The primary purpose of this hands-on introduction to GIS course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to solve problems in urban planning, transportation, housing and neighborhood planning, crime and other areas using spatial analysis and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software called ArcGIS. Students will be working with the latest version of ArcGIS (version 10).
Students will be able to apply these new skills immediately in their current work, in their Capstone projects, and in their future public service professional careers.
In this course, students will be introduced to ArcMap, Catalog, ArcCatalog and the ArcToolboxs and to some of the techniques of manipulating and displaying spatial data while working on a several exercises and case studies. Students will also be introduced to the variety of applications of mapping, and to database design and data management concepts. They will learn to manipulate and query spatial data, to prepare map layouts, and to design professional looking maps. They will also learn to embed their maps in written reports and PowerPoints.