Skyline College Spring 2003
Instructor: Alan Forsberg.
Tel: 415-239-3104 ext. 5
Office hours: after class or by appointment.
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:
At the conclusion of the course you should be able to:
Reading assignments will be made from online sources, occasional handouts, and from the required textbook and CD GIS for Everyone 2nd ed. by David E Davis, ESRI Press 2000.
HOW THE COURSE IS ORGANIZED
Students in the computer lab will work through the book and CD GIS for Everyone 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".
FINAL MAP PORTFOLIO
Students are expected to save maps along with related metadata citations due on the last day of class.
|In-class Quizzes/Exercises (150 points each)||600 points|
|Final map portfolio||300 points|
|TOTAL POINTS||1000 points|
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 March 27, 2003)
|Week||Date||Readings & Explorations from GIS for Everyone / Links|
|1||2/27|| Ch.1, & pp. 108-118, 165-166 - GIS for Everyone
Learn the basic functions of ArcExplorer Web.
Lecture - What is a GIS? What are raster and vector data types?
Interactive web-based GIS systems:
|2||3/6||Ch.2 Understanding Digital Maps
Ch.3 Finding Answers with Digital Maps
Explorations 1, 2, 3
|3||3/13||Ch.3 Finding Answers with Digital Maps (cont'd)
Explorations 4, 5, 6
|4||3/20||Ch.4 Telling Stories with Digital Maps
Explorations 7, 8, 9
|5||3/27||Ch.5 Building the Digital Map
Ch.6 Bringing the World into Your Digital Map - Your neighborhood
Explorations 10, 11, 12
LEARN HOW TO DO BOOLEAN SEARCHES
Arcview Quickstart Tutorials:
|6||4/3||Ch.6 Bringing the World into Your Digital Map cont'd
Ch.7 The Geography Network
Explorations 13, 14
Desiging a project for Arcview 3.2