Making the most of geographic information, whether it be for investigating a scientific hypothesis or managing spatially distributed resources, requires the ability to think about spatial relationships, an understanding of the technical capabilities of computer based information systems, and GIS software skills. The goals of this class are, therefore, to provide a firm understanding of the conceptual and technical issues that affect the use of geographic information for research and a variety of planning and management applications. The focus is on how to think about and implement geographic data management and analysis, requiring both a discussion of basic concepts (i.e., lecture) and practice with implementing them with GIS software (i.e., lab). The lab is taught using ArcGIS 10 (ESRI, Inc.). Labs and lectures are intimately linked and "live" software demonstrations are included in the lecture.
Principles of GIS
NO Pass/Fail or S/U option