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Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis
ADV GIS/SPAT
CLASS CODE: GEOG 340 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, POLITICAL SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: This course explores connections between the acquisition, processing and analysis of spatial information as a means for more clearly understanding the properties and processes that comprise physical and human systems.
TAUGHT: Winter 2004, Fall 2005
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Advanced topics in both raster and vector modeling are examined. Topics include multi-criteria decision analysis, network analysis, surface modeling, and recent advances in the application of object-oriented analysis and design to the modeling and implementation of spatial databases. Lectures and discussions will be supplemented by practical exercises using ESRI'S ArcGIS software suite.
GIS Data and data quality, GIS database development and management, Data visualization and GIS output, Geographic data analysis I, GIS modeling and analysis II, GIS applications, Project Proposal and implementation.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Acquire a knowledge of advanced spatial analysis theories.
Develop critical reasoning skills.
Apply theory to real world examples using GIS tools and techniques.
Demonstrate mastery of GIS spatial analysis.
REQUIREMENTS: Content Learning: Students are expected to have a good understanding of principles, applications and research methodology of GIS.
Practical Knowledge: Clear understanding the core capability of ArchGIS, hands-on knowledge of data input, manipulation and fundamental GIS analysis.
Professional Maturity: It is a high level course. Extra efforts are expected. Professionalism (honesty, conscientiousness, thoughtfulness, and constructive criticalness) is required.

A studentís performance (grade) will be based on lecture and lab examinations, weekly lab attendance and exercises, and a final course project. Lecture exams will consist of a combination of multiple choice, short problems and short essay types of questions. You will always be informed of the test dates at least one week in advance. Lab exam will focus on ArcGIS-based technical implementation issues. The graded exams will be returned and reviewed during the subsequent class period. Persons missing the review must see visit instructor during office hours or schedule an appointment to review the test result. Make-up exams will be given only if the student who has a legitimate reason fro the absence from the regularly scheduled test. If you do miss an exam, you must contact the instructor as soon a possible so that any arrangement can be made for a possible makeup exam.

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes, unless informed otherwise. All students are strongly advised to arrive ON TIME. Except in case of emergency or prior approval, arriving 10 minutes late or leaving during class will be regarded as unaccepted professional conduct. This is an advanced course, and all students are expected to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE in all classroom discussion. Active classroom participation, conscientious class attendance, and positive professional attitude will constitute into the professional merit evaluation.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: January 2003