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GIS 303

Skyline College Spring 2002


Instructor: Alan Forsberg.
Office hours:
after class or by appointment.
e-mail:
anf@uclink.berkeley.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students will complete projects in an area of their choice. GIS 301 & 302 are recommended but is NOT a prerequisite. Advanced math or computing skills are not necessary to enroll in this course.

COURSE SCHEDULE (below) and this syllabus can be accessed at the following web address:

http://griots.tripod.com/sky/gis303sp02.html

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of the course you should be able to:

TEXT

Reading assignments will be from online sources, and occasional handouts.

HOW THE COURSE IS ORGANIZED

Students in the computer lab will work on projects related to brief lectures on advanced topics in GIS.

PREPARATION AND ASSIGNMENTS

You should complete all assignments by the due date. Check the schedule to see if there have been any revisions. Prepare for the class by taking notes and asking questions on topics that you do not understand.

IN-CLASS PROJECTS

Students will work on assignments during each class meeting, and will work on their own projects during classtime and as homework.

FINAL PRESENTATION

The final presentation of completed projects will be on the last day of class.

ATTENDANCE & CLASS PARTICIPATION

Attendance will be taken daily. Class participation means attending regularly, answering questions in class, asking appropriate questions, contributing to class. You may be dropped if you are absent more than twice without notifying the instructor. However, it is your responsibility if you decide to drop the class. Do not count on me to drop you before the last date for a "W".

COURSE EVALUATION

Two Projects (250 points each)  500 points
 In-class assignments  300 points
 Final Presentation  100 points
 Participation  100 points
 TOTAL POINTS  1000 points

GRADING

The total number of points that you accumulate during the semester will determine your final course grade. Final grades are based on the following percentages of total points:

 A = 900-1000 pts.  B = 800-899 pts.   C = 700-799 pts.  D = at least 600 pts.


COURSE SCHEDULE GIS 303
subject to change
(Last Updated May 1, 2002)
 Week  Date  Subject and GIS links
 1 4/17  Practicing Map Making with ArcView.
What Is a Good Map?
Elements found on virtually all maps
Cartographic Communication - U. of Colorado, Boulder
Assignment 1 - Representing diverse tree species of the Rocky Mountains.
 2 4/24 Remote Sensing and counter mapping with the Borneo Project
Assignment 2 - Creating and Editing Data in Arcview
 3 5/1 Additional Tools for completing Projects
Metadata
It's 'data about the data' and it's vital to GIS. Tools, extensions and tutorials on how to accurately document your data.
Assignment 3 - Working with metadata.
 4 5/8 Introduction to DEMs and TINs. Microdem, TerraExplorer
USGS DEM status and download
USGS Map Finder
Overview of Elevation
Digital Elevation Data Catalogue

Finding Data for 3D Terrain Modeling
Assignment 4 - Working with GIS in 3-d
 5 5/15 GPS and GIS - GEO 3 Trimble Unit
Presentation by Barbara Brown of Geoline
How GPS Works, Global Positioning System Overview, Converting Degrees, Minutes, Seconds to Decimal Format, The Uses of GPS
Assignment 5 - Creating data with GPS and using it in GIS
 6 5/22 Project Presentations.
How to Effectively Present Geographic Data

 


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