|WEEK 1: LECTURE
"Geographic Information Systems" (or GIS) is a phrase that conjures up images of using software to make a map in such a way that the digital base map works interactively with an underlying database. Indeed, there are a number of software packages that are GIS software. But a GIS is also more than software. Software is a moving target; it changes all the time. To respond creatively to those changes, one needs a broad, liberal understanding of concepts and experience in using them in real-world settings. If you have had a course that trains you in the technique of using GIS software then you are very close to ready to work in real-world planning (or other) settings.
Lecture will center on theoretical and conceptual material. Lab will center on project development. There may also be some guest speakers during Lecture; they will offer different insights into mapping. Click here to see a broad view of GIS software acquisition strategy.
Lab will offer an opportunity to work together with the instructor on projects; prepare as much as you can prior to sessions and come ready to work in a constructive atmosphere! We are all new to this technological revolution in which we appear to be immersed; thus, it is important to get together and learn from each other--different people will know different things, driven largely by interest.