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Effective: Summer 2015
GIST 90CINTRODUCTION TO GIS FOR K-12 TEACHERS III: DESIGNING & IMPLEMENTING A GIS1 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GEOG 90C.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Description -
Study of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science and its applications to spatial data management. Designing and creating an original GIS. Database design, fundamentals of data storage, scanning and heads-up digitizing. Finding and accessing free data sources on the Internet.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Create new GIS databases through scanning and heads-up digitizing.
  2. Identify sources of free GIS data on the Internet, and assemble them into an original GIS project.
  3. Design a project based inquiry activity around a GIS.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
PC Computer facilities and ESRI's Arc View software (or comparable vector & raster GIS software). Internet access.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Database design
  2. Fundamentals of data storage
  3. Digitizing, scanning and editing
  4. Geospatial data resources
  5. Project-based inquiry curriculum in the classroom
Methods of Evaluation -
Projects
Representative Text(s) -
Clarke, Keith. Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2010.

Disciplines -
Geography or Drafting or Environmental Technologies or Forestry/Natural Resources
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations and classroom discussion. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Reading assignments.
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
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.