SRJC Course Outlines

4/14/2024 1:33:06 PMNRM 87 Course Outline as of Fall 2002

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Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 87Title:  GIS APPLIC IN NAT RESRC  
Full Title:  Geographic Information Systems Appl in Natural Resources
Last Reviewed:12/12/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled03 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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An introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze and interpret natural resources data, and to solve common conservation problems. Includes a basic introduction to arc view GIS, analysis of habitat loss for endangered species, evaluation of mineral development impacts, watershed analysis, assessing data quality, and environmental analysis of a proposed timber sale.


Recommended Preparation:
APTECH 54A (GIS) and working knowledge of IBM (PC) computer systems.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze and interpret natural resources data, and to solve common conservation problems.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:APTECH 54A (GIS) and working knowledge of IBM (PC) computer systems.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
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:TransferableEffective:Fall 2002Inactive:
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, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the use of a basic GIS operating system.
2. Calculate acreages and analyze changes in wildland resources over time
  and space using GIS data.
3. Identify potential mining development sites from spatial data.
4. Classify soils based on their erosion potential.
5. Determine and discuss the effects of road density on competing
  watershed values.
6. Display a shaded relief map, and identify specific data values
  contained therein.
7. Prepare a timber sale database, and define those elements affecting old
  growth timber stands.

Topics and Scope
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I.     Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
      A. Basic terminology and computer operation
      B. Uses and objectives of spatial data systems
      C. Opening an arc view project
      D. Arc view documents and thematic planning
      E. Identifying and selecting data features
II.    Analysis of Habitat Loss for Endangered Species
      A. Use symbology and labels to map animal recovery zones
      B. Calculate and map species density for specific areas
      C. Summarize and chart changes in wildlands
III.   Evaluation of Mineral Potential and Development Impacts
      A. Identification and labeling of protected areas
      B. Use of proximity analysis in selecting mine site in relationship
         to distance from protected areas
      C. Modification of mine location based on competing resource
IV.    Watershed Analysis
      A. Use of spatial data to identify watershed boundaries
      B. Determination of total road length and road density within
         watershed boundaries
      C. Thematically analyze road networks that threaten stream habitats
V.     Assessing Data Quality
      A. Display and use of shaded relief images of topographic features
      B. Display and use of spot images to verify mountain roads
      C. Use of orthophotos to assess forest stand data
VI.    Environmental Analysis of Proposed Timber Sale
      A. Display and analysis of proposed timber sale units occurring on
         steep slopes
      B. Display and analysis of timber sale units based on proximity to
         perennial and intermittent streams
      C. Classification of timber sale units based on their environmental

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1. Operate a GIS-based computer system using
  ArcView 1.0 through classroom demonstration.
2. Read assignments totaling 25 pages per week from text.
3. Classroom projects developing natural resources maps based on spatial
  and temporal data sets.
4. Classroom projects developing natural resource attribute tabular data
  from GIS database.
5. Classroom projects altering resource development plans based on
  environmentally limiting factors.

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
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 50%
Completion of a map and a flow chart.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
40 - 60%
Class performances, Performance exams, computer classroom projects
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 10%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Project proposal

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Clarke, Bradley O. Parks, Brad E. Parks, Michael P. Crane, Prentice Hall
College Division, 1 Edition, July 5, 2001
MANAGING NATURAL RESOURCES WITH GIS: Laura Lang, Environmental Systems
Research Institute, Inc. 1998

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