GEO5550 – Seminar on Remote Sensing and Numerical Terrain Analysis

Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This research-oriented seminar includes in-depth discussions on selected state-of-the-art remote sensing and terrain analysis topics, current technological developments and research directions, recent publications, etc. Typical topics include:

  • reflection upon selected scientific publications
  • presentation and discussion of specialized remote sensing topics
  • algorithm development and software usage
  • discussion of current research

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The students will

  • understand specialized remote sensing topics
  • understand the methods and results of recent publications
  • understand the most recent developments in geoscientific remote sensing and terrain analysis

Skills: The students will

  • be able to read, understand and discuss research by others
  • be able to present and discuss research methods and results
  • be able to reflect critically upon research results
  • be able to better use their programming and software skills


  • The course aims at fostering and developing scientific curiosity around the course theme and critical reflection upon representativeness, accuracy, reliability and importance of the data and results

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

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

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course is mainly directed at master students within the field of geomatics at the Department of Geosciences.

It can be combined with GEO5540 – Special topics in remote sensing and terrain analysis.

Overlapping courses


One 3-hour seminar date per month on average, covering one special topic each and including teaching and discussion of special topics, project presentations, and paper discussions.

In order to pass the seminar, a student has to attend 10 seminar dates, and prepare and lead one of them. This will require seminar attendance over two semesters.

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.


The student has to hand in one obligatory presentation connected to the above seminar lead and participate 10 times in the seminar.

General information about examinations at the faculty

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 the following course:

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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) Dec. 4, 2020 7:13:31 PM

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