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Drone Mapping and Navigation Systems

Cutting-edge technologies

Unleash Your Potential in Mapping, Spatial Analysis, Positioning, and Scientific Research
This Microcredential course offers shorter and more accessible forms of learning to provide required skills for you to be part of a much-needed workforce in surveying, engineering, agricultural research and more.


The full cost of this course is $6,336. Limited places are available at a lower price due to Department of Education funding via the Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education.

About the course
What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Articulate GNSS data collection and processing procedures for various GNSS data collection techniques and analyse sources of error in observations; and devise the essential features of project planning and data collection project for mapping when utilising GNSS
  • Design photogrammetric surveys and develop strategies for effective data collection including conceptualising drone-based remote sensing; and apply photogrammetric methods to extract information from photographs; appraise their application in topographic mapping, engineering projects, agriculture and information gathering for geographic information systems; and articulate the fundamental principles of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones, various drone types, their applications, and the process of planning drone operations
  • Explore and articulate the characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum in the context of drone remote sensing and analyse how drones capture and interpret different wavelengths of light to acquire valuable data for remote sensing applications; and analyse and explore the use of visible, thermal and multispectral imagery across various industries and optimise practical skills in utilising software tools and techniques to process and analyse drone imagery data
  • Articulate the principles and applications of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology in drone-based data acquisition, and process and manipulate LiDAR data to improve quality; and utilise processed LiDAR data for various applications and analysis the limitations and uncertainties associated with drone LiDAR data
What topics will you cover?
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) including fundamenals, differential GNSS, project planning, and collection and processing
  • Drone Mission Planning including photogrammetry and remote sensing introduction, aerial photogrammetry principles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, and flight planning
  • Processing of Drone-based Visible, Termal and Multispectral imagery including drone remote sensing, processing of visible or RGB imagery, processing of thermal imagery, and processing of multispectral imagery
  • Processing of Drone-based LiDAR data and Classification including principle of LiDAR technology, drone-based LiDAR, LiDAR processing, and LiDAR classification

To be eligible for a digital badge for this course, you will need to successfully complete assessments which include:

  • Scenario-based case study and project-based assessment: This assessment consists of three parts, each designed to gauge students' practical understanding and application of geospatial concepts in real-world scenarios.
  • Drone LiDAR project assessment: This assessment evaluates their understanding of LiDAR principles, proficiency in drone LiDAR data processing, and insights into practical applications and challenges.
Digital Badges

When you successfully complete the assessment, earn credible digital badges you can share online via LinkedIn

Study Periods

This Microcredential runs for 14 weeks and commences on the below dates:

  • 22 January 2024
  • 13 May 2024
Course Credit
SVY1110 Global Navigation Satellite Systems and SVY2202 Photogrammetry and Drone mappingarrow
This Microcredential represents 2 units of credit.

Drone Mapping and Navigation Systems can be taken as a stand-alone course. 

The Microcredential can be used to apply for credit towards:

  • Associate Degree of Spatial Science
  • Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology
  • Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours)
  • Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Spatial Science Technology
  • Master of Spatial Science Technology

To apply credit, you must first meet all of the program admission requirements to the program and approval must be granted from the Program Director.

UniSQ | National Drones Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) Training
Obtain your RePL with the National Drones Institute at the below locations.
  • Monday 4 March and Tuesday 5 March
  • Monday 11 March and Tuesday 12 March
  • Monday 24 June and Tuesday 25 June
  • Monday 2 July and Tuesday 3 July
  • Monday 4 March and Tuesday 5 March
  • Monday 11 March and Tuesday 12 March
  • Monday 24 June and Tuesday 25 June
  • Monday 2 July and Tuesday 3 July
  • Thursday 7 March and Friday 8 March
  • Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March
  • Thursday 27 June and Friday 28 June
  • Thursday 4 July and Friday 5 July

This Microcredential is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia Department of Education as part of the Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education.

Drone Mapping and Navigation Systems

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14 weeks

A $2237
FEE-Help information

If you are an Australian citizen, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, or are a New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category Visa and meet the long term residency requirements you may be apply for FEE-Help to defer the cost of this Microcredential.

For more details and eligibility requirements:

Remote Pilot Licence

The University has secured a special offer with National Drones for Microcredential participants at the discounted rate of $1000.

To access this special offer, you will receive a unique link to the UniSQ National Drones registration page on submission of your application.

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