Philip M. Hurvitz
Applications of GIS technology to forest science and management. Fundamentals of GIS systems: data sources, preprocessing, map analysis, output; remote sensing as a source of GIS data, image analysis, and classification. Emphasis on GIS as a source of management and technical information requests. Offered: AW.
CFR 250 is an introuductory course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The course covers the technical, rather than theoretical, aspects of using a GIS. Students completing the course will have a firm knowledge of how to use GIS hardware, software, and data. Special attention is placed on the use of GIS to address technically complex planning and management "puzzles" in natural resources management.
Instruction takes the form of 1-hour lectures twice a week, with paired 2 hour lab/exercise sessions. Emphasis is placed on hands-on use of hardware, software (ArcView GIS), and data.
It is essential that students have the following skills: (1) Have an account on one of the UW mail computers (dante, saul, etc.). If you do not have an account, you should get one as soon as possible, following directions at UW NetID for Students. (2) Have a CFR computer account, following instructions at the CFRnet homepage. (3) Know how to use a Web browser, including file downloading. (4) Know how to use file transfer protocol (ftp) either by using a command-line or WS-FTP interface. (5) Have basic familiarity with a word processor and spreadsheet application. (6) Be comfortable with the Windows95 or NT operating system, including hierarchical file structures, and the Windows Explorer. (7) Be able to capture images from the monitor and paste these images into another document. (8) Have a working knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, and coordinate geometry. (9) Have a basic familiarity with maps and map reading.
The other skills are less essential: (1) Knowlege of spreadsheet &/or database theory & applications is helpful. (2) Basic ability to read maps.
Class Assignments and Grading
Assignments are geared toward making students learn how to use GIS software through intensive hands-on practice with computers and data. Assignments are assigned on a peroidic basis throughout the term.
Grades are assigned by a weighted average of scores from assignments and the take-home final examination.