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2018-2019 Catalog [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
Course Outcomes
1 - The student will explain basic concepts of GIS and GPS including positioning on the earth, mapping the earth in spatial terms, and populating the GIS to access data.
2 - Create and access data in the GIS using an appropriate software package.
3 - Develop and print maps with industry standard legends.
4 - The student will operate industry standard GIS packages on a personal computer.
5 - Capture positional and attribute information with correct and accurate geographic referencing.
6 - Convert geographic information among several coordinate systems.
7 - Acquire information from databases, existing maps, and the Internet.
8 - Annotate output for finished maps, documents, and reports.