GGP 350 GIS I
FA1 2011 HOZ
Fox, David P.
Assistant Professor of Geography
(PhD student, Geography, University of Kansas)MA Geography, University of MissouriBA Geography, University of Missouri
Parkville Campus - Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 004
--T-R-- 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, or by appointment
August 15 - December 9
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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
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:
Ø Quizzes: To assess your learning of the fundamental geospatial concepts presented in the reading materials and lecture presentations there will be a weekly quiz (or “mini-exam”) during the first seven (7) weeks of the course. Each quiz must be completed by the end of the week—Sunday at midnight. You may take each quiz only one time, and they will be time limited at 60 minutes. Although these are open book, you better know the weekly material well before taking the quiz because 60 minutes goes by fast if you are still thumbing through your book just trying to answer #3! J Also, be sure to save your answers OFTEN while you are taking the quiz lest an internet gremlin do something to drop or reset your browser right before you click the “submit for grade” button!
Ø Assignments: To assess your ability to demonstrate the skills and knowledge of operations and functions within ArcGIS software, an assignment will be given each week (for a total of eight, 8) based on various exercises assigned from the course textbook. Each assignment must be completed and submitted in the course Dropbox by the end of the week—Sunday at midnight. These assignments are intended to assess your learning of how to apply ArcGIS software to create maps and perform basic spatial analysis operations. you should therefore expect to spend additional time in the GIS Lab each week in order to complete them.
Ø Final Exam (Core Assessment): The Final Exam, administered and due during week 8, will be comprehensive and will include 60 multiple choice questions. You will have two (2) hours to take this exam. Like the weekly quizzes, 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 proctorthat meets the established Park University criteria. Here is more information to help you prepare for and take the PROCTORED FINAL EXAM:
o A Proctor Request Form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor, by the 6th week of the term.
o You should start looking for a suitable proctor by week 2 and must submit the Proctor Request Form no later than week 6. Approval of proctors is at the discretion of the Online instructor.
o You must follow the Park University procedures for obtaining an approved proctor. Please refer to the Help and Resources page to review the requirements for locating a proctor and the procedure for completing a Proctor Request Form.
o In order to be allowed to complete the Final Exam with your approved proctor, photo identification is required and must be presented at the time of the test.
o Failure to take the Final Exam with an approved proctor will result in an “F” for the course.
A = 89.5% - 100%
B = 79.5% - 89.4%
C = 69.5% - 79.4%
D = 59.5% - 69.4%
F = 0% - 59.4%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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.
ASSIGNED TEXTBOOK CHAPTERS/TOPICS
CLASS ASSESSMENTS DUE
Introduction; Ch. 1: GIS Data
Discussion #1; Assignment #1; Quiz #1
Ch. 2: Mapping GIS Data; Ch. 3: Presenting GIS Data
Discussion #2; Assignment #2; Quiz #2
Ch. 11: Coordinate Systems
Discussion #3; Assignment #3; Quiz #3
Ch. 4: Attribute Data; Ch. 5: Queries
Discussion #4; Assignment #4; Quiz #4
Ch. 6: Spatial Joins
Discussion #5; Assignment #5; Quiz #5
Ch. 7: Geoprocessing
Discussion #6; Assignment #6; Quiz #6
Ch. 10: Geocoding
Discussion #7; Assignment #7; Quiz #7
Ch. 12: Basic Editing; Ch. 13 Editing and Topology
Discussion #8; Assignment #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
Students will receive a ZERO (i.e., NO CREDIT) for any assignment that has violated the Academic Honesty and Plagiarism policies in any way. In addition, the student may be reported to the Dean for any additional disciplinary action that is deemed appropriate by the university.
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
ANY INSTANCE OF PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN A ZERO (I.E., 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.
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
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Last Updated:8/1/2011 1:31:20 AM