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Advanced Geographic Information Systems


Units: 6


Advanced Geographic Information Systems will explore timely and relevant topics affecting our world today and give students an opportunity to more fully develop skills learned in the first GIS course and learn new, practical approaches to real-world demands for GIS expertise.  This course is intended to give students applied, practical learning experiences using GIS on projects and topics, and further develop complementary skills (GIS project management and working in teams, troubleshooting project requirements, working outside of the Esri product line, etc).  Therefore, this course provides more freedom in project execution and discovery of new tools, techniques and approaches to solving challenges is an important component of the course.  

The structure of the course will be a mix of individual and project-based group work. Topics covered may include working with the following:

- Production GIS (project management, customization, project scoping and delivery)
- Web-based GIS (Google Maps, Github / ArcGIS / Mapbox integrations for web-based output)
- Crowdsourced / field data collection (ArcGIS Publisher / Explorer, Survey123, and operation dashboards)

A solid foundation in Geographic Information Systems in general and significant experience with ArcGIS Pro is required. Students should feel comfortable investigating and working with applications and methods unfamiliar to them, and demonstrate a willingness to learn, experiment and take initiative when working on individual and group-based project work.  

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop GIS applications and tools for a particular audience, and know how to validate whether they're working or not.

2. Apply geographic information systems in real world environments.

3. Justify design decisions, evaluate and apply best-practices.

4. Understand how to manage and scope a small GIS project, and manage a team environment for strict deadlines. 

Prerequisites Description

90834 or 94802