January 2015


Academic services


This form (CAF) should be used to obtain UCL approval for the amendment of an undergraduate or postgraduate module assessment pattern.
This form should be submitted, having received Departmentaland Faculty approval. This can be evidenced with the appropriate signatures or by an accompanying email or letter.
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Course:Principles and Practice of Remote SensingCode: GEOG3051

Credits:0.5 CULearning Hours:20 hours

ECTS:Date of implementation: 3/2015

Change with effect from: Academic year 2015-16

Current Assessment Criteria / Proposed Assessment Criteria
Method of Assessment / % / Examination Length or coursework word count / Method of Assessment / % / Examination Length or coursework word count
Exam / 100 / 3 hours / Exam / 60 / 2
Poster presentation / 40 / ~1000
Rationale for proposed amendment:
The course has been 100% examination for some time. Feedback from students is that this form of assessment is generally unpopular and is in part likely to be a factor whichdeters students from choosing the module in the 3rd year. In addition, this is a rather narrow form of assessment which favours some students, while disadvantaging others, often leading to quite bimodal distributions of examination results. Lastly, the 100% examination assessment means there is less scope (or incentive) for students to explore remote sensing applications and read around the subject. By moving to a poster presentation session, this will reduce the emphasis on the examination and allow for more varied course content on the applications side of the course, and additional reading on a chosen subject. Students will be required to explore a particular remote sensing application based on (selected) leading publications from the last 12 months. They will then summarise this work in discussion/seminar session, as well as how to prepare and present and poster in the context of a scientific meeting including examples of good and bad practice. Finally, students will prepare a poster on their chosen topic, which will be presented at a poster session at the end of term. The convenor will discuss the work with the students at the session and assess each poster based on a set of fixed criteria including: understanding; depth and breadth of reading; clarity; presentation.

If Examinations are listed above, is it expected that they will be administered by the UCL Examinations Section?


If ‘Yes’ please state examination time

EXAM:Written examination in the main period

Head of Department:Faculty Approval:UCL Approval: