EARTH 309 - GIS Explorations of the Past, Present, and Future
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
General computer experience is required, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Use of spatial analyses is growing rapidly in many disciplines, from anthropology to zoology. Employers in many fields increasingly seek job applicants with these skills. This course is intended to introduce GIS to undergraduate students from many disciplines and to give them hands-on experience in applying the concepts and using the skills required to conduct spatial analyses.

This course uses geographic information systems (GIS) to help understand and analyze environmental problems as well as spatial questions in the sciences, social science and humanities. A hands-on approach is used to demonstrate GIS principles using a wide variety of examples. This course will enable undergraduate students to make maps and conduct spatial analyses for future classes, internships, and employers. It will also prepare them for more advanced GIS classes now offered at the graduate level.

Intended audience: Undergrads at any level with an interest in GIS. Since GIS skills can be applied to a wide

variety of disciplines, students from any concentration are welcome.

Course Requirements: Maps, graphs, or table will be prepared in each class session, demonstrating GIS

concepts, skills, and analyses with examples from a variety of disciplines. For each exercise, students will submit answers to a few questions that direct their attention to particular points or issues. A term project is required demonstrating the use of GIS to complete an analysis involving spatial data. Each student is expected to do a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation, including maps, images and charts or tables that show the results of their analysis, along with a hard copy of the PowerPoint presentation and project maps, including metadata descriptions of the derived products, and an electronic copy (on CD) of the entire project. One short answer format midterm exam and a cumulative final exam.

Class Format: 4 hours weekly of combined lecture/lab format.

EARTH 309 - GIS Explorations of the Past, Present, and Future
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:00PM - 4:00PM
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The required text is: ISBN9780078095146 Mastering ArcGIS, Seventh Edition, Maribeth Price, McGraw Hill, Softback
ISBN: 9780078095146
Mastering ArcGIS, Author: Maribeth Price, Publisher: McGraw Hill 7TH EDITIO 2016
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