GY453-453G Analyzing Spatial Networks

course code: 40317 001 (undergraduate) and 401384 002 (graduate) May 4 week 2014

Instructor: Dr. Miriam Helen Hill
Office: 205 Martin Hall
Office Hours: by appointment in Blackboard IM or Virtual Office, by e-mail, by AOL IM, or by appointment
E-mail addresses: that will go to
Telephone: (256) 782-8063, USE e-mail

Catalog Description: Analyzing Spatial Networks (3). PREREQUISITE: SAM 510, GY307, or experience with ArcGIS 9.x or 10x. Introduction to topology theory and its employment in GIS network analysis. Emphasis on methods of determining efficient paths, modeling network flows, and creating efficient service areas for organization entities.

PREREQUISITE--NOTE: Students who have not had undergraduate courses in GIS, or who have no prior experience in GIS using ESRI software, are required to complete GIS 510 as a prerequisite BEFORE enrolling in this course.

Course Rationale: This course is an elective for the graduate Geographic Information Sysems concentration or graduate certificate in GIS. Undergraduates may, also, take the course.

Course Objective: To provide instruction and lab experiences in the use of geographic information systems at the graduate and undergraduate level, particularly for those students pursuing a Certificate in GIS or a masters degree in Public Administration or Liberal Studies. The ultimate goal is to help you to build the knowledge base that will enable you to get a good job doing GIS. This course provides fundamental instruction in using Network Analyst and GIS for transportation, GIS-T.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

Course Requirements: Each student is expected to:


Course Software: ArcGIS 10.x from ESRI (student license is available from the professor)

MS Office 2007 (or 2010 or higher) is required. If you have not discovered the reference capabilities of this software, you need to do so. File exchanges will be in .pptx and .docx formats using Turabian format as defined by Microsoft. See for the academic price of information.

Other resources and prerequisites: Access to computers capable of running the software and with access to the World Wide Web is required as is a high speed and reliable internet connection. See

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.

Class homepage: The class homepage will be at and linked to Dr. Hill's homepage at This syllabus will also be linked to the class homepage. The course is found on the JSU Blackboard website at Should these websites become inactive while JSU is on-line, replace the part of the URL with to reach the mirrored backup website.

Mandatory Assignments: Three mandatory activities are included. These are the pre-test, the post-test, and the LO453 quiz. Failure to complete these activities will result in a 100 point penalty for each neglected assignment.

Grading: The seven laboratory activities are worth up to 350 points, the discussion board posts are worth up to 300 points with additional bonus points for exceptional posts, the term paper is worth 200 points, the final examinations is worth a total of 100 points, and the vocabulary posts may count up to 50 points. Graduate student must successfully complete a class project. Guaranteed percentage grades will be: 900 points and higher A; 800-899 points B; 700-799 points C; and for graduate students below 700 points F and for undergraduates 600-699 points D and below 600 points F. Late submissions will receive point penalties. Bonus points may be awarded for exceptional work.

Due Dates: Although a schedule is provided, all work may be completed and submitted before these deadlines. Late work may be refused, assignments made unavailable, or grades penalized. Inadequately completed work may be rejected for resubmission. As advanced undergraduate or graduate students, you are expected to be responsible for completion of assignments in a timely manner. Work ahead and do not submit late assignments.

Reading Assignments: Read the textbooks. A tentative schedule is provided; however, reading ahead of this schedule is encouraged and recommended. It is your responsibility to complete the assignments before the due dates.

Laboratory Activities: Seven activities are assigned. These will use the Network Analyst extension of ArcGIS 10.x or relate to the assigned readings. Deadlines for this work are indicated in the tentative schedule; however, work may be submitted early.

Discussion Boards: Each lesson contains a discussion board activity. Use Word to complete the post and generate the appropriate references. Copy and paste your comments and responses into Blackboard. The purpose of the posts is to provide a summary of key concepts from the lesson rather than to discuss personal opinion or viewpoints. Design posts with the idea of providing notes for review, especially for those graduates who will later face comprehensive examinations.

Vocabulary: Students will collaboratively compile a list of key vocabulary terms from each lesson. These will be compiled in threads in a discussion board forum.

Graduate Project: A project must be completed satisfactorily by graduate students. Extra credit is available for exceptional work. Additional details are provided in Blackboard.

Citation of Sources: All sources for all assignments and posts must be properly credited. Work containing copyright violation or plagiarism will be rejected. Use Turabian format AS DEFINED by Microsoft Word 2007+ for the documentation format. Entering the requested information correctly into the software with the Turabian setting will automatically generate the correctly formated information ready for repeated use. Emphasis will be on entering the required information as indicated by MS Word 2007+.

Term paper: One term paper is required. The headings and point values are indicated in Blackboard. The topic is Gravity Models in Geography, GIS, and Transportation. This assignment is worth 200 points, and additional credit is available for exceptional work. Correct and full citations are required. Blackboard provides additional guidelines.

Final Exam: An essay final examination will cover the course content. Information content builds through the courses, so the questions will be comprehensive. All use of GIS relies on cumulative knowledge. The exam is available for viewing at the beginning of the course, so preparation and notes should be made throughout the course so that you will be prepared to complete the essay.

Be sure to check Tools/My Grade to make sure that scores are officially recorded. Blackboard reports all time overruns and crashes as either ! or icons. These scores may remain visible in the student's gradebook even after more work has been successfully completed when multiple attempts are allowed. To view subsequent scores, click on the icon. The professor's gradebook shows the highest score achieved even though the student must look further into the grading system to see the record. This is the way Blackboard functions and is not an issue about the system. After submitting work, check for the successful entry into your gradebook hierarchy through Tools. When submitting work, allow for transmission time!

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

Portfolio: Your work from this course should be retained in your professional portfolio. It will not, however, be submitted for evaluation as such.

Class Membership: You are a member of a class, and Blackboard provided facilities through which to interact. Class members are expected to ask and answer questions, be involved in activities, and to facilitate an educational academic atmosphere. Proper attitude and behavior are expected. At all times your interactions should facilitate a smooth flow of intellectual ideas, knowledge, and intelligent discussion. Failure to contribute or promote this important goal will risk grade penalties.

Answers and grading will usually be succinct and to the point. No value judgment of you, your personality, 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 work 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.

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.

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.

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.

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, contact the professor by e-mail if additional time is needed. Allow e-mail response time before deadlines. 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 reading BEFORE the designated dates. By all means work ahead! The deadlines for submissions are shown. Point penalties will be incurred for late work. R14

May 5 1 installation, preliminary course materials pretest
6 2 Transportation Geography R1 & 2
7 3 Data Modeling B1 & 2 Laboratory 1
8 4 Geodatabases B3 Laboratory 2
12 5 Network Structures B4 & 5 R4 & 5 Laboratory 3
13 6
14 7 Data Editing, Measurement and Optimization B6 & 7 Laboratory 4
15 8 Economics R3 & 6 Laboratory 5
19 9 Flows and Utilities B8 & 9 Laboratory 6
20 10 Models and Choices B10 & 11 Laboratory 7
21 11 Planning and Analysis B12 & 13 R7
22 12 TERM PAPER Due
27 13 Environment and Hazards B14 & 15 & 16 R8
28 14 Transportation Policies B17 & 18 R9 & 10 Graduate Projects Due
29 15 FINAL EXAMINATION post test and LO453

*Any major changes to this schedule will be announced by e-mail or the announcements option in Blackboard. Grades will be posted in Blackboard. Be sure to check your grade postings there for official grade records. All grades are final at 11:55 p.m. Central Time (time in Jacksonville) on Thursday, May 29, 2014.