This course action is an update to the '510' portion of the previously dual listed GIS 410/510.
Removal of dual level: This course has historically been listed as GIS 410/510 mostly as an artifact of when the course was initially developed. At the time, there were no other GIS specific courses at the undergraduate level, so to open up this content to undergraduates, it was made a dual listed course. However, as our Masters program has grown (which 510 is a part) and as we begin to develop additional undergraduate GIS course offerings, we feel that to lessen confusion and better align the 510 side of the course with our graduate programs and the needs of other graduate students across campus, it makes the most sense to de-couple these courses.
We are also proposing a new undergraduate course, GIS 280 (see additional course action), that will serve the same purpose as 410 has historically, while opening it up to more students, so there is no longer a need for a dual listing.
Name Change: At the same time we are proposing to update the name of this course to both reflect the graduate nature of the course by aligning it with the name of our Masters degree program and to reflect trends in our discipline to stay up to date with similar offerings at peer institutions and programs.
Content Updates: Because we are removing the '410' portion of the course, this has freed up space to be able to update content and increase the breadth of content we can offer in GIS 510. 510 not only serves our graduate program but it serves as a 'service' course for graduate students across the university. We feel that the updates, while keeping with trends in technology and the discipline, also provide a much more useful and well-rounded experience for students that take it as part of our program, or for students that are taking it as a 'one-off' course to supplement their other degrees.
We are maintaining and expanding on existing content to serve the same purpose as the current GIS 510.