gis skills development
Geography 402: GIS Skills Development
This is a 1-credit course that is intended as a focused, but relatively short, exploration of a specific topic within the broader context of geographic information science and technology. The course has no set curriculum or syllabus, but is instead an individualized approach developed by consultation between the prospective student and the course instructor. Entrance is by permission only. The instructor will not offer a 402 course that strays too far outside the instructor's existing knowledge base and expertise.
Prospective students must already have a foundational skillset and knowledge base within the realm of geospatial science and technology applications. This course cannot and will not be used as a substitute for a more advanced and/or specialized course that already exists in the UI General Catalog. For example, a student interested in pursuing knowledge and techniques for applying NDVI to Sentinel-2 data for the Palouse Range would need an existing background in both GIS and remote sensing; a student interested in learning site suitability analysis for placement of a solar panel array would need existing background in GIS.
Potential Course Topics:
One potential subject area for this course may occur if a student is enrolled in a more advanced course but has not been adequately training in data management procedures. For example, a student enrolled in Geog 390, Cartographic Design & Geovisualization, who does not demonstrate minimum-threshold data management may be required to undergo remediation with a refresher set of exercises and instruction. Again, this course is not intended as an introduction to geospatial analysis and technological applications... it is intended as a focused follow-up that builds upon a pre-existing foundation of knowledge and skills.
Another potential subject area might occur if a student is interested in general skills building between taking Geog 385 (GIS Primer) and Geog 475 (Intermediate GIS) or other more advanced courses. This might entail using a training guide or manual that doesn't necessarily have a major underlying theme, but provides more exposure to general GIS skills prior to tackling senior- and graduate-level coursework.
A third potential subject area might be a focused course on computer hardware, building a PC from component parts, and/or learning how to maintain a computer's hardware systems, proper cleaning techniques, and software-based maintenance.
Interested students should contact the instructor directly for more information. Click the button below to get in contact.
Last Updated: 05/06/18