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Gregory Lund
T GIS 311
Tacoma Campus

Maps and GIS

Introduction to map interpretation and basic spatial analysis through the use of geographic information systems (GIS). Emphasizes developing, through hands-on experience, a fundamental understanding of GIS and the technical expertise necessary for applying GIS in a variety of scenarios such as environmental science, urban planning, nursing, social work, and business.

Class description

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This course is designed to provide an introduction to mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) through an examination of mapping concepts, spatial data, software applications, and spatial analysis techniques. GIS is everywhere.

FYI, despite the information displayed when you click on the 'Textbook' button, there is a required Textbook. Mastering ArcGIS w/ Video Clips DVD/ROM by Maribeth Price 610 Pages, Published 2011, 5th Edition (YOU MUST GET the Fifth Edition) ISBN_10: 0 07 746295 5 / 0077462955 ISBN_13: 978 0 07 746295-6 / 9780077462956

This course is designed to provide an introduction to mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) through an examination of mapping concepts, spatial data, software applications, and spatial analysis techniques. As will become evident fairly quickly, the various components of a GIS are used to store, manipulate, visualize and analyze data that are produced by any number of sources from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Geological Survey, to regional planning and development organizations. Applications of GIS are widespread and cross-disciplinary; and with recent advancements in Internet technologies, the role of GIS in our everyday lives is becoming increasingly apparent e.g., Google Earth, Google Maps, Mapquest, Facebook Places, etc. TGIS 311 is designed to be an introduction to GIS theory and technique, and as such will provide you with a set of tools for you to build on in future GIS projects or coursework. By the end of this term, you will be familiar with: 1) GIS as a tool and as a concept (we will be using ArcGIS 10.x in this course it is the leading professional GIS software package available); 2) Spatial data ways to collect, store, manipulate and analyze; 3) Spatial analysis ways of visualizing and reading spatial data using a GIS. Because this is a technical course you should expect to spend a significant amount of time in the GIS labs (SCI 336 & 109) outside of regular class hours. The time you spend in the lab working on your lab exercises will likely be the most valuable component of this course – as you will become well acquainted with the inner workings of a GIS and the methods used to prepare and analyze spatial data.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture Lab Exercises

Recommended preparation

While this is an introductory GIS course, it could also be considered an Intermediate Computer course. The following skills and background will greatly improve your chances for success in the course: Intermediate Windows Operating System Skills (Windows XP & Windows 7) Folder structure and file management. (specifically you will create new folders, saving files in appropriate folders, and be able to navigate to your data. etc)

Class assignments and grading

Weekly Quizzes based on Assigned Readings, Lectures and Labs. Lab Exercises using ArcGIS version 10.x SP3 Midterm Exam (Take Home) Final Exam (To be Determined) Possible Final Project instead of a Final Exam. Extra Credit is available through FREE continuing education courses at the Esri Virtual Campus.

Labs (8 total) comprise the most significant portion of the final grade. Daily quizzes are worth 10% of the final Grade.


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 Gregory Lund
Date: 02/13/2012