Computer-aided Mapping and Analysis

Rose McKenney

Pacific Lutheran University
Private four-year institution, primarily undergraduate


Computer-based Geographic Information Systems, digital
maps, and data sources. The creation, interpretation, and
analysis of digital maps from multiple data sources. Analysis
of spatial information from sciences, social sciences,
and humanities using sets of digital maps. Includes labs.

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Course Context:

This course is an introductory GIS course taught in an intensive semester--4 hrs/day, 5 days/week for 4 weeks. Most of the course focuses on tutorial work that allows students to learn the power and limitations of GIS. The course has varied from mostly upper division majors to mostly upper division non-majors through time.

Course Goals:

There are no discipline related goals in this course at this time.

Skills Goals

The goals of this course are focused on learning to manipulate, display and analyze spatial data.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Practice, practice, practice and application.


Students propose, conduct and present a spatial analysis project of their choice. Their topics of choice have varied from assessment of landing sites on Mars to analysis of the surge in Iraq (and a whole lot more).


Syllabus for Computer Aided Mapping and Analysis (Microsoft Word 55kB May27 10)