Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
GEO 266
Course Title:
GIS Analysis
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Course Description

Provides a more advanced overview of ArcGIS software and introduces extensions to the main ArcMap interface. Topics include preparing data for analysis, creating and managing databases, geocoding, creating and editing spatial data, and analyzing data using the Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst extensions. Prerequisites: GEO 265; or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of Geography 266 the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of data preparation and manipulation.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of map principles and map design.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of geodatabase design and management.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of statistical processes behind data analysis.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of themes, concepts, issues, competencies and skills by any combination of the following: 

    * Written results of class labs and exercises

    * An analysis and critique of peer-reviewed articles published in GIS journals

    * Completion of a midterm project involving the creation of a geodatabase

    * Completion of a final project utilizing either Spatial Analyst or 3D Analyst

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues:
* Maps and Cartography
* ArcGIS
* ArcGIS Extensions
* Use of ArcGIS to geocode addresses
* Use of ArcGIS to create and manage geodatabases
* Spatial analysis with ArcGIS
* Statistical analysis with ArcGIS
* Creation of TINs for three-dimensional analysis

Competencies and Skills:
* Use ArcGIS to select, buffer, clip, dissolve, or otherwise prepare data for analysis.
* Use ArcGIS to perform spatial & statistical analysis
* Identify the processes involved in creating and maintaining geodatabases in ArcGIS.
* Identify the steps involved in geocoding and georeferencing data.
* Identify the current trends in GIS research by analyzing professional journals.
* Identify the statistical techniques used for performing spatial analysis.
* Use ArcGIS to create vector, raster, and TIN data.
* Use ArcGIS to create and animate three-dimensional models.