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Professional Achievement Award in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Professional Achievement Award in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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Required (6 units)
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Essential GIS Skills

This course introduces both the “how” and “why” of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Using hands-on exercises, you will receive step-by step instructions to accomplish a wide range of real-world tasks such as making maps, and creating and editing data from various sources. The course combines an understanding of basic GIS concepts with practical skills using the ArcGIS platform, specifically WebGIS, Online GIS, ArcGIS Pro, spatial analysis and geoprocessing tools, Mobile GIS, and Apps. Software and tutorials provided.

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3 units

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Cartographic Design

One of the first things requested after an analysis is made with a geographic information system (GIS) is a map. This course is an in-depth study of cartographic techniques and methods employed in the creation of maps. Map design and content, design procedures, and production techniques are discussed. The course involves students in color selection, the use of text with maps, and the creation of a "visual hierarchy" to assist the map reader getting the best out of the map. Thematic and general mapping with the use of GIS data are explored. Cartographic design strategies for both printed maps and web maps are discussed.

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3 units

Elective (3 units)
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Creating a GIS for Health Data

An introduction to GIS and how to query, analyze, geoprocess and visualize health data in order to reveal spatial and temporal patterns in disease morbidity and mortality data. This class will provide a comprehensive overview of GIS, including the major components of hardware, software, data, and the identification of skills need to implement a successful and effective Health GIS.  By the conclusion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding for the historical background of Medical Mapping/use of maps in Epidemiology; use and apply GIS to public health issues in order to spatially and temporally analyze data; join and relate spatial/nonspatial health data to feature classes for further analyses; query, identify and select features by attribute/location using tools and scripts; create and edit GIS files (shapefiles and geodatabase) and work with various data types (spatial and nonspatial); learn where to acquire publicly available GIS files and health-related data for analyses (e.g. Federal or Local Health Agencies; Census Bureau; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; World Health Organization); and plan, analyze, summarize and present on a public health issue.  

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3 units

Using GIS in Crime Analysis

Declining resources allocated to law enforcement agencies have stimulated new ways of looking at criminal activity and resource allocation. New developments in both software and hardware have made it possible for law enforcement agencies to benefit from GIS. This course provides students with an overview of the fundamentals of GIS, the necessary hardware and software elements, data sources, and implementation strategies. Demonstrations, hands-on computer practice and class discussions highlight the benefits of GIS in tactical, strategic and administrative crime analysis. Covers use of GIS to discover crime series and patterns, allocate resources and produce information helpful in decision-making.

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1.5 units

GIS Data Capture Using GPS Technology

Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and associated software programs are becoming a standard method of collecting data for use in GIS. This intensive and hands-on course provides an introduction to GPS and examines basic signal structure, error and accuracy issues. Additional topics include data correction techniques, geodesy, data collection techniques, and GPS to GIS applications. For geographers, GIS project managers, field technicians and others involved in data capture for GIS.

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3 units

Python Scripting for GIS

An introduction to the syntax and fundamentals of Python followed by an extensive study of the ArcPy site package and how it can be used to automate and streamline workflows in ArcGIS Desktop.

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3 units

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