Introduction to GIS and GPS Applications
Course Description:This course teaches the basic concepts of geographic information systems (GIS) and introduces global positioning systems (GPS), related software program orientation, field data collection, and basic procedures in the techniques of these applications. Practical experience in local projects related to agriculture, civil engineering, and government operations will be highlighted. The student will complete a series of tutorials, exercises, and projects.
Required textbooks/ course materials:
Integrating GIS and the Global Positioning System By Karen Steede-Terry Printed By ESRI Press, Redlands, CA 9781879102811
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Discipline-level learning outcomes:
Program Learning Outcome: Use technology to organize, acquire, and convey information in drawings and reports. This course will provide instruction in the various production methods and techniques integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) especially using ArcView GIS 10 and ArcPad 10 programs from ESRI and Trimble Juno Global Positioning Systems (GPS). This course will have three phases, namely:
PART I - OVERVIEW GIS AND GPS
PART II – SPECIAL PROJECTS USING GPS AND GIS IN FIELD
PART III – CASE HISTORIES STUDY FROM ESRI TEXTBOOK
Course-level learning outcomes:
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Demonstrate mastery of computer aided drafting (CAD) by constructing engineering, mechanical, and geometrical drawings.
Demonstrate ability to sketch, letter, and generate line-work to describe various objects.
Demonstrate ability to read and produce drawings involving orthographic projection, sections, pictorial and auxiliary views.
Demonstrate a wide range of mathematical skills including plane trigonometry, strength of materials, technical, and other engineering problems, including theories learned in engineering mechanics.
Demonstrate ability to use standard surveying equipment to make measurements and calculations to run a traverse, establish levels, keep notes and produce required drawings.
Demonstrate ability to analyze physical and mechanical properties of soil and concrete.
Demonstrate ability to solve basic hydraulic problems using the theory of incompressible fluids.
Demonstrate on-site skills required to establish grades, locate property lines and utilities and produce plots and calculate cut and fill by average-end-area.
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Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:
Learning outcomes are determined by measuring the ability of each student to retain the learning objectives of the course. Performance-based methods, such as completion of assigned projects, general knowledge tests, oral and written presentations of assignments, group discussions, observation of mastery of critical skills and analysis of the final product will determine the final grade on this course.
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