GSP 270 Syllabus
Author: Nicolas R. Malloy, Spring 2018
Welcome to Geographic Information Science!
In previous years, the Geographic Information Science course focused primarily on learning proprietary software, rather than analysis, communication, and project management. 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 online course 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.
- 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.
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:
- Core Geospatial Abilities and Knowledge
- Working with Tools & Technology
- Planning and Organizing
- Critical & Analytical Thinking
- Creative Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Positioning & Data Acquisition
Though the course is online, it may include 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. 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.