SOURCE: Algonquin College Continuing Education (Ottawa)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate
|Geographic Information (GIS-8728)||GPA: 192.0|
In this course students acquire a base of geographic
knowledge and data collection methods used in subsequent courses in GIS.
Introductory raster GIS operations are discussed and reinforced in computer
lab work. Subjects include the acquisition and compilation of data
from maps, field surveys, air photographs and satellite images. The
use of remotely sensed imagery for change detection, calculation, and analysis
is explored. Image processing and remote sensing capabilities of
raster GIS are used to introduce remote sensing concepts such as image
|Map Fundamentals (GIS-8729)||GPA: 236.8|
This course deals with maps and the essential cartographic
process, exploring the fundamentals that make maps unique graphic products.
Commonly used projections are examined, calculated and plotted. Projection
transformations and their impact on data quality is included. Map
image processing is introduced by investigating the graphic elements that
constitute maps, symbol design and placement, legend design, production
restraints on image production, the selection and placement of discrete
elements to provide harmony and balance, and the use of typography as both
graphic and literal symbols on a map.
|CAD Mapping (GIS-8713)||GPA: 160.0|
An introduction to computers and CAD mapping systems.
An examination of computer operations, terminology, hardware/software,
and operating systems (DOS) is provided. Graphic software (AutoCAD)
is used to construct, manipulate, edit and display graphic primitives for
mapping and GIS applications. The course also develops the skills
and techniques necessary to plan and organize information within an electronic
drawing in order to maximize computer power and minimize storage space.
|Desktop Mapping (GIS-8724)||GPA: 172.8|
An introduction to the linkage between a map and
a database. Students learn to create and manipulate attribute tables,
to create and manipulate graphic objects and to link attribute tables to
graphic objects (using MapInfo). Students are introduced to: layer
structures to organize data and maintain data integrity, projection transformations,
thematic mapping concepts, selection sets and SQL queries, summary statistics
|Vector GIS Fundamentals (GIS-8731)||GPA: 240.0|
An Introductory course in vector GIS, with an emphasis
on GIS as a spatial data base for information management. Basic relational
database management concepts are introduced and reinforced. Students
become familiar with the organization and classification of data.
Using GIS software (ArcView), students create spatial databases, edit and
manipulate data, query databases. Students explore topics including
data organization, file structures, topology, data exchange between programs,
and the linkage between graphic and non-graphic elements of a spatial database.
The analytical capabilities of vector GIS, including thematic, network
and proximity analysis, are introduced.
|Raster GIS Fundamentals (GIS-8746)||GPA: 240.0|
A continuation of the examination of the fundamentals of raster images and their applications in GIS. Students are introduced to: the differences between and the capabilities of raster and vector data structures, the structure and organization of raster data, issues associated with display palettes and image resolution, data capture and manipulation, data transformation and processing, and data analysis and output. Using raster GIS software (IDRISI), students work through case studies to understand: data generalization and summarization, raster overly concepts, spatial measurements, buffering and cover lay creation, data transformations, and multicriteria analytical procedures. For a detailed course description, click here.
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