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Fall Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Geography


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


GEOG 406 / UP 406. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Joe Grengs

Prerequisites: (3). Laboratory fee ($20) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($20) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/up/406/001.nsf

This course introduces basic theories of GIS and teaches hands-on skills using the technology, with particular emphasis on application to city planning problems. The course has a theoretical component and a practical component. The theoretical component is presented primarily during lecture sessions and is intended to provide you with an understanding of what a geographic information system is, how it works, and what it can and cannot do. More importantly, the theoretical component aims to help you think more deeply about spatial problems and, hopefully, informs your work in the practical component. The practical component will be conducted during weekly lab sessions and is intended to provide you with a firm grasp on using GIS software. Three broad skills are emphasized: (1) Communication. GIS makes information visual, a tool to more clearly present spatial information to the public, decision makers, clients, and other planners. Such topics include designing and presenting thematic maps, combining dissimilar data with projections, superimposing and comparing map layers, and address-matching. (2) Analysis. The strength of GIS goes beyond making effective maps. GIS is a comprehensive analytical framework that integrates space, time, and information. Planners can make better decisions by incorporating the spatial dimension into their analysis of data. Students will thus learn to gather, manipulate, and interpret data to solve complex urban spatial problems that were almost impossible to address just a few years ago. Topics include building simple models using grid data, using network analysis for site selection, and conducting neighborhood-scale investigations with remotely-sensed image data. (3) Management. Many planners supervise other users of GIS, needing skills in the management of people, data, and equipment. Topics include how to manage a large GIS project and a real-world look at maintaining a GIS in a city planning office.

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