|Instructor:||Scott Emmons, email@example.com|
|Lecture:||Thursday Library 5-158 2:30 – 3:30|
|Lab TAs||Aita Bezzola firstname.lastname@example.org
|Lab Times (3hrs)||Monday 11:30 – 2:30 GIS Lab|
|Wednesday 2:30 – 5:30 GIS Lab|
|Tutorial (2hrs)||Wednesday 12:30 – 2:30, 8-127|
OBJECTIVES OF COURSE
This course is designed to provide insight for students in the social sciences into the tools available in GIS for linking to and analyzing spatial data. This course is not structured to gain a rigorous understanding of GIS principles and practices, but rather makes use of information from a social context to apply spatial investigation procedures to detect geographical trends in data sets.
This is a lab based course with students making use of the concepts and procedures to complete individual class research projects.
Lecture material will provide direction and review literature for the tutorial and lab exercises in the following week. Reading material will be posted on reserve in the library or can be obtained by downloading adobe acrobat versions from the library web site.
Tutorial and lab exercises will be marked for six of the labs with the remaining labs utilized for instruction in cartography, web design and project presentations.
Layout – Composition (Paper): December 2 (last day of classes)
Students will make use of the concepts and techniques they have learned in the course as well as the hardware, software and data provided in the GIS lab to created a small research project that hopefully is aligned with their possible areas of interest. Students can also attempt to acquire their own data for analysis in the project, and it would be wise to start thinking about what topics you may be interested in as soon as possible.
Students will work on their own for the project and provide a written report worth 25% of the total class mark. Part of the project will be a literature review and worth 5% (to encourage early development of a project outline and gain some knowledge of other people’s work). The submitted report should follow a journal format such as the Professional Geographer. The literature review (to be handed in a month before the project) will provide information as to the direction of the study, but students are encouraged to discuss their interests with the instructor and provide a project outline as early as possible.
Project Presentation: Never sure whether to do this or not
Students are expected to give a short presentation (5 minutes) describing the techniques used in their research projects. This will take place in the GIS lab and does not have to be in a slide presentation format (powerpoint) but must illustrate the goals, methods and results of the study. This presentation is a way to make sure you are on the right path to complete your project and to get get help from your fellow students (as they will most likely be suffering from similar frustrations).
Lab Quiz: Week of November 7
The lab quiz will be a short open book (help menus, the web, students notes) exercise that will provide direction for the student in regards to the areas that may need more study. In order to provide as much time as possible for project lab time, the quiz will be in two parts with half taking place in the tutorial session and the other half in the lab period.
There will be a final exam during the exam period on TBA that will test all topics discussed in lectures, tutorials and labs.
Lecture midterm: October 20
As suggested by the title the topics for this midterm will come from lecture material only with the focus on the structure behind using GIS and how this relates to mapping social concerns.
Lab and Tutorial Assignments
As this a lab based course there will be a strong emphasis in using assignments as a tool for indicating the progression of students. Working in the GIS may seem to have a steep learning curve and by keeping up with assignments students will lower this curve, secure marks and bolster their knowledge in directing their research projects. Lab assignments should be handed in at the end of each lab, but your TA will also allow you two days to hand them in (a folder is provided in the hall outside the GIS Lab). Answers to questions posed in these exercises are to be simple and direct requiring little presentation quality but relying on proper execution of lab tasks.