38/42:376 GIS II
Spatial Data Management and Analysis
Instructor: Lecture, Dr. Dion J. Wiseman
Office: Brodie Room 4-07
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9:00 – 10:00 AM; or by Appointment
Required Text: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, 7th ed. 2014, Chang.
Optional Text: Cartography: Thematic Map Design, 6th ed. 2009, Dent, et al.
Note: an earlier edition of either text is acceptable.
The objectives of this course are to provide students with a sound theoretical foundation in the fundamentals of geographic information science (experience without theory is ignorance) and practical experience in the development and application of geographic information systems (theory without experience is fantasy). The intent is to develop both an understanding of geographic information science and the applications of geographic information systems that transcends any particular software application. The lecture component of the course will provide a software-independent foundation in GIS by addressing the topics outlined below and discussing real and hypothetical examples of GIS applications using generic GIS terminology.
The lab component of the course will provide practical experience with ArcGIS Desktop 10, including the ArcMap, ArcToolbox, and ArcCatalog applications, and various extensions that provide additional functionality such as Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively on laboratory assignments, however, your individual proficiency in the use of GIS techniques introduced in lab will be evaluated through a timed lab midterm and lab final exams.
The prerequisite for this course is GIS I (38/42:286). Additional readings and/or assignments may be required of those who have not completed the prerequisite; please see me at the end of the first lecture period if you are one of these individuals.
|Bonus (optional)||3%||< 50%||F|
Tentative Course Outline
(follow links below to access lecture notes and readings)
- Review of Raster /Vector Models
- Georelational vs. Object-based
- The Geodatabase Model
- Subtypes, Topology Rules, Attribute Domains
- Raster Data Catalogues
- Terrain Datasets
2. Managing Geospatial Databases (Tables Demo)
- Functions of a DBMS
- Tables and Data Relations
- Types of Relations – Relate vs. Join
- Attribute-based Operations
- Relationship Classes, Network Classes
- Topological Editing
- Map Topologies
3. Exploratory Data Analysis (Query Survey Markers demo)
- Descriptive Methods
- Query by Attribute & Location
- Relational Algebra
- Boolean Logic
- Querying Rasters
4. Vector Data Analysis (Simpson’s Demo)
- Buffers and Setbacks, Applications of
- Map Overlay: Union vs. Intersection
- Other Vector Tools
MIDTERM – TBD (2 wks. notice)
5. Raster Data Analysis (Cougar Demo)
- Basic Raster Operations
- Environment Settings Local Operations
- Local, Focal, Zonal Operations
- Global Operations
6. Surface Representation & Analysis (Brandon Hills Demo)
- TINS vs. DEMS
- Spatial Interpolation
- Global vs. Local, Exact vs. Inexact
- Interpolation Algorithms
- Kriging and Semivariograms
- Surfaces and Isolines
- Density Surfaces
7. Point Pattern Analysis (Point Pattern Demo)
- Descriptive Measures
- Nearest Neighbour
- Spatial Autocorrelation
8. Network Analysis (Liquor Store Network Demo)
- Components of a Network
- Creating and Managing Networks
- Types of Network Analysis
9. Spatial Data Quality
- What is it and Why do we Care?
- Measures of Data Quality
10. GIS Implementation & Management
- Implementation vs. Management
- User Centered Approach
- Implementation Strategies
- Project Management
11. Online Mapping Services
- ArcGIS online
- ESRI Maps for Office
- Google Maps
FINAL EXAM – APRIL 18th 9 AM
Tentative Laboratory Schedule
Labs are scheduled Monday & Tuesday afternoons (1:40 – 4:30 PM) in BB 3-44, the Geomatics Lab.
|Jan 8/9||#1||Introduction to the Geodatabase Model|
|Jan 15/16||#2||Building Geospatial Databases I: Import & Construct a Geodatabase|
|Jan 22/23||#3||Building Geospatial Databases II: Creating Attribute Domains & Subtypes|
|Jan 29/30||#4||Building Geospatial Databases III: Editing Features and Annotation|
|Feb 5/6||#5||Building Spatial Databases IV: Digitizing Maps and Creating Features Classes|
|Feb 12/13||TIMED LAB MIDTERM EXAM|
|Feb 19/20||NO LAB (Louis Riel Day & Reading Week)|
|Feb 26/27||#6||Vector-based Spatial Analysis|
|Mar 5/6||#7||Raster-based Spatial Analysis: Spatial Analyst|
|Mar 12/13||#8||Creating & Analyzing Digital Elevation Models: 3D Analyst|
|Mar 19/20||#9||Point Pattern Analysis & Spatial Joins|
|Mar 26/27||#10||Network Analysis|
|April 2/3||TIMED LAB FINAL EXAM|
- Labs are normally due at the end of the current lab period or at the beginning of the following lab; this will be indicated on your assignment. Labs submitted at the end of the following lab period will be considered one day late.
- Labs submitted late will incur a 10% per day penalty.
- You may receive half marks back by resubmitting corrected lab assignments the following week—this policy will be explained in lab.
- You will be issued an account in the Geomatics Lab (BB 3-44). It is not the same as your general BU computer account. Please fill out an application form for a user account. Remember to read the agreement & sign the form before handing it in.
- If you need access to the Geomatics Lab outside of lab time, key cards to open the door are available from the lab instructor with a $10 deposit. Key cards must be returned at the end of term when your account expires in order to get your deposit back.