The purpose of this course is to teach the practical use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Major components of the course include computer representation of geographic information, the construction of GIS databases, and spatial analysis with GIS. The lab portion of the course is intended to allow the student to put into practice concepts and techniques described in presentation. At the end of the course, students are expected to have a better understanding of ArcGIS, and the ability to develop GIS-based solutions to geographic modeling and analysis tasks.
Highlights / Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Describe the fundamental theory of Geographic Information Science, purpose, and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
2. Recall basic concepts of geographic data, geospatial analysis, and geospatial technologies.
3. Conduct spatial analysis using GIS tools.
4. Build maps that are fit-for-purpose and effectively convey the information they are intended to by following fundamental cartographic principles.
5. Employ ArcGIS Help and other help forums for guidance.
6. Effectively communicate about GIS processes, procedures and cartographic design to both the public and GIS peers.
7. Get excited about GIS!
Book - The GIS 20: Essential Skills (3rd Edition)
Software – ArcMap 10.6 or later