U.U. FACULTY of AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT of SOIL SCIENCES
REMOTE SENSING & GIS CENTRE
    

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES OFFERED (Theory-Practise)Credits

  

TTK-4001 Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS (2-2)3 : An introduction to equipment and methods used in obtaining information about earth resources and the environment from aircraft or satellite. Coverage includes sensors, sensor and ground-data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation, and project design. Computer techniques for capture, processing, analysis and display of geographic information, with emphasis on applications in land resources management and planning.

  

ZSD-4913 Remote Sensing and GIS (2-2)3 : It is directed at providing a basic knowledge of Remote Sensing concepts and methods (recording techniques in the optical and microwave region, image construction, analogue and digital image analysis and pattern recognition, geometric and cartographic aspects and the relationship with GIS) and of the possibilities and limitations of Remote Sensing from aeroplanes and satellites as a source of information for the inventory, monitoring and policy making in the fields of agriculture, forestry, land use, agro hydrology, nature conservation and environmental control.

 

ZSD-3903 Cartography (1-2)2 : The map-making process from data collection to final map reproduction is explored. This course covers collecting and processing cartographic data, map symbolization, map design and map production using computers. Analysis of the map as a mode of communication is included. Both raster and vector graphics software for mapping are introduced.

 
ZMD-4902 Soil Survey and Mapping (2-2)3 : Soil Survey and Mapping is an advanced undergraduate/graduate level course covering concepts of soil genesis and development, soil classification, and the distribution of soils across the landscape. The first part of the course uses conceptual and mathematical models to describe the processes and environmental factors affecting the development of soils, their horizons, and their properties. Particular emphasis is placed on development over time; paleosols are used to illustrate some of these points. The second part of the course consists of a brief introduction to the U.S. Soil Taxonomic System. Characteristic properties of individual soil orders are used to further illustrate soil development processes and the geographic distribution of soils. The final portion consists of an advanced treatment of soil - landscape relations and the processes and factors that lead to the distributions observed. This section utilizes GIS and soil landscape modeling to develop these concepts. An introduction to national soils databases and interpretations will be provided. Soil surveys are introduced, both from the viewpoint of making soil maps and their use and interpretation.
  

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES SUPPORTED (Theory-Practise)Credits

 

ZSD-4908 Land Use Planning (2-0)2 : Applied pedology. Suitability of soil landscapes for human needs. Selection of soils for agriculture, urban development and other uses. Identification of critical soil resources. Use of soil landscape data to ameliorate the environmental impact of human activities.

 
ZMD-4901 Soil Genesis and Classification (2-2)3 : Morphology: Chemical, physical and mineralogical parameters useful in characterizing soil. Genesis: soil-forming factors and processes. Classification: historical development and present concepts of soil taxonomy with particular reference to worldwide distribution of great soil groups as well as discussions of logical bases of soil classification.
 
ZMD-4906 Graduation Study (0-2)1 : Preparation and written of specific topics for graduation work.
 

 

GRADUATE COURSES OFFERED (Theory-Practise)Credits

  

TOP-903,MSc;TOP-609,PhD. Remote Sensing of the Environment (2-2)3 : Techniques of enhancement and quantification of remote sensing imagery. Emphasis on processing and analyzing data gathered by airborne and satellite sensors. Techniques to quantitatively analyze data from photography, electro-optical scanners, satellite systems, and radar and passive microwave systems. Applications to: agriculture and forestry, geology and soils, water quality, and urban and regional planning.

 
TOP-935,MSc; TOP-610,PhD. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (2-2)3 : Principles and applications of geographic information systems for the characterization and assessment of agronomic and environmental resources. Methods for accessing, updating, analyzing, and mapping spatial data and information are emphasized. Needs assessment, coordinate systems, database design and maintenance, data transformations are considered.
 
GRADUATE COURSES SUPPORTED (Theory-Practise)Credits
 
TOP-953 Soil Morphology, Classification and Interpretation (2-2)3 : The study of soils as they occur in the field and their relations to current and past environmental conditions. Use of field and laboratory data to understand soil genesis, causes of soil variability, fundamentals of soil classification, and land use potentials. Laboratory emphasizes the description and interpretation of soils and landscapes in the field. Basics of soil landscape modeling in GIS.
 

Special Topics (3-0)3 : MSc. and PhD students choose and study a topic under the guidance of faculty member, normally his/her advisor.

 
 

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