GGP390 SpecTops in Physical Geography:

for S2J 2012

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GGP 390 SpecTops in Physical Geography:


S2J 2012 PV


Mbuh, Mbongowo Joseph


Adjunct faculty


Master's in Geospatial Science
Master's in Geomorphology, Hydrology and Water Resources
BA in Geography

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Semester Dates

March 19 – May 13, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM


GGP 350 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Credit Hours



1) Required textbook: Pinde Fu and Jiulin Sun (2010), Web GIS: Principles and applications, ISBN 978-1-58948-245-6, ESRI press. 296pages

 2) Scott Davis (2007), GIS for Web Developers: Adding Where to Your Web Applications, ISBN: 978-0-9745-1409-3, 268pages

Additional Resources:

Additional information can also be obtained on ESRI resources center on the section on GIS services

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Course Description:
GGP390 Physical Topics in Physical Geography: This course will consist of an in-depth examination of specific areas of geography at the upper level. It may be repeated once for credit with a change of topic. Variable credit 1-4 hours.
This course will review the evolution of GIS technology from centralized GIS systems to Distributed GIS services. It will emphasize the difference between traditional GIS systems and distributed GIS services. It will address the roles of the Internet and the Web in disseminating and sharing geographic information and the uniqueness of geographic information. It will define the concept of Internet GIS and discuss different terminology that is currently in use, such as Internet GIS, Web GIS, GIS Online and Distributed Geographic Information (DGI).  Laboratory projects involving student use of computers will be required. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, presentations and writings. This course will require students to apply the concepts being learned to hands-on development of maps, databases, and spatial analysis. The goal is to create a positive, interactive, challenging, engaging, and lively classroom environment, which is largely dependent upon the students’ willingness to engage in class discussions, and share their experience and knowledge in the process spatial analysis. In summary I will engage each student in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

 The lectures will describe the most common techniques and standards for distribution of geographical data via the Internet. The exercises will concentrate on methods for creating map services on the internet by use of web GIS services. 


By completing the course, the student will:

• understand which GIS applications are suitable to use the Internet

• have the knowledge and techniques to distribute geographical data via the Internet

• be able to create map services on the Internet

  • evaluate a map service on the Internet critically
 At the end of this course, Students will be able to develop and implement either single or multiple source geospatial portals. A major part of the course will examine user interaction design for geospatial data in both a wired and wireless environment


Class Assessment:

A greater portion of the class time will be devoted completing series of lab assignments. Lab assignments will be due by at the beginning of each class session.

 Exams: There will be one midterm and one final exam covering the major theoretical and conceptual material covered in lecture and lab.

 Class project: At the end of the semester every student is required to develop a web mapping application incorporating all the major themes throughout the semester.



Grades will be based on the following:  


100 points


400 points

Midterm Exam

100 point

Final exam

100 points

Final Project: presentation

100 points

Final Project: report

200 points


Final letter grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

A 90 to 100% 
B 80 to 89%
C 70 to 79% 
D 60 to 69%
F  0 to 59%

 Final Project and Presentation


For your final presentation, you will present the results of the work for your semester-long project(s). Your report will include a write up of what you presented and a section on procedures you followed from start to finish in the project.  Details on the class project will be provided in class by the instructor.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assessments (assignments, exams, etc.) for the lecture session are expected to be fully completed and submitted by the announced due date.  Any work completed and/or submitted after the announced deadline may not be accepted for grading.  The instructor reserves the right to determine whether or not late work will be accepted and how much of a grade reduction penalty is appropriate depending upon the rationale for the student's lateness and whether or not he/she appropriately notified the instructor in advance of the deadline (or as soon as reasonably possible in the event of an emergency/unforeseen circumstance) with any appropriate documentation that may be requested by the instructor for verification purposes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1) Follow the GIS Lab Room rules as posted.

2) Come to class prepared

3) Respect everyone and no talking on the phone during class

4) Arrive on time for class and do not leave early unless you have notified the instructor

5) Have a winning attitude, have fun and learn

 8) Maintain an honest attitude and plagiarism is not tolerated

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




One: GIS in the web era and technical basics


ArcGIS explorer desktop

HTML FrontPage 2003 Tutorial

Two:  Geospatial Web Services


ArcGIS API for JavaScript

Three:  Geospatial Web Services


Creating OGC Web Services


Four:  Geospatial Mashups


Creating OGC Web Services

Five:  Mobile GIS


Using OGC Web Services

Six:   Geoportals


OGC Clients

Seven: NSDI In the Web 2.0 Era


Bringing all the data together in  a map service

Eight: Web GIS applications  in E-business and E-government


Bringing all the data together in  a map service



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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.

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