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GGP 350 GIS I
Taulman, James


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

GGP 350 GIS I

Semester

FA 2011 HO

Faculty

Taulman, James

Title

Assistant Professor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

PhD Zoology, University of Arkansas, postdoc Conservation Biology/GIS
MS Biology, Central Washington University
BA Math, BS Biology, Univ. Texas at Arlington

Office Location

Sc 101

Office Hours

M-W-F 10 - 12, T-Th 2 - 3

Daytime Phone

816-584-6869

E-Mail

james.taulman@park.edu

Semester Dates

Aug. 15 - Dec. 9, 2011

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

http://esripress.esri.com/display/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&websiteID=143&moduleID=0
 
Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop 9.3
Ormsby, Napoleon, Burke, Groessl, Bowden
ISBN: 9781589482104
2008   620 pages   $79.95

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
GGP350 Geographic Information Systems: This course introduces the student learner 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 learner use of computers will be required. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

This class involves the hands-on learning of a complex computer software package, known as ArcGIS. The more time you put into working with this software, the more you will get out of this course. Most assignments will be completed during class time.  However, students needing additional study/work time for assignments or projects will be able to work 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. "Final Exam (Core Assessment): The Final Exam, administered and due during the finals period for the term, will be comprehensive and will include 60 multiple choice questions. You will have two (2) hours to take this exam. The Final Exam is designed to assess your learning of the fundamental geospatial concepts presented in the reading materials and lecture presentations. It will be a closed book/notes exam that MUST be completed with an instructor-approved proctor that meets the established Park University criteria."
 
There will be 16 guided workbook exercises in this course with homework to be turned in.  Most exercises will involve several separate assignments.  Each of the 16 exercises will count 25 points, apportioned among the several assignments in the given exercise.  These exercises will serve to evalutate and grade a student's progress in the course as the semester progresses.  400 total points for homework taken from workbook exercises.
 
There will be a Special Project toward the end of the semester that will allow students to apply skills learned in the guided workbook exercises.  The instructor will provide all needed data and will assist in the completion of this project.  This project will serve as a core assessment task in this course.  That project will count 50 points.
 
Total points = 570
Workbook exercises:  16 @ 25 points each = 400
Special project:  50
Final Exam:  120

Grading:

Total points = 570
Workbook exercises: 16 @ 25 points each = 400
Special Project: 50
Final Exam: 120
 
Grading Scale:
A = >= 90
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F = <= 59

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 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, plagiarize
. Always respect the university's policies on academic honesty and freedom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Schedule of classes for Fall 2011

 
Exercises and data taken from workbook Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop 9.3, ESRI Press.
 
Week            Topic
8/16              Introduction

8/18              Ex. 3    Exploring ArcMap

8/23              Ex. 4    Exploring ArcCatalog

8/25              Ex. 4 continued

8/30              Ex. 5    Symbolizing features and rasters

9/1                Ex. 5 continued

9/6                Ex. 6    Classifying features and rasters

9/8                Ex. 6 continued

9/13              Ex. 7    Labeling features

9/15              Ex. 8    Querying data

9/20              Ex. 9    Joining and relating tables

9/22              Ex. 10 Selecting features by location

9/27              Ex. 11 Preparing data for analysis

9/29              Ex. 11 continued

10/4              Ex. 12 Analyzing spatial data

10/6              Ex. 13 Projecting data in ArcMap

10/11            Fall Break

10/13            Fall Break 

10/18            Ex. 15 Creating features

10/20            Ex. 15 continued

10/25            Ex. 16 Editing features and attributes

10/27            Ex. 16 continued

11/1              Ex. 17 Geocoding addresses

11/3              Ex. 18 Making maps from templates

11/8             Ex. 18 continued

11/10            Ex.. 19 Making maps for presentation

11/15            Ex. 19 continued        

11/17            Special GIS Project

11/22            Special GIS Project, continued

11/24            Thanksgiving

11/29            Presentation of special project results

12/1              Review

12/8              Final Exam

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 .



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.

AND/OR

Less than 8 different sources were used.

AND/OR

Neither APA nor MLA documentation style is used.

AND/OR

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.

AND/OR

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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