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  • Objectives
    A geographic information system (GIS) is a system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth. In a more generic sense, GIS is a tool that allows users to create interactive queries, analyze the spatial information, edit data, maps, and present the results of all these operations. Geographic information system technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, asset management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Urban planning, cartography, criminology, history, sales, marketing, and route planning. For example, a GIS might allow emergency planners to easily calculate emergency response times in the event of a natural disaster, a GIS might be used to find wetlands that need protection from pollution, or a GIS can be used by a company to find new potential customers similar to the ones they already have and project sales due to expanding into that market.
  • Academic Title
    Geographical Information Systems Certificate
  • Course description
    INFO1820      Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
    Description: An overview of the fundamental concepts and terminology and the role of GIS in business, government, surveying and natural resources. The course will cover the collection, management, analysis and presentation of spatial data. Additional topics will include concepts of database systems, data modeling and digital mapping.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1030     Access - Expert (Internet)
    Description: Recommended: Access - Core (Internet) or equivalent. The instructor will guide you in training yourself to use Access to produce a professional, customized database system based on your needs. Macros and the advantages of the Wizards supported by Access will be covered in depth. Access software required Version 2002 or higher
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    OLRN1980     Access - Core (Internet)
    Description: Recommended: Introduction to Computers and a knowledge of Excel. You should also have a familiarity with Windows 95 or higher.

    Access is a user-friendly database program you can use to create sophisticated customer databases, inventory-management systems or web-based searches. You will learn to create relational databases with which you can add, display and edit records. You also learn how to use features such as sorting, indexing files and data queries. Software required: Access 2002/XP/2003; WinZip Version 2002 or higher required
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    PROG1210     Geographical Information Systems Software-ArcView
    Description: At the end of this course, student will be able to create data in ArcView, query and manipulate data, geocode addresses, perform spatial analysis and produce map outputs and charts. Included with the book is a fully functioning 180-day trail version of ArcView software on CD-ROM with the books exercises. Students will be able to install the software on their home/work computers.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: INFO1820

    PROG1220     Designing, Implementing & Managing a GIS Database
    Description: This course provides a foundation for designing and maintaining a geographic information system. It also familiarizes the student with existing databases, standards and industry best practices for data management.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: INFO1820, OLRN1980

    PROG1230     Internet Mapping

    Description: Various types and variations of Internet Mapping will be discussed. Various ways of acquiring, analyzing and converting data for your Internet Map Project, Geographic Markup Language, eb Map Service standards will be studied. Open-source and commercial solutions to serving geographical data and common tasks, pitfalls and issues involved in creating maps will be examined.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3

    SCIE1130     Remote Sensing
    Description: This course is designed to teach the principles and applications of remote sensing at the introductory level. This science, which looks at the earth from "above" has made strides into common place use in recent times and the applications are useful to many professions including planners, environmental scientists, real estate, agriculture and many others.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: INFO1820

    SCIE1140     Global Position Systems

    Description: This course will start with an overview of GPS, history of GPS and GPS Applications. The course will cover GPS Fundamentals of Satellite Navigation (How GPS Works, GPS Signal Structure, GSP and Time, Pseudo-ranging, Carrier Phase Ranging, Error Budget, Differencing). Types of receivers, Geoid Modeling, Vertical Positioning, Mission Planning, Glonass System and GPS Markets and Applications are also covered. You will also learn about future trends in GPS.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: INFO1820

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