May 15th 2016

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (Canvas net)

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GIS (Geographical Information Systems) is everywhere. From your smartphone to your tablet, location enabled devices are present in almost every household. With over 80% of all data having some type of spatial (or geographical) component, GIS and the principles of geographic data have relevancy everywhere. This course will introduce students to GIS and the principles of spatial data in their personal life as well as applications of GIS across various industries.

Major components of the course include computer representation of geographic information, the basics of GIS databases, spatial analysis with GIS, and application areas of GIS. At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of elementary GIS theory and examples of GIS-based solutions in the world around them.

Topics include:

Week 1: Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Week 2: Layers, Scales of Measurement, Map Design

Week 3: Inside A GIS

Week 4: Earth Measurements, Coordinate Systems and Projections

Week 5: GIS Editing, Geoprocessing, and Programming

Week 6: GIS Data and Analysis in GIS

Upon completion of this course, students will:

- Recall the main components of a GIS

- Identify applications of GIS

- Define key GIS terms

- Recognize basic Earth measurement concepts and common geographic coordinate systems when given examples

- Identify basic map design elements

- Recall the uses of programming and customization in GIS

- Identify common applications of path and overlay analysis

Students completing the optional lab component will also:

- Use common ArcGIS software tools

- Use ArcGIS Help to answer common GIS questions

- Complete simple data processing tasks

- Create, edit, and transform spatial data

- Conduct basic spatial analysis in ArcGIS software

- Create a map incorporating basic cartographic design rules

- Gain hands-on experience using GIS to solve real world problems