Geographic Information Systems
Geography 488
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.
1 Introduction to GIS
2 Geographic Information
Read: Chap 2, skim 7 & 8
Lab: ArcGIS Overview; Basic use of ArcGIS. (link)
3 Map Representation
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?
4 Computer Representation
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)
Write: Re-write (part of) the Honolulu DLG to a shapefile.
6 Raster Data Models and Raster Spatial and Terrain Analysis
Read: Chap 2, 6, 7, 10,
Lab: Raster Lab
7 DBMS: Relational and Object Oriented
Team Project Assigned: Topic to be determined
8 Spatial Analysis: Intersection and Overlay
Lab: Geo-referencing, Screen Digitizing & Dataset development. (here)
Write: Compare 'Buffer', 'Spatial Join', 'Spatial selection' and 'Overlay' operations.
9 Mid-term exam (around here)
Spatial Analysis: Interpolation
Lab: Interpolation Lab
10 Raster Spatial Analysis and Terrain Analysis
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.