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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.  

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. Prerequisite: GEOG 8000.

GEOG 8020 Web GIS & Field Data Collection (4.5 CEU - 12 Weeks)

The ultimate responsibility of any GIS professional is to accurately collect geospatial data and produce GIS outputs that help an organization make better decisions.  As organizations begin to move more and more business operations online, the need has never been greater for access to web-based GIS data, services, and applications.  This course combines the tools from the fundamentals of GIS and cartographic principles, exploring how online and mobile mapping applications help make GIS data more accessible.  Additionally, the course teaches the principles of field data collection, including methods for collecting field data on mobile devices and analyzing the data properly before associating it with an online mapping platform.  We will consider real-world data, case studies, and best practices used by companies within a variety of industries in order to visualize what these online tools look like in practice.  Students are required to complete their Capstone projects by the end of this course. Prerequisites: GEOG 8000 & GEOG 8010.


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