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COURSE NUMBER: GEOG 350
COURSE TITLE: Geographical Information Systems
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Samson Mengistu
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to the principles and applications of GIS. Hands-on lab assignments focus on data input and manipulation, spatial problem solving, and map presentation using GIS software on micro-computers. Students complete a GIS-based project.

Pre- or Corequisite: Three credits in computing science or STAT 300 or consent of instructor
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Price, Maribeth. 2016. Mastering ArcGIS. Seventh Edition. McGraw Hill: New York.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Chapter Review Questions10%
Mastering the Skills Questions15%
Textbook Lab Assignments25%
Mid-Term20%
Final Project30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • Understand the general role of GIS and applications to specific environmental issues.
  • Gain basic familiarity with a GIS software package
  • Understand the underlying principles of GIS (i.e. projection, cartography, remote sensing, digital data representation, spatial analysis, vector and raster data, etc)
COURSE OUTLINE: CR = Chapter Review
MS = Mastering the Skills
Ex = Lab Exercises
  • Th Jan 5, 8 am Introduction to GIS, Begin Chpt 1 – GIS Data (CR1 Due)
  • Fri Jan 6, 2 pm Begin Chpt 2 – Managing Data (Ex1 Due / CR2 Due / MS1 Due)
  • Th Jan 12, 8 am Begin Chpt 3 – Coordinate Systems (Ex2 Due / CR3 Due / MS2 Due)
  • Fri Jan 13, 2pm Begin Chapter 4 – Mapping GIS Data (Ex3 Due / CR4 Due / MS3 Due)
  • Th Jan 19, 8 am IS Conference – No Class
  • Fri Jan 20, 2 pm Begin Chp 5 – Presenting GIS Data (Ex4 Due / CR5 Due / MS4 Due)
  • Th Jan 26, 8 am Determine mid-term projects (MS5 Due)
  • Fri Jan 27, 2 pm Begin Chpt 6 – Attribute Data (Ex5 Due / CR6 Due)
  • Th Feb 2, 8 am Begin Chpt. 7 – Basic Editing (Ex6 Due / CR7 Due / MS6 Due)
  • Fri Feb 3, 2 pm Work on mid-term projects (MS7 Due)
  • Th Feb 9, 8 am Begin Chpt 8 – Queries (Ex7 Due / CR8 Due)
  • Fri Feb 10, 2 pm Begin Chpt 9 – Spatial Joins (MS8 Due / CR9 Due)
  • Th Feb 16, 8 am (Ex8 Due / MS9 Due)
  • Fri Feb 17, 2 pm Begin Chpt 10 – Geoprocessing (Ex9 Due / CR10 Due)
  • Th Mar 2, 8 am (Midterm Project Presentations)
  • Fri Mar 3, 2 pm Begin Chpt 11 – Raster (Ex10 Due / CR11 Due / MS10 Due)
  • Th Mar 9, 8 am (MS11 Due)
  • Fri Mar 10, 2 pm Begin Chpt 12 – Editing (Ex11 Due / CR12 Due)
  • Th Mar 16, 8 am (MS12 Due)
  • Fri Mar 17, 2 pm Begin Chpt 13 – Geodatabases (Ex12 Due / CR13 Due)
  • Th Mar 23, 8 am Determine Final Project Proposals
  • Fri Mar 24, 2 pm Work on Final Project Proposals (MS13 Due)
  • Th Mar 30, 8 am (Final Project Proposals Due)
  • Fri Mar 31, 2 pm Begin Chpt 14 – Metadata (Ex13 Due / CR14 Due)
  • Th Apr 6, 8 am (Ex14 Due / MS14 Due)
  • Fri Apr 7, 2 pm Work on final projects
  • Th Apr 13, 8 am Final Project Presentations / Final Projects Due


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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