SRJC Course Outlines

11/20/2019 10:45:25 PMGIS 55 Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Inactive Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  GIS 55Title:  GIS FOR EARTH SCI  
Full Title:  GIS Applications for Earth Sciences
Last Reviewed:3/2/2009

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

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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This course provides training in the application of geographic information systems (GIS) principles to observing and analyzing Earth Science phenomena, especially with regard to identifying patterns of geologic hazards. It assists students in preparation for a career within the field of GIS, or to provide GIS training as an analytical tool to Earth Science majors.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of GIS 51 OR Course Completion of APTECH 54B


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course provides training in the application of geographic information systems (GIS) principles to observing and analyzing Earth Science phenomena, especially with regard to identifying patterns of geologic hazards. It assists students in preparation for a career within the field of GIS, or to provide GIS training as an analytical tool to Earth Science majors. Successful completion will enable students to clearly communicate the results of risk assessment through GIS analysis and cartographic presentation.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of GIS 51 OR Course Completion of APTECH 54B
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
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CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
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Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify where geologic hazards do and do not occur
2. Determine why a geologic pattern occurs in certain areas and not others
3. Identify other phenomena such as human created features that are spatially associated with the hazard
4. Manipulate map views and query databases with GIS software to analyze observed spatial patterns
5. Evaluate the risk of particular geologic hazards occurring to human life and property at a specific site or region
6. Create a custom map of geologic risk assessment using professional cartographic presentation
7. Repeating students will gain enhanced skills and proficiencies through learning and applying methodologies and tools from updated and upgraded versions of the software.

Topics and Scope
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1. World-wide distribution of landform features
   a. Patterns in seafloor topography, earthquakes and volcanoes
   b. Plate motion data
   c. Spatial patterns and data to identify and classify plate boundaries
 
2. Spatial patterns of plate tectonics
   a. Rate of spreading of the Atlantic Ocean
   b. Plate spreading rate change across the globe
   c. Juan de Fuca plate
   d. Hawaiian Islands and rate of motion of the Pacific tectonic plate
   e. San Andreas Fault
 
3. Distribution of earthquakes and seismic risk
   a. Deadly earthquake patterns throughout history
   b. Earthquake destructive potential
   c. Impact of seismic risk on economic and demographic growth
 
4. Distribution of volcano hazards and explosive risk
   a. Historic volacanic record
   b. Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI)
    c. Effects of major eruptions on climate
   d. Effects of the most explosive volcanoes in history
 
5. Tsunami hazards
   a. Major tsunami events
   b. Tsunamis and communities: preparedness and aftermath
   c. Tsunami trigger events and criteria for issuing tsunami warnings
 
6. Geo-hazards and identifying risk in Sonoma County
   a. Distribution of historic earthquakes for Sonoma County
   b. Seismic shaking maps for Sonoma County
   c. Tsunami risk assessment for Sonoma County
   d. Population at risk and infrastructure
 
7. With repeat: Updated versions of software - methodologies and tools.

Assignments:
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1. Read approximately one chapter of the textbook per week
2. Bi-weekly lab assignments using GIS technology
3. Bi-weekly writing assignments
4. Semester GIS project
5. Midterm exam
6. Final exam
7. Repeating students will gain enhanced skills and proficiencies through learning and applying methodologies and tools from updated and upgraded versions of the software.

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
20 - 30%
Biweekly writing assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Semester project and bi-weekly lab assignments
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
Mid-term and final exam
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Multiple choice, completion, true-false, short answer
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Exploring the Dynamic Earth: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences. Hall, Michelle K.; Walker, C. Scott; Huth, Anne K.; Butler, Robert F.; Kendall, Larry P.; and Jenness, Jeff S.,  ArcGIS Edition, Thomson Brooks/Cole, Belmont, California: 2007
 
Various readings from Internet sites, including, the United States Geological Survey, University of California Berkeley Seismic Lab, and California Institute of Technology (CalTech).

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