I. Course Description:
Companies are using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's)/Drones for professional services in industries including GIS, surveying and mapping, forestry, natural resources, earth sciences, agriculture, real estate, construction, filming and cinematography, utilities inspections, and more. This course will teach theory and concepts related to mapping and photogrammetry, flight safety and operations, licensing and legal issues, and software and hardware concepts. This course is part of the UAV/Drone Mapping Microcredential/Skills Attainment Certificate (3 courses = CCTIS/GEOGR 68, 70, and 75).
II. Course Objectives:
1. Use and apply best practices in safety and legal operations of UAV/Drone technology.
2. Program flight patterns to successfully collect UAV/Drone remote sensing data.
3. Design and apply best practices mapping concepts and techniques in UAV/Drone data collection campaigns.
4. Achieve correct altitude and utilize specific camera settings for UAV/Drone data collection and mapping operations.
5. Use UAV/Drone mapping software to create an accurate Orthomosaic, DSM or DEM from field data collected.
6. Work successfully with teammates to design and carry out a UAV/Drone mapping project and present findings in a peer-reviewed format.
III. Student Learning Outcomes:
· By the end of the course you will be able to collect, compile, organize, transform, analyze, and make intelligent geospatial decisions from analyzing raster, vector, and attribute data.
· By the end of the course you will have worked cooperatively with a small group of peers to design and present a UAV/Drone Mapping research project to the public.
· By the end of the course you will learn to summarize scientific concepts using a scientific/technical writing style.
IV. Course Content:
1. Introduction to UAV/Drone use: Licensing, legal issues, etc.
2. Introduction to UAV/Drone operation: Operating and flying a UAV/Drone
3. Introduction to UAV/Drone mapping concepts: Flight planning, photogrammetry, data collection
4. Introduction to hardware: UAV/Drone system components; computer system requirements
5. Introduction to software: UAV/Drone mapping software applications; GIS software
6. Project Design, Management, and Presentation: UAV/Drone research project --> Purpose/objectives, data collection, data processing, data analysis, presenting and summarizing results/findings.
Each of the learning units will require somewhat less than one week to complete and will require a minimum of 3 hours per week of outside of class work. It is likely that individual students will need additional time to work on computers during open lab time, since computer courses characteristically are very time consuming.
V. Representative Text(s):
1.AgiSoft Tutorial and Manual +
2. GIS Commons: A Free, Opensource, Introductory Textbook on Geographic Information Systems by Dr. Michael Schmandt: GIS Commons
1. Lecture and computer time will be intermixed as needed. Basic fundamentals of GIS and UAV/Drones will be covered by lecture, demonstrations, and tutorials/exercises.
2. Students will learn to use ArcGIS software and UAV/Drone Mapping software tools to organize, pre-process and process, analyze, and present UAV/Drone raster-based data in a project-driven, peer-reviewed format.
3. Student projects will be highly directed at first, then evolve into autonomous ventures by the end of the semester. Each student earning 3 units of credit will design and carry out a culminating project to be presented to peers during the final week of class.
VII. Method(s) of Evaluation:
1. Lecture and lab activities will be turned in for credit and concepts and processes will be summarized in written abstracts; GIS and raster-based GIS concepts will be covered on the test; the project will be assessed on an individual basis, to be turned in toward the end of the semester (see below).
3. Lab exercises and in class work is essential to your success and is your individual responsibility to complete in a timely fashion. I expect you to ask for assistance when needed.
Note: A grading curve will not be used to determine grades. Grades will be determined as follows:
Multimedia presentations are becoming increasingly popular due to their effectiveness in communicating information. Computer programs that incorporate video, audio, textual, graphic, animated, and other media forms are rapidly becoming mainstream in business, scientific, and educational applications. Research has shown that people acquire knowledge and information in a variety of modalities (eg. visually, auditorally, kinesthetically, etc.). In order to effectively communicate your research to your fellow classmates, you will design a project that uses more than one media form (i.e. video, slides, audio tape, text, posters, manipulatives, models, dramatic presentations, musical presentations, etc.). Remember, you are trying to: 1) learn new information; and 2) effectively communicate that information to others.
1. Project Ideas:
2. Past Student Topics:
These topics are intended to motivate you to generate your own ideas. Make sure the scope and sequence of your topic is manageable for the given time allotment.
3. Project Format:
B) Should use a "STORY" format. Stories have:
i) beginning; ii) middle; and iii) end.
C) Should have a list of references cited (listing each source of information used; use the online citation machine to cite your sources: EasyBib)
i) any statement that is not general knowledge needs to be credited
ii) do not just use encyclopedias and textbooks
iii) use primary (scientific journals, interviews with researchers) and secondary sources (books and review articles that deal with a specific topic)
D) Should be professional (clear, audible, legible, neat, high quality, etc.)
E) Use the following file data organization
structure for your projects:
Standard Directory Structure for Projects
A) Each presentation will be 9 to 10 minutes in length with time for questions afterward from the class
B) Each presentation will be evaluated by the members of the class on a standardized evaluation form to be provided
C) You will turn in a digital copy of your PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation along with the project folder with all of your subfolders including your data.
This project is due to be presented on the date listed on the calendar during scheduled class time. All deliverables are due at that time.
(Peer evaluations will be due at the end of class, following presentations. Credit may be given for completing evaluations).
A) In the library there are books and technical publications on many topics; check the catalog or ask a reference librarian for assistance.
B) Online resources are available for research purposes. This will be one of your most valuable resources. See me if you need help searching for information on the web.
C) Within the community there are several professionals with strong interests in GIS, UAV/Drones, and GPS. Call them up for ideas, resources, answers to questions, etc.
D) Other students in the class or GIS program may be able to help guide your search.
E) I'll be able to provide support and guidance - use me as a resource.
A) Columbia College may be able to provide some materials on a check out basis, otherwise see me if you need support in this area.
B) The College has a data projector and access to a computer and multimedia software (i.e. PowerPoint or Google Slides).
Remember - the main goal is learn something new while becoming familiarized with UAV/Drone Mapping hardware, software, and application of the technology to solve problems and/or make decisions. You will also increase you presentation skills by sharing your findings with others in the class. Pick something interesting and fun - and enjoy being creative with this project!
Computer Science 68 Exam
Directions: Please answer the question
below for the exam. Limit your responses to one
side of one piece of paper. Use diagrams and
examples to clarify your descriptions and explanations. Follow
the grading rubric below for guidance. I will review any rough
drafts of your responses up to the weekend before the midterm
due date if youd like me to.
Here is the exam question:
1.Explain, in your own words, what UAV/Drone Mapping is and how it works. Include in your response a discussion of what UAV/Drones are, how they work, and why they are useful. Include in your response the raster and 3D data models as related to UAV/Drone mapping and types of raster data that can be collected with a UAV/Drone system. Also include a discussion of fight pattern efficiency and best practices in terms of remote sensing data collection and planning, flying, collecting data, and landing a UAV/Drone. Explain how an accurate orthomosaic, DSM, or DEM is constructed. Discuss limitations to UAV/Drone mapping systems as well (accuracy issues, quality, resolution, errors, etc.). Also discuss and give examples of different applications for which UAV/Drone mapping systems are used. Finally, include a discussion of legal issues and laws a UAV/Drone mapping analyst would have to consider.
High-quality responses contain:
For students with disabilities, (i.e. physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational, financial, etc., in nature), who believe that they may need special accommodations in this class, I encourage you to discuss options with me within the first 10 days of instruction.