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GEOG 216. Principles of Geographic Information Science

Credits: 3
Department: Geography
Description: Basic principles, concepts and technology that are universal to all parts of Geographic Information Science and geographic information systems software. Integrated Lab. The department offers an examination for credit option for this course.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
Grading Method: ABCDF
Lab: Lab

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and describe the purpose and function of the various GI Science components (Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, Land Surveying, Remote Sensing, and Cartography).
2. Describe the basic concepts of a map projection and be able to distinguish between some of the major map projections.
3. Apply various coordinate systems such as latitude/longitude (in both decimal degrees and DMS forms), Universal Transverse Mercator, and State/Plane.
4. Develop different map types (choropleth, topographic, etc.) as well as components of a map and the principle of map scale.
5. Identify and analyze local and regional features using topographic maps.
6. Critically evaluate information and its sources on maps to determine information reliability and accuracy.
7. Create maps using modern GIS software.

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