Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.CourseGGP 350 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)SemesterFA 2008 HOFacultyFox, David P.TitleAssistant Professor of GeographyDegrees/Certificates(PhD student Geography, University of Kansas)MA Geography, University of Missouri-ColumbiaBA Geography, University of Missouri-ColumbiaOffice LocationFindlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC)003BOffice HoursM/F 11:00-12:30, T/R 11:30-1:00Daytime Phone(816)584-6813E-Maildavid.email@example.comSemester DatesAug 18 - Dec 12, 2008Class DaysT/RClass Time1:00-2:15 pmCredit Hours3Textbook: Getting To Know ArcGIS Desktop (2nd edition) by Tim Ormsby, et. al. ESRI Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-1-58948-083-4.
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville BookstoreAdditional Resources: Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) - The makers of ArcGIS software: http://www.esri.com McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.Course Description: This course introduces the student to the theoretical, conceptual, and practical aspects of the collection, storage, analysis, and display of spatial data. Emphasis will be placed on the application of geographic information systems. Laboratory projects involving student use of computers will be required. 3:0:3.Educational Philosophy: My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, and writings. My goal is to create a positive, interactive, challenging, engaging, lively, and even, at times, confusing (believe it or not) classroom environment. But my success in doing so is largely dependent upon you--your willingness to engage in class discussion, to ask questions, to share your opinions and knowledge from other learning experiences. I believe that education is most effective when approached as a process during which the teacher and students share equally in contributing to the learning that takes place. Rather than being the "sage on the stage" or a "fountain of wisdom" (neither of which I am), I will attempt to guide, encourage, and facilitate your learning. Therefore, you will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss, debate, reflect on, analyze, evaluate, and question the readings and other class material every bit as much as I am. Put simply, I believe that you will get out of this class what you put into it.
GGP 350 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
FA 2008 HO
Fox, David P.
Assistant Professor of Geography
(PhD student Geography, University of Kansas)MA Geography, University of Missouri-ColumbiaBA Geography, University of Missouri-Columbia
Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC)003B
M/F 11:00-12:30, T/R 11:30-1:00
Aug 18 - Dec 12, 2008
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email email@example.com or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment Description & Instructions
The Core Assessment for this course is meant to be an in-depth exploration and evaluation of the application of GIS technology to a particular problem/need that has recently been attempted. You should choose a specific application that is related to your interests and write a 10-12 page research paper in which you:
1) Introduction: Clearly identify the problem/need and how GIS specifically assists in solving/addressing this issue,
2) Data Analysis: Analyze the types of data that were used for this application (How much of it is readily available? Does this application require special data collection techniques?), [CLO#3; Analysis]
3) Techniques Discussion: Identify and describe the types of GIS operations and spatial analysis procedures that have been performed with the data (In particular, focus on discussing those operations that were used that we have learned about in this course), [CLO#1; Application]
4) Evaluation: Evaluate this application of GIS to this particular problem/need (How successful is GIS at addressing the problem/need? How significant are the solutions/answers that GIS is currently able to help provide for this issue? Are there limitations or common problems/issues encountered in the application of GIS to this topic? If so, what are they? Do you think GIS is an appropriate tool for addressing this problem/need?), [CLO#4; Evaluation]
5) Conclusion: Discuss/propose additional ways in which you think the use of GIS could be extended with this application. [Synthesis]
6) Works Cited: List, alphabetically, any sources you cited within the paper (Note: You must have at least 8 different sources) using either APA or MLA documentation style. Be advised that this means you must also have used either footnotes or parenthetical citations within the paper itself.
The paper must be typed, double-spaced, standard 12-point font, 10-12 pages in length, with a minimum of 8 sources. All sources must be appropriately documented in a works cited page and you must use either footnotes or parenthetical citations within the text. You should include examples of maps, datasets, etc., that have been created with GIS for this particular application. Note: Figures, charts, diagrams, etc., do not count as part of the page requirement for this assignment.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments submitted at any time after the class period on the announced due date will be penalized 10% of the grade for each day they are late. If you have arranged for or been granted an excused absence by the instructor for a class period during which an assignment is due, then you must submit the work by the alternate date arranged with the instructor. Failure to do so will result in a 10% deduction per day after the alternate due date.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87Students will receive a zero (i.e., no credit) for any assignment that has violated the Academic Honesty and Plagiarism policies in any way. In addition, the student may be reported to the Dean for any additional disciplinary action that is deemed appropriate by the university.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87THIS POLICY WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. ANY INSTANCE OF PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN A ZERO (I.E., NO CREDIT) FOR THE ASSIGNMENT ON WHICH IT OCCURS. IF YOU ARE AT ALL UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU MAY BE COMMITTING PLAGIARISM AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO ASK THE INSTRUCTOR BEFORE SUBMITTING THE WORK FOR GRADING.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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