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Tora Johnson, Instructor [email]
Course description: Students will build an understanding of the fundamentals of a GIS through lecture, readings, and computer activities. Students will learn to use a specific GIS software system, ArcGIS, and to define and complete a simple GIS project using existing data. This computer-intensive course includes a detailed discussion and related computer activities on the following topics: basic geography and map concepts, what a GIS is, data sources, data quality, databases, data classification, vector and raster data, spatial analysis, project management, cartographic communication, projections, datums, coordinates, and ethics. 4 credits.