The Geographer's Craft, Spring
This schedule will be revised in December 1999 for use during the semester
of Spring 2000.
Click here to view the index of lecture
and discussion notes, the menu of warmup
exercises and assignments, or sets of study
and review questions .
January 19: Introduction to CAD.
Topics and tasks: Introduction to Microstation and computer-assisted drafting
(CAD). No class Monday: MLK Holiday.
Bonnici, Mapping with Microstation, Chapter 1 "System Overview"
and Chapter 2 "Interface Tools"
January 26: CAD Basics and Beyond.
Topics and tasks: Overview and practice with Microstation. Continue with
Your Village assignment.
Bonnici, Mapping with Microstation, Chapter 4 "Element Creation"
February 2: 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.
February 9: Machine Space: Technology in the Urban Environment
Topics and tasks: Review effects of urbanization on environment. Consider
ways in GIS is used for environmental and habitat analysis.Consider issues
of collating and compositing datasources for landuse studies. Plan and
February 16: 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.
Study the Coordinate
Muehrcke, Phillip C. and Juliana O. Muehrcke. 1998. "Locational Reference
Systems." Chap. 11 in Map Use: Reading-Analysis-Interpretation,
4th ed. Madison, WI: J.P. Publications.
February 23: Questions of Accuracy and Precision.
Topics and tasks: Consider how accuracy and precision effect spatial datasets.
Examine major sources and how they can propogate and cascade in GIS databases.
March 2: Managing Error.
Topics and tasks: 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. Continue
Waller Creek Study.
March 9: Differential GPS.
Topics and tasks: Introduce the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the
ways it can be employed to collect locational data. Address strengths and
limitations of various techniques. Survey Geography Building.
Global Positioning System .
Muehrcke, Phillip C. and Juliana O. Muehrcke. 1998. "GPS and Maps."
Chap. 15 in Map Use: Reading-Analysis-Interpretation, 4th ed. Madison,
WI: J.P. Publications.
March 16: Spring Break.
March 23: Three-dimensional Modeling.
Topics and tasks: Consider methods for three-dimensional modeling by reconstructing
a Nicaraguan village from nineteenth century maps and prints.
March 30: 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.
April 6: Terrain Modeling and Contour Mapping.
Topics and tasks: Overview principles of terrain modeling and contour mapping.
Discuss data types used for such mapping, including DEMs available from
the USGS. Experiment with methods of contouring and rendering relief.
April 13: Project Planning and System Design.
Topics and tasks: Consider the human dimension in developing and implementing
information technologies like GIS. Examine steps in project lifecycle.
Consider how project lifecycle applies to final projects. Develop a plan
and begin to gaterh materials for project. Begin final project.
Finish contour and shaded relief maps.
Lifecycle and Project Planning .
Read Campbell, Heather. 1991. Organizational Issues in Managing Geographic
Information. In Handling Geography Information: Methodology and Potential
Applications, ed. Ian Masser and Michael Blakemore, 259-282. New York:
John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (PCL Reserve)
Read Antenucci, John C; Brown, Kay; Croswell, Peter L.; Kevany, Michael
J.; and Archer, Hugh N. 1991. "Costs and Benefits" and "Implementation."
Chaps. 4 and 10 in Geographic Information Systems: A Guide to the Technology.
New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold. (PCL Reserve)
April 20: Economic, Legal, and Ethical Issues.
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.
April 27: Trends in GIS Technologies.
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 4: Presentation of Final Projects.
May 15 (Friday): Final Projects On-line and Documented by 12:00 Noon.
One third of your final grade will be based on the Machine Space project.
One third will be based on the final, independent project. The final third
will be based on four warmup exercises (1. Your Village; 2. Favorite Place;
3. Greytown rendering and animation; 4. Contour and shaded relief maps)
and two short in-class quizzes.
Bonnici, Anthony M . 1997. Mapping with Microstation 95.
Volume I: Foundation. Peterborough, Canada: GeoData
Solutions. URL: http://www.ptbo.igs.net/~geodata/,
Last revised 31 January 1998. KEF.