SCIE206 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Science

I. Course Number and Title
SCIE206 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
CISC110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information

Lecture and computer laboratory format may include in-class and/or online presentation of material.
Topics are presented in various modes which may include, but are not limited to, any or all of the following: traditional and/or online lectures, group and/or individual activities, small group discussions, computer simulations and library research.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course teaches the theory and practical use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Topics include issues of data accuracy, map projections, scale, data collection, metadata, and data storage/management. GIS analysis techniques, data display options, and cartography are also covered. Students use current GIS software in laboratory exercises.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of GIS technology and techniques;
    2. describe and apply the fundamental principles of cartography and data developments;
    3. describe thematic mapping techniques and models;
    4. utilize leading government/industry software to conduct spatial analysis on georeferenced data; and
    5. create spatial output.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:

    1. GIS hardware and software
    2. geodesy
    3. cartography, map projections, coordinates, and scale
    4. vector and raster data models
    5. data entry, storage, and metadata
    6. data collections
    7. data sources
    8. GIS models and data analysis
    9. environmental analysis with GIS
    10. display and data sharing, coordination, and project management
    11. internet mapping
    12. address matching and GIS standards
    13. federal initiatives and emergency response
    14. future of GIS
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, class participation, and projects as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus will be utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.

Revision/Approval: 7/2010; New Core 8/2015