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Last approved: Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:01:18 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:01:18 GMT

Formerly Known As: GIS 410


Change Type
Major
GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
510
031393
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Fundamentals of Geospatial Information Science and Technology
GIST Fundamentals
College of Natural Resources
Parks, Recr & Tourism Mgmt (15PRT)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Spring 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Distance Education (DELTA)
Online (Internet)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Stacy Supak
Teaching Assistant Professor
Assoc

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC8080NoThis is for the DE designated section. There is also an 001 section that is delivered via the internet, see next line for enrollment in that section
LEC6565NoThis section meets via the "INTERNET" with the same online format as the DE section.
P: GIS 280 or Senior Standing or Graduate Standing
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
15GISFORMRMaster of Geospatial Information Science and TechnologyRequired
15GISMRMaster of Geospatial Information Science and TechnologyRequired
15GISCTGGraduate Certificate in GISRequired
15EAMRMaster of Environmental AssessmentRequired
15EACTGCertificate in Environmental AssessmentElective
14ENEMSMS in Environmental EngineeringElective
14ENEMRMaster of Environmental EngineeringElective
17CACTGClimate Adaptation CertificateRequired
15NRFNRSMRMaster of Natural Resources-GIS Tech OptionRequired
15NRONROMSMS in Parks, Rec, Tourism Management-Outdoor Rec OptionElective
15NRFNRSMSMS Natural Resources Required
15NRONROMRMR in PRTMElective
15FORMRMaster of ForestryRequired
This course provides an advanced overview of how geographic information systems [GIS] facilitate data analysis and communication to address common geographic problems. Students improve spatial reasoning and problem definition expertise while emphasizing geographic data models and structures, data manipulation and storage, customization through programming, and the integration of geospatial analysis and modeling into project-based problem solving applicable to a variety of disciplines. Skilled application of both desktop and cloud-based GIS software supports these areas. Extensive independent learning and computer experiences include virtual laboratory sessions, alongside optional online or in-person weekly help sessions to facilitate student learning.

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.


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Requisites and Scheduling
 
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Additional Information
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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Natural ResourcesLinda Taylor (EA program)Very supportive of the change and sees the value added in improved content for the course.
College of EngineeringRudi Seracino (ENE)Supportive of the change and sees the changes as potentially even more appealing to students.
No additional resources needed, this is part of the faculty's normal teaching load.

The course is designed to advance student expertise in spatial reasoning, problem definition, and skilled application of GIS software and applications in a variety of disciplines. Students will develop proficiency in the use of GIS from both a problem formulation and a problem solution perspective at the graduate level. 


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the successful student will be able to:



  • Define a geospatial problem and use fundamental concepts to solve a problem

  • Independently identify and acquire geospatial data from numerous sources

  • Efficiently perform basic and advanced operations in ArcGIS software

  • Employ open-source GIS and cloud-based GIS techniques

  • Identify and use the most appropriate spatial analysis techniques for a given problem

  • Produce effective maps and other displays of spatial data

  • Conceive and implement an original GIS project

  • Effectively integrate literature reviews into GIS-based proposal development 


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Homework1300 pointsA total of 11 homework/virtual lab assignments covering the use of GIS tools and techniques, with hands on exercises and ESRI course modules using GIS software.
Other100 pointsIn lieu of a mid-term, this assignment is treated with similar weight as a homework assignment except students will be given a spatial problem and relevant dataset and must develop a proposed plan for solving that problem with the information provided without the help of step-by-step instructions as provided in the homework assignments.
Project50 pointsStudents will develop and implement an individual research project on a topic of their choosing. In part one, they will share their work online with colleagues.
Project30 pointsStudents will continue to develop and implement an individual research project on a topic of their choosing. In part two, they will provide peer feedback to three colleagues.
Project370 pointsStudents will continue to develop and implement an individual research project on a topic of their choosing. In part three, they will produce a final project report.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
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mlnosbis 8/28/2017:
1) Suggest a more descriptive title, such as "Introduction to Geospatial..."; it seems odd to call the course the title of the program, when there are many other courses in the program's curriculum.
2) Evaluation methods on the CIM form should be broken down the same way as on the syllabus. List the same number of items.
3) Syllabus notes:
-include instructor's full contact information, including campus phone number
-include price of textbook
-include item #14 from the Graduate Course Syllabus checklist (attached under additional documentation)

Sksupak 9/5/2017:
Syllabus and course title updated.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-No concerns.
ccornel (Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:01:38 GMT): Rollback: A few minor edits.
mlnosbis (Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:57:32 GMT): Reviewers should note that this action will make GIS 410 inactive, which is the intent. GIS 280 (mentioned above) will replace 410 for undergraduate students.
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