Introduction to GIS is the first course in the three-quarter sequence for the Certification in GIS.
This course will teach students how to use the versatile technology of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS is more than just map-making; a GIS integrates computer hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information across a wide variety of disciplines. GIS technology is increasingly used by physical and social scientists, policy makers, businesses, environmental and conservation organizations, utilities, public health providers, the military, and educators, as examples. More organizations are using spatial data and analysis to help them make decisions relating to acceptable land uses, allocation of resources and assets, fairness and social wellbeing, and many other needs.
Instruction will rely strongly on weekly hands-on labs and homework exercises to guide students through a public policy decision process from beginning to end over the duration of the quarter. Students will learn to manage spatial data and tools, mainly using the commonly known as ArcGIS. No previous experience with GIS is required. Student versions of the ArcGIS software suite will be made available for home use (but technical support is limited to college computers). Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) makes a suite of software that is the focus of this course.
HYBRID CLASS PRESENTATION: This class will be offered using a "hybrid" approach. Class meetings will be offered, with both in-person attendance at the campus CAL (Computer Applications Lab) and fully-online (Zoom) options for student participation. Each class session will be broadcast over Zoom to any students who elect to attend from home or other off-campus location. Note that taking this course in hybrid manner requires two computer monitors, and reliable and sufficient internet bandwidth, especially for those students relying on RDP connections to access a campus computer over the web.
CLASS SCHEDULE: Monday nights, 6pm-10pm