onGEO Professional Certificate Course: ONGEO-N001.(35), Introduction to Geospatial Technologies

Summer 2017, First Session: Syllabus

Instructor: Yi Shi, shiyi1@msu.edu

Course Description:

This course is designed to acquaint you with the tools and technology needed to access, manipulate, and display geographic information. You will also learn how to think geographically in order to help you understand when to apply these tools. It is a combined introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), global positioning systems (GPS), and cartography (the science and art of mapmaking). You will also learn about ethical issues regarding the use of geospatial technologies, as well as trends in the practical applications of these important tools.

Course Audience:

Professionals and students who are currently working in fields that use geospatial technologies and pursuing training opportunities (required or by choice), professionals and post-baccalaureates looking to advance or revamp their current career path, teachers pursuing continuing-education credits, and international students seeking an educational experience and certification from an American university.

Course Goals:

The purpose (goals) of this course is to develop students':

Course Learning Outcomes (Objectives):
By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

1.    Describe what geographic information is and why it is important to decision-making in a variety of

       disciplines.

2.    Give specific examples of how geographic information systems, global navigation satellite systems,

       remote sensing, and cartographic design are used together to address complex geographic problems.

3.    Identify various sources of geographic information and know how to obtain datasets from those

       sources.

4.    Analyze and display spatial information using simple GIS programs.

5.    Propose ways in which geospatial tools can be applied to problem-solving scenarios in a variety of

       disciplines.

6.    Use established cartographic principles to create a basic thematic map.

7.    Describe and give specific examples of ethical concerns regarding the use of geospatial technologies.

8.    Describe and give specific examples of the diverse applications of geospatial technologies.

9.    Defend viewing the world with a geographic perspective, and describe how spatial thinking can

       contribute to problem-solving.

Course Requirements and Recommendations:

Required

•    Textbook: Introduction to Geospatial Technologies, 3rd Edition by Bradley A. Shellito, 2016. W.H. Freeman, Inc. NY.  

(ISBN: 978-1-4641-8872-5).  Using the 2nd Edition of this textbook is also acceptable; page numbers for both editions are provided in the syllabus and lesson material.  

o    A copy of the textbook is on reserve in the library.

•    Technological:

o    Computer – A PC or Mac can be used to access D2L for lesson and lab material.

o    Web browser, preferably Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Microsoft Internet Explorer. Use of other browsers may lead to exam and lab malfunctions.

o    Applications/plugins (see the Computer Setup page for details).

•    General:

o    You are required to complete each lesson and are responsible for all of its associated components (for example, web links, lesson questions, text readings, assignments, labs, self-assessments, and so on).

o    You are also required to take the assessments and submit your responses to exercises ON TIME, no excuses.

Highly recommended

•    HIGH-SPEED internet connection - You will need a high-speed internet connection to take this course. Students attempting to take this course with a dial-up connection will have difficulty dealing with the large files associated with our lessons and, more importantly, lab exercises.

Please Note:

All course emails will be sent to your Michigan State (mail.msu.edu) or Community ID email account only via the D2L system. You will need to check this email account at least once a day for emails from your Instructor and Online Geography staff. If you need to, please set your Michigan State account to forward your emails to an account that you do check frequently.

Course Organization:

While a team of faculty and staff developed and manages the course, an Instructor teaches each section. Moreover, this course is delivered through a series of online lessons, labs, assessments, and textbook readings. Course assessments are accomplished through online quizzes and online labs. Review quizzes are provided for you after lessons so you can test your understanding of the lesson material.

Your instructor, associated staff, and course authors
This session, Dr. Yi Shi, is responsible for this course, from the day-to-day management to the grading. Dr. Shi will take care of instruction, grading labs and quizzes, any content questions you may have, any questions about how to work through the course, and final grades. ALL email correspondence should go to your instructor.

Beth Weisenborn and Juliegh Bookout are staff members of Online Geography (onGEO) courses at Michigan State University, so you may receive notices from them occasionally.

Dr. Kirk Goldsberry, Ms. Adrienne Goldsberry, and Dr. Dave Lusch are the original authors of the course content. They created this course and are the lecturers responsible for the class in the context of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. Yi Shi, Cadi Fung, Juliegh Bookout, and Beth Weisenborn have been content editors. While this group of onGEO faculty and staff developed the course, they are not involved in the day-to-day workings of the course -- your instructor is responsible for course delivery and instruction.

