Great Basin College

GIS Extensions

GIS 270, 3 credits

Time/Location: Wednesday 7 – 9:45 pm, HTC 108

Prerequisites: GIS 205

Catalog Description: 2005-2006 catalog description does not fully apply due to many changes in the software since the class was last offered. This is an advanced class for users proficient in ArcGIS 8.x or later who wish to improve the program’s functionality as a decision-making tool. Knowledge of the Windows operating system is an absolute must. Please see course objectives.

Class website:  http://cot.gbcnv.edu/~lauraj/GIS270

Instructor:       Laura Johnson; lauraj (at) gwmail.gbcnv.edu*

                        775-753-2005; HTC 130

* I do not check email over weekends (Friday 4pm – Monday 9 am).

Office hours:  See attached schedule, others by appointment.

*Open door policy: To guarantee an appointment, please call. If you come by my office and the door is open, please stop in. If it is closed, leave me a message or look for me in the lab (HTC 108).

Required Text: none

Learner Outcomes: At completion of the course, through class participation (1), worksheets (2), projects (3), final exam (4), and pop quizzes (5), the student will be able to:

Instructional Methods: The first part of class will be taught using a lecture-style explanation of the subject matter, followed by a hands-on demonstration of the subject, followed by at least one hour of instructor-guided class work time.

Expectations: Students are expected to come to class already proficient in:

Grading Policy: I use a cumulative points system. This class is worth a total of 1000 points. Lab worksheets/reports are worth 60 points each, midterm project is 90 points (20 for project plan and 70 for project itself), pop quizzes are 10 points each, final exam 100 points, and final project presentation is worth 100 points. See class schedule for details. Final grades are assigned as follows:

Minimum points

Maximum points

Percentage range

Letter Grade

940

1000

100-94

A

900

939

93-90

A-

870

899

87-89

B+

830

869

83-86

B

800

829

80-82

B-

770

799

77-79

C+

730

769

73-76

C

700

729

70-72

C-

670

699

67-69

D+

630

669

63-66

D

600

629

60-62

D-

0

599

0-59

F

Late Policy: Each day (M – F) that an assignment is late, a late penalty of 10% of the total points available for that assignment will be deducted.

For example, a project worth 50 possible points, with 39 points earned, would be deducted an additional 10 points for a grade of 29 points after being 2 days late (50 * 20% = 10 points).

Extra Credit: For students with a grade of less than 80% of possible points and all assignments turned in on time, extra credit projects are available. See me for details.

Tests and Projects:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1.      <!--[endif]-->Project 1: Earth Day Poster. Students will present a professional-style poster, including maps and text, on a climate change topic. (70 points) Students will give a one-paragraph written plan of the poster topic by week three of the class. (20 points)

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2.      <!--[endif]-->Final Project: Trail siting project. (280 points total) Students will come up with a proposed solution to a real-world problem using GIS extensions and spatial analysis processes. The project is due in several parts and class work time will be given (see schedule) An oral presentation will wrap up this project.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3.      <!--[endif]-->Final exam: (100 points). Students will demonstrate understanding of topics covered in class on a written and computer test.

General Policies

Attendance: GBC General attendance policies are in effect. See 2005-2006 GBC general catalog page 49 for policies on excessive absences and religious holiday absences. This class requires regular attendance. If classes are missed, students must still complete assignments on time. All tests must be made up before the next class period.

Computer Lab: Use of GBC computer labs is a privilege and not a right. Students are advised to abide by lab rules that are posted in the labs and on the GBC web page.

Academic Integrity: Students are expected to adhere to the Student Conduct Policy as outlined in the 2005-2006 GBC general catalog, page 27. Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Accommodations: I encourage any student needing to request accommodations for a specific disability to please meet with me at your earliest convenience to ensure timely and appropriate accommodations.