Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Business and Social Sciences Division
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 1/26/11; 11/26/12

Cross Listed as:GIST 12
Related ID:

1. Description -
Study of Geospatial Technology including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), cartography, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science to spatial data management. Assessment of vector and raster systems, scale, resolution, map projection, coordinate systems and georeferencing. Identification and acquisition of spatial data.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: GEOG 11 or GIST 11; not open to students with credit in GIST 12.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Define Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and describe the fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems and Technology
  2. Identify, compare and contrast vector and raster GIS
  3. List and evaluate the capabilities of various GIS programs
  4. Discuss the importance of metadata
  5. Demonstrate how to access different sources of data
  6. Demonstrate the process of creating data
  7. Discuss the fundamental concepts of data quality
  8. Apply cartographic principles of scale, resolution, projection and data management to a problem of a geographic nature.
  9. Apply spatial analysis functions on a GIS to investigate a Geospatial problem.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
PC Computer facilities and ESRI's ArcGIS software (or comparable vector & raster GIS software). Computer laboratory will also need internet access.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Science & Technology
    1. The GIST industry
    2. Definition of GIS
    3. Geospatial information systems (GIS, GNSS, RS) and their components
    4. Professional applications of GIST
    5. GIS software: proprietary and open source
    6. GIS hardware
    7. GNSS hardware
    8. RS hardware
  2. Understanding Geospatial data
    1. Types of data
    2. Vector and raster systems
    3. Scale, resolution, map projection
    4. Coordinate systems
    5. Using metadata to correctly apply spatial reference information
  3. Displaying Geospatial data
    1. Basics of cartographic design
      1. Map composition
      2. Color selection
      3. Thematic map display
    2. Designing for different output products (web, hardcopy)
  4. Acquiring and working with Geospatial Data
    1. Identify sources of GIS data including analog and digital sources
    2. The importance of metadata
    3. Using metadata to interpret attribute data
    4. Geocoding
  5. Global Navigation Satellite Systems
    1. How GNSS systems work
    2. How GNSS data is acquired
    3. How GNSS data is integrated into a geospatial project
    4. Georeferencing
  6. Remote Sensing and image classification
    1. How remotely sensed imagery is acquired
    2. Uses of remotely sensed imagery in GIS
    3. Interpret false color aerial photography
    4. Heads up digitizing techniques
  7. Geospatial analysis
    1. Vector to raster, raster to vector conversions and error propagation
    2. Query, edit and maintain a geospatial database
    3. Spatial analysis techniques including map algebra, overlays, buffering, interpolation and surface analysis, network analysis and modeling
  8. Designing and implementing a GIS
    1. User needs assessment
    2. Database design and management
    3. Acquiring digital and analog data
    4. Query, edit and maintain a geospatial database
    5. Application of geospatial analysis techniques to solve problems and produce cartographic output
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Examinations
  2. Laboratory projects
  3. Oral presentation
7. Representative Text(s) -
Bolstad, Paul, GIS Fundamentals: A First Text on Geographic Information Systems,4th edition, Eider Press, 2012.

8. Disciplines -
Geography or Drafting or Environmental Technologies or Forestry/Natural Resources
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations and classroom discussion. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Reading assignments.
10. Lab Content -
Hands on exercises relating to:
  1. Fundamental Concepts in Geographic Information Science
    1. Vector and raster systems
    2. Scale, resolution, map projection
    3. Coordinate systems
  2. Geospatial Data
    1. Georeferencing
    2. Using GPS
    3. Geocoding
    4. Heads-up digitizing
    5. Analog and digital data sources including aerial photography
    6. Using and creating metadata
  3. Spatial Analysis
    1. Quantitative & statistical methods; map algebra
    2. Formulating geographic questions
    3. GIS as a modeling tool
  4. Plan, evaluate and execute and GIS project
    1. Identify a problem and conduct a user needs assessment
    2. Outline a strategy to solve the problem
    3. Locate relevant data sources
    4. Identify hardware and software needed
    5. Design and evaluate a plan to acquire the data
    6. Incorporate data into a GIS
    7. Apply principles of spatial analysis
    8. Present results
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources ranging from 30 to 60 pages per week.
  2. Lecture: Weekly lecture covering subject matter from text assignment with extended topic information. Class discussion is encouraged.
  3. Hands on Exercises and demonstrations: Weekly computer exercises. Each exercise covers assigned reading and lecture topics.
13. Need/Justification -
This is restricted support course for the AA in Geography and a required course for the Certificate of Achievement, Geographic Information Systems Analyst.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-02-05 11:45:07

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines