GEO9550 – 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 of 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 critically reflect 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 a critical reflection of representativeness, accuracy, reliability and importance of the data and results

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

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 GEO5440 – Cryospheric Modelling.

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

It is obligatory to attend 10 seminar dates, and prepare and lead two of them. This will require seminar attendance over two semesters. At the end of the second semester, a review paper has to be handed in.

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.


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

  • Two obligatory presentations connected to the above seminars count for a total of ca. 60%.
  • One obligatory review paper counting ca. 40% must be handed in.
  • Both the two obligatory presentations and the obligatory review paper must be passed individually in order to pass the course. 

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:

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) Oct. 23, 2020 1:13:07 PM

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