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CRP 4080/5080: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Semester: Spring 2014 Location: Barclay Gibbs Jones Lab, Sibley

Hall (3rd floor) Day/time: Tuesday, Thursday 11:40AM 1:10PM Instructor: David West Office: 317 W. Sibley E-mail: djw267@cornell.edu Teaching Assistant: Johannes Plambeck (jcp324) Credit: 4 hours Instructor Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am-11am I am also available immediately following class by appointment TA Office hours: COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to provide students with a conceptual understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) and sciences, practical hands on experience with GIS software, and understanding of how GIS can be applied to planning practice and research. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts, structures, and functions of GIS as well as their applications and limitations. Topics include classification and thematic mapping, visualization and map design; querying and editing attribute information; projections, geoprocessing, georeferencing, onscreen digitizing and editing; census data manipulation, database management and data preparation, geocoding and address matching, geodatabases, raster and vector based data models, data sources, network analyst, model builder and spatial analysis techniques; and conducting a suitability analysis. In addition, we will also explore the social context in which GIS analysis and use occurs by exploring some ethical and social criticism of GIS. During the lab sessions, the students will learn the basic functions of ArcGIS software. In addition to weekly lab assignments, course content will include discussion and brief response papers (for graduate students), a midterm quiz, and a final project. Although there are no prerequisites, it is expected that students have basic computer operating skills and are familiar with the use of spreadsheet software (such as Excel) which assists in processing data for use in GIS. COURSE FORMAT The class will be conducted as a lecture in conjunction with supplemental computer lab sessions stressing hands-on application and building familiarity with the software. The beginning of the semester will generally be more lecture intensive (powerpoint slides will be uploaded weekly to the Lecture notes folder on Course documents in Blackboard. During the second half of the semester, we will use a number of different formats to engage GIS. These include a number of readings and responses, the purpose being to critically examine the use (and misuse) of GIS within the social sciences (Grad student requirement). In order to complete the labs, you will need access to the lab on the 3rd floor of Sibley Hall, which runs ArcGIS 10. Another option is 1

copying the data and lab materials to your own drive and working on it elsewhere (ie home if you have the software, Mann Library, etc.) If you do not yet have an account, or are not a URS/CRP student, you will have to see Andre Hafner about setting up an account. READINGS There is no assigned book for this course. However, some students find it helpful to have structured readings, particularly as reference material. Below are a list of relevant texts, some of which are referenced in the syllabus. These will be put on reserve at the Fine Arts Library Maantay, J. and Ziegler, J. (2006). GIS for the Urban Environment, ESRI Press Harvey, F. (2008) A primer of GIS: Fundamental geographic and cartographic concepts, The Guilford Press, London and New York Wood, D. and Krygier, J. (2005) Making maps: A visual guide to map design for GIS, The Guilford Press, London and New York an over view of cartographic techniques Tyner, J. (2010) Principles of map design, The Guilford Press, New York and London Peters, A. and MacDonald, H. (2004) Unlocking the census with GIS (ESRI Press) Redlands, CA. Longley, P., Michael Goodchild, David Maguire, David Rhind. (2005) Geographic Information Systems and Science, (John Wiley & Sons). DeMers, Michael N. 2005. Fundamentals of geographic information systems, (John Wiley & Sons). In addition, toward the end of the semester, specific readings will be assigned for the graduate students. The purpose of the readings will be to examine the social and political context in which GIS analysis occurs. These readings will be posted on Blackboard in the readings folder under Course documents on Blackboard. COURSE GRADING 1. Problem sets (50%) There are 12 scheduled lab assignments. These generally (though not exclusively) consist of a scripted lab component followed by a homework assignment, meant to be done on your own. Generally, requirements of graduate students will be greater than that of undergrads (ie the inclusion of an extra grad question). Computer skills vary widely, so students should be aware they may have to spend time outside of class working on labs and homework assignments. Labs will be due the Tuesday after they are handed out by the beginning of class. Students should upload each lab to Blackboard via TurnItIn. Labs should be saved as a SINGLE word document (with any maps embedded as image files) using the file name: LAST NAME_LAB#.doc. 2

