Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GEOG: 480), Spring 2011

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.

Originally, I was planning to invite one guest lecturer: Dr. James D. Myers (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) to deliver one lecture on open source GIS software. But Dr. Myers recently left for another institution. So we won't be able to have him.

Final Exam: 1:30-2:30pm, May 9 (Monday), 2011 in DH 338 (our classroom)


Instructor: Dr. Shaowen Wang

Lecture Notes - Overview
Lecture Notes - Database
Lecture Notes - Spatial Concepts
Lecture Notes - Exam 1 Review
Lecture Notes - Models of Geospatial Information
Lecture Notes - Representation and Algorithms
Lecture Notes - Architectures
Lecture Notes - Exam 2 Review
Group Project Resources


Readings and Interesting Links

Use this set of slides to select corresponding sections from the textbook chapter 2 for reading before the next Monday (Feb. 7, 2011) class

Prof. Tim Nyerges will visit our campus on May 3 and 4. If you are interested in meeting with him, please let Shaowen know.

Chapter 3 sections for Exam 1 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 5 sections for Exam 2 5.1, 5.2, 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.3.3, 5.4.1, 5.4.2, 5.4.3, 5.4.4, 5.5.2