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GGP 350 GIS I
Fox, David P.


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.

Course

GGP 350 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) I

Semester

FA 2010 HO

Faculty

Fox, David P.

Title

Assistant Professor of Geography

Office Location

Parkville Campus - Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 004

Office Hours

Mon/Wed 10-12; Tues/Thur 9-10 & 12-1

Daytime Phone

816-584-6813

E-Mail

david.fox@park.edu

dfox@park.edu

Semester Dates

Aug. 16 - Dec. 10

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

1:00-2:15 pm

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Price, Maribeth.  Mastering ArcGIS (4th edition).  McGraw Hill, 2009.
ISBN: 978-0-07-352284-5
 
 
 

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) - makers of ArcGIS software - everything you wanted to know about ArcGIS applications and more!  Check out the numerous examples of case studies, as well as the plethora of free courses available.
 
See the Webliography page in our course eCompanion website for additional internet resources that may be posted throughout the semester: http://www.parkonline.org

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 helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources 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 to encourage student engagement by using a variety of learning opportunities.  Readings, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, internet resources, videos, writings, group activities, field work, mapping, Socratic seminars, quizzes, and examinations are common activities that may be utilized.  My goal is to create a positive, interactive, challenging, engaging, lively, and even potentially confusing (believe it or not) classroom environment.  But my success in doing so is largely dependent upon you.  Your willingness to engage in all learning opportunities, think critically, ask questions, and share your knowledge and perspectives is ultimately what will make this a meaningful course.
 
This class involves the hands-on learning of a complex computer software package, known as ArcGIS.  The more you put into working with this software, the more you will get out of this course.  Although some class time will be provided for guided instruction in the use of this software, it will require that you spend additional study/work time in the GIS Lab (SC-010) outside of the regularly scheduled class period.  The GIS Lab is usually open Mon-Fri from 8-5 for your use (unless another department class is utilizing the facility).  The Park Public Safety Office will be given your name and student number so that you can request to have the GIS Lab opened for you in the evenings or on the weekends.  You should be able to call 584-6444 to request that the room be unlocked for you.
 
In addition, you should be aware that this course is a required part of the core curriculum for all majors in the Geography Program at Park University.  As such, this course is specifically designed to meet our “Spatial Perspectives” Program Competency, which states that our students will be able to: Demonstrate how to use maps and other geographic tools and technologies to present and interpret geographic patterns (past, present, and future).  In essence, this is the ultimate goal for everyone enrolled in this course.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply GIS software to mapping problems and perform basic GIS operations including queries, spatial joins, map overlay, and geocoding.
  2. Construct and design maps using GIS software.
  3. Analyze data sets for usability and validity within a GIS.
  4. Evaluate the variety of uses for GIS and how it can be used to impact the regional and global community.


Core Assessment:

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 Rubric

Class Assessment:


*NOTE: PLEASE DISREGARD THE ABOVE "CORE ASSESSMENT" INFORMATION.  THE CORE ASSESSMENT FOR THIS COURSE WILL BE THE FINAL EXAM, AS INDICATED BELOW.

Lab
Assignments:  8 lab assignments based on exercises, etc., from the course textbook; designed to reinforce and extend student learning of the material covered in the course.  These assignments are intended to assess your learning of how to apply ArcGIS software to create maps and perform basic spatial analysis operations.  While some class time will be available for work on these assignments, they should primarily be considered homework assignments, and you should therefore expect to spend additional time in the GIS Lab each week in order to complete them.  Some of the lab assignments may require you to work with a partner.
 
Exams:  Three exams (including the "Final Exam," which will serve as the course Core Assessment) will be given.  Each exam may consist of multiple choice, true/false, matching, short answer, map, or short essay questions.  Note: The Final Exam will include some questions that are comprehensive in nature.
 
Project:  A course project that will require you to apply GIS technology and techniques to a spatial problem in your personal area of interest.  Part of your score for this assessment will require that you make a presentation to the class.  Specific requirements and instructions for the project and presentation will be made available to students in the course eCompanion website and discussed in class.
 
