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GIS 111 Introduction to GIS
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2014
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F

Description: Introduction to desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology using ArcGIS software to produce multidimensional spatial maps.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Explain the purpose and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including the raster (cell-based) GIS spatial data model from conceptual structure, basic GIS operations, object manipulations and multidisciplinary modeling of the environment.
2. (Analysis Level) Use the basic data management and map production tools in ArcGIS to analyze a geographical region for various purposes.
3. (Analysis Level) Design and implement multiple layer geographic information systems using ArcGIS to analyze spatial and non-spatial data.
4. (Application Level) Perform spatial and non-spatial joins.
5. (Comprehension Level) Identify and explain the basic properties of spatial data with vector and raster data using ArcGIS.
6. (Comprehension Level) Explain geo-processing operations.
7. (Evaluation Level) Create, critique and edit spatial and non-spatial data.
8. (Comprehension Level) Explain the importance of metadata.
9. (Synthesis Level) Create metadata.
10. (Comprehension Level) Explain the advantages of spatial databases.
11. (Synthesis Level) Create a spatial database.
12. (Comprehension Level) Describe basic project management considerations, ensuring scale, GIS methodology including metadata, formatting files and map projections.
13. (Comprehension Level) Identify primary map elements, including the five basics: title, scale, north arrow, date and legend.
14. (Synthesis Level) Explain map scale and projection, including specific factors that determine mapping scale and how the projection of a map helps to ensure accuracy in the map, as well as minimize the causes of data distortions.
15. (Evaluation Level) Produce a map from several data sources.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
URISA (http://www.urisa.org/)

ESRI (http://www.esri.com/) &

GISCI (http://www.gisci.org/)

NCGIA (http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/) &

AZ State Cartographer's Office: http://sco.az.gov/

State of AZ GIS Standards (08/19/2010): https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:y9-JjLaA_wIJ:isd.azdoa.gov/forms_docs/911/StateofArizona_GISStandards_AI20090402.doc+GIS+standards+Arizona&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjoeFvJaquEU6QZ-AqQCsQzXVgEmXdN18HMnq9c4bYijGVqVy4ZGBTaQrcRRGXIBbJNalU47t8z-H33DOhdaXu8XZPObh3trNl3qJFSqm9yKlmm5A9JbW9SWFE0GGWYRg2DeykQ&sig=AHIEtbQuZhN4E1c7S0-4EH54C-sstRm35w

USGS Water Resources Maps and GIS Data: http://water.usgs.gov/maps.html

AZ Surveyor's Forge Standards/GPS World: http://www.gpsworld.com/gis/gis-and-mapping/arizona-surveyors-forge-standards-7485