Advanced Cartography/GIS (GIS Accessory Tools)

GY451 GIS Accessory Tools Advanced Cartography/GIS Level 2 (3 hrs.) F10

11427 001 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday Martin Hall 203 Martin Hall

Instructor: Dr. Miriam Helen Hill
Office: 205 Martin Hall

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9-11 a.m. or by e-mail or WWW by appointment in the virtual classroom or AOL IM

E-mail AND (Both go to AOL)
Telephone: (256) 782-8063

Text: Heather Kennedy, Introduction to 3D Data: Modeling with ArcGIS 3D Analyst and Google Earth Wiley ISBN: 978-0-470-38124-3 Paperback June 2009

Other Materials and Prerequisites: ArcGIS 10 (available from professor), Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 (see, and a minimum of 2 G USB Key (jump drive). You may also want to burn CDs periodically. Access to computers and the World Wide Web are required and available through university facilities. Students are expected to be familiar with computers and to have had previous experience using ArcGIS 9.x. GY 451 Level One must precede or be concurrent with this course.

Course Description: Examination of extensions, add-ons, and supplements to GIS software. Includes raster and vector analysis tools.

Purpose of the course: This course is designed to provide hands on experience using selected extensions to ESRI's ArcGIS 10 software. Additions will be made to the professional portfolio.

All materials presented in this class are done so with educational goals in mind and are not intended to cause distress or 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.

Computer requirement: Software is available in the GIS laboratory. Extensions are of very limited duration on the demo CDs that are available. Contact Dr. Hill for information about software availability.

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.

Grading: The mean of the ESRI Virtual Campus transcript scores will count 20% of the grade. A project will count for 20%. The final portfolio will count 40%. Daily activities will count for 20% of the grade. Guaranteed percentage grades will be: above 90% A; 80-90% B; 70-80% C; 60-70% D; below 60% F. Papers without names or with illegible names, and late submissions may earn NO CREDIT.

Assignments: Use the attached schedule to work through the assignments BEFORE coming to class.

Virtual Campus: The transcript from the ESRI Virtual Campus will be submitted and the total average on exams will be used. Identification by a search of Jacksonville State University is required. Transcripts are public record and should be included in personal resumes.

Projects: A project to demonstrate mastery of the software is required. The project will be presented in poster format.

Portfolio: When interviewing, a portfolio is needed to demonstrate the GIS and cartographic work that you have undertaken. The final activities in this class will emphasize the maintenance of this document. All exercises and project work should be saved and displayed in the portfolio.

Back-Up your work routinely to your USB key and periodically burn a CD of your work.

Attendance: No specific attendance records will be kept. Attendance is expected and the benefits are inherent. Daily activities will be submitted. If you miss class, submit a summary of a hard copy research publication that demonstrates the use of GIS. Be sure to include the complete bibliographic reference. You are also expected to work on the computer assignments outside of class time, although a portion of the class sessions will be devoted to computer work.

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 will risk grade penalties. Computer laboratory rules are to be strictly adhered to and unauthorized manipulation of the systems will risk removal of access privileges.

Additional Comments: During class sessions, other bonus points might be offered. These are only available to the students in attendance that day. Bonus credit is possible for exceptional meritorious performance or behavior in all categories of grading. No individual extra credit papers, projects, or activities are planned. See Dr. Hill with any questions.

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.

You will need: Bring ALL of your texts, class notes, paper, pencil, and other related materials to each class meeting.

Questions or problems: Please contact the professor. Asking questions is an extremely important part of the learning process.

Class Schedule: Use the outline provided to complete the assigned reading BEFORE class on the designated dates. Specific readings generally will not be announced in class.

COURSE OUTLINE (Tentative*) GIS Accessory Tools Advanced Cartography/GIS Level 2 F10

1-2Network Analyst Tutorial (C:\\arcgis\ArcTutor\Tutorial_Docs\Network_Analyst_Tutorial.pdf)
3-4Learning ArcGIS 9 Spatial Analyst
5-6Learning ArcGIS 9 3D Analyst
7-8Working with Rasters in ArcGIS 9
9-10choice VC course
11-endproject and presentation

*Any major changes to this schedule will be announced in class.

No grades will be posted or available from the instructor by telephone. All grades are final at noon CST on April 20, 2009.