Geographic Information Systems I – GEOG 370

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 04/08/2022

Course Description

This course is designed to provide practical experience in spatial database design and analysis using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Note: This course is cross-listed with ENVR 370.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

To be marketable with geospatial skills, the student must possess mapping skills that meet a published standard. Many business, government, and environmental decisions require the analysis of data portrayed on maps. This course will teach the student to utilize data to generate maps for the purpose of analysis and presentation for decision makers.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss God’s charge to us to be stewards of His world.
  2. Describe how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to analyze and illustrate the world on which we live and to manage our impact on the world.
  3. Explain the basic concepts of digital cartography.
  4. Explain the practical foundations of GIS and of working with digital spatial data.
  5. Illustrate the uses of spatial data in various disciplines.
  6. Demonstrate the use of computers for collecting internet data, analyzing spatial data in GIS applications, and creating maps and reports.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (MLOs 1, 2, & 5)

Homework Assignments (6)

Throughout this course, you will complete Homework Assignments. These assignments
will be accessed through the McGraw Hill platform. The homework is based on the material in
the text. In addition, McGraw Hill may be accessed outside of Canvas. The student will conduct a series of exercises using ArcGIS, corresponding to textbook chapters. Each exercise will involve answering approximately 10 questions, creating maps, and summarizing findings in written form. (MLOs 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6).

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Learn materials for the modules in which it is assigned.  Each textbook chapter reading will have a corresponding 25 question quiz. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a one-hour time limit. (MLOs 2, 3, 4, & 5)