Special Topics in GIS

Winter 2020
Graduate Only
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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This class is intended for graduate students in support of thesis work and other research needs.  To be eligible for this course, students must have fulfilled prerequisite study of Advanced GIS (MES Program). The purpose of this class is to provide MES students with advanced GIS skills in areas supportive of their thesis and related research needs. Interested students will also have the opportunity to improve skillsets in preparation for GIS professional certification examinations. 

General GIS topics to be covered include:

-        GIS in 3D: Creating visualizations of elevation in maps and interactive apps

-        Application of satellite imagery for mapping landcover and change detection

-        Exploitation of LiDAR datasets in ArcGIS Pro

-        Deploying Survey123 for mobile field GIS studies and data collection

-        Implementation of Operations Dashboard for quantitative visualization

During the class meeting for Week 4, students will choose a topic of their own interest, to develop into a final mapping project.  Students will present their final projects on Week 10.

Evergreen maintains an excellent computer applications lab (“CAL”) with large double-monitors, Windows computers, the required Esri (and other) software, and ample network file storage space for each student. All coursework can be completed through the use of on-campus computing resources for desktop software and standard browser access for web GIS software. Many students elect to use the CAL computers to perform all class exercises and homework. In addition, fully functional software versions are maintained in the Library Computer Center and various classroom computers in both Olympia and Tacoma campuses. The ArcGIS Pro software is available for students to load on their own (Windows) computers. Software installation media kits can be obtained from the CAL help desk and from the Computing Resources desk in the TESC library. Each media kit includes a student license keycode which is necessary to activate and maintain the software license for one year (annually renewable). Students will be granted a license to ArcGIS Online for managing web data, maps, and publishing web-apps such as story maps.

Special Topics in GIS is the third course in the three-quarter sequence for the Certification in GIS.

This course typically meets on Mondays, 6-10 pm, but might have additional meeting times early in the quarter.


Winter 2020 Registration

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GR (4): 20257

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First Meeting

LAB 2 1223B - CAL East