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GIS 101 - Introduction to Geospatial Technology I
Provides an introduction to the concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems, (GPS) and remote sensing components of Geospatial Technology. Teaches the introductory concepts of geographic location and problem solving by using GIS and GPS units in demonstrating solutions to cross-curricular applications of the technology. Part I of II. Prerequisite: Basic Computer Literacy.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
GIS 200 - Geographical Information Systems I
Provides hands-on introduction to a dynamic desktop GIS (Geographic Information System). Introduces the components of a desktop GIS and their functionality. Emphasizes manipulation of data for the purpose of analysis, presentation, and decision-making. Prerequisite: ITE 115 or ITE 119 or equivalent.
Lecture 2 - 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 - 5 hours per week. 3 - 4 Credits.
3-4 credits
GIS 201 - Geographical Information Systems II
Provides a continuation of GIS 200, with emphasis on advanced topics in problem solving, decision-making, modeling, programming, and data management. Covers map projections and data formats, and methods for solving the problems they create. Prerequisite: GIS 200.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4-5 hours per week. 3-4 credits
3-4 credits
GIS 203 - Cartography for GIS
Focuses on the fundamental cartographic concepts used in planning, designing, and creating effective maps.
Lecture 2-3 hours, Laboratory 2 hours per week.
Prerequisite: GIS 200
3-4 credits
GIS 203 Detailed Outline
GIS 205 - GIS 3-Dimensional Analysis
Introduces GIS 3D (three-dimensional) concepts and practices with a concentration on displaying, creating and analyzing spatial GIS data using 3D. Covers 3D shape files, 3D data formats such s Tins, DEMs, grids and controlling the perspective and scale of 3D data through rotating, panning and zooming. Prerequisite: GIS 201.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4-5 hours per week. 3-4 credits.
3-4 credits
GIS 210 - Understanding Geographic Data
Provides the student an introduction to geographic data and the principles behind their construction. Introduces the concepts for measuring locations and characteristics of entities in the real world. Exposes the student to the limitations and common characteristics of geographic data. Prerequisite: GIS 201.
Lecture 2 - 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 - 5 hours per week. 3 - 4 Credits.
3-4 credits
GIS 215 - New GIS Software Platforms and Applications
Assists users with the transition to newer GIS software platforms and applications. Covers concepts and terminology needed to become proficient in the latest GIS software. Prerequisite: GIS 201.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
4 credits
GIS 220 - Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
Provides an overview of how GIS is used in urban and regional planning. Emphasis will be on the use of GIS software to address real world social, economic, and environmental planning problems. Prerequisite: GIS 201.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
4 credits
GIS 255 - Exploring Our Earth: Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduces material to understand the fundamental physical and mathematical principles and techniques of Remote Sensing. Introduces how each part of the electromagnetic spectrum is used to gather data about Earth. Describes limitations imposed by satellites, aircraft, and sensors. Surveys various methods to access and apply Earth observation/Remote Sensing data. Teaches students to use Remote Sensing software to process and manipulate Landsat, SPOT, photographic, and other imagery in a hands-on approach to Remote Sensing analysis.
3 - 4 Credits. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 - 4 hours. Total 4 - 6 hours per week.
3-4 credits
GIS 255 Detailed Outline
GIS 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
GIS 293 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits