approach to planning and managing remote sensing and GIS projects of any size. The course focuses on better management of people, tools, and processes to accomplish a GIS project within time, budget, and according to specifications. The course also highlights areas of spatial data policy institutional frames and copy rights.
This course helps the students make the transition into the professional world. It seeks to expose students to real world practices and enhance their learning experience by participating in a professional planning environment including private business sector and public service sector (e.g., municipalities, town planning, urban planning council, telecommunications, police, department of transportation, private planning consulting firms, and environment agencies). (The course is conducted over a complete semester. No courses are allowed to be registered during this course).
A capstone is designed to provide opportunities for students to integrate knowledge from their core and concentration courses, to gain insight into the meanings of professionalism and professional practice, and to reflect on the norms of a discipline or profession. It has been designed to give students exposure to the policy and planning process through projects, critical thinking work, and other assignments, with emphases on integrating aspects of research, policy-making, management, science, and technology. Capstone courses involve projects writing of original geographic research done for real clients. All registered students are required to choose and concentrate on a geographic topic of their interest.
This course will introduce students to planetary and solar system, space planetary missions, planets geological and atmospheric processes, as well as planets composition and physical properties. This course is based on the application of SIS for studying and modelling planetary surfaces and their atmospheric conditions with more focus on planet Mars, which is one of the UAE government priorities. Students taking the course will be able to map different atmospheric and topographic features in different planets, particularly Mars using ArcGIS and JMARS software. Vector and raster datasets will be discussed with more emphasis put on raster datasets as applied remote sensing which is more suitable to model the planets’ surface processes and related phenomena. The students will be able to analyze space remote sensing data and develop research projects. The course is designed to introduce students to the techniques of remote sensing measurements of environmental parameters from satellite and space platforms. This course will provide the students with the needed technological and analytical skills in the space science field.
This course assesses the impact of humans and social activities on the local, regional and global environments. It introduces the basics of environmental science, human activities and environmental problems, discusses issues of ecological sustainability and environmentally sustainable societies. It discusses possible solutions for human induced environmental problems, and how to sustain different ecosystems, biodiversity and societies natural resources. Students are expected to produce a short research paper on an environmental topic of their interest.
This course provides a comparative study of the location, function, and internal spatial structure of urban area. Special attention is given to the impact of transportation, residential, commercial, and industrial activity on the changing form of cities and suburbs. The course also examines contemporary patterns of urban and economic growth and urban-based development the changing trends in urban organization at the regional, national and global scale. New systems of world cities are critically analyzed.
This course involves an investigation of special topics in Physical Geography and may include coursework under headings of climate, soils, water, vegetation, biogeography, coastal resources or geomorphology. The course is designed to provide for instructors an option to address a topic in physical geography with which they are especially concerned; usually more restricted than the subject matter of a regular lecture course. Content vary and depends on instructor.
This course is devoted to understanding the physical processes involved in remote sensing. Emphasis is based on topics of radiative transfer in the atmosphere, at the surface, and in sensors. Atmospheric correction of satellite data, reflectance modeling, advanced sensor systems, and geometric effects.
This course introduces the changes in the global pattern of climate, landforms, vegetation, and soils. It discusses the relative importance of natural and human-induced ecological changes, and introduces the use of satellite data for detecting and monitoring, global warming, forest clearance, accelerated soil erosion, climate change and its consequences.
This course focuses on industrialization, urbanization and regional development. It examines the location effects of developments in manufacturing, services, trade, and finance. Topics as the dynamics of technical change, labor relations, industrial organization, and industrial restructuring will be examined. The course also addresses employment and the social fabric of cities and regions. It critically analyses the competition and national rivalries in the global economy. Emphasis is on the U.A.E.
The course is offered in form of lecture series on topics of major importance in climatology. Discussions include issues such as the causes, evidence, future projections, societal and environmental impacts, and potential solutions to climate change. Lectures and directed discussions on global warming with a focus on scientific issues, the nature of the global climate system, factors influencing climate including interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, solid earth, and biosphere form part of the course.
This course explores the principles and techniques for remote sensing of terrestrial and planetary surface properties including composition, morphology and thermo-physical properties. It presents the theoretical foundations of various techniques and their applications to a range of problems that can be addressed using remote sensing. Students will get hands-on experience obtaining, processing and interpreting remote sensing data. They will be able to identify and use appropriate types of data and techniques for answering particular scientific questions.
This course will introduce students to planetary and solar system, space planetary missions, planets geological and atmospheric processes, as well as planets composition and physical properties. This course is based on the application of GIS for studying and modelling planetary surfaces and their atmospheric conditions with more focus on planet Mars, which is one of the UAE government priorities. Students taking the course will be able to map different atmospheric and topographic features in different planets, particularly Mars using ArcGIS and JMARS software. Vector and raster GIS datasets will be discussed with more emphasis put on raster GIS as applied remote sensing which is more suitable to model the planets’ surface processes and related phenomena. The students will be able to analyze space remote sensing data and develop research projects. The course is designed to introduce students to the techniques of remote sensing measurements of environmental parameters from satellite and space platforms. This course will provide the students with the needed technological and analytical skills in the space science field.
