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UT Dallas Syllabus for socs3323.001.09f taught by Karen Hayslett-mccall (klh024000)

UT Dallas Syllabus for socs3323.001.09f taught by Karen Hayslett-mccall (klh024000)

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UT Dallas syllabus for socs3323.001.09f Geographic Information Systems taught by Karen Hayslett-mccall
UT Dallas syllabus for socs3323.001.09f Geographic Information Systems taught by Karen Hayslett-mccall

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INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
SYLLABUS
Course Information

Course numbers: GEOG3323, ISSS3323, SOCS3323
Course title: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Term: Fall 2007
Class Meetings: GR 3.602; Tuesday and Thursday 11:30am \u2013 12:45pm

Professor and Teaching Assistant Contact Information

Professor: Karen L. Hayslett-McCall, PhD
Email:kl h0 2 4 0 0 0 @utd allas. e d u
Office: GR 3.210
Office Hours: Tuesdays, Following class, or by Appointment
Office Phone: (972) 883-4767
Home Page: We will use eLearning (class still not made by eLearning \u2013 materials will be put up as soon as the course

is made available).
Teaching Assistant:
George Madrid, Jr. (GIS Graduate Student)
\u2022
Mr. Madrid will be assisting on labs, lecture materials, and grading
\u2022
E-mail:ga m0 2 1 0 0 0 @utd alla s.ed u
\u2022
Office:TB A
\u2022
Office Hours:TB A
\u2022
Lab Hours:T BA
\u2022
Office Telephone:T BA
Guest Lecturer:
Mr. Robert Thompson (GIS Professional)
\u2022
Mr. Thompson will be assisting largely on Tuesdays which will become our lab day
\u2022
E-mail:rct@ freese.co m
Course Description

This course provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems, a software technology for the storage, analysis and
display of spatial information. Specific GIS methods are covered for use in a variety of different applications areas and
disciplines, including demographics, economic and marketing analysis, transportation studies, land use for cadastral, zoning
and engineering applications, spatial statistics, and environmental/geological applications. Industry standard GIS software tools
are used to apply these methods
.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes
Upon completing this class, students will be able to:
\u2022Understand the basic methods of Geographic Information Systems in the context of several areas of social science
\u2022Apply the basics of cartography including Scale, Coordinate Systems, and Projections, and the Essential Map Elements
\u2022Apply the rules of good Map Design and Layout on the maps required to complete the assignments
\u2022Construct maps using the methods of Thematic Mapping which will display their understanding of methods of Data
Classification
Required Readings
These will all be posted on eLearning and Announced in Class
Suggested Course Materials

Title: Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop (with CD-ROM free 180-Day Trial)
Author: Ormsby, Napoleon, Burke,Gro es s l, and Bowden
Edition: ArcGIS 9.3 Edition
Date:2 00 8
Publisher: ESRI Press
ISBN:9 7 81 58 9 48 21 0 4

Website:http :/ /esrip ress.esri. co m/d isp la y/ind e x.cfm? fuseac tio n=d isp la y& web s iteID=1 4 3 & mo d uleID=0
Grading Policy (Final number of assignments may vary by speed at which we cover materials)

Lab Assignments (10) 50 points each 500
Class Participation (1) 50 points 50
Mid-Term Exam (1) 200 points 200
Second Exam (1) 250 points 250
Total Possible Points: 1000 points

Course & Instructor Policies
Extra Credit: There will be a few pop-quizzes covering the reading for extra credit.
Make-up Exams: The Mid-Term and Second Exams may be made-up by taking an essay exam (consisting of 1 question \u2013 but
very intense) to be made up during the final exam week during our assigned final exam date/time.
Late Assignments: Assignments are due by the start of the class period on the due date. Late assignments are accepted up to 4
days late. Each day incurs a 10 point penalty.
Class Materials Online: Some class materials will be available Online \u2013 see eLearning.
Attendance: Attendance is expected and required
Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions
This class is computer intensive. Therefore student must have basic computer skills, including:
\u2022
Knowledge of how to send and receive email
\u2022
Knowledge of how to function in the eLearning environment
\u2022
Knowledge of basic Windows operating system functions, such as:
o
Cut, Copy, and Paste
o
Opening, closing, moving, and saving files
o
Downloading data from the Internet and saving it
o
How to print from a windows program
o
How to back-up your data and manage data size
o
Mouse skills
\u2022
Students are expected to know basic high school math and basic statistics
Assignments & Academic Calendar
DATES FOR TOPICS ASSIGNMENTS & READINGS
ALL DATES WILL BE ON ELEARNING\ue000 ORDER OF EVENTS BELOW
Section 1 \u2013 Geography and Cartography ALL Reading Dates on eLearning and announced in class

(1) Introduction, Syllabus, Class Format, Lab Intro
(2) History of Geography, More Intro to ArcMap
(3) Scale, Coordinate Systems, Projections Assignment 1 Due
(4) Essential Map Elements, Output from ArcMap
(5) Map Design and Layout Assignment 2 Due

Section 2 \u2013 GIS Data Models, Site Selection

(6) Attributes, Thematic Maps, Data Classification
(7) Cadastral Mapping, Land Use, Zoning Assignment 3 Due
(8) Site Selection, Selection Methods
(9) GIS Data Models, Topology
(10) Generalization Problem Assignment 4 Due

Section 3 \u2013 Political Geography

(11) Geo-Politics, Census Geography
(12) Importing Census Data
(13) Voting Geography, Gerrymandering, Dissolve Assignment 5 Due
(14) Readings and Midterm Review

MIDTERM EXAM
(15) Go over Midterm, Work on Assignment 6
Section 4 \u2013 Transportation

(16) Network Models, Creating Networks in ArcGIS Assignment 6 Due
(17) Shortest Path, Network Analysis
(18) Address Geocoding, Linear Referencing

Section 5 \u2013 Spatial Statistics

(19) Centrography, Mean Center, Median Center Assignment 7 Due
(20), Measures of Dispersion, Standard Distance
(21) Advanced Spatial Stats, Point-Pattern Analysis

Section 6 \u2013 Raster Analysis

(22) Raster Analysis Assignment 8 Due
(23) Hillshading
(24) Interpolation Assignment 9 Due
(25) 3D Modeling
(26) Buffer Analysis, Annotation, Exam Review Assignment 10 Due

SECOND EXAM
Field Trip Policies
Off-campus Instruction and Course Activities
Not Applicable
Student Conduct & Discipline
The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient
conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the

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