Geog 4103/5103

Introduction to

Geographic Information Science

Spring 2016

Instructor Syllabus

Lecture Handouts







Instructor:    Dr. Barbara P. Buttenfield

Lectures: T Th  12:30 - 1:50  GUGG 205
Labs: Tues 3:30- 6:20   KESDA Lab (GUGG 6)

          Wed 11-1:50   KESDA Lab (GUGG 6)


You'll learn how to use geographic information systems technology to analyze geospatial data. Geographic information varies across space, time and scale, and GIS methods will help you to understand these variations, to map spatial patterns, to detect temporal changes, and to do environmental modeling with data at multiple scales.

The course is intended for students who want a technical introduction to GISystems and GIScience. Youíll learn how to import spatial data into a GIS database, how to organize data to detect and analyze spatial patterns, and basic skills for GIS query and map overlay.¬ Lectures will introduce the conceptual and computational basis for GIScience.¬ Lab exercises will give you lots of hands-on experience with GIS methods and data.

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Dime File Answer Key

NLCD download instructions (complete prior to lab 8, which comes right after Spring Break)

Graduate Presentations for Readings Discussions (click to see instructions)


Readings Discussion 1 - Scale and Resolution


Readings Discussion2 - GIS Applications
Readings Discussion3 - Uncertainty
Readings Discussion5 - Geoslavery

(after each presentation, powerpoints will be added here on the website)

Last updated: 24 April 2016