This course is an introduction on the physics and chemistry of planetary atmospheres. Both the Earth atmosphere and the atmospheres of other Planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, etc.) will be part of the course, starting off with the origin and evolution of planetary atmospheres. Students will be introduced to the physical laws that form the basis for our understanding of atmospheric processes. This knowledge will be utilized to explain atmospheric phenomena. In particular, the course will cover the structure and chemical composition of atmospheres. Radiation laws and radiative energy balance. The radiative transfer of scattering, absorption, and emission processes of atmospheres. The role of aerosol particles and formation of clouds. Basic concepts of atmospheric circulation/meteorology. As thus, the course is similarly relevant to aspects of Earth and Environmental Science such as the ozone layer, the greenhouse effect, and air quality.
This course addresses theoretical concepts in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its applications in various fields. Stress will be made on Strength Weakness Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) of applying GIS for certain research problems related to students domains. Students are expected to conduct real GIS research project and debate the pros and cons of GIS applications, ethical/legal issues, and social aspects related to GIS implementation.
This course introduces advance vector and raster analysis modeling, and multi-criteria decision analysis. Topics include network analysis, Digital Elevation Model (DEM), 3D interpolation, and cartographic modeling. Students are expected to apply the theory in finding solution to real world problems such as optimum path in transportation, site selection, visibility analysis, and hazard assessment. Emphasis will be put on real study cases and sharing the output of projects with other students. Critical thinking skills, GIS skills, and ability to convince others with GIS approaches for diagnosing real problems and proposing solutions utilizing various tools such as high quality maps, virtual reality, simulation, and fly-through will be key outcomes of this course.
This course introduces how spatial data are served on the Internet and mobile devices (tablets, mobiles). Topics that will be discussed include interactive and real time mapping, spatial databases, cloud, Big Data, problems and social impact of Internet mapping. Students will be asked to assess web-based GIS services such as in Google Earth, BING, Mapquest, HERE, and OpenStreetMap, write report about their department online GIS services, and propose new one if there is no one exists (objective, user requirements, data needed, criteria for selection hardware/software, testing the site, publishing). PHP, Google API, and MyMap freely available tools will be used in the course in addition to ArcWeb.
This course focuses on GIS accuracy related to spatial component (vector, raster, GPS, Satellite images, Aerial photographs) and the attribute. Topics include Positional accuracy of GPS/maps, remote sensing images accuracy (confusion matrix, User’s/Producer’s accuracy), and Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) for GIS projects. Accuracy standards adopted by various organizations such as the USGS, UK Ordnance Survey, and American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing will be discussed and the rationale behind each standard will be highlighted. Students will be asked to write reports about the current QA/QC adopted in their departments and why.
Every PhD student must pass a Comprehensive Examination (CE) designed to evaluate the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge of his or her discipline, as well as the student’s scholarly potential. The CE consists of a written and an oral part and will be prepared, administered, and evaluated by an examination committee from the student’s concerned department. It must be taken before the start of the student’s fifth semester in the program. Students taking the CE must be in good academic standing after completion of the required coursework. The CE may be repeated only once, no later than the end of the student’s fifth semester. A second unsuccessful attempt leads to immediate termination of the student’s enrollment in the PhD program. The CE course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
Student prepares a concise and complete Research Proposal that clearly defines the research problem and objectives, and outlines the research methodology and a plan that the student will follow for the dissertation work. The proposal should be completed under the direction of the student’s supervisor and must be approved by the Advisory Committee. The proposal’s content and format must follow the PhD Research Proposal Preparation Guidelines issued by the College of Graduate Studies. The Research Proposal course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
Student conducts high quality academic research under the direction of his/her supervisor. Student and supervisor shall meet on regular basis and discuss progress and issues related to the student’s dissertation research. Furthermore, the student writes an annual report based on a meeting with supervisor and Advisory Committee, in which a review is conducted to determine progress, identify problems, and project dates for completion of various tasks. The research shall represent original contribution to human knowledge in the particular academic field and is presented in a written research dissertation of a publishable standard. The document shall also demonstrate the candidate’s acquaintance with the literature of the field and the proper selection and execution of research methodology. The physical form of the dissertation must comply with the regulations stated in the Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Guidelines, issued by the College of Graduate Studies.
