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Course Descriptions

GEOG 8000 GIS Fundamentals (4.5 CEU – 10 Weeks)

This course serves as the introductory session within the three-course Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate program. The course is designed to provide the following fundamental skills and knowledge within the GIS discipline: geospatial concepts; raster vs. vector data collection; GIS-specific terminology; tour ArcGIS desktop/online and other software platforms; satellite driven data collection; as well as common tools and operations within GIS software.  Successful completion of this Program requires a culminating experience project, referred to as a 'Capstone' project, and approval of a Capstone project methodology will occur in this course.  You will receive a free, one-year ArcGIS for Desktop student license for use on a personal computer during this course.

GEOG 8010 Introduction to Map Design (4.5 CEU – 10 Weeks)

The ability to take raw data, analyze it, and present it in a concise manner is critical to all organizations. This course explores the basic requirements for making thoughtful and useful maps and mapping applications in an online setting. Focus will be placed on cartographic methods used in both paper maps and digital reconstructions. Discussion will focus on alternative methods for map making in a digital age. You will receive a free ArcGIS Online account for use in the program during this course. Prerequisite: GEOG 8000.

GEOG 8020 GIS and Decision Making (4.5 CEU – 12 Weeks)

The ultimate responsibility of any GIS technician/user is to safeguard data collection and produce GIS outputs that help an organization make better decisions. This course explores how the fundamentals of GIS and the ultimate creation of intuitive maps and applications. Case studies and best practices within current industries are considered. The course focuses on the analysis of GIS data and how business outcomes are derived with the assistance of GIS technology. There will also be dedicated time and guidance provided to the student in order to complete the Capstone project. Prerequisites: GEOG 8000 & GEOG 8010.


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