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Course content

This course covers the practical and theoretical principles of remote sensing used in Earth observation. After taking this course you will understand the content of data produced in these processes, and how to extract specific information. You will also be able to determine which techniques are best used in different situations.

Learning outcome

After taking this course, you will:

  • Know the properties of the visible, infrared and microwave parts of electromagnetic spectrum
  • Be familiar with various platforms for remote analysis and image sensors
  • Be adept at the collection, storage and processing of data
  • Be familiar with the various uses that exist for remote analysis
  • Have experience with writing a project report


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The courses GEO3515 and GEO4515 have a joint admission with a joint capacity of 20 students. 

If there are more then 20 applicants the applicants will be ranked after the following categories:

  1. Students admitted to the following master programme options (not prioritized order):
  2. Students admitted to the following programme options (not prioritized order):
  3. Other programme students at the Department of Geosciences, UiO
  4. Exchange students at bachelor- and master level and other bachelor and master level students at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiO.
  5. Single course students

Applicants will be ranked by the number of ECTS-credits within each category: all applicants within category 1 is ranked before applicants in category 2. If there are space limitations in the course, available places will be given to students selected randomly among those with the same amount of ECTS credits.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Overlapping courses


Lectures 2 hours per week, and exercises in computer lab 2 hours per week. A mandatory presentation of a project and submittance of a mandatory project report (approx. 5 pages) with optional topic. The project report counts with the final grade.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (


  • The project presentation and the written project assignment must have been approved before the final examination.
  • The written project assignment counts for 30%.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for 70%.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2019


Autumn 2019

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)