Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 5135
First Term: 2011 Fall   
Award: CCL  
Total Credits: 25-33
CIP Code: 45.0701

Occupational Area: Information Technology
Instructional Council: Geography (30)
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: Not Found

Description: The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Geographic Information System (GIS) provides a core curriculum based on a solid foundation in GIS concepts, as opposed to training in GIS software only. This program equips students with fundamental GIS concepts and skills that can be applied in a variety of public and private work environments where spatial data analysis is required. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) is also available.

Required Courses
GCU102 Introduction to Human Geography (3) OR
GPH111 Introduction to Physical Geography (4) OR
GPH230 Spatial Database I (3) 3-4
+GPH219 Introduction to GIS Using ArcGIS 3
+GPH220 Intermediate GIS Using ArcGIS 3
GPH270 Introduction to Cartography and Geospatial Technologies 3
+GCU/GPH298++ Special Projects (any suffixed course) 1-3


Students must select one of three (3) tracks.

Track I: User/ Analyst Credits: 12
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems 3
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management 3
+CIS159 Visual Basic Programming I 3
+GPH273 Advanced GIS Using ArcGIS (3) OR
GPH275 Introduction to Remote Sensing (3) 3

Track II: Developer Credits: 14
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management 3
+CSC110AB Introduction to Computer Science (Java) 4
CSC181AB Applied Problem Solving with Visual Basic 4
+GPH273 Advanced GIS Using ArcGIS (3) OR
GPH275 Introduction to Remote Sensing(3) 3

Track III: Transfer Emphasis Credits: 17
+CSC110AB Introduction to Computer Science (Java) 4
CSC181AB Applied Problem Solving with Visual Basic 4
+CSC200AB Principles of Computer Science (Java) 4
+MAT220 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5
Credits: 25-33

Program Competencies
1. Identify the technology of geographic information systems, including system components, database concepts, applications, and implementation (GPH220)
2. Use desktop Geographic Information Systems technology using ArcView software. (GPH219)
3. Interpret various types of maps and map projections, and trace the history of mapping; describe other geographic technologies, including remote sensing, Global Positioning System, Geographic Information System, and statistical analysis (GPH270)
4. Explain computer information systems, computer concepts, microcomputer applications, and programming techniques. (CIS105)
5. Use the basic elements and components of the Microsoft Access program, and analyze common database management problems related to the program. (CIS117DM)
6. Write, debug, document, and run programs to solve a variety of business problems using Visual BASIC. (CIS159)
7. Demonstrate advanced techniques in Geographic Information Systems using ArcView, including 3-D Analyst, Network Analyst, Spatial Analyst, and Avenue Programming (GPH273)
8. Contribute to independent research related to uses of Geographic Information Systems. (GPH298++)
9. Explain concepts of problem solving, structured and object-oriented programming in Java, fundamental algorithms and techniques, and computer system concepts; identify and explain social and ethical responsibilities associated with the use of computerized information systems. (CSC110AB)
10. Explain the concepts of systematic definition of problems, solution formulation, and testing; use Visual BASIC programming language to solve problems in mathematics, science, and business. (CSC181AB)
11. Explain fundamental concepts of computer science, including software development, data organization, machine architecture, algorithmic machines, and ethics in computing; perform programming in Java (CSC200AB)
12. Perform the operation of differentiation and integration on functions of one variable. (MAT220)
13. Explain basic photogrammetric techniques for processing satellite imagery. (GPH275)
14. Identify the systematic study of human use of the earth (GCU102)
15. Describe spatial and functional relationships among climates, landforms, soils, water, and plants. (GPH111)
16.Identify and model spatial data within a relational database management system. (GPH230)

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: November 23, 2010

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