GEOG 260 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

This course will develop a student's knowledge and understanding of foundational geographic information systems (GIS) techniques and methods, while providing a scaffolding for further exploration and practical applications of specific GIS data, methods, and content delivery.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 22.5; Laboratory Hours: 22.5)


Total Weeks: 15



CPSC 101 and GEOG 250 or permission of the instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
- Overview and introduction to the GIS
- Maps and GIS
- Digital spatial data
- Data models - raster models / spatial data projections
- Data models - vector and object models / spatial data coordinate systems
- Databases
- Logic
- Digital Data Sources (and GPS)
- Remotely sensed data
- Spatial statistics and analysis
- Digital outputs
- Digital outputs / Applications


Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the language of GIS through written assignments.
- Apply knowledge of GIS data sources and analytical techniques in written assignments and labs.
- Apply and understand the design elements and semiotics of a GIS user interface through lab assignments.
- Demonstrate GIS knowledge and comprehension through the completion of course quizzes.



Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.