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Effective: Summer 2014

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • apply GIS to problems of a spatial nature
  • discuss the value and applications of GIS in student's major or area of interest
Description -
Study of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science and its applications to spatial data management. Assessment of vector and raster systems, scale, resolution, map projection and coordinate systems. Applications and uses of GIS and data visualization in the classroom and in and out of the classroom. Integration of technology intensive curriculum with the traditional classroom model.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. define Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  2. identify, compare and contrast vector and raster GIS.
  3. discuss the applications of different map projections and coordinate systems.
  4. apply GIS to problems of a spatial nature.
  5. discuss the value and applications of GIS in three of the following fields: agriculture, biology, business and marketing, ecological modeling, economics, education, emergency management, epidemiology, facilities management, forestry, geography, geology, hydrological modeling, land use management, military, real estate, transportation, travel, urban planning, utility management, zoology.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
PC Computer facilities and ESRI's Arc View software (or comparable vector and raster GIS software). Occasional use of Macintosh computer facilities. Internet access.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Fundamental Concepts in Geographic Information Science
    1. Definition of GIS
    2. Vector and raster systems
    3. Scale, resolution, map projection
    4. Coordinate systems
    5. Applications of GIS
  2. Spatial Analysis
    1. Quantitative & statistical methods; map algebra
    2. Formulating geographic questions
    3. GIS as a modeling tool
    4. Integrating GIS into the classroom
Methods of Evaluation -
Laboratory projects
Representative Text(s) -
Clarke, Keith., Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2010.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations and classroom discussion. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Reading assignments.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources; Hands on Exercises and demonstrations: Weekly computer exercises. Each exercise covers assigned reading and lecture topics.