PLSCS 2200

PLSCS 2200

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

This class serves as an introduction to the principles of geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping to understand natural, social, and environmental issues at a range of scales. Students will develop competence and confidence at recognizing, interpreting, and applying spatially-informed thinking approaches via maps and mapping. Emphasis will be on accessing, processing, visualizing, and analyzing geospatial data for communication and decision making, including understanding the role of uncertainty in the use of digital spatial data and maps. Throughout the class, students will gain experience in structuring spatial problems, organizing and managing geospatial data, modeling and spatial analysis, and digital cartography. Students will use both desktop and online mapping software and applications.

When Offered Fall.

  • Describe how location-based information and spatial attributes affect environmental problems and issues at different geographic scales.
  • Explain the structure and function of geographic information systems.
  • Develop basic proficiency with coordinate systems, map projections, and data as necessary for data coordination and management.
  • Differentiate among spatial data models appropriate for diverse applications and scales.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency to seek, identify, access, and prepare geospatial data sets from a range of online public sources.
  • Model best practices of data organization and management skills.
  • Select and apply methods of analyzing vector and raster data sets.
  • Identify errors from and invalid approaches to conducting GIS-based analyses.
  • Design and produce final map products informed by standard cartographic principles.
  • Develop and present a collaborative group project.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory.

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  2629 PLSCS 2200   LEC 001

    • WF Corson-Mudd A106
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Sinton, D

      West, D

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Labs will begin second week of classes.

  •  2630 PLSCS 2200   LAB 401

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  2631 PLSCS 2200   LAB 402

  • Instruction Mode: In Person