Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GEOG: 480), Spring 2010

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. The course will invite one guest lecturer: Dr. James D. Myers (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) to deliver one lecture on open source GIS software. The following textbook will be used.


Instructor: Dr. Shaowen Wang

Lecture Notes - Overview
Lecture Notes - Database
Lecture Notes - Spatial Concepts

Review - First Exam

Lecture Notes - Models of Geospatial Information
Lecture Notes - Representation and Algorithms
Lecture Notes - Invited Lecture by Dr. Anand Padmanabhan

Group Project Resources


Readings and Interesting Links

Chapter 3 sections for Exam 1 3.1.3, 3.2.1, 3.2.3, 3.2.4, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.3.3