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Effective: Summer 2014
GEOG 90BINTRODUCTION TO GIS FOR K-12 TEACHERS II: UTILIZING SPATIAL DATA & DATA ANALYSIS IN THE CLASSROOM1 Unit(s)

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 spatial analysis functions on a GIS to a Geospatial problem.
  • Discuss applications of GIS to standard curriculum.
Description -
Study of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science and its applications to spatial data management. Georeferencing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Discussion and analysis of uncertainty propagation within a GIS. Applications of quantitative and statistical spatial analytical methods; modeling with GIS in the classroom. Helping students formulate geo-spatial questions.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Define Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  2. Discuss uncertainty as it relates to scale, resolution and projection; recognize uncertainty propagation within a GIS.
  3. Apply spatial analysis functions on a GIS to a Geospatial problem.
  4. Discuss applications of GIS to standard curriculum.
  5. Assemble a regional inquiry GIS.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
PC Computer facilities and ESRI's Arc View software (or comparable vector & raster GIS software). Internet access.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Geospatial Data
    1. Georeferencing & Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
    2. Representing fields: raster, TIN, quadtrees, polygons
    3. Uncertainty propagation
  2. Spatial Analysis
    1. Quantitative & statistical methods; map algebra
    2. Formulating geographic questions
    3. GIS as a modeling tool
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 -
Geography
 
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.