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: CSUValidation: 12/14/10

1. 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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GEOG 90B.

2. 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.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
PC Computer facilities and ESRI's Arc View software (or comparable vector & raster GIS software). Internet access.

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
Laboratory projects.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Clarke, Keith. Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2010.

8. Disciplines -
Geography or Drafting or Environmental Technologies or Forestry/Natural Resources
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations and classroom discussion. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Reading assignments.
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 -
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.
13. Need/Justification -
This is an important course to teach critical thinking and spatial reasoning skills.

Course status: Inactive
Last updated: 2015-03-03 10:44:49

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines