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|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: |
- Create new GIS databases through scanning and heads-up digitizing.
- Identify sources of free GIS data on the Internet, and assemble them into an original GIS project.
- 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) - |
- Database design
- Fundamentals of data storage
- Digitizing, scanning and editing
- Geospatial data resources
- Project-based inquiry curriculum in the classroom
|Methods of Evaluation - |
|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. |