Geographic Information Systems


Units: 12

Description: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are information systems specifically designed to store and analyze geographic data. GIS represents almost all elements on the earth, such as roadways, rivers, utilities, cities, mountains, natural resources, energy infrastructure and so forth. GIS is used to visualize, analyze and compute the data about the world and human activities. What makes GIS different from other IS is that the data is stored and visualized on a map. The spatial analysis on the map reveals unique patterns in the geographic scope, which is the main advantage over table or text based data representation.

Learning Outcomes: This course will, • develop an understanding of basic world coordinate systems and projections used to build GIS; • describe various geospatial data types and sources; • develop an understanding of GIS data visualization and analytics using ArcGIS Pro; • illustrate how to manage objects in geographic space, including digitzing, georeferencing and geocoding addresses; • illustrate GIS-based transportation network analysis • introduce briefly web GIS, such as Google MyMaps, ArcGIS Online. • introduce briefly open-source GIS tools, such as QGIS, MapWindows.

Prerequisites: 90-728 or 91-802

Syllabus: 94-802_207.pdf