Late assignments will automatically be downgraded unless there is a medical or family emergency: 3%: if turned in after the start of class on the day they are due 5%: if turned in the following day 10%: if turned in within 1 week 25%: after 1 week ALL outstanding labs are due, no later than Friday, May 9th. Otherwise, you will receive an F for the outstanding lab(s). The TAs will offer assistance and guidance during the lab session. In addition, a weekly help session will be offered outside of lab hours. The date and time for the extra help session will be announced in class. Students must be respectful of the TAs time and only seek assistance when necessary during appropriate times. 2. Quiz (5%) An open book/open notes midterm quiz is scheduled for Thursday, March 20 and will cover the material up until that point. No make-up will be given, except under extraordinary circumstances. 3. Final project (30%) This project is a significant portion of your grade and there is an expectation that you will work on it over the course of the semester. Final projects are due Thursday May 15th and should be submitted in hard copy format in my mail box on the first floor of Sibley Hall or in my office (317 Sibley Hall). An initial plan for your project is due Thursday Feb. 27th and a detailed methodology section is due Thursday April 24th. The purpose of the project is to provide additional experience in collecting, processing and/or analyzing spatial data and should focus on a planning analysis/research problem that requires GIS data and spatial analysis to address/analyze the problem. This project can (and should) be of the students choosing (for instance, it can overlap with outside work, another class, or as part of an exit project). Undergraduates are allowed to work in teams, while graduate students are required to work alone. Requirements and guidelines for the final project will be elaborated on further in class. There will time toward the end of the semester which will be devoted to working on the project. However, students must start thinking about project ideas as soon as possible. You are expected to provide a preliminary project proposal by the date specified in the syllabus. In addition, I will ask all final project teams to schedule a mid semester appointment with me. As an additional resource, previous years projects will be placed in the sample projects folder in the class folder in the Sibley Lab. In the past, I have noticed that students (particularly grads) have appreciated the opportunity to work with and for a professional client in completing the final project requirement. Students who chose this route should note that the requirements of the professional and the class are not necessarily co-terminus! Students should discuss with me if unsure. The mid semester review can be helpful in this respect. 3

4. Attendance/Participation/Effort (15%) This grade consists of the following components: Attendance: Students must be in class in order to reap the full benefits of the course. Material is presented in a cumulative fashion, so if you miss one week, you will be at a disadvantage the following week. It is extremely important that you keep up! Participation: You are expected to pay attention during the lectures and guest presentations and work on the labs or homework during the appropriate times. Working on the labs during the lectures will not be tolerated! (plus they are already late by that point!) Emailing, tweeting, facebooking, etc. is not permitted at any time (unless directly applicable to the assignment at hand). Effort: Computers are extremely frustrating. However, losing it or taking it out on the TAs or instructor is not an acceptable response! This portion of the grade is not so much to punish students as it is to reward students who are patient, have a good attitude, are entrepreneurial, and use creative and innovative ways to problem solve. In addition, as part of their attendance/participation grade, all students will be asked to keep a reflection journal with several prescribed entries (to be assigned in class) related to the final project process and graduate students are required to submit a 1-page response to assigned readings, which will be posted in the readings folder under Course documents. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity. Although I try to foster a social work environment and encourage students to work together on labs, any and all work submitted for credit must be individual! Direct quotations of other work should be enclosed with quotation marks, with a citation afterward that contains the page number of the work where available. When you rely substantially on another persons work without quoting from it directly, please use in text citations at the end of an appropriate section. Failure to provide complete and proper citations may constitute plagiarism, which violates the Cornell Code of Academic Integrity. If detected, plagiarism may result in a failing grade for the course. In compliance with the Cornell University policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for students with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made during the first three weeks of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made.

CRP 4080/5080 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: This is a tentative

Schedule, which is subject to revision by the instructor.


