Introduction to Mapping and GIS


Course Description

Provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cartography, and spatial analysis. Includes assessment of vector and raster systems, scale, resolution, map projection, coordinate systems, georeferencing, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Learning Outcomes

Measurable Course Objectives and Minimum Standards:
1. Student will describe and explain the historical development of GIS and how GIS helps tosolve problems of a spatial context.
2. Student will identify and describe the components of GIS.
3. Student will identify and describe basic types of maps and geographic data used with GIS.
4. Student will describe and demonstrate the procedure for collecting, locating, and accessing data to be used in a GIS.
5. Student will compare and contrast various types of data including quantitative data, attribute data, paper maps, aerial and satellite imagery, and global positioning systems (GPS).
6. Student will demonstrate proficiency in map reading, interpretation, and design principles, including map projections and the geographic grid.
7. Student will compare and contrast raster and vector data structures and operations.
8. Student will define and classify features and rasters.
9. Student will create, manipulate, and query tables, charts, images, and maps using GIS software.
10. Student will describe and organize tabular data and edit data tables.
11. Student will analyze feature and spatial relationships using overlaying, buffering, and basic spatial statistics.
12. Student will demonstrate geocoding addresses.
13. Student will develop and modify map layouts for appropriate cartographic presentation.
14. Student will apply spatial analysis functions on a GIS to solve a Geospatial problem.

Basic Skill Requirements


Ken Yanow
Ken Yanow is the Director of the Drone Technology and Applications program at Southwestern College.

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