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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 102 - Introduction to Geospatial Technology II
Continues with the concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and remote sensing components of Geospatial Technology. Covers additional concepts of geographic location and problem solving by using GIS and GPS units in demonstrating solutions to cross-curricular applications of the technology. Part II of II. Prerequisite: Basic Computer Literacy.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
GIS 190 - 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 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 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 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 208 - Introductory Mapping and Geographic Information Science
Introduces the field of geographic information science, concepts of projections, coordinate systems, scale and direction.Acquires and maps digital spatial data. Introduces earth images and remote sensing data. Provides the fundamental skills, background concepts, and software exposure to mapping and geographic information science.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
GIS 208 Detailed Outline
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 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 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits