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GIS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS - courses completed by Allan Krisciunas as of 1999/05/25.
("GPA" refers to my grade point average for the course)

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 classification.
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 and geocoding.
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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