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) ISemesterFA 2010 HOFacultyFox, David P.TitleAssistant Professor of GeographyOffice LocationParkville Campus - Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 004Office HoursMon/Wed 10-12; Tues/Thur 9-10 & 12-1Daytime Phone816-584-6813E-Maildavid.firstname.lastname@example.org@park.eduSemester DatesAug. 16 - Dec. 10Class Days--T-R--Class Time1:00-2:15 pmPrerequisitesNoneCredit Hours3Textbook: Price, Maribeth. Mastering ArcGIS (4th edition). McGraw Hill, 2009.
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville BookstoreAdditional 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.orgMcAfee 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/.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.
GGP 350 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) I
FA 2010 HO
Fox, David P.
Assistant Professor of Geography
Parkville Campus - Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 004
Mon/Wed 10-12; Tues/Thur 9-10 & 12-1
Aug. 16 - Dec. 10
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 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/.
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.
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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 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 92ANY 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 92-93THIS 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 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 .
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