GSP 101/GSP 101L Syllabus

Nicolas MalloyAuthor: Nicolas R. Malloy, Spring 2017

Welcome to Geospatial Concepts!


GSP Curriculum Flowchart

Geospatial Concepts is the gateway to the remainder of the Geospatial Sciences Curriculum at Humboldt State University. The course topics include the history and fundamental concepts common among all the geospatial sciences. The course also covers the introductory material and practices specific to each geospatial discipline that follows.


Course Format: GSP 101 is offered in both16-week and 8-week sections. Undergraduate students may register for the Online 16-week section. Graduate students and working professionals interested in the HSU Geospatial Certificate may register for the 8-week Online section through the College of eLearning and Extended Education.
Expected Work Load: The planned workload at Humboldt State University is calculated at 3 hours per week for each unit in a standard 16-week course.
  • For the 16-week online course, this amounts to 9 hours per week.
  • For the 8-week online course, this amounts to 18 hours per week.
Credit: 3 units

An image of the U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Competency Model
U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Competency Model

The course content focuses on the academic, workplace, and industry sector competencies outlined in the U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Technology Competency Model, including:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Core Geospatial Abilities and Knowledge
  • Working with Tools & Technology
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Creative Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Positioning & Data Acquisition

An image of Nick Malloy and Students working with a Trimble GPSThough the course is online, it includes components related to field work and data collection.  The hallmark of this course is a geospatial data collection and mapping project that students will plan and execute from start to finish.

Navigating the Course Syllabus


This course syllabus provides students with detailed information about the course components and formats, such as grading methods, course policies, instructional videos, and the course calendar. Listed here are the pages in this syllabus. While reading, students can navigate through pages in this using the numbered pagination links at the bottom, or by using the menu system located on the right.


  1. Welcome to Geospatial Concepts
  2. Course Instructor
  3. Course Overview
  4. Online Etiquette and Electronic Communication
  5. Technical Help
  6. Campus Learning Resources
  7. Keys to Success
  8. Required Course Materials
  9. Course Format
  10. Final Project
  11. Grades
  12. Course Policies
  13. Course Schedule