2017-2018 Spring Publication 
    May 18, 2024  
2017-2018 Spring Publication [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GISC 1411 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

4 Credits (3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab.) Introduction to basic concepts of vector GIS using several industry specific software programs including nomenclature of cartography and geography. Emphasis on the principles of cartography, standard global reference systems and new technologies, using satellites for measurements and navigation, and map construction. Exercises include basic concepts of acquisition, accuracy, precision, and scale in GPS - Global Positioning Systems, and the operating environment for GIS/GPS; creation of spatial data with real time GPS fieldwork; importing of GPS data into GIS; and evaluation of data for scale and accuracy. Students will measure and relate “real world” distance and area on maps. Final projects will include applications of these topics. This is the initial course for the GIS certificate and degree programs. Prerequisite: None