Dates 1/23 Wk of 1/28 1/30 Lecture Topics Lab Assignments Homework Due/Other activities Readings

Introduction to course and GIS Work


Topic 1: Introduction to ArcGIS Topic 2: Thematic mapping Lab #1 Introduction to ArcGIS, ! Creating a unique classification ! creating a layout Lab #2 Thematic mapping Creating a shapefile Querying data Classification schemes Uni and Multivariate maps Lab #3 Map Projection Understanding Map Projections Project on the fly Define a projection Project Data Lab #4 Geoprocessing Dissolve Clip Intersection/Union Buffers Merge Lab #5Georeferencing and Onscreen digitizing and editing Georeferencing images and CAD files Creating and editing shapefiles. Creating attribute information Lab #6 Data Selection & Manipulation Downloading census information and boundary files Creating, Editing Features & Attributes Joining & relating tables Selecting features by attributes and location Maantay and Ziegler, Chap 1 Longley et al, Chap 1,2

Wk of 2/4 2/6

Lab #1 due Tuesday 2/4

Maantay and Ziegler, Chap 3, 4 Longley et al, Chap 12 Harvey, chaps 1,2

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Topic 3: Projections

Lab #2 due Tuesday 2/11

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Topic 4: Geoprocessing

Lab #3 due Thursday, 2/20

Maantay and Ziegler, Chap 2, pp.39-53 Demers, Chap.3 Longley et al, Chap 5 Harvey, chaps.4,5 Maantay and Ziegler, Chap 9 Longley et al, Chap 14

Wk of 2/25 2/27

Topic 5: Data Models

Lab #4 due Thursday 2/27 Final project proposal due Thursday (2/27) Lab # 5 due Tuesday 3/4

Maantay and Ziegler, Chap 2, pp.26-29, chap 7: 186-187 Demers, Chap.4 Longley et al, Chap 3,8 Maantay and Ziegler Chap 6 Peters and MacDonald, Chaps 1 and 2

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Topic 6: Census data analysis

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Topic 7: Database management and Geodatabases Topic 8: Geocoding and Address matching

Lab #7 Database Management and data preparation Using Excel and Access to prepare data for display in ArcGIS Building and maintaining a Geodatabase Lab #8 Address Matching Inputting GPS coordinates Geocoding Rematching addresses Creating a Geodatabase Lab #9: Network Analyst shapefile based network Finding the best route Finding the closest facilities Calculating service areas Origin-Destination cost Matrix Lab #10 Working with Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) Processing and manipulating DEMs: Utilizing DEMs for analysis: Viewshed analysis Creating TINs and analysis: Terrain profile, line of sight Lab #11 Suitability analysis Spatial Analyst extension Reclassification Weighting factors Using Modelbuilder Lab #12: Environmental analysis using raster data Delineating watersheds Hydrologic modeling

Lab # 6 due Tuesday 3/11

Maantay and Ziegler, Chap 8 Demers, Chap.4 Longley et al, Chap 10 Harvey, chap.6 Maantay and Ziegler Chap7, pp182-185, Chap 2, pp.29-38

Lab #7 due Tuesday 3/18 Midterm quiz Thursday 3/20

Wk of 3/25 3/27

Topic 9: Network Analyst

Lab #8 due Tuesday 3/25

SPRING BREAK Wk of Topic 10: 4/8 Spatial 4/10 Analyst/Raster data analysis

Lab #9 due Tuesday 4/8

Demers, Chap 9 Maantay and Ziegler, Chap.12 For modeling, see ch. 9, pp 219-227

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Wk of 4/15 4/17 Topic 11: Suitability analysis using modelbuilder Topic 12: Environmental analysis using raster data

Lab #10 due Tuesday 4/15

Maantay and Ziegler, Chap 11

Wk of 4/22 4/24

Lab #11 due Tuesday 4/22 Final Project Methodology Due Thursday 4/24 Lab #12 due Tuesday 4/29

Wk of 4/29 5/1

Lab #13: Integrating ArcGIS, SketchUp, and Google Earth (note: this is an extra lab for those interested or in need of extra credit, others are welcome to work on final projects this week) Final projects will be due Thursday, May 15 in my mailbox on the first floor of West Sibley Hall, or under the door of my office, please do not email!