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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for GEO 265 Effective Spring 2021

Course Number:
GEO 265
Course Title:
Introduction to GIS (Geographical Information Systems)
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Course Description

Provides a conceptual overview and hands-on experience using ArcGIS software. Introduces basic principles of maps and map design and uses ArcGIS to create, edit, display, query and analyze geographic and tabular data and to create maps and charts. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of Geography 265 the student will be able to:

  • Discuss in an informed way the techniques, terms and applications of GIS
  • Gather spatial information from various sources to include on a map
  • Use GIS to analyze and visualize spatial data to gain new knowledge
  • Collect, display, query, and analyze spatial and tabular data
  • Produce maps that communicate a purpose and adhere to the principles of good map design

Outcome Assessment Strategies

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

  1. Written results of class labs and exercises
  2. Midterm exam
  3. Map Critiques
  4. Final mapping project using GIS software
  5. In-class discussions

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues:

  1. GIS data types
  2. Finding GIS Data
  3. Cartographic Design
  4. Spatial queries and analysis
  5. Attribute queries and analysis

Competencies and Skills:

  1. Identify the important elements of map design.
  2. Identify and define GIS terminology.
  3. Evolution of GIS and GIS Technologies.
  4. Use GIS software to display and create geospatial data
  5. Use GIS software to create maps