Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GEOG: 480), Fall 2014

This course is intended to introduce students to basic principles in the rapidly growing field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data handling. The course will be held in a lecture format combined with hands-on projects. THIS IS NOT A COURSE THAT TREATS USE OF A PARTICULAR GIS SOFTWARE PRODUCT. The emphasis is on the concepts and principles that underlie the development of GIS software and its intelligent use. The knowledge that students gain in this course will be general and will not be limited to a specific software product that will be revised next year and the year after that.

[11/18/2014] Submission deadline for hands-on portion of deliverable 3 extended to Nov. 20.
[11/11/2014] As mentioned in today's class, I will hold office hours in NCSA Room 3102E during 11:30am-1pm on this Wednesday (Nov. 12); I will not hold my regular office hours during 1:30pm-3pm on this Thursday (Nov. 13).
Instructor: Dr. Anand Padmanabhan

Office hours: 1:30pm- 3:00pm Tuesday and Thursday or by appointment (Computing Applications Building (CAB) 264A)


Class Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm, Davenport Hall 338

MidTerm: Thurs. Oct. 23 in class

Final Exam: Wed. Dec 17 1:30pm-4:30pm, Davenport Hall 338

Syllabus: geog480_syllabus_fall2014.pdf

Group Project


Sections in the textbook that need to be studied for Exam 1
Chapter 1: all sections
Chapter 2: all sections
Chapter 3: all sections except 3.3.5, 3.4.2 and 3.6
Chapter 4: all sections except for 4.4.3