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
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of GIS technology and techniques;
- describe and apply the fundamental principles of cartography and data developments;
- describe thematic mapping techniques and models;
- utilize leading government/industry software to conduct spatial analysis on georeferenced data; and
- create spatial output.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
The following topics are presented:
- GIS hardware and software
- cartography, map projections, coordinates, and scale
- vector and raster data models
- data entry, storage, and metadata
- data collections
- data sources
- GIS models and data analysis
- environmental analysis with GIS
- display and data sharing, coordination, and project management
- internet mapping
- address matching and GIS standards
- federal initiatives and emergency response
- future of GIS
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsExams, quizzes, class participation, and projects as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus will be utilized.
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