GIS104 - Design Management/Implementation of GIS

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Subject Title
Design Management/Implementation of GIS

Subject Description
This course provides a foundation for designing and maintaining a geographic information system. It also familiarizes the student with existing databases, standards and industry best practices for data management.

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. Discuss the role, structure and importance of relational databases in GIS applications.
  2. Identify the role of open database connectivity (OBDC) in GIS applications.
  3. Perform a GIS needs assessment.
  4. Discuss the importance of establishing your ‘base’.
  5. Describe key data maintenance requirements and procedures.
  6. Discuss the use and accessing of statistics Canada census date for GIS applications.
  7. Discuss metadata and why it is an important part of GIS.
  8. Describe approaches used to resolve issues related to warehousing and sharing data.
  9. Explain the need for data standards review.
  10. Summarize the hardware and software evaluations required.
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of GIS application development and e-learning elements.
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of new technology reading.

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 for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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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.

GIS100 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GIS106 - Access CORE

Topic Outline
Relational databases - A review


GIS needs assessment

Establishing your base

Database maintenance procedures

Statistics Canada - Census data

Data warehousing and data sharing issues

Independent learning week


Data standards

Evaluating hardware and software

GIS applications development and E-Business solutions

New technology readings

Mode of Instruction
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
No textbook required

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Microsoft Access any version

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)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( 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 and accommodations.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Self-Peer Evaluation 5%
Discussion Questions 5%
Participation 15%
Assignment(s) 75%

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 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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