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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

These are 2013-2014 course descriptions.

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GIS 1100 Introduction to GIS (A, SP)

3 credits

The course introduces the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including basic cartographic principles, map scales coordinate systems and map projections. Specific topics addressed include GIS terminology, raster and vector structures, data sources, data accuracy, methods of data conversion and input, requirements for metadata, an introductory look into working and interfacing with spatial databases and an introductory look into spatial analysis. These topics will be reinforced in hands-on lab exercises. There will be several tests for this course that are administered in the Testing Center.

Lecture: 2 hours – Lab: 3 hours

GIS 1101 Acquiring GIS Data (A, SP, SU)

2 credits

This course introduces students to acquiring geographic data and to learning to recognize and understand different data types used in the GIS applications. This course is designed for the beginning student who has limited knowledge in accessing existing databases. Students also develop skills for participating in distance learning courses and submitting class projects using the Internet.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours Lab Fee: $20.00

GIS 1102 GIS in Industry (A, SP, SU)

2 credits

This course is to introduce members of construction, engineering, business, real estate, health, emergency management and utility industries to GIS. Students learn how to use ArcGIS tools to perform basic GIS tasks such as accessing, displaying, querying, and editing geographic data. In the course, students will learn the core GIS skills they need to support their organizations’ missions using terminology, exercise scenarios, and data relevant to many industries. The course concludes with a group project in which students will apply what they have learned to work through a particular industry chosen scenario.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours Lab fee: $15.00

GIS 1200 GIS Software I (A, SP, SU)

2 credits

This course is the first in a two-part series of specific application software usage training using Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop. The students will learn the basics of ArcMap and ArcCatalog and explore how these applications inter-relate in a complete GIS software solution. This course covers the fundamental GIS concepts as well as how to create, edit and work with spatial data. Students will manipulate, query, present data in maps and make decisions from the presented information.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisites: GIS 1100
Lab fee: $30.00

GIS 1201 GIS Software II (A, SP, SU)

2 credits
This course is second in a two-part series of specific application software usage training using Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop. The students will learn the basics of ArcMap and ArcCatalog and explore how these applications interrelate in a complete GIS software solution. This course covers the advanced applications of the software and reinforces the important concepts and functionality for successfully working with ArcGIS Desktop. It recommended that the student complete GIS 1200 and GIS 1201 in the same semester.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisite: GIS 1200
Lab fee: $20.00

GIS 1202 Planning and Implementing GIS (SP)

2 credits

This course focuses on the methodology for planning and implementing a GIS. This course examines the procedures and methods for designing a GIS, Project Management skills, evaluating system requirements & data sources, evaluating various methodologies, testing, hardware and software planning, cost benefit analysis/ROI, system implementation and project lifecycle.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours Lab fee: $20.00

GIS 2100 Introduction to GIS Databases (A)

3 credits

This course focuses on the design, use and maintenance of a GIS database. Students will be introduced to structured query language (SQL) and SQL server as they relate to GIS databases. The course covers ArcGIS personal geodatabases and includes concept of ArcSDE software. Student should have some familiarity with ArcGIS Desktop before taking this course. It recommended that the student enroll concurrently with GIS 1201.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 4 hours
Prerequisite: GIS 1200
Corequisite: GIS 1201
Lab fee: $30.00

GIS 2110 Introduction to Spatial Analysis (A)

3 credits

This course explores a range of spatial and analytical techniques and their implementation in GIS software. Students will apply different spatial techniques with the software and become familiar with the essential methodological and practical issues involved in spatial analysis. It recommended that the student take GIS 1201 concurrently.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 4 hours
Prerequisite: GIS 1200
Corequisite: GIS 1201
Lab fee: $30.00

GIS 2120 Intro to GIS Programming (A)

3 credits

This course introduces different types of programming used in GIS. Students will learn to use model-builder and they will learn how to use and customize scripts for use with ArcGIS. They will also be introduced to object-oriented programming. Students should have some familiarity with ArcGIS Desktop and concepts of programming. It is recommended the student take GIS 1200 concurrently.

