Topics of Geographic Information Science (GEOG: 595), Fall 2012

This course covers advanced topics in geographic information systems and science, a rapidly growing field. It is intended to familiarize students with GIScience literature and the state of the art GIS technologies and applications. The course will be held primarily in a discussion format combined with hands-on and writing projects. One tour of cutting-edge GIS facilities within the CIGI ( and/or NCSA ( is also planned. Each student is encouraged to investigate a topic of the student’s own interest.

Specifically, a stimulating and interactive classroom environment is expected based on discussions, presentations, group projects, and individual research. During the first half of the semester we will focus on peer-led group discussions and presentations to examine key concepts, theories, and methods from the literature. The second half of the semester will focus on students’ evolving papers and projects, with feedbacks from the instructor and peers. Each student is expected to gain insights from the curriculum as well as to advance her/his research agenda at large.

Instructor: Dr. Shaowen Wang


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