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Effective: Summer 2014
GEOG 101BA PREFACE TO GIS: COMPUTER-BASED MAPPING & GIS1 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: None
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Discuss how GIS are used
  • Identify and describe a Geographic Information System
Description -
Non-technical introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with an emphasis on applications. Includes the application of GIS in a range of disciplines, GIS software and data available, how Global Positioning Systems (GPS) integrate with GIS. Students will be introduced to a variety of free and low cost software and provided with practical exercises.

Course Objectives -
  1. Describe what a Geographic Information System (GIS) is and how it works
  2. Identify examples of GIS and GIS software
  3. Explain how GIS are used in various disciplines
  4. Summarize the history of GIS development
  5. Relate Global Position Systems (GPS) to GIS
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Classroom with instructor computer, projector and internet connection. Access to a computer lab with internet connection and GIS software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Describe what a Geographic Information System (GIS) is and how it works
    1. GIS defined
    2. Elements of a GIS: geometry, georeferencing, databases
    3. Applications and limits of GIS
  2. Identify examples of GIS and GIS software
    1. Free GIS software on the web, downloading and installing
    2. Free GIS data
    3. Map Quest
    4. Google Earth
    5. Car navigation system
    6. 911 calls
    7. Package deliveries
  3. Explain how GIS are used in various disciplines such as:
    1. Route optimization in distribution or delivery systems
    2. Location identification in business development
    3. Hazard identification and mapping
    4. City services
    5. Emergency management
    6. Biology and ecology
    7. Real estate
    8. Business
    9. Military
  4. Summarize the history of GIS development
    1. The two founders of GIS: ESRI and Intergraph
    2. Different software philosophies
    3. Early problems with GIS
    4. Future issues
  5. Relate Global Position Systems (GPS) to GIS
    1. A non-technical description of how GPS works
    2. How GPS integrates with GIS
    3. Map making with GPS
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Homework
  2. Final project
Representative Text(s) -
Davis, David E. GIS for Everyone. Redlands, CA. ESRI Press 2003.

Disciplines -
Geography
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Demonstration.
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Homework or in class exercises involving critical thinking that assesses the course Student Learning Outcomes. For example, a critical thinking exercise that asks the student to consider the applications and limits of GIS.