GGP 350 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
FA 2007 HO
Fox, David P.
Assistant Professor of Geography
PhD in progress, Geography, University of KansasMA Geography, University of Missouri-ColumbiaBA Geography, University of Missouri-Columbia
Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 003B
--T-RF- 9:00-11:00 am
Aug. 20 - Dec. 14, 2007
12:25 - 1:40 pm
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Educational Philosophy: The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. This class involves the hands-on learning of a complex computer software package, known as ArcGIS. The more you put into practicing with this software, the more you will get out of this course.
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:
Lab Assignments, 11 @ 35 pts each = 385 pts
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85THIS POLICY WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. FAILURE TO APPROPRIATELY DOCUMENT AND CITE ANY MATERIAL USED FOR THE CORE ASSESSMENT (RESEARCH PAPER) WILL RESULT IN A ZERO (NO CREDIT) FOR THE ASSIGNMENT.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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Last Updated:8/19/2007 11:47:01 PM