Computer Science/Geography 75
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
Use a field spectrometer to measure spectral signatures of different
Student Learning Outcomes:
· By the end of the course you will be able to collect, compile, organize, transform, analyze, and make intelligent land use decisions from analyzing geospatial, remote sensing, and attribute data.
· By the end of the course you will have worked cooperatively with a small group of peers to design and present a GIS remote sensing research project to the public.
· By the end of the course you will learn to summarize scientific concepts using a scientific/technical writing style.
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing: A Canada
Centre for Remote Sensing Remote Sensing Tutorial;
1. Lecture and
computer time will be intermixed as needed.
Basic fundamentals of GIS and Remote Sensing will be covered by lecture,
demonstrations, and tutorials/exercises.
2. Students will learn to use ArcGIS software and the Image Analyst tool to organize, pre-process and process, analyze, and present remote sensing data in a project-driven, peer-reviewed format.
3. Student projects
will be highly directed at first, then evolve into autonomous ventures
by the end of the semester. Each student earning 3 units of credit will design and carry
out a culminating project to be presented to peers during the final week
VI. Method(s) of Evaluation:
1. Lecture and lab activities will be turned in for credit and concepts and processes will be summarized in written abstracts; GIS and remote sensing concepts will be covered on the test; the project will be assessed on an individual basis, to be turned in toward the end of the semester (see below).
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:
Presentations in story format are becoming increasingly popular due to their effectiveness in communicating information. Software that incorporates video, audio, textual, graphic, animated, and other media forms are mainstream in business, scientific, and educational applications. Research has shown that people acquire knowledge and information in a variety of modalities (eg. visually, auditorally, kinesthetically, etc.) and stories are most effective in helping people remember your message. In order to effectively communicate your research to your fellow classmates, you will design a project that uses more than one media form (i.e. video, slides, audio tape, text, posters, manipulatives, models, dramatic presentations, musical presentations, etc.). Remember, you are trying to: 1) learn new information; and 2) effectively communicate that information to others.
1. Project Ideas:
2. Past Student Topics:
These topics are intended to motivate you to generate your own ideas. Make sure the scope and sequence of your topic is manageable for the given time allotment.
3. Project Format:
B) Should use a "STORY" format. Stories have: i) a beginning; ii) a middle;
and iii) an end. Tell us your story. Here is a link to some suggestions that
may be helpful:
D) should be professional (clear, audible, legible, neat, high quality, etc.)
E) Use the following file organization structure
for your projects:
Standard Directory Structure for Projects
This project is due to be presented on the date listed on the calendar during scheduled class time. All deliverables are due at that time.
(Peer evaluations will be due at the end of class, following presentations. Credit may be given for completing evaluations).
A) In the library there are books and technical publications on many topics; check the catalog or ask a reference librarian for assistance.
B) Online resources are available for research purposes. This will be one of your most valuable resources. See me if you need help searching for information on the web.
C) Within the community there are several professionals with strong interests in GIS, UAV/Drones, and GPS. Call them up for ideas, resources, answers to questions, etc.
D) Other students in the class or GIS program may be able to help guide your search.
E) I'll be able to provide support and guidance - use me as a resource.
A) Columbia College may be able to provide some materials on a check out basis, otherwise see me if you need support in this area.
B) The College has a data projector and access to a computer and multimedia software (i.e. PowerPoint or Google Slides).
Remember - the main goal is learn something new while becoming familiarized with Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing and to present your findings to others in the class. Pick something interesting and fun - and enjoy being creative with this project!
Computer Science 75 Exam
Directions: Please answer the question below for the
Limit your responses to one side of one piece of paper. Use
diagrams and examples to clarify your descriptions and explanations. Follow the grading
rubric below for guidance. I will review any rough drafts of your responses up to the
weekend before the midterm due date if you’d like me to.
Here is the exam question:
1. Explain, in your own words, what remote sensing is and how it works. Include in your response a discussion of the electromagnetic spectrum (portions typically used in remote sensing and why), types of sensors (satellite characteristics, scale, resolution, etc.), microwave remote sensing (radar basics, image distortion and inaccuracies, target interaction, advanced applications, etc.), and image analysis (processing, enhancement, interpretation, classification, etc.). Discuss limitations to remote sensing technology as well (accuracy issues, quality, resolution, errors, etc.). Also discuss and give examples of different applications for which remote sensing is used.
High-quality responses contain:
“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.”