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Matthew Kelley
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

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 Maps, Mapquest, 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.

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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 Matthew Kelley
Date: 09/27/2008