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Course overview
This course will focus on introducing students to the use of geographic information systems in the urban/suburban/metropolitan environment.  Students will learn to work with urban spatial databases (including data sets pertaining to land use/land cover, parcel records, census demographics, environmental issues, water, transportation, local government, community development, and businesses). Technical topics to be covered include finding and understanding sources of information for metropolitan spatial databases, integration of data from a variety of sources, database structure and design issues, spatial analysis capabilities, data quality and data documentation.  While learning GIS skills, students will complete a mapping/analysis project of their choosing and present the results in a poster and short paper. The course will use ArcGIS 10.1 software - all students will receive a one-year license of ArcGIS 10.1 software for their home use (the software works on a PC but can run on a Mac if you have a PC emulator or BootCamp, plus a license of Windows).

Textbooks

  • Required: Andy Mitchell, The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis, vol 1: Geographic Patterns and Relationships, ESRI Press, Redlands, CA

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