Student defends his/her research dissertation in the form of an oral presentation in a public session, followed by a closed session, before a Dissertation Examination Committee, which includes internal and external examiners. The outcome of the overall evaluation of the dissertation is based on two main parts: (1) the Committee’s evaluation of the dissertation document and (2) the Committee’s evaluation of the dissertation defense. The final result shall be one of the following: (1) Approve dissertation as presented, (2) Approved with minor revisions, (3) Re-examine after making major revisions, or (4) Rejection of dissertation and dismissal. The Dissertation Defense course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
This course explores the techniques by which the surface of the Earth is remotely imaged. It presents the theoretical foundations of remote sensing: electromagnetic radiation, aerial photography, sensors (optical, thermal, microwave), visual interpretation of imagery, and applications. It also includes a practical component that exposes the students to a wide range of remote sensing data types and their uses.
This course presents a brief history of GIS development, discusses maps and map projections and reviews the concepts and technologies used in developing GIS and in its application. The course has a lab component that offers students a practical introduction to the creation, query, analysis and visualization of spatial data using an industry standard GIS software
This course covers the different methods used in the analysis of spatial data and reviews the concepts spatial statistics, geographic analysis and cartographic modeling. It provides the students with a set of specialized techniques used in exploring and interpreting spatial data such as point patterns, spatial interpolation, overlay and network analysis. The course has a lab component where students practice applying the analysis methods using a GIS software.
This course focuses on the new techniques linking telecommunication (mobile equipment, network), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and GIS. It provides an overview of network standards and implementation and principles of spatial data sharing. It discusses the deployment of spatial data on the Internet and methods to access it and use it in practical applications.
This course provides a background about Data Base Management System (DBMS) as an integral and essential part of GIS. The course presents data models, DB languages, normalization, views, implementation and the relational, hierarchical, and network approaches to database management systems.
This course focuses on the issues encountered in the management of a remote sensing and GIS projects. It discusses topics such as open GIS, social, legal, economic, and standardization issues related to remote sensing and GIS. Students are encouraged to relate issues raised in this course to their research project and are asked to present their approach, findings and issues to their classmates.
This course covers methods of field data collection in a manner suitable for spatial analysis. It focuses on the collection and acquisition of remote sensing data and on surveying using Global Positioning System (GPS). Topics covered by the course will also include preparation of data for conversion to a digital format, map generation from surveying field data, accuracy, and quality of spatial data. This course has lab component where students collect data in the field and integrate it in a GIS application.
This course provides the students with theoretical and practical aspects of biophysical–quantitative remote sensing. The course covers a set of practical environmental applications of remote sensing that include: vegetation monitoring and biomass inventory, water monitoring and bathymetry, hydrology and meteorology. This course has hands-on activities where students complete mini-projects related to the topics of the course.
This course provides theoretical and practical training in satellite positioning. It covers the topics of satellite geodesy, reference frames, coordinate transformations, GPS , static and real-time positioning, and GPS augmentation. This course has a practical component where student acquire, process and use GPS data.
This course presents the methods used in software system design, development, and maintenance. It covers topics such as: formal models of structured programming and program correctness, software engineering methods and tools, functional and object-oriented design, software documentation, version tracking and testing. This course has a hands-on component.
This course is designed to give students an in-depth knowledge on the applications of remote sensing or GIS in their area of specialization. Topics covered must not be covered by other courses in the program and are selected at the beginning of the semester. Examples of suitable topics: developing a GIS application for utilities (water, gas, electricity), transportation (fleet management, finding the best route, monitoring of transportation network), or applying remote sensing for coastal monitoring. This course may be pursued in the forum of individually supervised projects linked to studies in the program.
The course provides students with the skills essential for project success in today's GIS business environment. It presents a streamlined, best-practices approach to planning and managing remote sensing and GIS projects of any size. The course focuses on better management of people, tools, and processes to accomplish a GIS project within time, budget, and according to specifications.
This course focuses on the application of remote sensing and GIS techniques to solving real-world urban and environmental problems. Applications discussed in the course include analyses of urban and suburban landscapes, land use and land cover, vegetation and forestry, population estimates and energy consumption estimates.
This course presents the different uses of remote sensing and GIS in the oil industry. It reviews the different types of remote sensing data types and details their uses in oil exploration. It explores algorithms for spatial analysis and 3D modeling in GIS and discusses their use in exploration operations, production, marketing, and environmental impact of petroleum.
Students who opt for the 'non-thesis' track must register for this course in the last semester of their study plan. The student must complete, under the guidance of his graduation project supervisor, a remote sensing and/or GIS related project including defining requirements, methodology, implementation, and presenting results. The student is required to produce a project report and to present his work to an examining committee that grades it.
Students who opt for the 'thesis' track must register for this course starting in the third semester of their study plan.The student must complete a remote sensing and/or GIS related research study or project that culminates in writing a dissertation. An advisor guides the student throughout the semester. The student is required to defend his work in front of an examining committee that includes an external reviewer
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