Course Detail
Course Components:
You are part of a society that needs to address critical and urgent problems such as climate change, environmental justice, health disparities, urban planning, transportation equity, and social divisiveness. Solving these problems will inevitably involve Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to literally put them on the map. GIS are computer systems for management, analysis, and display of geographic information and have broad applications in environment, public health, urban sustainability, and more. In this course, you will learn about spatial information, digital data, and how GIS is used as a tool to represent features, examine relationships, and display information. Lectures cover principles, concepts, and applications of GIS, as well as map design and visualization. The labs are designed to apply the concepts with hands-on exercises while becoming familiar with and learning the functionality of, ArcGIS software. The objective of the class is learning to solve problems using GIS. This involves following map design principles to display information that facilitates communication and understanding. You will learn and practice skills through frequent problem assignments in-class, during lab, and in the final project. The course content will help develop analytic reasoning skills and deepen knowledge of quantitative methods. You will build upon and expand previous knowledge of quantitative method concepts by learning about, and practicing, the underlying quantitative theory behind core GIS concepts. The goal is that you will understand not just the software but also the theory when applying quantitative methods to practical issues and real-world problems via spatial analysis.