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Last approved: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:02:20 GMT

Last edit: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:02:20 GMT

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GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
501
032446
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Geospatial Professionalism
Geospatial Professionalism
College of Natural Resources
Parks, Recr & Tourism Mgmt (15PRT)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Fall 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
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Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
GIS 595Spring 201715
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Distance Education (DELTA)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
2
8
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Eric Money
Teaching Assistant Professor
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Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1010NoCombined with the DE section below
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC3030NoCombined with on-campus section above
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Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
15GISTMaster of Geospatial Information Science and TechnologyRequired
Students will examine a variety of topics critical to successful navigation of the geospatial profession, with an emphasis on map communication and presentation, interpreting geospatial research, the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of using spatial data, metadata concepts, and linking results to policy actions. Students will engage in several writing, presentation, and interpretation exercises.

This course was created with the anticipation that it will become a new required core course for our Master of Geospatial Information Science & Technology program. The MGIST program is a professional degree program and classified as a professional science masters, as such, our curriculum places an emphasis on professionals skills development alongside technical expertise. 


This course provides a dedicated format for us to introduce geospatial-specific professional concepts that will prepare our students for being successful professionals. Many of the elements they learn in this course will help them in the rest of our curriculum as well as professionally and this follows several of our peer programs in offering such a dedicated course. 


Many of our instructors have also pointed to the need to improve the writing and communication skills of our students and this provides an additional avenue to support students in this way. 


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Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
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List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
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Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

No additional resources are needed. This will be part of the instructors normal teaching load.

Students taking this course will be introduced to:



  • Geospatial communication: writing and presenting with maps

  • The GIS research process

  • Geospatial Research interpretation

  • Translating geospatial research to policy action and stakeholder engagement

  • Ethical, Legal, Social Implications (ELSI) of collecting, analyzing, and presenting geospatial data

  • The importance of metadata  


Student Learning Outcomes

Students can be expected to:



  • Effectively integrate maps into technical documents and presentations

  • Produce quality written documents and presentations that are clear and concise for a variety of audiences

  • Describe the process for conducting geospatial research

  • Interpret and translate others geospatial research

  • Identify the ethical, legal, and social implications of using geospatial data in particular situations and using metadata effectively

  • Summarize the types of professional certifications and processes common for geospatial professionals


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment40%There will be a number of written assignments throughout the term graded to reflect a grasp of technical and scientific writing concepts and relevant to the weekly topic.
presentation30%These assignments will consists of short presentations, prepared in both written (slides) and oral form (verbal presentation).
Participation10%Students are expected to participate regularly in class discussions and online forums. Students will be evaluated based on responses to forum prompts and general class participation, including tracking of lecture viewing.
Project20%In lieu of a final exam, students will prepare a short technical review of a relevant geospatial science case study containing elements from topics learned throughout the term.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabusSee syllabusSee syllabus
mlnosbis 2/15/2017: Learning outcomes should be measurable. Do not use "understand." See additional attachment, Learning Outcomes Guidelines, for suggestions. Otherwise, syllabus is good.

pjharrie 3/2/2017: I concur with Melissa's assessment.

esmoney 3/3/2017: Thanks for catching that, I've updated the outcomes in the CAF as well as the syllabus. New syllabus attached (v2)

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-No comments or concerns.
mlnosbis (Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:04:46 GMT): Rollback: Rollback to Chair for Admin Board agenda item
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