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Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Ralph Haugerud
ESS 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Class description

Overview of concepts and practice of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) as applied to extending our understanding of Earth process Topics include: What is GIS? Why use GIS? Learning GIS What is a map? Quantifying space: Projections and datums Raster and vector Attributes: tying geometry to a database Topology Scale, errors Metadata Example of a continuous field: Topography Example of nominal data: Geology Landscape analysis and modeling Cartography

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture (2 hours/week) and laboratory (2 hours/week). Labs will use command-line Arc-Info and emphasize scripting of most work.

Recommended preparation

Previous GIS experience helpful but not necessary

Class assignments and grading

Laboratory exercises and a class project

Credit / No credit. Students must attend lectures, complete lab exercises, and complete project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ralph Haugerud
Date: 01/03/2003