Lecture: 1 hours – Lab: 4 hours
Prerequisites: ITST 1102, GIS 1200
Corequisite: GIS 1201
Lab fee: $30.00

GIS 2130 Georeferencing & Editing (A)

2 credits

This course explores georeferencing existing GIS data so that it can be properly spatially referenced within your current GIS system. Students will also discover different methods of editing and creating GIS data. Students will understand different georeferencing and editing methods and errors associated with each method.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisite: GIS 1201
Lab fee: $30.00

GIS 2200 Image Management & Analysis (SP)

4 credits

This course focuses on concepts of imagery use in GIS. The course will include topics in photogrammetry and remote sensing as well as using the most current imagery management and analysis tools and techniques. Students will examine ways of obtaining photographic data, finding points and performing measurements on aerial photographs, and understanding the limitations and applications.

Lecture: 2 hours – Lab: 4 hours
Prerequisite: GIS 1201
Lab fee: $45.00

GIS 2299 Adv GIS Applications (SP)

4 credits

This is a capstone course utilizing the skills and knowledge learned throughout the curriculum. Students perform research, identify issues, find data and develop a solution to a problem or project in a specific industry or area.

Lecture: 2 hours – Lab: 6 hours
Prerequisite: GIS 1201
Lab fee: $30.00

GIS 2510 Advanced Spatial Analysis (SP)

2 credits

This course explores advanced spatial and analytical techniques and their implementation. Students will further the knowledge they gained in the Introduction to Spatial Analysis course by exploring tools and concepts further and they will conclude with an independent project that applies some of the advanced techniques learned throughout the semester.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisite: GIS 2110
Lab fee: $30.00

GIS 2520 Advanced GIS Programming (SP)

2 credits

This course focuses on object-oriented programming and the unique issues relating to spatial objects, customization and syntax. Students learn how to use, find and modify scripts for use in ArcGIS. Students should have some familiarity with ArcGIS Desktop and the concepts of programming.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisite: GIS 2120
Lab fee: $30.00

GIS 2530 Introduction to ArcGIS Server (SP)

2 credits

This course provides specific application software training for Esri’s ArcGIS Server. Students will learn the components of ArcGIS Server, about the available libraries and APIs and server development guidelines, and the development of different types of Web applications. In the course, students will also learn how to install and configure ArcGIS Server. The course concludes with a project in which students will build a centrally managed GIS applications using ArcGIS Server.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisite: GIS 1200
Corequisite: GIS 1201
Lab Fee: $20.00

GIS 2540 GIS in Business (SU)

2 credits

This course is designed for members of the business community. Students learn how to use ArcGIS tools to perform basic GIS tasks as they specifically relate to business. In the course, students will also learn the core GIS skills they need to support their organizations’ missions using terminology, exercise scenarios, and data relevant to business.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours
Lab Fee: $20.00

GIS 2550 GIS in 3D (SU)

2 credits

This course focuses on the use of 3D data in GIS applications. Students will learn 3D visualization techniques, perform 3D analysis, 3D data creation and they will learn how to manage and use LIDAR data.

Lecture: 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisite: GIS 1201
Lab Fee: $20.00

GIS 2594 Current Topics: GIS (On Demand)

1-4 credits

This course will be offered for special topics in GIS that meets needs of the GIS community.

Lecture: Varies

GIS 2850 Seminar: GIS (A, SP, SU)

1 credit

This course is the application of business knowledge to specific areas of on-the job work experience. The student takes this course concurrently with GIS 2900.

Seminar: 1 hour
Corequisite: GIS 2900
Lab fee: $8.00

GIS 2900 GIS Practicum (A, SP, SU)

3 credits

This course is off-campus work experience in GIS that augments formal education received in the technology, with actual work conditions and job experience. Nontraditional credit (“N”) will not be allowed for this course. This course is only open to GIS.AAS or GIS.ICERT majors. The student takes this course concurrently with GIS 2850.

Practicum: 21 hours
Corequisite: GIS 2850

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