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In addition to providing single- and multi-day (non-credit) geospatial short courses and workshops, Iowa State University Department of Community and Regional Planning (CRP) offers a 3-credit Introduction to GIS course online during the summer semester. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (CRP 451/551) is taught exclusively online as a distance education course using Blackboard and other online learning tools. The course runs June 16 - August 8 (Summer session II). The course will be taught by Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Christopher J. Seeger, GISP firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students learn essential GIS tasks including creating maps from existing data, creating new data, producing map layouts, querying data, and conducting basic geoprocessing skills. The course can be taken as a undergraduate (451) or graduate course (551). The difference between the two courses is that graduate students conduct GIS analysis on a final project that they develop and undergraduate studnets are assigned a final project. Both groups present the project online to the class as a Power Point presentation and PDF poster at the end of the course. Students taking the 551 course can apply the class toward the ISU Graduate Certificate in GIS and 451 students can use the course toward the Digital Media Minor.
While the course is very intensive, it is designed to allow students to schedule their study time around their work, family or other summer activities. Students do not need to be in Ames to take the class. However, they do need to have a good Internet connection as the course utilizes video tutorials and lectures as well as online collaboration, peer learning techniques and virtual office hours with the instructor. Students enrolled in the course will receive a educational copy of the ESRI ArcGIS 10.2 software to install on their computer prior to the start of the course in May.
More details on the text and computer requirements will be posted in 2014.
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