Geographic Information Systems
Syllabus (Spring 2013)
The table below lists this semester's topics and assignments (approximately) by week. We are skipping around in Bolstad's text, and dropping most of the old outside readings (though I'll make them available for perusal), but will be using some web-based resources. I can suggest further readings to support your particular interests. Please read the text before class.
|Week||Topic, Readings and Assignments|
|1||Introduction to GIS
Read: Bolstad's ToC and Chap 1.
Write: Compare Bolstad's definition of GIS with your previous conception.
Read: Chap 2, skim 7 & 8
Write: Could a TIN terrain model be a topological vector polygon model?
Lab: ArcGIS Overview; Basic use of ArcGIS. (link)
Read: Chap 4, skim Chap 3
Lab: More use of ArcGIS (Text to Tables to Views to Maps) (link)
Write: Geographers and cartographers often work with 'zones of transition'. How might GIS handle those?
Read: Chap 2
Write: How small a difference in position can you represent using latitude and longitude as coordinates in a shapefile? (Hint: Experiment with converting coordinates in a text file into points in a shapefile to see how fine a positional distinction a shapefile maintains.)
|5|| Vector Data Models (and GPS)
Lab: Consumer grade GPS and data checking. (link)
Read: Chap 4, 5, 7
Write: Re-write (part of) the Honolulu DLG to a shapefile.
Raster Data Models and Raster Spatial and Terrain Analysis
Read: Chap 2, 6, 7, 10,
Lab: Raster Lab
DBMS: Relational and Object Oriented
Read: Chap 8
Team Project Assigned: Topic: Conflation to build a (better?) street network.
Spatial Analysis: Intersection and Overlay
Read: Chap 10, Appendix C
Lab: Geo-referencing, Screen Digitizing & Dataset development. (here)
Write: Compare 'Buffer', 'Spatial Join', 'Spatial selection' and 'Overlay' operations.
Mid-term exam (around here)
Spatial Analysis: Interpolation
Read: Chap 9, 12
Lab: Interpolation Lab
Raster Spatial Analysis and Terrain Analysis
Read: Chap 10, 11
Networks and Network Analysis
Term project idea due: 1 page outlining the question or problem, data, and methods you will use.
Write: Sketch a graph of the (non-planar) transportation network around the H1 between Kapahulu Avenue and University Avenue.
Addresses and Address Matching
Lab: Address geocoding here
Spatial Simulation Modeling
Read: Chap 13, this pdf .
Lab: Run and modify a Simulation Model (Game of Life) in ArcGIS
Data Quality & Standards: NSDI, SDTS,ISO
Read: Chap 14
Write: Generate compliant Metadata for (at least) one of the datasets for your term project.
Read: to be announced
Write: What does including 'time' do to GIS data volume?
Catch up & Recent Developments
Read: Chap 15
|Final||Thursday, 9 May 2013, Noon-2:00PM in PSB 310|