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Last approved: Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:58:56 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:58:56 GMT

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GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
609
032267
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Geospatial Forum
Geospatial Forum
College of Natural Resources
Parks, Recr & Tourism Mgmt (15PRT)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
3
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
GIS 610Fall 201415
GIS 610Spring 201534
GIS 610Fall 201530
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Distance Education (DELTA)

Grading Method
Credit (S/U)/Audit
1
15
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Seminar1
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Yes
99
 
 
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Ross Kendall Meentemeyer
Professor
Full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Seminar3030Noon campus students
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
SEM5050NoOne DE section will be offered each semester.

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
GISTGeospatial Information Science and TechnologyElective
GISCTGGraduate Certificate in Geographic Information SystemsElective
The Geospatial Forum brings together researchers, educators, practitioners, and students of the geospatial sciences in an exciting, weekly series of lively presentations and facilitated discussions centered upon frontiers in geospatial analytics and geospatial solutions to complex challenges. Live discussions are recorded and made available online for students.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics has been hosting a weekly seminar series for the past 2 years. We felt it was a great opportunity to offer students in our Professional Masters program and Graduate Certificate program (and beyond) the option of attending these seminars for course credit. The course provides a great way for students from across disciplines to become exposed to the wide ranging, interdisciplinary nature of geospatial sciences.  We bring in a number of diverse local, state, national, and international speakers to facilitate discussion among faculty and students on geospatial solutions.  This course will help expand students knowledge of geospatial sciences and solutions beyond their own focus of study.


We have offered this course as an online special topics for 3 semesters now and the feedback from students has been very positive.  It offers our DE and on-campus students the opportunity to attend seminars either in person or virtually, opening it up to wider range of students.  Additionally, because our curriculum consists of some 2-credit courses, it's sometimes difficult to find additional 1-credit courses to meet degree requirements, so this course fills that role as well.     


No

Is this a GEP Course?
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
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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 new resources are required for this course. It will be part of the normal teaching load for the affiliated faculty.

The goal if this course is to provide students with exposure to a wide range of multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners, educators, and industry leaders in the areas of geospatial sciences and geospatial analytics through a series of seminars presented by local, regional, national, and international speakers.  This course will provide a platform for critical thinking focused on innovative geospatial solutions to a variety of problems in areas such as environmental science, public health, energy and transportation, emergency management, ecology and landscape dyanamics, among others.  


Student Learning Outcomes

Students participating in this course will be able to:


1) Identify multidisciplinary geospatial solutions to societal challenges in a variety of fields


2) Interpret, critique, and communicate geospatial solutions


3) Summarize presented content to promote critical thinking


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Attendance0Students are expected to attend/watch all of the seminars during the semester. A reflection summary is required to receive participation credit for a particular seminar. Students are only allowed to miss 3 seminars in a semester.

Each reflection is worth a max of 10 points.
Written Assignment100See description above. Attendance is tied to the submission of a reflection after each discussion.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Weekly Seminar1 hourPlease see the attached example schedule for the types of speakers and topics during a semester. Topics and speakers will be different each semester.
Please note in the section on 'repeatable for course credit' this course will be repeatable 2 times maximum, including initial offering. The box in the CIM system would only allow me to choose -99 for some reason in order to submit.

mlnosbis 10/2/2015: no consult needed

ghodge 10/05/2015 Added face to face based on syllabus; added an on campus section with 30 students and labeled it seminar instead of discussion; changed evaluation method to 0 for attendance and 100 for written assignment which is how the students get the points; changed topic outline to be weekly for 1 hour.

Concern: students only need to attend and write a a paper on 7 of the 15 seminars. This seems like a low threshold. Many programs only allow 1 or 2 absences

Return to department to review suggested edits and address concern of only 7 out of 15 seminars required.

esmoney 10/05/2015: Thanks for the edits and suggestions! We agree with the edits made and we have addressed the number of seminars required by adjusting the requirement to allow for a maximum of 3 missed seminars in a semester. Our initial thought with choosing 7 was because the number of seminars can fluctuate from semester to semester, and we wanted a consistent requirement, but I think rephrasing to allow a small number of missed seminars makes more sense, and this increases the overall number of seminars required. A new syllabus has been uploaded with these changes.

ABGS Reviewer comments:
-Offered face-to-face and DE- how do you propose to assess the efficacy of both environments?
-Ready for Board approval.
yplee (Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:14:53 GMT): Rollback: Need to consult with department before the next approval.
mlnosbis (Mon, 02 Nov 2015 16:39:43 GMT): Rollback: Approved in error. ABGS meeting is 11/12/2015.
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