GIS for Geoscientists
- demonstrate proficiency and independence in a suite of GIS skills and use those skills for analysis and problem-solving in a variety of fields.
- download, prepare, and trouble-shoot data for analysis using a wide variety of data sources, not just work with prepared data that are given to them.
- develop accurate work flow charts to plan GIS analyses and apply what they have learned to different but related problems.
How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:
Links are provided below to all course activities:
- Download Tewksbury course syllabus (Microsoft Word 1.1MB Jul21 10)
- GIS refresher that students are required to complete before the first day of class. ArcGIS 10 version available.
- GIS portfolio, a semester-long assignment to produce a GIS resource portfolio useful for the future
- Exercise 1: Introduction to spatial data – mapping the classroom with paper and pencil
- Exercise 2: Introduction to coordinate systems and projections. ArcGIS 10 version available.
- Exercise 3: Reclassifying the New York State geologic map. ArcGIS 10 version available.
- Exercise 4: Choropleth maps, plus general consideration of effective map design. ArcGIS 10 version available.
- Exercise 5: The human impact of sea level change, plus extensions to impacts of other natural events on human populations. ArcGIS 10 version available.
- Exercise 6: Nevada mines analysis - choosing water sampling sites to test for possible water contamination. ArcGIS 10 version available.
- Exercise 7: Plate boundaries in the Woodlark Basin region. ArcGIS 10 version available.
- Exercise 8: Hamilton College LiDAR data and mapping the water table beneath campus in ArcScene. ArcGIS 10 version available.
- Exercise 10: Remote sensing in Egypt and planning a research project
- Final independent project: designing and carrying out an independent GIS analysis plus developing an activity or assignment for use in a GIS course or in another geo course