Lessons
This course consists of 17 online lessons (or lectures) and 6 online labs.

Lesson

Topic

Text Reading

3rd edition page numbers in blue,
2nd edition in orange

1

Introduction to Geography and Geographic Information

3e/2e, Chapter 1

2

Geographic and Cartographic Representation

3e, Chapter 5: pages 123 to 133

2e, Chapter 5: pages 109 to 119

3

Basics of Geographic Information

3e, Chapter 2: pages 39 to 47

2e, Chapter 2: pages 33 to 41

4

Fundamentals of Two-dimensional Maps

3e/2e, Chapters 2 and 3

Lab 1

Coordinates and map projections

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5

Introduction to Remote Sensing

3e/2e, Chapter 10

6

Elements of Aerial-image Interpretation

3e/2e, Chapter 9

7

Types of Satellite Images and Applications

3e/2e, Chapters 11 and 12

Lab 2

Interpreting remote-sensing imagery

--

8

Global Positioning Systems

3e/2e, Chapter 4

Lab 3

Global positioning systems

--

9

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

3e/2e, Chapter 5

10

Tools of GIS, Metadata, and Sources of Geographic Datasets

3e/2e, Chapter 6

Lab 4

GIS, Data exploration

--

Lab 5

GIS, Data analysis

--

11

Introduction to Cartography and Cartographic Representation

3e, Chapter 7: pages 223 to 231

2e, Chapter 7: pages 198 to 205

12

Basics of Cartographic Design

--

13

Data Classification

3e, Chapter 7: pages 230 to 239

2e, Chapter 7: pages 205 to 213

Lab 6

Color in cartography

--

14

Ethics of Geographic Information

Additional assigned readings in lesson

15

Volunteered Geographic Information

Additional assigned readings in lesson

16

Applications of Geographic Tools

3e/2e, Chapter 15

17

Future of Geospatial Technologies

3e/2e, Chapter 15

Quizzes
There are eight quizzes. The purpose of these quizzes is to test your understanding of the material from the online lessons, textbook readings, AND labs covered. The quizzes will be open for you to take at your convenience. You may take each quiz only once. Once you begin a quiz, you will have to finish it in the designated time limit. You must take and submit each quiz before moving on to the next set of lessons and quiz. Quizzes are open-note and open-text and you may consult both of these sources while taking the quiz. Be forewarned, however, that having an 'open-book' quiz does not release you from studying! Quizzes are timed and if you are not prepared you will spend your time trying to find the answers.

Quizzes will consist of mostly multiple-choice, true/false, and some short answer and essay/calculation questions. All quiz questions are selected at random from a pool of questions. All answer options for each question are also ordered at random. Please take note that your quiz is unique and completely unlike any other student's quiz. Attempting to be dishonest on these quizzes is against University/course policy. You are expected to follow University policy on Academic Integrity.

If you do not pass the quiz, it is set to allow you to take it one more time.

Labs
In addition to the quizzes, you will also be required to complete
six entirely online labs and submit your answers in D2L by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the date specified on the course schedule! All of your lab grades will count toward your final-grade calculation. Flexibility on due dates for labs is an option, provided you contact your instructor ahead of time.

As with any course, it is the responsibility of the Instructor to uphold the standards suggested by the grading rubrics provided by the course authors. While your grade is determined by assessing the quality of your lab answers compared to the grading rubric, the grading process is subject to the rigor of the Instructor.

The labs will be based on the lessons and textbook readings you have recently covered. Spelling and grammar will count toward your score for written answers. Any form or degree of plagiarism will NOT be TOLERATED and will result in 0 points.

Labs are independent exercises; you are not to collaborate with fellow students on them. The labs are designed to take approximately 2-4 hours to complete.

It is strongly suggested that you start your labs early so that you have enough time to ask your instructor any questions you might have.

Course Policies:
MSU privacy statement (and use of course materials)
From the D2L Help Page (http://help.d2l.msu.edu/):

"Know your rights and University Policy: MSU expects that you will respect the rights of faculty and other students as you participate in the educational process. Participating in an D2L course means that you may have access to personal information and academic work produced by other students and faculty members, such as discussion board postings, drafts of papers and other work produced in the course. Academic norms and MSU policy require that you must not reveal any information about classmates, coursework, content, or its authors to anyone outside the course."

ALL of our course material in D2L is copyrighted property of MSU. This means that ALL course material in the D2L course site is protected and, other than one copy of the material for your own personal use, this material should not be distributed or posted in any form.

