GY451 Web Mapping: Construction and Design Advanced Cartography/GIS     Level 4     (3 hrs.)           F07

GY451 GIS Special Topics Problems and Applications Advanced Cartography/GIS     Level 5     (3 hrs.)           F07

2156 01 8:45-9:45 MWF 203 Martin Hall

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

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:00 a.m.--noon; Tuesday and Thursday 10:45 a.m.--noon
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

Prerequisite: GY307, GIS Processes and Theory, GIS Accessory Tools
Course Description: Examination of GIS use to solve applied problems. Areas for consideration include parcel mapping, resource management, crime analysis and mapping, emergency management, health management, telecommunication and utilities, site location and marketing, and demographics.

Course Description: Advanced applications of map design for web presentation and server applications.

Text: Paul Bolstad, GIS Fundamentals: A First Text on Geographic Information Systems White Bear Lake, MN: Elder Press, 2002. 0-9717647-0-0

AND ONE of the following:

Nancy von Meyer, GIS and Land Records: The ArcGIS Parcel Data Model Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2004, 1-58948-077-5

R. W. Greene, GIS in Public Policy: Using Geographic Information for More Effective Government Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2000, 1-879102-66-8

James B. Pick, Geographic Information Systems in Business Idea Group Publishing, 2004, 1591404002

David K. Arctur and Michael Zeiler, Designing Geodatabases: Case Studies in GIS Data Modeling, Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2004, 1-58948-021-X

Alan Peters and Heather MacDonald, Unlocking the Census with GIS, Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2004, 1-58948-113-5

David R. Maidment, ArcHydro: GIS for Water Resources Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2002, 1-58948-034-1

William E. Huxhold, Eric M. Fowler, Brian Parr, 2004, ArcGIS and the Digital City: A Hands-On Approach for Local Government Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2004, 1-58948-074-0 (requires ArcInfo).

Gary Amdahl, Disaster Response: GIS for Public Safety Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2001, 1-879102-88-9

Laura Lang, GIS for Health Organizations, Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2000, 1-879102-65-X

Christian Harder, Enterprise GIS for Energy Companies, Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 1999, 1-879102-48-X

Lisa Godin, GIS in Telecommunications Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2001, 1-879102-86-2

Anne Kelly KnowlesPast Time, Past Place: GIS for History Redlands, CA: ESRI Press: 2002, 1-58948-032-5

Richard Brail and Richard Klosterman, Planning Support Systems Redlands, CA: ESRI Press: 2001, 1-58948-011-2

Other resources and prerequisite: USB key (minimum 256 M) is required and CDs to burn. 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 8.3 or 9.x and ArcView 3.x. Prerequisite GY 307 and tablet digitizing. GY 451 Levels One and Two and/or Three must precede or be concurrent with this course. Consent of Instructor required.

Purpose of the course: This course is designed to provide hands on experience using ArcGIS/ArcInfo in a practical setting. This course will often be taken as part of a coop or internship experience where hands on and field activities will supply and supplement the educational experience. Specialization in appropriate topical applications is emphasized.

Computer requirement: ArcGIS/ArcInfo are available for student use in the GIS laboratory.

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.

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.

Grading: Four written reports will be required. Text Summary 1 and Text summary 2 will each count 20% of the grade. The Preliminary report will count 10%, and the Work/project report will count 50%. 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.

Reading Assignments: Use the attached schedule to read and work through the assignments.

Projects: Text Summary 1 and 2 will be written reports answering the following questions.

      Preliminary Report Answer the following questions:       Work Report Answer the following questions:

Always remember to back-Up your work routinely.

Attendance: No specific attendance records will be kept for classroom work. Attendance is expected for on the job experience. You are also expected to work on the computer assignments outside of class time, although a portion of any 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. On the job, remember that you represent the quality of our program and dress and behave appropriately.

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. 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 Special Topics Problems and Applications Advanced Cartography/GIS    Level 4/5 F07

week activity
1 orientation
3 Preliminary Report Due
4-6 Text Summary 1 due
7-10 Text summary 2 due
11-12 Work Report Due, Portfolio, and discussion with class about the experience

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

No grades will be posted or available from the instructor by telephone. If a SASE is provided, the final grade will be sent as soon as grades are completed. All grades are final at ten a.m. CST on December 10, 2007.