SRJC Course Outlines

6/23/2024 3:33:38 AMNRM 121 Course Outline as of Spring 2005

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Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 121Title:  GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTM  
Full Title:  Global Positioning Systems
Last Reviewed:3/1/2010

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled3.008 max.Lecture Scheduled24.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled3.008 min.Lab Scheduled24.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total48.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  48.00Total Student Learning Hours: 96.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An introduction to the methods, techniques, tools and applications of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) to natural resources, parks, and recreation.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introduction to the methods, techniques, tools, and applications of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) to natural resources, parks and recreation.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Discuss the principles of Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
2. Operate with proficiency the Trimble GEOExplorer data collector and the
Garmin eTrex.
3. Utilize Pathfinder office software.
4. Download, differentially correct, and export data collected.
5. Create a data dictionary for application in field data collection.
6. Prepare data for use with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
7. Describe the phases of a GPS project.

Topics and Scope
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I.    Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
     A.  What is GPS
     B.  Equipment and software used for data collection and post-
II.   Applications of GPS
     A. Recreational
     B. Mapping
     C. Surveying
     D. Natural resource applications
III. How to Operate the Garmin eTrex
     A. Using for navigation
     B. Creating waypoints
IV.   How to Operate the GeoExplorer
     A. Features and attributes
     B. Creating a data dictionary
     C. Setting projections
V.    GPS Project Organization
     A.  Preparing for field collection
     B.  Building a data dictionary
     C.  Satellites position for time, date, and location of data
     D.  Equipment inspection
     E.  Collecting data
     F.  Post processing
     G.  Exporting data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
VI.   Field Data Collection Techniques
     A. Data collection
     B. Post-processing
     C. Exporting
VII.  Introduction to Pathfinder software
     A. Downloading field collected data
     B. Differential correction
     C. Editing
     D. Printing plot map
     E. Exporting to various applications, including GIS

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1.  Reading assignments totaling approximately 60 pages
2.  Labs: GPS proficiency lab, tracking and mapping locations using a
   GPS unit; and integrating GPS with GIS (50% problem solving; 50% skill
3.  Project report (5-10 pages) including print out of mapping data.
4.  Quizzes (3).

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 45%
Written homework, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 40%
Lab assignments.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 40%
Lab assignments.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
15 - 35%
Attendance and class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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GPS Made Easy: Using Global Positioning Systems in the Outdoors. Letham,
Lawrence. Mountaineers Books, 2003.

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