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Tora Johnson, Instructor [email]
Course description: Students will gain a working knowledge of the Global Positioning System, using handheld receivers in the field to navigate and gather locational information and entering the data into a computer to make maps. Topics to be covered include the basic principles of the technology, uses of GPS, sources of error, methods used to minimize error and avoid losing data, basic geodesy related to GPS, and basic mapping software. Students will do several outdoor, hands-on activities with handheld Garmin and Trimble GPS receivers, as well as mapping activities in the laboratory. They will be assessed on their laboratory worksheets, quizzes and a simple service project. 2 credits.