Advanced Topics in Spatial Analysis: B Project Management

Advanced Topics in Spatial Analysis: B Project Management     R17

PREREQUISITE: This course is an advanced course using ArcGIS from ESRI. GIS510 OR GY307 OR equivalent prior experience with ArcGIS is absolutely required.

GIS 570 Section 001 30357 WWW Blackboard 3 semester hours

Professor: Dr. Miriam Helen Hill
Office: 205 Martin Hall
Office Hours: Contact me by email for an "appointment," and I will meet with you in Blackboard IM. Your questions can receive immediate attention, rather than waiting for weekly office hours.
E-mail addresses: that will go to
Telephone: 256-782-8063 (please, contact me by e-mail)

Generic Catalog Description for GIS570: Advanced GIS instruction and work in a variety of topics such as imagery interpretation and classification, surface modeling, spatial manipulation languages, and statiscial analysis of spatial data. Can be take twice for credit.

Course Description: GIS570 (B) This course is designed to build skills in using the ArcGIS interface and extensions emphasizing project management in theory and practice.

Purpose of the Course: This course is designed to expand management skills associated with the project management life cycle, exploring Esri's project management extensions, and executing a vector-based site location analysis from start to finish.

Learning Outcomes: The student will be able to:

  1. explain the project management life cycle from a manager's perspective
  2. produce a processing flow chart
  3. explain the sequencing for overlay analysis
  4. solve a vector-based site location analysis
  5. build a geodatabase from raw data
  6. present analysis results

Text: Joseph Phillips, IT Project Management: On Track from Start to Finish, Third ed., McGraw-Hill, 2010, 9780071700436

Other Required Resources:ArcGIS 10.x from Esri (student license is available from the professor), MS Office 2007 (or 2010) is required. computer capable of running ESRI software*, 2 G USB Key possibly needed for data transfer, computer headset (earphones and microphone) is required.

*For computer specifications see:

Class Homepage: The class homepage is at and is linked to Dr. Hill's webpage at This site is mirrored at The syllabus is, also, linked to the class homepage.

Mandatory Assignments: Four mandatory assignments are required. The pretest, the posttest, the 507BpmLO, and the final. Failure to complete these will result in grade reductions.

Grading: Class activities will include the text exam, class project, quizzes, and lab work. The class project contains documentation 15%, log 5%, report to the board of directors 10%, report of conclusions 5%, and black and white handout for the board 5%. The quizzes count for a total of 10%. The labs will count for a total of 500 points and 50% of the grade. A passing score on the final textbook exam is required. Bonus points may be awarded for exceptional work and extra credit activities. All work MUST be submitted before the DUE date. Late work may be rejected or incur grade reductions. All work must be submitted through Blackboard. Invalid data submissions will receive no credit.

Reading Assignments: Use the attached schedule to read the chapters in the texts and complete the work BEFORE the due dates as indicated. Review the chapter questions.

Text Exam: A passing score on the textbook material is required. This exam can be repeated. Questions are multiple choice format. It will cover the textbook content only and can be taken any time before the date specified in the schedule.

Class Project: A vector-based site location analysis scenario is undertaken throughout the term. The raw data and maps are provided and used to execute the appropriate steps of GIS and apply project management techniques. The end products will include the documentation of the processing, log of files generated, two illustrated, narrated reports of results, and a one-page black-and-white written summary. Additional information will be provided in Blackboard.

Quizzes: Quizzes review major concepts from the course. These may be essay, multiple choice, or a combination of the two.

Lab Work: Lab assignments involve submission of the work in progress through the course. This includes project plans, shapefiles, screen captures, and other evidence of project progress.

Class Membership: Class members are expected to answer and ask questions, be involved in activities, and to facilitate an educational academic atmosphere. Proper attitude and behavior are expected. At all times presence should facilitate a smooth flow of intellectual ideas, knowledge, and intelligent discussion. Failure to contribute or promote this important goal demonstrates poor professional development.

Graduate Comprehensive Examination: For those graduate students who will be taking comprehensive examinations in order to complete their degree programs, sample comprehensive examination questions may be posted in Blackboard. You are advised to archive all course materials, including these questions in order to enable yourself to prepare as your "comps" approach. The Blackboard course may no longer be available. The time to begin your preparation is as you start each course.

ESRI Virtual Campus Work: Some activities will use materials from the Esri Virtual Campus. Course access codes will be provided if needed to enable enrollment in the course without payment to ESRI. Although passing the courses without completing the work is possible, as a graduate student, you are expected to complete the exercises to gain the experience and to add the results to your portfolio. Submission of your ESRI transcript statement will be required to document course completion.

