Summer 2019

COURSE DESCRIPTION 
This is an Intro to intermediate-level GIS class. This class covers some of the most common GIS analysis techniques used by planners and designers and focuses on the methods of spatial analysis and their applications to urban issues. This course introduces GIS software and applications in the context of daily life as an urban planning student as well as in the professional urban planning practice. This course aims to enable planners to fully exploit GIS as analysis, visualization, and presentation tools. 
This class involves intensive GIS lab exercises. Through these GIS labs, the instructor will introduce different GIS analysis functions and demonstrate their applications with real urban projects. The set of software used in this course includes: ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox. The overall goals of this class are: 

  1. To obtain working knowledge of the GIS software commonly used in planning practice and develop students’ analytical capabilities. 
  2. To learn to communicate spatially using GIS tools with the general public, clients, and professionals. 

The course will run as a lecture/lab combination and explore many basic geo-spatial analysis techniques using ArcGIS, including: 

  1. Data Acquisition, File Organization, Map production 
  2. GIS/Query & Vector Analysis w/ Map Overlay 
  3. Raster Analysis w/ Spatial Analyst 
  4. Presenting Census Data in GIS 

Students are also encouraged to form study groups to discuss and practice GIS analysis together.