June 4 - July 29, 2018
Cost per Credit Hour
Total Course Cost
Continuing Education Units
Instructor: Rachel Isaacs
Dr. Rachel Isaacs is a biogeographer with a focus on landscape ecology, climate change, GIS, remote sensing, and statistical analyses. She received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, her Master’s from Texas A&M University, and her Bachelor’s from the University of Hawai’i-Hilo.
Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) Overview
This course is designed for students from any discipline who are interested in applying GIS as a tool to help answer important and timely questions about our environment. This course presents the concepts upon which GIS technology is based. In this class, you will have access to FREE ArcGIS software.
In this course you will:
- Learn the fundamentals of cartography, geodesy, coordinate systems, and projections.
- Learn to use ArcGIS to classify data, query tables, analyze spatial relationships and create map layouts.
- Set up map projections and build spatial databases.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Describe the fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Science and Technology.
- Create a database and demonstrate database management skills.
- List the different types of GIS data and identify the differences between them.
- Describe the differences between Cartesian and Geographic coordinate systems.
3 Credit Hours
This course is designed for students from any discipline who are interested in applying GIS as a tool to help answer important and timely questions about our environment. This course presents the concepts upon which Geographic Information System technology is based including the fundamentals of: Cartography, Geodesy, Coordinate Systems, and Projections. Conceptual overview and hand-on experience of vector data analyses and table queries are introduced. Students will use ArcGIS to classify data, query tables and maps, analyze spatial relationships, set map projections, build spatial databases, edit data, and create map layouts.
Prerequisites for Unity College Students: Successful completion of computer proficiency exam; signed technology requirement form
Prerequisites for Non-Unity Students: Signed technology requirement form