Geospatial Science 315

GEOS 315
Intermediate GIS Concepts.

Catalog Entry
GEOS 315.  Intermediate GIS Concepts. (4)
Four hours lecture and laboratory
Prerequisite:  GEOS 250.

Intermediate GIS concepts will be studied and experienced, use of various extensions to basic GIS routines, data structures in GIS, use and customization of several commercial GIS and data packages, data sources for GIS, and data and software compatibility issues in GIS.

Detailed Description of Content of Course
a. Theoretical foundations of GIS
b.    The nature of geographic information
c.    Geographic Data
    i.    CAD
    ii.    Image-Raster
    iii.    Vector
    iv.    Topology
    v.    Network
    vi.    TIN
    vii.    Object
    vii.    Non-graphic annotation data
d.    GIS Data Storage Formats (ESRI)
    i.    Coverage
    ii.    Shapefile
    iii.    Geodatabase
e.    Geoprocessing
f.     Spatial Transformations
g.    Intro to Spatial Modeling with GIS
h.    Hot Linking
i.     Student-initiated GIS projects

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
Course will utilize a mixture of lectures/laboratory exercises with practical applications in the computer lab, including printing (plotting) of student-generated homework assignments and students' final applied projects.
There will be a mid-term and a final examination, in addition to the homework assignments and applied project by students.
Reading assignment will focus on Internet resources "white papers" published by the developers of GIS software, such as found on ""

Goals and Objectives of the Course
Students will be able to learn elements of the development of GIS technologies to the current level of development.  They will learn and experiment with various types of data used in GIS, pre-packaged commercial data, derived data (with the use of common GIS queries, the use of extensions, customized data, etc.).  Students will be introduced to several GIS and one CAD-based program. Students will have to develop the conceptual theoretical design of a GIS project of interest to each individual student, before they translate this into applications involving research and acquisition of the necessary data sets, performing the appropriate GIS routines, and develop the desired results of their GIS project.

Assessment Measures
Examinations (2), homework/laboratory assignment (practical), development of a final project involving theoretical development of a GIS project and practical execution of the stated project to a final product consisting of written GIS project objectives and goals, the development of the associated maps, and the development of the associated reports to accompany the graphics.  Expected is a cartographic product accompanied by a report.  This GIS project will be presented orally to their peers in the class.

Other Course Information
Students will utilize a standard learning textbook, such as "Getting to Know ArcGIS" (ESRI Press, current edition), and students will research and read various "white papers" found on the site.

Review and Approval
October, 2007, reviewed: Bernd H. Kuennecke
February 2010, reviewed, updated: Bernd H. Kuennecke