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Division: Natural Science and Mathematics
Department: Geology
Course: GEO 1700
Title: Fundamentals of GPS and GIS Navigation
Catalog Description:

This course introduces fundamental navigation skills using handheld GPS units, compasses, and map reading skills. The class will also cover how to transfer and manipulate data onto basic GIS software to create usable maps.

General Education Requirements: N/A
Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 2; Lab: 2
Clock/Hour Requirements: 0
Offered for Non-Credit: No

This course will serve as an introductory course to the GIS certificate at Snow College. Many students take GEO 1800 without having any experience using GPS units or map reading. This course will teach basic navigational concepts so that students can focus on learning how to use the GIS software better in future classes.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the student will:

1) Understand basic concepts of map reading, navigation, compasses, and GIS and how they are used for decision making.  This will be assessed using exams.

2) Collect geo-spatial data.  This will be assessed by field assignments and reports.

3) Work with a GIS map to find features of interest, analyze patterns, and derive useful information.  This will be assessed by classroom assignments and a final project.

4) Classify, symbolize, and label map features to support data visualization and interpretation.  This will be assessed by classroom assignments and exams.

5) Create and edit geographic data to accurately represent real-world objects. This will be assessed by field assignments and a final project.

6) Perform spatial analysis using queries, geoprocessing tools, and models.  This will be assessed by classroom assignments and a final project.

7) Design high-quality maps and reports to share analysis results with others.  This will be assessed by a final project.

8) Explore careers in the geo-spatial industry.  This will be assessed by homework assignments and exams.

9) Create a Geo-spatial Project. This will be assessed by a final project.


Course objectives will be accomplished by providing students with exposure to the following concepts and learning experiences:

-Paper and digital maps and how to read and understand them.

-Compass and GPS skills and using them to navigate with topographic maps

-Collect, record, and manipulate data on a GPS devise and on GIS software.

-Complete a project using local data to create a useful map.

General Education Outcomes:

Key Performance Indicators:

Assignments: 40 - 50%

Exams: 15 - 25%

Final Project: 25 - 35%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:

No textbook is required for this course.   Instructor will assign selected readings.

Optimum Class Size: 20
Maximum Class Size: 30

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