Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Business and Social Sciences Division
1 hour lecture.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 12 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: InactiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Stand Alone Course
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: NoneValidation: 1/3/11

1. 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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GEOG 101B.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  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
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Classroom with instructor computer, projector and internet connection. Access to a computer lab with internet connection and GIS software.

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Homework
  2. Final project
7. Representative Text(s) -
Davis, David E. GIS for Everyone. Redlands, CA. ESRI Press 2003.

8. Disciplines -
Geography or Drafting or Environmental Technologies or Forestry/Natural Resources
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Demonstration.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
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 -
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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is part of a four course series that provides for remedial instruction for those in need of it in conjunction with the school districts, as well as support services which help students succeed at the postsecondary level. This class was created as part of a grant funded project to further the 2+2 high school to college pathways for career technical students.

Course status: Inactive
Last updated: 2015-03-03 10:45:38

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines