Computer Science/Geography 59
I. Course Description:
Introduction to basic GIS and GPS concepts and applications
in the field of natural resources, earth sciences, and environmental
systems. Students will
learn to use Global Positioning System hand-held units, base stations,
and rover units, combined with Geographic Information System software to
collect field data and produce maps for spatial analysis and
decision-making purposes. The
first 6 weeks will be spent learning ArcView software; the second six
weeks will be spent learning to use Ashtech and Garmin GPS units; and
the last 6 weeks will be spent learning to design and carry out a
research project merging GPS and GIS technologies.
II. Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course each student should be able
Understand the theory of how GPS works.
Student Learning Outcomes:
· By the end of the course you will be able to collect, compile, organize, transform, and analyze geospatial and attribute data.
· By the end of the course you will have worked cooperatively with a small group of peers to collect GPS data and print a GIS map.
· By the end of the course you will learn to summarize scientific concepts using a scientific/technical writing style.
Trimble GPS Tutorial
V. Basic Method(s) of Instruction:
1. Lecture, field, and
computer time will be intermixed as needed.
Basic fundamentals of GPS and GIS will be covered by lecture,
demonstrations, and tutorials/exercises.
2. Students will
learn to use GPS equipment in the field by collecting data on campus.
3. Student projects will be highly directed at first, then evolve into autonomous ventures by the end of the course.
VI. Method(s) of Evaluation:
1. There will be in-class work collected - summaries of what you learned during the lecture and activities. Lecture and lab material will also be covered on the two quizzes (1 on GPS, 1 on GIS). You will also turn in a final map of the GPS data collected on campus.
3. Lab exercises and in class work is essential to your success and is your individual responsibility to complete in a timely fashion. I expect you to ask for assistance when needed.
Note: A grading curve will not be used to determine grades. Grades will be determined as follows:
“For students with disabilities, (i.e. physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational, financial, etc., in nature), who believe that they may need special accommodations in this class, I encourage you to discuss options with me within the first 10 days of instruction.”