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KOS_URBP179-279_Spring08 - URBP 179/279 Advanced GIS for...

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URBP 179/279: Advanced GIS for Planners A combined upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level GIS course in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University Spring Semester 2008 ______________________________________________________________________________ Course Details Class is held on Mondays, 7:15 pm to 10:00 pm in WSQ 208 Instructor: Rick Kos, AICP Office Hours: Monday, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm in WSQ 216G, or by appointment Email ( preferred method of contact ): [email protected] Department Phone: (408) 924-5882 Fax: (408) 924-5872 Course web site: http://gis-planning-applications.pbwiki.com Course Catalog Description URBP 179: Exploration of geographic information systems (GIS) area analysis techniques for spatial information management in local government: planning support systems, needs analysis, envisioning neighborhoods utilizing multiple maps, charts, photos and the Internet. URBP 279: Further examination of advanced geographic information systems applications to urban planning. Course Overview and Learning Objectives This combined undergraduate/graduate course builds upon the introductory GIS course offered in the fall semester. It is taught primarily through computer laboratory exercises supplemented by lectures, guest speakers and discussion. We will use intermediate and advanced features of ESRI’s ArcGIS software - including a number of specialized extensions including Spatial Analyst and 3-D Analyst - to address current, real-world urban planning issues. The primary learning objectives for the course are: (1) Develop the intermediate to advanced GIS skills sought by today's employers (2) Engage in collaborative analysis of a real-world urban planning issue using GIS (3) Develop targeted, efficient and responsive GIS project management skills (4) Produce a complete geodatabase and metadata for the primary course project (5) Develop advanced cartographic techniques for the effective display of geospatial data (6) Produce a professional report and data analysis that demonstrate student GIS capabilities The course will model a professional consultant-client relationship and emphasize project management skills that are fundamental not only to GIS projects but to any endeavor defined as a project. An instructor with the Project Management Institute will set the foundation for this aspect of the course. Using these skills, we will first provide GIS mapping services to students in the URBP 260 (sustainability) course in preparation for their study of the Alum Rock/Capital Expressway neighborhood. Next, we will enter into a study with the San José Planning Department staff as part of the city's ongoing General Plan update process. We will conduct detailed land use analyses in three major corridors that the city is targeting for a high-density, mixed-use, transit- supportive future. The course lectures and exercises will allow students to apply new GIS skills to the study of URBP 179/279: Advanced GIS for Planners, Spring Semester 2008 Page 1
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