SRJC Course Outlines

11/20/2019 10:01:57 PMNRM 87 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 87Title:  GIS APPLIC IN NAT RESRC  
Full Title:  Geographic Info. Systems Applications in Natural Resources
Last Reviewed:4/10/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 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: 
Formerly: 

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 ArcView GIS, analysis of habitat loss for endangered species, evaluation of mineral development impacts, watershed analysis, assessing data quality, and environmental analysis associated with timber management.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Course Eligibility for GIS 40

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
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 ArcView GIS, analysis of habitat loss for endangered species, evaluation of mineral development impacts, watershed analysis, assessing data quality, and environmental analysis associated with timber management.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Course Eligibility for GIS 40
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2002Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze and interpret natural resources data.
2.  Solve common conservation problems.
3.  Analyze habitat loss for endangered species and stratify timber types using computer software.
 

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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. Define strand characteristics (age, density) that my benefit or be detrimental to various listed
    wildlife species.
8. Identify potential timber harvest units from aerial imagery, and prepare a data base.

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 ArcView project
    D. ArcView  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 impacts
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. Identification of stands with characteristics making them suitable harvest candidates (age,
         density, species composition)
    B. Display and analysis of proposed timber sale units occurring on steep slopes
    C. Display and analysis of timber sale units based on proximity to perennial and intermittent
         streams
    D. Classification of timber sale units based on their environmental risk

Assignments:
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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 and flow charts based on spatial and
    temporal data using GIS
4. Classroom projects developing natural resource attribute tabular data from GIS database
5. Classroom project proposal to alter resource development plans based on environmentally
    limiting factors
6. Weekly quizzes
7. Midterm and final exam

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%
None
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, operate GIS-based computer system
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
40 - 60%
Classroom projects
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 10%
Quizzes, midterm, final exam: 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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Land Resource Management Using Remote Sensing and GIS. Manickam, Lalitha. Lambert Academic Publishing. 2015
Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modeling.  Clarke, Keith and Parks, Bradley and Crane, Michael. Pearson. 2001 (classic)
Managing Natural Resources with GIS. Lang, Laura. Esri Press. 1998 (classic)

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