Academic integrity
You are expected to take this course in adherence to University and Department standards for Academic Integrity (The Office of the
Ombudsman at Michigan State University). Please visit this site for a more detailed explanation of academic dishonesty and, especially, plagiarism -- two serious offenses from the viewpoint of onGEO, the Department of Geography, and the University.


Grading:

Calculating your final grade
Your final grade will be based on all of your 1 activity, 8 quiz, and 6 lab scores, on a Pass (70% or higher) or Fail (below 70%) basis. Here is the breakdown:

Assessment

Points

Getting to know you module

5

Lab 1. Coordinates and map projections

25

Lab 2. Interpreting remote-sensing imagery

25

Lab 3. Global positioning systems

20

Lab 4. GIS 1, data exploration

25

Lab 5. GIS 2, data analysis

25

Lab 6. Color in cartography

20

Quiz 1

20

Quiz 2

20

Quiz 3

20

Quiz 4

20

Quiz 5

20

Quiz 6

20

Quiz 7

20

Quiz 8

20

Total:

305

We highly recommend that all labs and quizzes achieve a level that demonstrates mastery of the material (at least 70% of the total points  per lab). Labs and Quizzes may be resubmitted once to achieve a satisfactory score.

You can view your grades for the labs and quizzes using your personal online gradebook (Assessments tab).

Extra credit
Given the number of assessments and abbreviated length of the session, no extra credit work will be considered.

onGEO Professional Certificate Course: ONGEO-N001.(35), Introduction to Geospatial Technologies
Summer 2017, First Session: Schedule

Due dates for labs (by 11:59 PM (ET) on the due date provided):

F, May 26        Lab 1. Coordinates and map projections
F, June 2        Lab 2. Interpreting remote-sensing imagery

F, June 9        Lab 3. Global positioning systems

F, June 16        Lab 4. GIS 1, data exploration

F, June 23        Lab 5. GIS 2, data analysis         [try to use a PC if possible]
F, June 30        Lab 6. Color in cartography

Date

Lesson

Topic

May 15

-

Getting Started

May 15

-

Getting to Know You: module contents are due by Tuesday, May 23

May 15

-

Course Introduction

May 15

1

Introduction to Geography and Geographic Information [Text Reading: Chapter 1]

May 15

2

Geographic and Cartographic Representation
[
Text Reading: Chapter 5, pages 123 to 133 / pages 109 to 119]

Quiz 1: Covers material from Lessons 1 to 2

May 22

3

Basics of Geographic Information [Text Reading: Chapter 2: pages 39 to 47 / pages 33 to 41]

May 22

4

Fundamentals of Two-dimensional Maps [Text Reading: Chapters 2 and 3]

Quiz 2: Covers material from Lessons 3 to 4
Mon, May 28: No Class

May 30

5

Introduction to Remote Sensing [Text Reading: Chapter 10]

May 30

6

Elements of Aerial-image Interpretation [Text Reading: Chapter 9]

Quiz 3: Covers material from Lessons 5 to 6

May 30

7

Types of Satellite Images and Applications [Text Reading: Chapters 11 and 12]

June 5

8

Global Positioning Systems [Text Reading: Chapter 4]

Quiz 4: Covers material from Lessons 7 to 8

June 5

9

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems [Text Reading: Chapter 5]

June 12

10

Tools of GIS, Metadata, and Sources of Geographic Datasets [Text Reading: Chapter 6]

Quiz 5: Covers material from Lessons 9 to 10

June 12

11

Introduction to Cartography and Cartographic Representation
[
Text Reading: Chapter 7: pages 223 to 231 / pages 198 to 205]

June 12

12

Basics of Cartographic Design

Quiz 6: Covers material from Lessons 11 to 12

June 19

13

Data Classification [Text Reading: Chapter 7: pages 230 to 239 / pages 205 to 213]

June 19

14

Ethics of Geographic Information [Additional readings assigned in lesson]

Quiz 7: Covers material from Lessons 13 to 14

June 26

15

Volunteered Geographic Information [Additional readings assigned in lesson]

June 26

16

Applications of Geographic Tools [Text Reading: Chapter 15]

June 26

17

Future of Geospatial Technologies [Text Reading: Chapter 15]

Quiz 8: Covers material from Lessons 15 to 17                

* Quizzes must be taken before moving on to the next lesson.