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Effective: Summer 2014
GEOG 101CGLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS (GPS) FUNDAMENTALS1 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: None
.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a GPS in the field to collect data and integrate it into a digital mapping project
Description -
Introduction to the use of Global Positioning Systems in Geotechnology. Satellite and device history, configuration and accuracy. Data collection in the field with GPS units and integration into digital mapping projects.

Course Objectives -
  1. Describe how a Global Positioning System (GPS) functions
  2. Discuss accuracy and sources of error in GPS operations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use a GPS in the field to collect data and integrate it into a digital mapping project
  4. Discuss the applications of GPS
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Classroom with instructor computer, projector and internet connection. Access to a computer lab with internet connection and GIS software. Student set of Global Positioning System (GPS) units.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Describe how a Global Positioning System (GPS) functions
    1. Identify the components of a modern GPS system and explain how each works
    2. Summarize the history of the GPS satellite system
  2. Discuss accuracy and sources of error in GPS operations
    1. Distinguish between accuracy and precision in GPS data collection
    2. Identify sources of error in GPS data collection
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use a GPS in the field to collect data and integrate it into a digital mapping project
    1. Collect data points and attributes in the field using GPS equipment
    2. Navigate to waypoint locations using GPS units
    3. Export collected data and display in GIS systems
      1. Google Earth
      2. ArcGIS or GeoMedia Pro
  4. Discuss the applications of GPS
    1. GIS system integration
    2. Terrestrial, marine and aviation navigation
    3. Precision farming
    4. Location based services
    5. Physical and natural sciences
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Homework
  2. Final project
Representative Text(s) -
Spencer, John; Brian G. Frizzelle, Phillip H. Page; John B. Vogler. Global Positioning System: A Field Guide for the Social Sciences. Blackwell, 2003.

Disciplines -
Geography
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Field work, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
 
Lab Content -
  1. Demonstrate the ability to use a GPS in the field to collect data
    1. Navigating to waypoints
    2. Collecting points with attributes
    3. Collecting paths
  2. Demonstrate the ability to integrate GPS data into a digital mapping project
 
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 a student to discuss accuracy and sources of error in GPS operations.