The Geographer's Craft, Spring 2000

This page contains the class schedule by week: January 17 | January 24 | January 31 | February 7 | February 14 | February 21 | February 28 | March 6 | March 13 | March 20 | March 27 | April 3 | April 10 | April 17 | April 24 | 1 May |


Related pages: General Information | Lecture and Discussion Notes | Research Problems and Warmup Exercises | Study and Review Questions | Geographer's Craft Homepage | UC Geography Homepage |



January 17: Introduction to CAD.

Topics and tasks: Introduction to Microstation and computer-assisted drafting (CAD).  No class Monday: MLK Holiday.

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January 24: CAD Basics and Beyond.

Topics and tasks: Overview and practice with Microstation. Continue with Your Village assignment.

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January 31: More CAD Using Public Access Datasets.

Topics and tasks: More map editing and compositing using CAD. Learn how to download and use basemaps provided agencies of the State of Texas. Study documentation and file structures of other public-access datasets. Experiment with importing different file formats.

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February 7: Three-dimensional Modeling.

Topics and tasks: Consider methods for three-dimensional modeling by reconstructing a Nicaraguan village from nineteenth century maps and prints.

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February 14: Rendering and Animation.

Topics and tasks: Introduce tools for rendering a three-dimensional map. Learn how to "photograph" map views and how to prepare animations. Create a "fly-through" or "walk through" of Greytown.

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February 21: Depicting Temporal Change Using Animation

Topics and tasks: Consider how temporal change in space can be depicted using animation.  Create animated gif using Microstation and Gif Construction Set 32.

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February 28: Overview of WebGIS

Topics and tasks: Consider how mapserver technology is changing the way GIS functions are being made available in the Web.  Consider different approaches to implementing WebGIS.

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March 6: Implementation of WebGIS

Topics and tasks: Set up files for use with ArcExplorer or ArcView IMS.


March 13: Spring Break.


March 20: Begin Final Project

Topics and tasks: Define topic for final research project.

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March 27: Coordinate Systems

Topics and tasks: Raise issue of establishing and measuring location. Address issue of how and why coordinate systems differ. Survey major issues and terms. Introduce principle land survey and coordinate systems employed in Texas. Raise issues of accuracy and precision. Raise further issues in cartographic design and composition.

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April 3: Questions of Accuracy and Precision and Managing Error.

Topics and tasks: Consider how accuracy and precision effect spatial datasets. Examine major sources and how they can propogate and cascade in GIS databases. Consider methods for dealing with error and imprecision in spatial datasets. Discuss standards for creating GIS databases and methods of testing for and estimating error. Introduce sensitivity analysis.

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April 10: Economic and Legal Relating to GIS and Other Information Technologies.

Topics and tasks: Examine situations in which GIS and information technology intersect the law. Consider some of the ethical problems that arise from the use and misuse of information technology, including the issue of privacy. Continue work on final projects.

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April 17: Ethical Issues Relating to GIS and Other Information Technologies.

Topics and tasks: Examine situations in which GIS and information technology intersect the law. Consider some of the ethical problems that arise from the use and misuse of information technology, including the issue of privacy. Continue work on final projects.

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April 24: Trends in GIS Technologies and Presentation of Final Projects

Topics and tasks: Consider current trends in hardware and software. Examine close connections now emerging between GIS and other information technologies. Continue work on final projects.


May 1: Presentation of Final Projects.


May 6 (Saturday): Final Projects On-line and Documented by 5:00 pm.


Grading

Your final grade will be based on: 1) A set of CAD and animation exercises using Microstation (30%); 2) A WebGIS project (30%); A final independent project presented in class and in the Web (30%); and 4) Class and lab participation and attendance (10%).

The set of CAD and animation exercises (30%) includes:  A) Your Village; B) Favorite Place; C) Greytown rendering and animation; D) Gif animation.


Optional Textbook

Bonnici, Anthony M .  1997.  Mapping with Microstation 95.  Volume I: Foundation.   Peterborough, Canada: GeoData Solutions.  URL: http://www.GeodataResources.on.ca/.


Last revised 2000.3.27. LNC.