GIS100 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

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Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:40:23.121
Last review date 2017-07-17 00:16:21.11


Subject Title
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Subject Description
An overview of the fundamental concepts and terminology and the role of GIS in business, government, surveying and natural resources. The course will cover the collection, management, analysis and presentation of spatial data. Additional topics will include concepts of database systems, data modeling and digital mapping.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain the purpose and basis of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

2. Explain the various types of data structures used in Geographic Information Systems.

3. Explain the various types of database structures used in Geographic Information Systems.

4. Use various analytical methods in spatial analysis.

5. Solve various problems using the ArcGIS software package.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)
None

Topic Outline

  •  Introduction
  • Spatial data elements
  • Data structures
  • GIS functions
  • Databases
  • Analysis
  • Data display and output
  • GIS applications
  • Data accuracy
  • Future trends
  • ArcGIS software package

Mode of Instruction
Online
This subject is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.
Platform:  Desire2Learn

Prescribed Texts

Title: An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
Author: Ian Heywood, Sarah Cornelius, Steve Carver
Publisher: Pearson Education Ltd
Edition: 4th edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-273-72259-5



Reference Material
None

Required Supplies
Open Source Software Quantum QGIS (Works on Windows, Macs and Linux) but all instructions and tutorials will be based on a Windows environment

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation
All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.


Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Online  
Assignment #1 15%
Assignment #2 15%
Assignment #3 10%
Assignment #4 15%
Assignment #5 15%
Assignment #6 10%
Quiz 1 10%
Quiz 2 10%


MINIMUM PERFORMANCE FOR GRADUATION
No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.


Assignments
  • Assignments are due on the date given by the instructor.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.


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