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Steven Walters
URBDP 598
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Systematic study of specialized subject matter. Topics vary for each quarter, depending upon current interest and needs, and are announced in the preceding quarter. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

This six-week course provides a hands-on introduction to the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for urban planning. Through in-lab tutorials, students will be introduced to ArcGIS, the leading software used in GIS analysis, and the components of which it is comprised (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox). Students will then learn about the basics of GIS – data types and sources, analytic tools and approaches, processing techniques, and display methods. The course is particularly recommended as a supplement to those taking URBDP 479: Urban Form, and many of the exercises and data sets utilized will accordingly be geared in that direction. However, the techniques introduced will be widely applicable to various topics and specializations in Urban Design and Planning.

Requirements: a USB thumbdrive (at least 2GB), and a basic familiarity with MS Windows.

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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 Steven Walters
Date: 09/19/2008