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Course Descriptions

Geographic Information System (GIS)


GIS 104  Introduction to Geospatial Technology  (3)
Provides an introduction to geospatial technology including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), global positioning systems (GPS), and other emerging online mapping technologies. Explores the GIS profession, types of jobs in the field, required skills, and GIS programs offered at Green River and four-year institutions. Course is designed for everyone interested in learning how to apply geospatial technology in their field of study. Covers the wide range of geospatial technology software including Google Earth, GPS, ArcGIS Explorer online, web mapping, and ArcGIS desktop, including ArcMap and ArcCatalog.
GIS 121  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  (5)
Provides an overview of ArcGIS tools and three principal GIS software components: ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox. Provides hands-on experience with ArcGIS tools and functionality. Provides experience working with various data models including shapefiles, coverages, geodatabases, and grids. Students create, manage, analyze, and display georeferenced data. Emphasizes the value of effective communication through the use of georeferenced datasets and finished maps. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in any of the following: BUS E 100, D T 100, GIS 102, NATRS 172; or instructor's permission.

GIS 141  Spatial Statistics  (3)
Covers the basic concepts of spatial statistics and the tools available in the core of ArcGIS software. Covers differences between a-spatial and spatial statistics, and explains specific methods that use distance, space, and spatial relationships. Explains ways of measuring spatial processes, spatial distributions of features, and means to determine if any data has any spatial patterns (random, clustered or dispersed) using the ArcGIS spatial statistics tools. These tools assist decision-makers to visualize results and understand the concepts of data relationship, allowing them to make decisions with a higher level of confidence. PREREQUISITE: GIS 121 or instructor's permission.
GIS 177  GIS Work Experience 1  (1-12)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.

GIS 178  GIS Work Experience 2  (1-12)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.
GIS 179  GIS Work Experience 3  (1-12)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.

GIS 192  GIS for Natural Resources  (5)
Provides an overview with hands-on experience with ArcGIS tools and functionality in Natural Resources applications. Emphasizes the three principal components of ArcGIS: ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox. Provides hands-on practical exercises using field data in various formats including shapefiles, coverages, geodatabase feature classes, and raster data. Explores how to use geospatial datasets already available and how to create, modify or build new databases, as well as how to download data from the Internet. Students create, manage, analyze, and display georeferenced datasets and finished maps. PREREQUISITE: Second year Natural Resources student completed one of these courses: GIS 102, GIS 104, NATRS 172 and MATH 072 or MATH 097 or instructor's permission.
GIS 194  Special Topics-GIS  (1-5)
Permits students to pursue a special GIS topic, under the guidance of an instructor. Possible topics include applying various GIS course operations to specific regional databases, analyzing the data, making inferences, and producing mapped data; collecting local or regional data, analyzing the data and producing conclusions; doing a library and computer search of published materials on a specific topic and designing a database system to incorporate that data and expand the area of research. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

GIS 202  GIS Fundamentals and Theory  (5)
Introduces students to GIS principles and theory, including vector and raster data models and analysis, coordinate systems, geometric transformation, spatial data editing, data exploration, terrain mapping and analysis, viewshed and watershed analysis, and geocoding and dynamic segmentation. Provides concepts and practice of GIS. Students identify a spatial problem, then design and implement an analysis project to address the problem. Emphasizes effective communication through the use of Georeferenced datasets and finished maps. PREREQUISITE: GIS 121.
GIS 102  Exploring GIS Spatial Technology  (3)
Motivates and encourages students to explore and learn GIS Spatial Technology (GST) in any discipline. Students explore the uses of GST software (GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing) and methods for applying GIS technology to the student’s field of interest. Exploration involves navigating through GST spatial technology software, including ArcExplorer, ArcCatalog and Arcmap; and to see practical applications such as analysis of the causes of natural disasters e.g. wildfire, tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. An exciting course for everyone interested in learning and exploring 21st century spatial thinking technology. Explores the GIS profession, types of jobs in the field, required skills, and GIS programs offered at Green River and four-year institutions.

