Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GEOG: 480), Fall 2013

This course is intended to introduce students to basic principles in the rapidly growing field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Science (GIScience). 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. The following textbook will be used.

[12/8/2013] The second exam will be held on Thursday, December 19th from 7:00pm to 8:10pm in room 329 Davenport Hall
[10/22/2013] As mentioned in today's class, I will hold office hours in NCSA Room 3102F during 8:30-10am and 12:30-1:30pm on this Wednesday (Oct. 23); I will not hold my regular office hours during 10:30am-12pm on this Thursday (Oct. 24).

Worboys, M. and Duckham, M. 2004. GIS – A Computing Perspective, Second Edition. New York, NY: CRC Press.


Instructor: Prof. Shaowen Wang

Lecture Notes - Overview
Lecture Notes - Database: Part I
Lecture Notes - Database: Part II
Lecture Notes - Spatial Concepts: Part I
Lecture Notes - Spatial Concepts: Part II
Lecture Notes - Models of Geospatial Information
Lecture Notes - First Exam Review
Lecture Notes - Geocomputation - Part I
Lecture Notes - Geocomputation - Part II
Lecture Notes - Architecture
Lecture Notes - Second Exam Review

Group Project Resources


Sections in the textbook that need to be studied for Exam 1
Chapter 1: all sections
Chapter 2: all sections except for 2.3.2, 2.4.3, and 2.4.4
Chapter 3: 3.1.3, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.4, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.3.3
Chapter 4: all sections except for 4.4.3

Sections in the textbook that need to be studied for Exam 2
Chapter 5: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.4.1, 5.4.2, 5.4.3, 5.4.4, 5.5.2
Chapter 7: all sections except for 7.3.3, 7.4, 7.5