Geography 355: GIS Course Schedule

Spring 2014

Updated 3/4/14

[please include notes on all readings on your class blog]

I. Course Projects, GIS Analysis, and Learning ArcGIS

Week 1

M J 13: Introduction to Course, Course Projects and Course Blogs

Assign: Create personal course blog (in class) and email me your blog URL by wednesda (J 15) by noon. Read Schuurman ch. 1 (PDF) (create blog posting of notes, comments, questions on this reading), Google “GIS Application” & research one GIS application area of personal interest (create second blog posting with at least one map or image and 3-5 sources). Create a 3rd blog posting, a personal introduction. Review the links under “Exhibit B” about halfway down the blog posting for our M J 13 meeting (here) and also projects for Spring 2014.

W J 15: GIS and GIS Applications I

Discuss: Schuurman ch. 1 (Krygier presentation)
Present: Introduction (blob post) & GIS Applications you found (blob post).
Assign:  Read de Smith et al. “Introduction & Terminology” and “Conceptual Frameworks for Spatial Analysis” from Geospatial Analysis – A Comprehensive Guide (4th edition, web version). Create a new blog entry with comments, notes and questions on these readings. Create a blog posting summarizing and reviewing  the “Exhibit B” links and add your thoughts about projects for Spring 2014 (on Project tab above; what do you want to work on?)

Week 2

M J 20: No Class Meeting (MLK Day)

W J 22: GIS and GIS Applications II

Discuss: de Smith et al. “Introduction & Terminology” and “Conceptual Frameworks for Spatial Analysis.” Discuss and brainstorm ideas for course projects + working groups.
Assign: Mitchell ch. 1 (PDF) & refining ideas for the course project (including working groups, division of labor, etc.)

Week 3

M J 27: GIS and GIS Applications III

Review Mitchell chapter 1 (Krygier presentation)
Discuss: Mitchell ch. 1 & project ideas (get in groups, plan project proposal)

W J 29: Reading Presentations & Class Project Ideas & “I’m not sure where this all is going” Day

1. Determine groups for reading presentations:

Presenters: 20 minute overview of key GIS topics, concepts, applications in the readings

  • blog outline + relevant links, examples, illustrations
  • how readings may bear on potential projects

Non-presenters: blog summary and key issues from readings with links, questions, ideas concerning relevance to course project

  • three GIS concepts from readings / issues you think most relevant
Assign: Mitchell ch. 2 & 3 (Nilan & Simon)
2. Course Project Proposal: Progress

Due: Update on projects; Proposal draft on shared Google doc shared (full) with group  & Krygier & shared (read only) to anyone; linked to a project blog (for each group). 
 Rough Draft of Proposal Due Next Meeting: brief presentation
Assign: Final Course project proposals due M F 17

Week 4

M F 3: GIS Analysis: Student Reading Presentations I & Course Project Developments

Discuss & Blog: Mitchell ch. 2 & 3
Due: Progress on Course Projects & Shared Folder & Start Project Blog
Assign: Read and blog on “Putting People in the Map” and “Global urban land-use trends and climate impacts” (emailed to you)

W F 5: GIS Analysis

Inclement precipitation event: no class meeting

Week 5

M F 10: Co-Meeting with Bio 344 Plant Communities and Ecosystems Course & Student Reading Presentations III

Discuss & Blog: “Putting People in the Map” & “Global urban land-use trends and climate impacts” (emailed to you)

  1. Sustainability Region Concept (Anderson)
  2. Discuss “Putting People…” and “Global Urban…” papers (questions emailed to you)
  3. Garlic Mustard project (Anderson)
  4. Each Geog 355 Group: brief explanation of course project
  5. Collaborative projects with Plant Communities class

Assign: Mitchell ch. 4 & 5 (Siefker, Smith & Kerns) and 6 & 7 (Henchy, Keen & Taylor)
Assign: Class Project Blogs w/overview of project, links, images; project updates: wait for login information for

W F 12: GIS Analysis: Student Reading Presentations II & Course Projects

Discuss & Blog: Mitchell ch. 4 & 5
Due: Create Class Project Blogs w/overview of project, links, images; project updates
Do: Weather permitting, get out and scout project locations
Assign: Schuurman ch. 2 & 3 (Johnson & Sharma & Wattoo) and ch. 4 & 5 (Barnes, Cummings & Gehrke).

Week 6

M F 17: GIS Analysis: Student Reading Presentations III

Discuss & Blog: Mitchell ch. 6 & 7; Schuurman ch. 2 & 3 and 4 & 5
Assign: Getting to Know ArcGIS ch. 1, 2 (Wellener)

W F 19: Getting to Know ArcGIS: Tutorial

Discuss: Getting to Know ArcGIS ch. 1, 2 (Wellener) & make sure tutorial data is on computer & get going on tutorial.
Assign: Delaware Data Inventory
Preliminary course project proposals on blog (email Krygier URL of project)
Complete & Blog: Tutorial ch. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Week 7

M F 24: Getting to Know ArcGIS: Tutorial (work in class)

Assign: Midterm Exam
 & Blog: Tutorial ch. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

W F 26: Getting to Know ArcGIS: Tutorial (work in class)

Complete & Blog: Tutorial ch. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
 Delaware Data Inventory

Week 8

M M 3: Help with and work on Mid-semester Evaluation

W M 5: Help with and work on Mid-semester Evaluation

Due (at 5 pm) Friday March 7: Mid-semester Evaluation

Week 9

M M 10: Spring Break

W M 12: Spring Break

II. Project Development: Details TBA

Week 10: Monday March 17 and Wednesday March 19: Finalizing Project Plans

Week 11: Monday March 24 and Wednesday March 26

Week 12: Monday March 31 and Wednesday April 2

Due Wednesday April 2: Detailed project time-line (on blog) including details (research, data, analysis, events)

Week 13: Monday April 7 and Wednesday April 9

Week 14: Monday April 14 and Wednesday April 16

Week 15: Monday April 21 and Wednesday April 23

Week 16: Monday April 28 and Wednesday April 30: Project Presentations (20 minutes each)

Due Tuesday May 6: Project Report (PDF with images, graphs, data, similar to Geography 360 Projects, fall 2008) and project product (if a specific product – map, event, proposal to the University – is the outcome of the project)

Due Tuesday May 6 @ 12:43pm: Digital Portfolio (blog posting with links summarizing all of your work for the semester) and Personal Evaluation (PDF or Word Doc emailed to instructor).


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