GIS 220  GIS Modules Analyst  (5)
Builds on previously learned skills and concepts. Covers several ArcGIS modules within ArcGIS software programs which add analytical and display capabilities to ArcGIS. Students learn to use Network Analyst, Spatial Analyst using Model builder, and ArcScan. Students also learn how to publish data using ArcReader and Publisher modules. PREREQUISITE: GIS 121, GIS 202, or instructor's permission.
GIS 250  Data and Spatial Database Design  (5)
An overview of the structure and capabilities of the basic principles and methods for designing and building geodatabases. Students explore the basic principles of database design using the relational database model as a central focus. Students learn to build topology and edit feature classes that participate in a topology to maintain data feature spatial integrity. Students use ArcMap toology tools to construct geodatabases which include behavioral topology rules for spatial features. Students produce a comprehensive spatial database supporting a research project in natural resources, conservation, urban planning, or other relevant research interests. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in GIS 121 or instructor's permission.

GIS 255  Introduction to GIS Programming  (5)
Focuses on two GIS programming approaches for ArcGIS desktop: ArcObjects programming with Visual Basic Applications and Python programming. Students apply the principles of object-oriented programming to GIS applications. Explores how Python scripts add functionality to ArcGIS along with tools/buttons to call up these functions. Students also learn to write and debug scripts for ArcGIS. PREREQUISITE: GIS 121 or instructor's permission.
GIS 260  Cartography-Based GIS  (5)
Provides general introduction to the principles and techniques of GIS cartography. Reviews fundamental mapping concepts of map design using GIS technology. Students apply concepts of map scale, projection, and coordinate systems. Covers principles of thematic map design for different purposes and audiences. Students learn new ArcGIS cartography tools and modules, including Maplex, to aid in understanding principles of thematic map design for different purposes and audiences. Students get hands-on experience using ArcGIS symbols labeling, and annotation to make maps and to export maps into different formats. PREREQUISITE: GIS 121 or instructor's permission.

GIS 265  Enterprise Spatial Database Design  (5)
Students use SQL Server database to maximize ArcGIS for Server Basic geodatabase with ArcGIS. Covers ArcGIS for Server architecture and how to manage vector and raster data models. Covers techniques for maintaining geodatabase performance in an editing environment and how to successfully load and manage data in preparation for a multiuser geodatabase implementation. Includes versioning supported by DBMS functions for backup, recovery, replication, SQL support, and security. PREREQUISITE: GIS 121, GIS 250, IT 240 or instructor's permission.
GIS 270  GIS in the Field 1  (5)
Focuses on ArcPad ESRI software, GPS tools and Survey Analyst modules to collect, create, edit, maintain attribute/spatial information and utilize GIS maps while in the field. Students learn to transfer information between the office and field. Students also learn to create and digitize new features using survey data. Focuses on developing skills while working on research projects in natural resources, conservation, urban planning, national security, government agencies, private sectors, and non-profit organizations. PREREQUISITE: GIS 202 or instructor's permission.

GIS 280  ArcGIS Server  (5)
Teaches how to install, configure and maintain an ArcGIS for Server system that enables GIS content sharing across the enterprise or on the web. Learn the ArcGIS for Server architecture and apply recommended workflows to configure ArcGIS Server sites and manage GIS services, applications, data, and users. Emphasizes techniques and best practices to ensure system performance and security. PREREQUISITE: CS& 141, GIS 121, GIS 250, and IT 240 or instructor's permission.
GIS 291  GIS Project Planning  (2)
Assists students in developing specific skills in project planning. Students search and select a topic of interest for the final GIS project for implementation in GIS 292. Encourages students to communicate with the GIS community to find a real-world project which students do individually or in a group. Students learn to plan a project using time management and project scheduling techniques common to the industry. All students submit a written proposal for their GIS project plan, which is completed in GIS 292. PREREQUISITE: GIS 121 or 202, or instructor's permission.

GIS 292  GIS Project  (4-8)
Continuation of GIS 291. Students learn to use project planning and implement a project plan to completion. Students choose a specialty area of GIS for class project work and submit a complete written project. Possible specialties include natural resources/conservation, urban planning, national security, utilities, real estate, criminal justice or other areas of interest. Students apply knowledge learned throughout the Green River GIS program to accomplish the final capstone project in GIS 292. If an appropriate opportunity exists, students may be able to address real-world projects through an internship in government, private sector, or non-profit organizations. PREREQUISITE: GIS 220 or 291, or instructor’s permission.
GIS 299  Independent Study-GIS  (1-5)
Allows and encourages students under the guidance of an instructor to study and develop independently in area of interest in GIS applications or a special topic area of GIS when specific area of interest is not offered within the GIS curriculum. Course contents are developed in conference between the student and instructor. Students meet on a tutorial basis with the instructor. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.