GIS Day Demonstration: You will be required to make a demonstration of GIS technology during the GIS Day event that will be conducted by the Park University Geography Program on Wed., Nov. 17.  It is your responsiblity to ensure that you will be able to present your demonstration as assigned during this event.  Specific requirements and instructions for the demonstration will be made available to students in the course eCompanion website and discussed in class.

Grading:

 
ASSESSMENTS
% OF GRADE
Lab Assignments (8 @ 5% each)
40
Exams (2 @ 12% each)
24
Final Exam (Core Assessment)
20
Project
 10  
GIS Day Demonstration

6

TOTAL
100
 
The course grade is determined by weighting the number of points earned for each assessment based on the above percentages.  Final grades will be based on the following percentage cutoffs:
100-90% = A
89-80% = B
79-70% = C
69-60% = D
59-0%= F
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Work submitted within one week of the announced due date and time will be penalized 25% of the grade.  Assignments submitted after one week will be penalized 50%. 
 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Make class time your first priority
.  Arrive on time and do not leave early unless you have an emergency situation.

Treat fellow students and the instructor with RESPECT.  Disruptive or disrespectful behavior toward another student or the instructor will not be tolerated.  (This includes holding off-topic conversations or using a computer for non-related course activity during class time.)  The offending student(s) will be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of the period and will not be allowed to make up any assessments yet to be completed during the missed class time.  Repeated occurrences of such behavior will be grounds for further administrative action as allowed by the Park University student code of conduct. 

Contribute to an atmosphere conducive to learning.  Phones or other electronic devices must be either turned to the silent mode (vibrate only) or OFF in the classroom.  If you do receive notice of an emergency call (other than during an exam), quietly leave the classroom.  Talking on a phone during class is prohibited.  During an exam, ALL phones and electronic devices must be turned OFF and put completely away.  ANY use of such equipment during an exam will result in a ZERO for the assessment.

All students will be held accountable for any material presented or discussed in class or through assigned readings.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain all materials and information missed during a class session, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused by the instructor.  Failure on the part of the student to acquire missed information will not excuse the student from questions over that material on any assessment activity (quiz, exam, assignment, etc.).
 
You will be expected to use the eCompanion website for the course: www.parkonline.org.  Some assignments/activities may be required to be completed online either during or outside of the regularly scheduled class time.  Students are expected to notify the instructor in advance of the due date of any questions or concerns accessing or using this technology.

You are expected to be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of any technological problems that may be encountered.  Therefore, computer problems will NOT automatically be considered grounds for having late work excused.  Be sure to save copies of your work OFTEN and in multiple locations for backup purposes. 
 
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, plagiarize.  Always respect the university's policies on academic honesty and freedom.
 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

(The Instructor reserves the right to amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.)

WEEK DATES TOPICS/ASSIGNED CHAPTERS ASSESSMENTS DUE
1 Aug 17-19 Introduction
2 Aug 24-26 Ch. 1: GIS Data Lab #1
3 Aug 31-Sep 2 Ch. 2: Mapping GIS Data
4 Sep 7-9 Ch. 3: Presenting GIS Data Lab #2
5 Sep 14-16 Ch. 4: Attribute Data Exam #1 - Sep 16
6 Sept 21-25 Ch. 5: Queries Lab #3
7 Sept 28-Oct 2 Ch. 6: Spatial Joins Lab #4
8 Oct 5-9 Ch. 7: Geoprocessing Lab #5
9 Oct 12-16 No classes - FALL BREAK!
10 Oct 19-21 Ch. 8: Raster Analysis Exam #2 - Oct 21
11 Oct 26-28 Ch. 9: Network Analysis Lab #6
12 Nov 2-4 Ch. 10: Geocoding Lab #7
13 Nov 9-11
Ch. 11: Coordinate Systems
No class Nov 11 (Veterans' Day) 
14 Nov 16-18
Ch. 12: Basic Editing & Ch. 13: More Editing Techniques
Nov 17 - GIS Day
GIS Day Demonstration
15 Nov 23-25
Ch. 14: Geodatabases
No class Nov 25 (Thanksgiving)
Lab #8
16 Nov 30-Dec 2 Ch. 15: Metadata Final Exam - Dec 2
Finals Dec 7 Presentations - Tues., 1:00-3:00 pm Project & Presentation

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
ANY INSTANCE OF PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN A ZERO (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.

