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GGP 355 Advanced GIS
Babcock, Carol


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Course

GGP 355 Advanced GIS

Semester

SP 2009 HO

Faculty

Babcock, Carol

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Arts student, Northwest Missouri State University
Bachelor of Arts, Geography, UMKC

Office Location

Department of Natural and Physical Sciences Office

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

(816)455-3559

E-Mail

Carol.babcock@park.edu

Semester Dates

14 Jan 2009 - 9 May 2009

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:20 - 8:35 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS, Level 4 (Our World GIS Education)
by Kathryn Keranen (Author), Robert Kolvoord (Author)  Comes with data disc and 180-day licensed trial version. ISBN: 978-1-58948-183-1

How to Lie with Maps (2nd Edition)

by Mark Monmonier and H. J. de Blij (Paperback - May 1, 1996) ISBN: 0-226-53421-9

Additional Resources:

It is recommended that you purchase an additional book related to the type of GIS applications in which you are most interested.  ESRI Press, in particular, has published many books on various applications of GIS.  For example, there are titles available in specific areas such as marketing, environmental management, health organizations, land records, marine studies, urban environments, and more.  Check their website for a full listing: http://gis.esri.com/esripress/display/index.cfm.  NOTE: You should check the price of these books at Amazon.com or any other online discount/used book seller before purchasing them.

 

A free 60-day trial version of ArcMap 9.2 and/or 9.3 is available through ESRI at

http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcview/eval/evalcd.html.  This takes ten to fourteen days to ship so it is advisable to wait until we get closer to the final eight weeks of the course when you will most likely need more access to the software.  Other ESRI books include 180-day copies of ArcMap.

ESRI "Virtual Campus" - http://training.esri.com/gateway/index.cfm.

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.
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Course Description:
GGP 355 Advanced GIS: This course is an advanced course that will have the student learner performing theoretical, conceptual, and practical aspects of the collection, storage, analysis, and display of spatial data. Emphasis will be placed on the applications of geographic information systems. Laboratory projects involving student use of computers will be required.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Collect and construct maps using GIS software
  2. Critically evaluate and interpret a GIS applications
  3. Analyze data sets for validity
  4. Propose a variety of uses for GIS and how it can be applied to analyze the regional and global community.


Class Assessment:

Lab assignments: During the first 8 weeks of the course, you will be expected to review the basics of GIS learned in GGP350 and to demonstrate your ability to use ArcGIS software by completing a series of lab assignments.  Lab assignments will be due by midnight Sunday of each week. Calendar  will follow.

Midterm Exam: A short answer/essay exam covering the major theoretical and conceptual material discussed in the course.

Core Assessment Research Project: The principle focus of this course is demonstrating the ability to use and apply GIS software appropriately. Because the applications of GIS vary widely (and therefore the specific set of techniques used can vary), the major focus of assessing your learning in this course will be based on your ability to apply GIS to a specific research problem that is of particular interest to you. The project grade includes the submission of a GIS Project Proposal no later than week 8 of the course (midterm). This proposal is worth 15% of the total score for the project. The work plan in your GIS Project Proposal must be scheduled so that it will be completed during the final 8 weeks of the course. An additional 10% of credit is earned by making a presentation on your project during the final exam period for the course. The remaining 75% of credit for the project will come from your creation of a poster displaying the results of your research project. It must contain the following sections: Overview/Introduction, Objectives, Methodology, Results, Analysis, Conclusion, and at least three maps that demonstrate the steps or techniques you used in conducting your spatial analysis.

Grading:

Lab Assignments (5 @ 6% each)

30%

Quizzes

10%

Midterm Exam

20% 

Core Assessment Research Project

40%


Final grades will be based on the following scale:

A = 100-90%

B = 89-80%

C = 79-70%

D = 69-60%

F = 59-0%

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.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The following rules of conduct always apply:

 

1) Follow the GIS Lab Room rules as posted.

2) Demonstrate respect for yourself, your classmates, and your instructor at all times--even if you do not agree with their ideas or opinions.

 

3) Contribute to an atmosphere conducive to learning by eliminating distractions, especially from electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, iPods, etc.--i.e., turn them OFF!) or off-topic conversations with others.

4) Attend class, participate in discussions and activities, and encourage others to do so as well.

5) Arrive on time for class and do not leave early unless you have notified the instructor; also, notify the instructor promptly if you intend to make a request for an excused absence.

 

6) Communicate early and often with the instructor about any questions, concerns, or problems related to the course.

8) NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, plagiarize.

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course schedule to follow.

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 87

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 87
ANY INSTANCE OF PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN A ZERO (NO CREDIT) FOR THE ASSIGNMENT ON WHICH IT OCCURS--THIS INCLUDES LAB ASSIGNMENTS.  WHILE YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO HELP YOUR CLASSMATES WITH LAB WORK, ALL MATERIAL SUBMITTED SHOULD CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL EFFORTS.  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.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
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