GGP 350 GIS I
FA 2011 HO
Assistant Professor of Biology
PhD Zoology, University of Arkansas, postdoc Conservation Biology/GISMS Biology, Central Washington UniversityBA Math, BS Biology, Univ. Texas at Arlington
M-W-F 10 - 12, T-Th 2 - 3
Aug. 15 - Dec. 9, 2011
11:35 - 12:50 PM
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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:
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.).
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Schedule of classes for Fall 2011
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
11/29 Presentation of special project results
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.
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 .
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