Changes in the Geographic Information Science Course


Changes in the Geographic Information Science Course

A Promising Practices Course Redesign at Humboldt State University

by Nicolas R. Malloy

Abstract


In previous years, the Introduction to Geographic Information Science course focused primarily on learning proprietary software, rather than analysis, communication, and project management. Introduction to Geographic Information Science served as a pre-requisite for subsequent GIS courses. However, there was an absence of any direct learning progression related to concepts, methods, and skill sets between courses. The Geospatial Curriculum at Humboldt State University has undergone a broad scale revision in order to reduce redundant content and to prepare our students for the modern geospatial workforce. This course re-design is a reflection of those revisions, intended to provide a consistent learning progression between the lower division Geospatial Concepts course, and the upper division Intermediate GIS course.