Class Meeting: MW 2:10 - 4:00: 207 Science Center (GIS Lab)
Instructor: Dr. John Krygier
Text and Readings
The extensive material for this course on the WWW is the primary text for the course. Making Maps (2nd edition, 2011) by John Krygier and Denis Wood is a naffo book with many good examples to back up the WWW materials and lectures, and is required. The book was written with this course (and Geog 222) in mind, as there are no other texts that really fit the needs of these courses. There is a blog for the book that has some extra material related to the topics in the book, links to other mapping blogs, as well as the crap music I listen to. I cover about 1/2 of the material in Making Maps in Geography 222 and cover the entire book in this course (so some review for those of you who have taken Geography 222; this is because Geography 222 is not an official prerequisite for this course). It is possible that I will hand out a few extra things to read over the semester. Probably not. Maybe.
The individual laboratory exercises in Geography 353 build step by step into a final course project. It is important that you attend class when the exercises are explained, as the I will often lead you through the steps necessary to complete the exercise. Take advantage of the in-class work time, as I can help you with the myriad of problems and glitches that you are bound to run into. It is also important to complete the exercises on time, as new exercises often depend on completion of the previous exercise. A significant part of your grade on individual exercises is determined by completing the exercise on time.
Each student will keep a dated blog for the course, containing documentation of all work pertaining to the lab project. This Lab Blog will contain comments on problems and solutions you run into while working on lab exercises, information on useful resources (such as WWW sites), and any work you are asked to complete in particular exercises (for example, some exercises ask you to define terms, or review a WWW site). The content on the blog will be evaluated and used to determine your final project grade
Lab Computer Skills Required
Students in Geography 353 will acquire basic competence in the Windows operating system, Excel spreadsheet, ArcGIS software, and HTML. This course will provide basic instruction in all of these software applications, but students will be expected to take initiative to learn additional details about the software and to solve problems as they arise. Students should expect to spend time outside of scheduled hours to complete the course project although I have included in-class time to work on the project. The GIS and Mapping Lab is open between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday. Students in Geography 353 will be provided with access to the Lab evenings and weekends.
Other Rules and Regulations
If you are interested in adding a writing option to Geography 353, please contact me by the end of the first week of classes. If I agree to supervise a writing option for the class, a written 1 page proposal for a writing project is due by the end of the third week of classes. A draft of your writing option work is due by the end of the eighth week of classes. The final draft of your writing option work is due by the end of the fourteenth week of classes.