SRJC Course Outlines

2/2/2023 11:47:10 PMGIS 54 Course Outline as of Fall 2023

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  GIS 54Title:  DATA ACQUISITION IN GIS  
Full Title:  Data Acquisition in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Last Reviewed:11/14/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.008 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Students will develop skills in the acquisition, conversion, integration, analysis, management, storage, and drafting of geospatial and attribute data for Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Course Completion or Current Enrollment in GIS 51

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Students will develop skills in the acquisition, conversion, integration, analysis, management, storage, and drafting of geospatial and attribute data for Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion or Current Enrollment in GIS 51
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:Spring 2009Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Identify and retrieve existing spatial, non-spatial, and remote sensing data from online, proprietary, and public sources.
2. Collect, process, and reduce field data acquired using Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.
3. Convert, analyze, manage, reformat, summarize, and archive geospatial and attribute data sets.
4. Evaluate and summarize the field data collected by various types of GPS receivers and other acquired data sources for precision and accuracy.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Identify appropriate sources of geospatial and attribute data for GIS.
2. Collect data in the field using GPS technology.
3. Capture attribute data from public and proprietary sources.
4. Hand digitize data from aerial and remote sensing imagery or maps.
5. Integrate Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Raster, Triangular Irregular Network (TIN), Vector and point data in a GIS project.
6. Validate and prioritize GIS data and data layers based on accuracy, precision, and other factors.
7. Prepare written, formatted, and diagrammatic summaries of various data sources.
8. Describe data in narrative fashion for scientific reports and transmission to clients.

Topics and Scope
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I. Data Science and the Theory of Data
II. Data as Discrete Numbers versus Data as Information
    A. Classifications of data
    B. Spatial vs. non-spatial data
III. Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
    A. Basic concepts and mechanics
    B. Signals and signal interpretation
    C. Field collection
    D. Office processing
IV. Coordinate Systems and Datums
    A. Coordinate system selection - geographic or projected
    B. Coordinate system transformations
    C. Realizations vs. epochs
V. Data Types, Formats and Field Collection Methods
    A. Field diagrams and field notebooks
    B. Electronic data loggers
    C. Mobile mapping and data dictionaries
VI. Acquisition of Existing Geospatial and Attribute Data Sets from Related GIS Sources
    A. Data from collaborating professionals
    B. Third party data vendors
    C. Online data websites: public, private and governmental
VII. Acquisition of Existing Geospatial and Attribute Data from Remote Sensing
    A. Signal characteristics
    B. Signal interpretation
    C. Image characteristics
    D. Image interpretation
VIII. Raw Data versus Processed Data
    A. Validation: Quality Control (QC) / Quality Assurance (QA), analysis, and summarization
    B. Management: conversion, management, and storage
IX. Metadata and Data Documentation
    A. Importance
    B. Style sheets
X. Integration, Summarization and Delivery of GIS Data and GIS Deliverables
I.  Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Virtual Campus
     A. Understanding geographic data
    B. Modules 1-8
II. Field Mapping and Data Collection Methods
  A. Field notes and field books
  B. Use of compass and tape
  C. Field use of GPS measuring devices
       1. Mission Planning
       2. Types of receivers and positional accuracy
       3. GPS data collection methods
            a. Navigation
            b. Measurement
            c. GPS receiver dashboard and controls
            d. GPS data collector dashboard and controls
            e. Device configuration, uploading, and downloading data
  D. Office processing of GPS data
       1. Data download and storage
       2. Data QC/QA, reduction, edits, and preparation
       3. Baseline/vector processing
        4. Vector QC/QA, loop closure check
       5. Adjustment of final solutions
       6. Report preparation
  E. Integration of field data into GIS project
III. Application of Imagery and Remote Sensing Data
   A. Data capture and reduction
   B. Signal interpretation and validation
   C. Reporting and mapping final results
IV. Capture and Use of Other Data Types
   A. Census data
   B. Other government data
   C. Private sector datasets
        1. Professional project data
        2. Commercial vendor

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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1.  Reading assignments (30-50 pages per week)
2.  Online tutorials with quizzes (4-8)
3.  Exam(s) (1-2)
4.  Final exam (may include an oral presentation)
Lab-Related Assignments:
1.  Online tutorials with quizzes (4-8)
2.  Lab reports (6-10)
3.  GPS field data collection skill demonstrations (6-10)

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 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
40 - 50%
Lab reports; online tutorial quizzes
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
GPS field data collection
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Exam(s); quizzes; final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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GIS Fundamentals, A First Text on Geographic Information Systems (6th). Bolstad, Paul. Eider Press: 2019
Lining Up Data in ArcGIS: A Guide to Map Projections (3rd), Maher, Margaret. ESRI Press: 2018
Modeling Our World: the ESRI Guide to Geodatabase Concepts (2nd). Zeiler, Michael. ESRI Press: 2010 (classic)
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (2nd). Tufte, Edward R. Graphics Press: 2001 (classic)
Envisioning Information. Tufte, Edward R. Graphics Press: 1990 (classic)

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