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GIS 302

Skyline College Spring 2002


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

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course introduces and provides hands-on instruction in ESRI geographic information systems software. GIS 301 is 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/gis302sp02.html

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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

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Reading assignments will be made from online sources, occasional handouts, and from the PDF manual "Using ArcExplorer" available at: http://www.esri.com/software/arcexplorer/using-ae31.pdf

HOW THE COURSE IS ORGANIZED

Students in the computer lab will work through the PDF manual "Using ArcExplorer," and complete a quiz for each day of the course.

PREPARATION AND ASSIGNMENTS

You should complete the assigned reading 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.

QUIZZES / IN-CLASS EXERCISES

Students will work through the textbook and complete a quiz during each class meeting.

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
 In-class Quizzes/Exercises (150 points each)  900 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 302
subject to change
(Last Updated April 10, 2002)

 Week  Date  Readings from PDF manual Using ArcExplorer / Links
 1 2/27

 Ch. 1 & 3 Learning the basic functions of ArcExplorer. What is a GIS?

Interactive web-based GIS systems:
U.S. National Atlas, ESRI ArcData Online, U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER Mapping Service - TMS Version 2.5, US-Mexico Demographic Data Viewer, SanDiego/Tijuana Interactive Atlas, Oakland Unified School District's map center, City of Oakland's online mapping site, City of Berkeley's parcel notification system, Window to My Environment, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP), GeoTracker, Free GIS, Free GIS Stuff

 2 3/6 Ch. 2  Getting and Adding Data
ESRI ArcData Online, ArcExplorer Quickstart Tutorial
GIS Glossaries, GIS Dictionary from ESRI, Filename Extensions
 3 3/13 Exploring Historical San Francisco with ArcExplorer
Ch. 4
  Symbolizing Data in Arcview 3.1a
 4 3/20 Ch. 5 Getting and Using the Attributes of Features
Assessing children's risk of exposure to lead.

Spring Break
 5  4/3 Ch. 6 ArcEplorer Address Matching
Arcview Quickstart Tutorials:
Ex. 2: Find the best location for a new showroom
Ex. 3: Find where your best customers are located
 6  4/10 Ch. 7 Printing, Copying, Saving from ArcExplorer
Desiging a project for Arcview 3.2
Project Proposals
Map Services - Feature (ArcIMS)
Other sources of GIS Data
GIS Primer - GIS Applications
Cartographic Design
HowTo: Port ArcView projects and data onto a CD-ROM
Analyzing layers in ArcExplorer

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