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
THIS 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.

  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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 .

Additional Information:

 


*PLEASE DISREGARD THE "RUBRIC" INCLUDED BELOW.  THIS APPLIED TO THE FORMER CORE ASSESSMENT PROJECT FOR THIS COURSE, WHICH HAS BEEN CHANGED FOR AY2010-11.



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The paper contains an Evaluation section in which the student thoroughly evaluates this application of GIS to this particular problem/need by providing thoughtful responses to all of the following questions:

- 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 and can they be addressed?  

- Do you think GIS is an appropriate tool for addressing this problem/need?

 
The paper contains an Evaluation section in which the student evaluates this application of GIS to this particular problem/need by providing responses to all of the following questions, however, one or two of the responses are minimal or are superficial:

- 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 and can they be addressed?  

- Do you think GIS is an appropriate tool for addressing this problem/need?

 
The student has made some attempt to evaluate this application of GIS to this particular problem/need, however, three or more of the following questions are not addressed or are done so in very limited and/or superficial ways:

- 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 and can they be addressed?  

- Do you think GIS is an appropriate tool for addressing this problem/need?

 
The paper does not include any evidence of evaluating the selected application of GIS to a problem/need. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The paper includes a section in which the student thoughtfully discusses/proposes additional ways in which he/she thinks the use of GIS could be extended with this application. The paper includes a section in which the student discusses/proposes additional ways in which he/she thinks the use of GIS could be extended with this application, however, the student's comments may be somewhat simplistic or superficial. The student discusses/proposes additional ways in which he/she thinks the use of GIS could be extended with this application, however, the student's comments are extremely limited and/or simplistic. The paper does not include any evidence of the student's attempt to propose additional ways in which he/she thinks the use of GIS could be extended with this application. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The paper includes a Data Analysis section in which the student thoughtfully analyzes the types of data that were used for this application and, at minimum, provides responses to the following questions:

- How much of it is readily available?  

- Does this application require special data collection techniques?

 
The paper includes a Data Analysis section in which the student analyzes the types of data that were used for this application and provides responses to the following questions:

- How much of it is readily available?  

- Does this application require special data collection techniques?

 
The student attempts to analyze the types of data that were used for this application, however the responses are very limited or superficial

AND/OR

Neither of the following questions are answered:

- How much of it is readily available?  

- Does this application require special data collection techniques?

 
The paper does not include any evidence of the student's attempt to analyze the types of data that were used for this application. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The paper includes a Techniques Discussion section in which the student thoughtfully identifies and describes the types of GIS operations and spatial analysis procedures that have been performed with the data.  

AND

The student particularly focuses on discussing those operations used in this application that were learned about in this course.

AND

The student has correctly identified and described the GIS operations used.

 
The paper includes a Techniques Discussion section in which the student identifies and describes the types of GIS operations and spatial analysis procedures that have been performed with the data.  

AND/OR

The student discusses those operations used in this application that were learned about in this course, however, this discussion is limited or superficial.

AND/OR

The student has made one or two errors in identifying or describing the GIS operations used.

 
The students attempts to identify and describe the types of GIS operations and spatial analysis procedures that have been performed with the data, however, he/she:

- Does not discuss those operations used in this application that were learned about in this course or does so in an extremely limited or superficial manner.

AND/OR

- Has made three or more errors in identifying or describing the GIS operations used.

