Geographic Information Systems
Syllabus (Fall 2008)
The table below lists this semester's topics and assignments (approximately) by week. We are skipping around in Bolstad's text, and dropping the outside readings. 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
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: Differentiate 'topology' from 'topography', and differentiate 'relative' from 'absolute' location/coordinates. Then... given that the earth is moving through space, how absolute are our usual absolute coordinates?
Read: Chap 2
Write: How small a difference in position can you represent using latitude and longitude as coordinates in a shapefile? (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 to be determined
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||Monday 15 December 2008, 2:15 - 4:15,|