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.CourseGGP 350 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) ISemesterFA 2012 HOFacultyFox, David P.TitleAssistant Professor of GeographyDegrees/Certificates(PhD candidate [ABD] Geography, University of Kansas)MA Geography, University of MissouriBA Geography, University of MissouriOffice LocationParkville Campus: Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 004Office HoursM/W 10:00-12:00, T/R 1:00-3:00, or by appointmentDaytime Phone816-584-6813E-Maildavid.firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb Pagehttp://online.park.eduSemester DatesAugust 20 - December 14Class Days--T-R--Class Time10:10-11:25 AM (SC-010)PrerequisitesNoneCredit Hours3Textbook:
REQUIRED: Mastering ArcGIS (5th edition)
By Maribeth Price. McGraw Hill, 2012.
NOTE: This textbook contains a CD with all of the data required for completing the assigned exercises for the course. If you intend to use your personal computer for completing GIS coursework at home, you will need to make sure that the copy you purchase contains this data CD. Also, since the textbook is written specifically for the current version of ArcGIS software (version 10), you must have the 5th edition.
REQUIRED SOFTWARE: ArcGIS for Desktop 10
The required software for this course is installed on the computers in our GIS Lab (SC-010). Every student will be allowed access to the GIS Lab whenever it is not in use for another course. In addition, with the aid of the lab fee for this course, Park University has obtained an educational site license from ESRI--the makers of ArcGIS software. This license allows students to download and install an educational edition of ArcGIS software on their personal/home computers with a 1-year access. The instructor will provide each student enrolled in this course the necessary information to do this. PLEASE NOTE: ESRI does NOT currently produce a Mac version of ArcGIS software. If you have a Mac computer, you will NOT be able to install and run this software.
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville BookstoreAdditional Resources:
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) - everything you wanted to know about the applications of ArcGIS software and more! Check out the numerous examples of case studies, as well as several free training courses available: http://www.esri.com
See the Webliography page in our course eCompanion website for additional internet resources that may be posted throughout the semester: http://online.park.edu
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 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:
GGP350 Geographic Information Systems I: 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 course is a required part of the core curriculum for all majors in the Geography Program at Park University. In particular, it 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.
In addition to a variety of fundamental GIS concepts, 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. Your willingness to engage in all learning opportunities, think critically, ask questions, work through challenging exercise problems, as well as share your knowledge and perspectives, are ultimately what will make this a meaningful and successful course for yourself.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALTHOUGH SOME CLASS TIME WILL BE USED FOR BEGINNING ASSIGNMENTS, YOU WILL BE PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR WORKING THROUGH THE MATERIAL AND COMPLETING THE EXERCISES ON YOUR OWN TIME. GIS WORK CAN BE VERY TIME INTENSIVE, AND YOU SHOULD ANTICIPATE NEEDING TO SPEND SEVERAL HOURS OUTSIDE OF THE CLASS TO COMPLETE THIS WORK. I will be available for 2 hours after class most days, if you are available to stay and work in our GIS Lab. In addition, we have a Geography major work-study, who serves as our GIS Lab Assistant and will be available during some additional times in the Lab (schedule will be posted). Finally, you will be allowed 24-7 access to our GIS Lab by simply contacting Public Safety whenever the Lab is locked. 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 (SC-010) 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.
GGP 350 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) I
FA 2012 HO
Fox, David P.
Assistant Professor of Geography
(PhD candidate [ABD] Geography, University of Kansas)MA Geography, University of MissouriBA Geography, University of Missouri
Parkville Campus: Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 004
M/W 10:00-12:00, T/R 1:00-3:00, or by appointment
August 20 - December 14
10:10-11:25 AM (SC-010)
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
See the Webliography page in our course eCompanion website for additional internet resources that may be posted throughout the semester: http://online.park.edu
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.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Discussion: You are always expected to attend and actively participate in every class session by asking questions, contributing personal experiences/observations, etc. You will receive grade credit on the basis of your participation in any learning activities held during each class period. Often this may require making a written summary or an informal presentation of your thoughts and reactions to the course material. Some discussion/learning activities may require use of the eCompanion website outside of the regular class period. Discussion activities must be completed on the day they are given and may not be made up unless you have provided appropriate documentation for an EXCUSED absence for the class session (such as participation in an approved university event or documented medical emergency). Appropriate documentation MUST be provided in order to receive an excused absence. Each student will be allowed ONE make-up opportunity for the semester for an unexcused missed discussion activity.
Exams: Two (2) exams will be given during the semester. Each exam will consist of approximately 40-45 multiple choice questions and will be completed online in the course eCompanion website located at http://online.park.edu. The exams are intended to assess your learning of the fundamental geospatial concepts presented in the assigned reading materials and class sessions. Exams must be completed by the deadline as announced during class—typically by midnight on Sunday at the end of the week as indicated on the course schedule (see below). You may take each exam only one time, and they will be time limited (usually at 75 minutes). Although they will be open book, you will want to make sure that you have studied ahead of time, because the time limit will go by fast if you are trying to look up every answer. Also, be sure to SAVE your answers OFTEN while you are taking the exam lest an internet gremlin do something to drop or reset your browser right before you click the “submit for grade” button!
Final Exam (Core Assessment): A comprehensive Final Exam will be administered during the assigned Final Exam period for the course (Tuesday, Dec. 11, 10:15-12:15). The Final Exam will serve as the Core Assessment for the course and will include 60 multiple choice questions and two essay questions. Like the quizzes, the Final Exam is designed to assess your learning of the fundamental geospatial concepts presented in the reading materials and class sessions. Unlike the quizzes, it will be closed book/notes.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
You will be expected to use the eCompanion website for the course: http://online.park.edu. 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
Ch. 2: Mapping GIS Data
Ch. 3: Presenting GIS Data
Ch. 4: Attribute Data
Ch. 6: Spatial Joins
Ch. 7: Geoprocessing
Ch. 10: Geocoding
Note: The instructor reserves the right to modify this schedule as necessary to fit the pace of the course. Any modifications will be announced during the class.
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 95-96Students 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 95ANY 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 98
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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