This course explores the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for map reading, interpretation and analysis, in conjunction with the principles of cartography. Computer and Internet technologies are utilized for the generation, manipulation, storage and retrieval of maps and associated geographic attributes. Topics covered include: basic GIS concepts, display of data and attributes, queries, metadata, tabular relationships, data editing, projections and datums, and basic cartography. Group 1 course.
Required Prerequisites MTH 23
Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies
Intermediate computer skills (Windows) and Internet experience required.
General Education Outcomes supported by this course
Communications - Direct
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge:
- Develop an understanding of spatial relationships and spatial queries.
- Develop methods for visualizing the areas they are mapping.
- Students relate census data to the creation of maps.
- Integrate data from a variety of sources into easily interpreted maps.
- Apply problem solving strategies when analyzing data sets.
Caring - Civic Learning:
- Analyze demographic data to describe communities.
- Consider potential careers in Geographic Information Systems.
Learning How to Learn:
- Investigate local areas by interpreting various information sources.
- Use data analysis skills in real-world applications.