 
The paper does not include any evidence of the student's attempt to identify and describe the types of GIS operations and spatial analysis procedures that have been performed with the data. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The paper includes an Introduction in which the student clearly and accurately identifies the problem/need and how GIS specifically assists in solving/addressing this issue

AND

The paper includes examples of maps, datasets, etc., that have been created with GIS for this particular application.

AND

The paper is 10-12 pages in length (not including supplemental maps, datasets, etc.)

 
The paper includes an Introduction in which the student identifies the problem/need and how GIS specifically assists in solving/addressing this issue, however, it may be somewhat unclearly or inaccurately stated.

AND/OR

The paper does not include examples of maps, datasets, etc., that have been created with GIS for this particular application.

AND/OR

The paper is only 9 pages in length (not including supplemental maps, datasets, etc.)

 
The student attempts to identify the problem/need and how GIS specifically assists in solving/addressing this issue, however, it is done so in a very confusing or inaccurate way.

AND/OR

The paper does not include examples of maps, datasets, etc., that have been created with GIS for this particular application.

AND/OR

The paper is less than 9 pages in length (not including supplemental maps, datasets, etc.)

 
The paper does not include any evidence of the student's attempt to identify the problem/need and how GIS specifically assists in solving/addressing this issue. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The paper includes a Works Cited Page of all the sources cited within the paper and that is arranged alphabetically.

AND

More than 8 different sources were used.

AND

Either APA or MLA documentation style is properly used.

AND

Either footnotes or parenthetical citations were appropriately used in a consistent manner within the paper itself.

AND

The paper is virtually error free of spelling or grammatical errors.

 
The paper includes a Works Cited Page of all the sources cited within the paper and that is arranged alphabetically.

AND/OR

8 different sources were used.

AND/OR

Either APA or MLA documentation style is used, although there may be a few minor errors.

AND/OR

Either footnotes or parenthetical citations were used within the paper itself, although there may be a few minor errors of appropriate citation or consistency of formatting style.

AND/OR

The paper is mostly error free of spelling or grammatical errors, although it may contain a few minor errors.

 
The paper includes a Works Cited Page but it is not arranged alphabetically or it does not include all of the sources cited in the paper.

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Less than 8 different sources were used.

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Neither APA nor MLA documentation style is used.

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Neither footnotes nor parenthetical citations were used within the paper itself or there are several major errors of appropriate citation or consistency of formatting style.

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The paper contains numerous spelling or grammatical errors.

 
The paper does not include a Works Cited Page or any attempt to document the source of the material presented. 
Civic Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The student clearly and thoughtfully identifies the value of the selected application of GIS technology in addressing issues of local, national, or even international concern. The student identifies the value of the selected application of GIS technology in addressing issues of local, national, or even international concern, however, this discussion is somewhat limited or superficial in nature. The student attempts to identify the value of the selected application of GIS technology in addressing issues of local, national, or even international concern, however, this discussion is extremely limited, unclear, or superficial in nature. The paper does not include any evidence of the student's attempt to identify the value of the selected application of GIS technology in addressing issues of local, national, or even international concern. 
Geography Program Competency #7                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Through the written work in this paper, the student has clearly and effectively demonstrated the ability to identify a geographic a problem and then determine the scope of the problem by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating pertinent data, and applying geographic ideas. Through the written work in this paper, the student has demonstrated the ability to identify a geographic a problem and then determine the scope of the problem by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating pertinent data, and applying geographic ideas, although this evidence is somewhat limited or superficial in nature. Through the written work in this paper, the student has attempted to demonstrate the ability to identify a geographic a problem and then determine the scope of the problem by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating pertinent data, and applying geographic ideas, however, this evidence is extremely limited or superficial in nature OR is largely inaccurate. The paper does not include any evidence of the student's attempt to demonstrate the ability to identify a geographic a problem and then determine the scope of the problem by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating pertinent data, and applying geographic ideas. 

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