Required Texts

Ormsby, et al. Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop. Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2001. ISBN: 1879102897.

Worboys, Michael F. GIS: A Computing Perspective. London, UK: Taylor & Francis, 1995. ISBN: 0748400656.

Monmonier, Mark. How to Lie with Maps. 2nd ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1996. ISBN: 0226534200 (Hardcover). ISBN: 0226534219 (Paperback). (The 1991 first edition, ISBN: 0226534154, is also fine.)

Longley, Goodchild, Maguire, and Rhind. Geographic Information Systems and Science. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2001. ISBN: 0471892750.

Peng, and Tsou. Internet GIS. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2003. ISBN: 0471359238.

O’Sullivan, David, and David Unwin. Geographic Information Analysis. Hobokey, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2003. ISBN: 0471211761.

Readings from required texts will be referred to by the author’s last name in the table below.

Lec 1 Introduction to the Class and GIS

GIS Principles and Methods

WinAthena Introduction (Required for Students who did not do CRN Computing Orientation)

NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIScience - Unit 2: What is GIS?

Worboys. pp. 1-15.

Lab 1 ArcGIS Basics (Introduction to ArcGIS, Paper Output) Ormsby, et al. “Introducing ArcGIS Desktop.” Chapter 2.

———. “Exploring ArcMap.” Chapter 3.

Lec 2 GIS Principles and Methods Monmonier. “Elements of the Map.” Chapter 2.

———. “Map Generalization: Little White Lies and Lots of Them.” Chapter 3.

Longley, et al. “Georeferencing.” Chapter 4.

Ormsby, et al. “Classifying features and rasters.” Chapter 6.

———. “Labeling features.” Chapter 7.

Lab 2 Thematic Mapping in ArcMap (Symbolization, Exploratory Vs. Explanatory Mapping)  
Lec 3 Database Fundamentals (Relational Basics, Queries, Joins), Coordinate Systems, and Projections Worboys. pp. 45-61.

Longley, et al. “Representing Geography.” Chapter 3.

Ferreira, J., Jr. “Database Management Tools for Planning.” Journal of the American Planning Association (Winter 1990): 78-84.

Lab 3 Database Operations in ArcGIS (Spatial Selection, Query Selection, Tabular Joins, Spatial Joins) Ormsby, et al. “Data Queries.” Chapter 8.

———. “Joining and relating tables.” Chapter 9.

Lec 4 More on Database Management: Introduction to SQL


Handling One-to-Many Relationships

Worboys. pp. 61-67.

Peng, and Tsou. pp. 230-237.

Lab 4 Database Aggregation, SQL, and Charts Ormsby, et al. “Building Geodatabases.” Chapter 14.
Lec 5 Creating and Maintaining Geospatial Databases Longley, et al. “Geographic data modeling.” Chapter 9.

———. “Creating and Maintaining Geospatial Databases.” Chapter 11.

Ormsby et al. “Creating features.” Chapter 15.

———. “Editing features and attributes.” Chapter 16.

Lec 6 Making Sense of the Census Monmonier. “Data Maps: Making Nonsense of the Census.” Chapter 10 (Chapter 9 in the first edition).
Lab 5 Obtaining and Using U.S. Census Data in ArcGIS  
Lec 7 Spatial Analysis I (Vector-Based Methods) Ormsby, et al. “Preparing data for analysis.” Chapter 11.

———. “Analyzing spatial data.” Chapter 12.

Lab 6 Vector Spatial Analysis (Buffers, Polygon Overlay, Area Allocation, Using ArcTools) Ormsby, et al. “Preparing data for analysis.” Chapter 11.

———. “Analyzing spatial data.” Chapter 12.

Lec 8 Spatial Data Models and Spatial Analysis II (Raster, Network)  
Lab 7 Raster Spatial Analysis (Interpolation, Raster Operations, Spatial Analyst)  
Lec 9 Geocoding and Network Analysis Methods Ormsby, et al. “Geocoding Addresses.” Chapter 17.
Lab 8 Address Matching and Geocoding Ormsby, et al. “Geocoding Addresses.” Chapter 17.
Lec 10 Introduction to Internet GIS Peng, and Tsou. “GIS, Internet GIS, and Distributed GIServices.” Chapter 1.

———. “Technology Evolutions of Web Mapping.” Chapter 4.

Lab 9 ArcIMS (Optional) Peng, and Tsou. “ArcIMS from ESRI.” Chapter 8.2.
Lec 11 Project Work  
Lec 12 Test (In-class, Open-book)  
Lec 13-17 Project Work Lecture 14

Notes by Cherie Abbanat, DUSP writing specialist, on “Creating Your 11.188/11.520 Presentation and Report.” ( PDF)

Lec 18-19 Brief Project Presentations  

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