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GEOG 1071 - Introduction to Mapping and GIS

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3Lab None
Course Description: This course introduces students to geographic inquiry and map making through the application of cartographic principles and GIS software. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) knowledge and skills are a critical part of many majors and are in demand in many fields in the environmental and social sciences, government, and business. Class activities include importing, organizing, and analyzing geographic information, and designing, developing, and presenting maps. Students gain practical experience working with GIS software.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000 , or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Interest in and basic familiarity with computers is important. Completion of CAPL 1000  is recommended for those lacking basic computing skills.

Major Content
  1. Introduction to GIS, GIScience, and Cartography
  2. The nature of geographic data and its representation
  3. Georeferencing: coordinates, maps and cartographic basics
  4. Geospatial research methods, models, and data
  5. Geospatial data: gathering, organizing, analysis
  6. Raster data and operations
  7. Cartographic design, generalization, and modeling
  8. GIS applications and role in society
  9. Vector data and operations

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate how GIS is used to effectively address problems and situations in spatial analysis.
  2. demonstrate how to effectively portray spatial information on maps.
  3. perform basic GIS operations to manage geospatial data.
  4. perform basic GIS operations used to gather geospatial data.
  5. perform basic GIS operations used to manipulate geospatial data.
  6. present spatial information effectively applying cartographic concepts along with GIS tools.

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