Geospatial Science 410

GEOS 410

Catalog Entry

GEOG 410 Advanced GIS
Four hours lecture and laboratory (4).
Prerequisites: GEOS 125, 250, and 315

Theory and practice of a geographic information system. Spatial data capture, manipulation of data sets, GIS Modeling, geodatabase considerations, manipulation of spatial data, and hardcopy map generation with a full-feature geographic information system.

Detailed Description and Content of Course:
This course on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is designed to provide students with advanced aspects of the theory and practice of a modern GIS (GIS concept development for applied GIS, geographic data storage, data retrieval, data manipulation, geo-referencing, GIS modeling, geodatabase development and manipulation, and data mapping. Students will learn the operation of a modern high-end computer-based GIS. They will experience the development of a Geographic Information System, its capabilities, its limitations, data mining for GIS applications, and its current and potential applications. Specialized topics will include the following areas:

a. Background, Historical Development, and the Principal Components of a GIS
b. Data Structures for GIS
c. Data Acquisition
d. Preprocessing
e. Data Manipulation and Analysis
f. Geodatabase considerations
g. Modeling in GIS
h. Multi-purpose GIS conceptual development
i. Combinations of vector and raster data queries in GIS
j. Product Generation

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course:

This four-hour course combines lectures and practical applications and is designed to increase student’s knowledge of the theory and practice of geographic information system technologies. About one-third of the course is devoted to theoretical background information and lectures, while two-thirds are practical applications, GIS exercises to teach individual applications routines, internet data for GIS, and demonstrations of concepts. Reading assignments from “white papers” (, and various articles in pdf-format complement the lectures. Practical homework/laboratory assignments are designed to practice and become familiar with all program routines from data acquisition, data manipulation, data extraction, data generation, geodatabase development and manipulation, and GIS modeling to hardcopy generation. Students will learn all aspects of the various interactive programs and use this knowledge for their weekly projects, cumulating in one final project which uses all previously learned GIS routines.

Goals and Objectives of the Course:
The goals of this course are:

1. students interested in GIS technologies will be able to discuss/explain the theoretical foundations and practical applications of this subject
2. each student will develop the methods of solving problems by using this modern GIS technology
3. students will become technically skilled in a major component of modern geographic analysis as foundations for decision-making in planning for land use, environmental applications, and resource management.

Assessment Measures:
Assessment of the student's success in the course is based on the grades from two examinations and the grades from their homework/laboratory assignments. The first examination will concern itself chiefly with the theoretical foundations of GIS technologies; while the final examination will test both theoretical concepts and how to deal with applied GIS problems. Grades for homework assignments involving practical application will depend upon completion of all projects involving data input, manipulation, and output on printer. Grades will be given according to correct data input, correct data manipulation, and the proficient use of the output devices to produce maps and associated statistics/and or reports.

Other Course Information

Review and Approval:

September 2005, reviewed and updated: Bernd H. Kuennecke
February 2010, reviewed and updated: Bernd H. Kuennecke