GIS443 - Geographic Information Systems

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Subject Title
Geographic Information Systems

Subject Description
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a computer-based tool that uses spatial (geographic) data to analyze and solve real-world problems. This course introduces the student to the basic principles and techniques of GIS and data management using ArcGIS software. The lab material will emphasize GIS data collection, entry, storage, analysis, and output using ArcGIS software tools. This course provides the student with an understanding of the basic spatial analytical methods that will allow him/her to apply the ArcGIS knowledge and skills learnt in this course to environmental project management and/or monitoring programs.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Civil Engineering Technology Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the essential elements of a GIS and ArcGIS software;
  2. Demonstrate the importance of scale, projection, and coordinate systems in ArcGIS by applying these concepts to solve geospatially-related engineering, environmental and socially-themed problems;
  3. Distinguish vector and raster data structures and determine the appropriate use of each of these data structures for civil engineering or environmental projects;
  4. Perform data capture, storage, introductory-level geospatial analysis, and output using ArcGIS software;
  5. Demonstrate the use of ArcGIS software and its basic functionality;
  6. Demonstrate how GIS (ArcGIS) can be applied as a geospatial data management and modelling tool to civil engineering or environmental projects.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.