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GIS Course Descriptions

GUS 5062. Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

This course prepares students with the knowledge necessary to effectively use GIS software packages, and covers fundamental principles such as spatial data models, database management systems, network modeling and geo-coding, and basic vector and raster operations.

GUS 5063: Remote Sensing

This course introduces to the most basic concepts and skills for downloading, exploring and processing satellite data for broad remote sensing applications. The course is designed to guide students through the most relevant steps required from acquisition to production for the application of remote sensing to agriculture, forestry, ecology and hydrology, as well as for characterizing and assessing changes in urban and rural landscapes. The course will include weekly lab sessions that will allow students to apply the concepts and procedures learned in class and improve their skills on the use and application of remote sensing information.

Prerequisites:  GUS 5062

GUS 5065. Urban GIS

Assuming basic familiarity with Geographic Information Systems, this course focuses on applying GIS techniques to the study of such processes as urban sprawl, socioeconomic change, and ecological functioning of urban regions.

Pre-requisites: GUS 5062

GUS 5066. Environmental GIS. 

Assuming basic familiarity with Geographic Information Systems, this course investigates how the techniques, data, and interpretations from GIS analysis are applied across a variety of environmental fields. Topics to be covered include natural hazard vulnerabilities, global climate change, renewable energy potential, environmental health, and conservation.

Pre-requisites: GUS 5062

GUS 5067. GIS and Location Analysis. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the concepts and techniques of location analysis – how to 1) describe the spatial arrangements of features on the earth’s surface and 2) prescribe the best location or spatial arrangement of features for a particular activity – for economic and social service applications. The course introduces concepts in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial statistics to address issues of location.

GUS 5068. Census Analysis with Geographical Information Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

Students gain an understanding of U.S. census geography and tabular data through the use of GIS.  Activities, discussions, and lectures familiarize students with U.S. Census Bureau data, while lab assignments and exercises provide experience using GIS to analyze real world problems.  By the end of the semester, students will have learned a variety of advanced GIS techniques and be able to make effective use of census data for academic research.

GUS 5069. GIS for Health Data Analysis. 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has emerged as an essential tool for the analysis of health and disease data. This course provides an introduction to the most common geographic methods used for mapping and analyzing health disparities, disease risk factors, health services and geographic variation in health outcomes and disease. Through lecture and laboratory exercises students will learn how to create and edit spatial data, create disease maps, develop neighborhood-based measures, conduct geographic cluster detection and point pattern analysis, locate and map geographic health disparities, measure geographic access to health services, and critically assess potential study bias introduced from missing geographic data or positional accuracy.

GUS 5072: Advanced Remote Sensing

This hands-on course will provide skills and knowledge for the effective and efficient processing and analysis of satellite data for advanced applications with emphasis in the application of remote sensing for detecting and monitoring social and environmental changes. The course will include a semester-long project where students will apply the concepts and procedures learned to their own research or a particular topic of their interest.

Prerequisites: GUS 5062; GUS 5063

GUS 5073: Geovisualization

Maps can be powerful devices for communication, but also tools for exploration of relationships among social and physical processes manifesting in space. This computer-intensive course will focus on this dual purpose of maps as tools for visual communication and visual thinking. You will create data-driven products that combine geographic and statistical visualizations that for static, interactive, and animated display. Previous experience with a programming language will be helpful. A previous course in cartography is recommended but not required. Heavy emphasis on open source tools.

Prerequisites: GUS 5062; GUS 5161

GUS 5162. Advanced Statistics for Urban Applications

This course teaches advanced statistical methods to examine urban processes and patterns.  The course covers spatial point pattern analysis, multivariate regression, logit and probit regression, spatial econometrics, Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR), and hierarchical linear modeling.

Pre-requisites: GUS 5161

GUS 8065. Cartographic Design.

The focus is on practical work with photographic and related processes to produce a map printed in color.

GUS 8066. Application Development for GIS

This course is designed to introduce tools for application development in Geographic Information Systems, covering basic and advanced GIS programming concepts and tools. At the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate competency in object oriented programming, as well as the tools we will use to develop this competency (VBA and ArcObjects). Topics covered basics of GIS customization, basics of object oriented programming, Visual Studio programming, Python programming, and Web GIS programming.

Pre-requisites: GUS 5062

GUS 8067. Spatial Database Design.

The focus of this course is on the design and management of spatial databases.  Topics covered include the database design process, spatial storage and access methods, relational and object-relational database models, and spatial query languages.  Students will learn fundamental spatial database design concepts as well as their implementation and application within geographic information systems (GIS).  Emphasis is placed on developing skills necessary for management of both desktop and enterprise-wide GIS databases.

At the end of the course students are expected to know how to design relational and object-relational schemas for GIS databases, implement database designs in spatial database management systems (DBMS), and retrieve and manage spatial data in a GIS database.

Pre-requisites: GUS 5062

GUS 8068. Web Mapping and Map Servers

In this course, students will explore theoretical and practical concepts of Web GIS (Internet GIS). From theoretical perspective they study about advantages and techniques for publishing, visualizing and accessing maps on Internet including architecture of Web GIS/Web mapping systems, markup languages (e.g. HTML, XML, SVG and GML), a scripting language, screen cartography, data sharing and geoportals, spatial web services and OGC standards. From practical perspective they will learn to develop WebGIS/Web mapping applications including static and interactive web mapping systems. They also learn and work with some famous open source software and libraries for developing a Web GIS.

Pre-requisites: GUS 5062

GUS 8069. GIS Ethics and Professional Practice

The focus of this course is on the ethical use and application of spatial data and geographic information systems and technologies.  Topics covered include overviews of the geospatial industry and GIS profession, issues of spatial data sharing, the maintenance of privacy, and laws applicable to spatial data and GIS.   Students will learn about the primary GIS industry sectors and professional organizations, and the codes of ethics and codes of conduct associated with being a GIS professional.  A variety of case studies presenting ethical issues relating to the ethical use and application of spatial data and GIS are presented and discussed throughout the semester as a vehicle for exploring issues of ethics and professional practice.

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to define the GIS industry, its sectors, and its workforce; explain the legal and ethical issues germane to the GIS profession; demonstrate familiarity with potential ethical challenges presented to GIS professionals; and understand how established codes of ethics and conduct apply to the GIS profession.

Pre-requisites: GUS 5062

GUS 9187. GIS Capstone.

The GIS Capstone course provides an experiential learning experience for students matriculated in the Professional Science Master’s in GIS program at Temple. Students engage in a structured internship experience (140 hours during the semester), identified with the guidance of PSM faculty at Temple and a prospective employer. The student will complete a GIS-oriented project during the internship that draws on the GIScience and professional skills developed through the PSM curriculum. Student performance will be evaluated based on three criteria: 1) employer report of student performance during the internship, 2) student presentation of project, and 3) student-submitted report of project. The projects will be presented to PSM faculty and students at the conclusion of the semester and reports will be made available to employers and members of the Advisory Board. This course is required for all students matriculated in the GIS PSM at Temple. Students are expected to complete 140 hours of internship experience during the semester and to participate in an online course to reflect on their experiences during the internship. Students MUST have their internship opportunity approved by the instructor prior to the start of the semester.

Pre-requisites: GUS 5062

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