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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

This course covers the practical and theoretical principles of remote sensing for observing the Earth from air and space. A focus of the course is on environmental monitoring from satellites. The main parts of the course are the (i) physical principles behind remote sensing, in particular electromagnetic radiation, (ii) sensors and platforms used in Earth observation, and (iii) methods for analyzing the data obtained.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you are able to

  • explain the properties of the visible, infrared and microwave parts of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • compare various platforms for remote analysis and image sensors
  • analyze remotely sensed data and evaluate results from such data
  • communicate results from your own remote sensing project in oral and written form
  • reflect on which remote sensing techniques and analysis methods are suitable in different applications of environmental monitoring

Admission to the course

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.

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 programme options (not prioritized order):
  2. Students admitted to the following master 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.

Special admission requirements

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 the computer lab 2 hours per week. A mandatory presentation of a project and submittal of a project report (approx. 10 pages) where the topic is given. The project report counts towards 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 (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


  • A mandatory project presentation must have been approved before the final examination.
  • A written project report counts 30% towards the final grade. The project report must have been passed before the final examination.
  • A final written examination counts 70% towards the final grade.
  • The written project report and the final written examination must be passed separately in order to pass the course.

When writing your exercises make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules for use of sources and citations. Breach of these rules may lead to suspicion of attempted cheating.

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 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Courses 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.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 26, 2022 7:15:39 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)