Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Business and Social Sciences Division
GIST 101CGLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS (GPS) FUNDAMENTALSSummer 2014
.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 24 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: .5 Lab Hours: 1.5 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: 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 -
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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GEOG 101C.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  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
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. Student set of Global Positioning System (GPS) units.

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Homework
  2. Final project
7. 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.

8. Disciplines -
Geography or Drafting or Environmental Technologies or Forestry/Natural Resources
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Field work, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
 
10. 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
 
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 a student to discuss accuracy and sources of error in GPS operations.
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: Active
Last updated: 2014-04-08 16:20:54


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines