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Courses in Geography

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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

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

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sudha Maheshwari (

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($20) required.

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This course is a basic course in Geographic Information Systems intended for students who have heard the term "GIS" but do not know much more about it, and who are interested in learning more about the hands-on aspect of these systems along with some theoretical background behind this technology. However, learning GIS is not merely mastering the toolset, but rather involves understanding the various areas in which this toolset can be used and what kind of problem solving they can be applied to. Hence, all along the course, the emphasis will be on application of the various tools for real-life problem solving and decision support. While the instructor will make every effort to integrate examples from various fields (given the diversity in enrollment), students are encouraged to bring their disciplinary examples to class and share with other students. The course is designed to provide you with both conceptual understanding and concrete skills that should prove quite useful in future years. Although there are many desktop GIS application software, we will be using ArcView 3.2(TM) for this course. This course assumes basic knowledge of Windows, Internet, and some knowledge of data in general.

Topics covered in this class include:

  • Basic introduction to spreadsheets and relational database model
  • GIS concepts GIS functionalities, data structures, and applications; hands on application of concepts through the use of ArcView 3.2.
  • Advanced GIS functionalities through the use of various ArcView Extensions such as Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst, and 3D Analyst.
  • Various GIS data sources
  • Planning Support Systems
  • Future of GIS

Course Format and Texts:
The course will meet twice a week in lecture sessions. The lecture sessions will cover the theoretical background associated the topic of discussion for the week in some detail. Hands-on knowledge will be acquired through assignments that will require lab attendance. Three lab sessions will be provided and students will be required to attend at least one of the three. If you are not familiar with computers, you are encouraged to come to more than one lab session every week until you feel comfortable. It is very important to attend the lab sessions as this will provide you with an understanding of and ability to use ArcView 3.2. Although some ArcView demonstrations will be done in the lecture class, these will be very basic and hence lab attendance will help in completing assignments.

The course requirements include:

  • Series of assignments in the first half of the class. Assignments may include submission of some deliverables, answers to questions at the end of the assignment, and a one page journal on what you learned in that week's lessons and lab assignment.
  • Midterm examination
  • Final project using the tools and concepts discussed in the class. The final project should be written up in the form of a 15-page report including maps and other presentations.

The following texts will be used for the class along with supplemental readings that will be provided as the class proceeds:

  • Heywood, Ian, Sarah Cornelius, and Steve Carver, An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1998.
  • Getting to Know ArcView GIS. Redlands: Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc, 1999. Third Edition.

Reserves: All the texts have been put on reserve in the library for your reference. Other articles will also be put on reserve from time to time. Besides the text, the following books have also been requested for reserve:

  • Clarke, Keith C. Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems. New Jersey. Prentice Hall. 2001. Third Edition.
  • Huxhold, William. E. An Introduction to urban geographic information system. New York. Oxford University Press. 1991.

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