Portfolio: Your work from this course should be retained in your professional portfolio.

Note: All materials presented in this class are done so with educational goals in mind and are not intended to cause distress of any nature. Please be aware that controversial materials, theories, exhibits, etc. will be presented in this class. If you are unwilling or unable to view these presentations in the educational light in which they are presented, then you need to reconsider your enrollment in this class.

Answers and grading will usually be succinct and to the point. No value judgment of you, your personality, character, or your intelligence is intended. Feedback is provided so that you can learn from your mistakes and improve the work that you are doing. The focus will center on what you can improve, and it is up to you not to lose sight of the accomplishments and progress that you are making. Do not get discouraged, but you must strive continually to improve your work. GIS is complex and multifaceted, and your work will contain far more things done correctly than the few things highlighted for improvement.

Citation of Sources: All sources must be properly credited. Work containing copyright violation or plagiarism will be rejected. Use Turabian format AS DEFINED by Microsoft Word 2007 (2010) for the documentation format. Entering the requested information correctly into the software with the Turabian setting will automatically generate the correctly formated information.

Timely Completion of Assignments: This is an intensive course and requires diligence to both reading assignments and laboratory work. Although set up on a schedule, the progression of work should not be restrained by this schedule provided. Work at your own pace AHEAD of this schedule. Due dates should not play a major role in your work. Most if not all work is posted at the start of class, so that work can proceed and be completed in advance of the schedule provided.

Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty is defined to include any form of cheating or plagiarism. A discussion of the topic is set forth in the student handbook. Working and studying with classmates are beneficial and to be encouraged. Copying work is not to be confused with comparing work and discussing similarities and differences. You are responsible for both understanding answers submitted and the completion of the materials. The material in this course is important not just for your grade but, also, for your future profession. All of the work is open book. SafeAssign will be used to check for plagiarism. Thoroughly document your references and citations!

Notice: This syllabus is in no way binding. All information is subject to change. Any changes made by the instructor will be announced to the class through emails or posting to the Announcements area of Blackboard.

Questions or problems: Please contact the professor. Asking questions is an extremely important part of the learning process. Be specific. Incomplete information and vague questions only expand the time it will take for you to get an adequate response. Expect that I will ask you questions to ascertain what you understand so I can begin the answer from that point.

Making Contact: When e-mailing the professor, provide detailed information. Identify yourself, the course, the level, and the specific assignment. This will facilitate a more rapid and accurate response. We will use Blackboard IM to facilitate communication. If GEM (JSU e-mail system) is not your primary e-mail, place a forward on that account, and test it to be sure that it is functional. Blackboard uses GEM for e-mail contacts.

Disabilities: According to Public Law 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Jacksonville State University will provide reasonable access and appropriate accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled students. If you need such access or accommodations, please consult with Disability Support Services and your professor immediately. Where extended testing sessions are allocated, Blackboard continues to function after the original time settings are reached, and the scores and actual times used are reported. By clicking on the ! or grade, both student and faculty can view these reports and verify completion within the appropriate time limits.

Class Schedule: Use the outline provided to complete the assigned readings and assignments BEFORE the designated dates. Activities have been scheduled for Fridays, and use the weekends to get ahead. Completion of the work ahead of deadlines is critical.

GIS570B Advanced Topics in Spatial Analysis: B Project Management* R17

May 8 1 Project Identification and Planning chapters 1 & 2 pretest, quiz A
9 2 Data Aquisition 3 & 4 quiz B and lab 2
10 3 Preprocessing 5 & 6 quiz C and lab 3
11 4 Digitizing Regular Polygons 7 & 8 quiz D and lab 4
15 5 Digitizing Autocomplete Snapped Polygons 9 & 10 quiz E and lab 5
16 6 Digitizing and Island Polygons 11 quiz F and lab 6
17 7 Digitizing Polylines and Points 12 quiz G and lab 7
18 8 Data Management and Planning   lab 8
22 9 Data Management Tasks   lab 9
23 10 First Generation Analysis   lab 10
24 11 Second Generation Analysis   lab 11
25 12 Third and Fourth Generation Analysis   lab 12
29 13 Product Generation    
30 14 Project Completion   PROJECT
30 15 Final   posttest, 570BpmLO, and Final

*Any major changes to this schedule will be announced. All grades are final at noon (at JSU) on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.