Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
What you can learn.
- Assess the potential uses and broader impacts of geospatial technologies
- Develop computing and problem-solving skills for GIS projects
- Develop the ability to formulate geographic research questions and apply geospatial methods to answering such questions
- Explore diverse geospatial data formats and metadata, as well as raster georeferencing and vector digitizing techniques
- Learn essential GIS and data management and processing methods, including spatial database management and geoprocessing
About this course:
Spatial data literacy, data formats, and data manipulation practices are emphasized. Students are trained in the use of the industry-standard ArcGIS for Desktop software platform, as well as open source QGIS platform. In addition to exposing students to the variety of settings and situations in which these GIS techniques are used, students will also learn how to implement the techniques. In this courses, students will have a greater appreciation for geography and increased spatial awareness. The ability to ask geographic questions and to solve geographically-based problems is reinforced, and students learn practical knowledge that can be used to assess the potential and consequences of geospatial technologies.
This is an online course, wherein all course content is delivered online and all interaction among the instructor and the participants will take place online. Students will be earning transferable UCLA course credit for all courses in the certificate program. This course is accredited and approved by the UCLA Academic Senate as a credit-bearing course. It carries lower-division undergraduate credit. Weekly activities include reviewing video lectures, technical screencasts, and readings. Completing practical assignments involve the use of GIS methods to address real-world scenarios; Self-assessment using automated non-graded quizzes; and more.
Technical requirements: Students are responsible for providing a personal computer with at least 2GB of RAM that runs Windows 7 or better. Macs can be used provided that Windows is installed either using Boot Camp or virtualization (VirtualBox, Parallels, etc.) with at least 2GB of RAM allocated to Windows. Students will be provided with a student license for ArcGIS as long as they are enrolled in program courses.
Spring 2019 Schedule
These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.
Required course in the GIS & Geospatial Technology Certificate program. Midterm and final exams are proctored online; additional requirements include microphone, headphones/speakers, and webcam.
Enrollment limited to 50 students; early enrollment recommended. Visitors not permitted. Enrollment deadline: April 15, 2019. Internet access required. Materials required.