SRJC Course Outlines

5/10/2021 8:48:17 PMGIS 56 Course Outline as of Summer 2010

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  GIS 56Title:  GIS LAND PLAN  
Full Title:  GIS Applications in Land Planning
Last Reviewed:3/14/2016

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:  33 - 3 Enrollments Total
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Catalog Description:
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This course uses the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) analysis process to explore the strategies of managing land planning projects.  Introduction to and analysis of issues related to urbanization.

Course completion of GIS 51 or APTECH 54B.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course uses the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) analysis process to explore the strategies of managing land planning projects.  Introduction to and analysis of issues related to urbanization.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course completion of GIS 51 or APTECH 54B.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:33 - 3 Enrollments Total


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 2010Inactive:Fall 2021
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


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. Explain the conceptual process of performing a GIS analysis project.
2. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the functionality and applications of GIS technology.
3. Demonstrate high level skills in spatial problem solving and spatial analysis.
4. Perform data research and manipulation.
5. Design, document and present a land planning project using GIS.
6. Describe how GIS applications assist Sonoma County communities improve quality of life through application of GIS principles.
7. Repeating students will utilize new release(s) of GIS software to enhance their skills.

Topics and Scope
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1. Urbanization issues
 a.  Relationship of urbanization in GIS analysis
 b.  Harmony with the earth.
 c.  Managing urbanization with GIS
 d.  Visual images, and data graphics
2.  Introduction to raster GIS
 a. Multivariate data graphics
 b. Using raster GIS to resolve conflicts between the natural and built environments
 c.  Visualizing relationships with multivariate data graphics
3.  Creating map layouts
 a.  Spatial equity and regional integration
 b.  Symbolizing map features
c.  Communicating with graphics
4.  GIS in regional planning
 a.  Review of a model regional plan (eg. Portland, Oregon)
  b.  Analysis of case studies
5.  Presentation of GIS data.
6. With repeat: Updated versions of software - methodologies and tools.

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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 report writing assignments
4. Semester GIS project including problem solving and oral and written report(s)
5. Midterm exam
6. Final exam
7. Repeating students will accomplish assignments utilizing new release(s) of GIS software to enhance their skills.

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
15 - 20%
Reports including research data
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 25%
Semester project
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
40 - 50%
Demonstration of technology use, biweekly lab assignments, final oral presentation
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Multiple choice, completion, true-false, short answer, mid-term and final
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

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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