Higher Education
 

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California

College of the Extended University
Michael Reibel, Professor, Geography & Anthropology Department
3801 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
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GIS Certificate Program

Description of Program:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) informally describe the fields of geospatial analysis, cartography, remote sensing and global positioning systems. GIS is the geospatial discipline that focuses on the technologies and software applications used for geospatial data-related and analysis tasks. GIS background training and preparation include technical geography such as location coordinate systems and map projections as well as methodologies (e.g. data acquisition, data processing, geodatabase structure, spatial statistical analysis, and quality control) required to develop and maintain organizational spatial data resources and to correctly interpret spatial data. GIS helps end users analyze and optimize network, transportation and routing systems, retail and service locations, land use, resource monitoring in the natural and man-made environments, emergency response planning, crime and health hot spots, and many other spatial issues in the private and public sectors. GIS end users, researchers and developers are found in business, marketing, landscape architecture, land surveying, geography, urban planning, local government, the legal profession, law enforcement, health care, education, international development, agriculture, biology, water resources, environmental conservation, epidemiology, aeronautics, transportation, archaeology, defense, computer programming, and many other fields that use spatially referenced information. The certificate program consists of four one-day courses; each taught on a Saturday in our state-of-the-art GIS training facility. The curriculum is flexible, consisting of two core courses and two electives. Students who complete the core courses and any two elective courses will satisfy the requirements for the GIS certificate. The currently available courses are listed below. Additional specialized courses are planned for the near future.

Course Listing: UNITS
Fundamentals of GIS 0
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This course introduces the fundamentals of geographic information technologies, beginning with the characteristics spatial data structure and format. Concepts and techniques taught in the class are: coordinate and projection systems, maps and map design (cartography), and basic GIS functions using ArcGIS version 10 software. Students will perform common GIS tasks such as query, display, download and conversion between formats of spatial data. Design and layout techniques of geospatial data are also taught. Lab exercises examine real world problems that are addressed using the techniques and concepts taught.
 
GIS Data and Geodatabases (Core) 0
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6GISC-1201
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This course introduces GIS data development and analysis for the solving of spatial problems in a lab format. Through hands-on demonstrations and exercises students will learn geodatabase development, integration of web-based data sources, data preparation and conversion, management of spatial data, and integration of GIS with CAD and image processing software. By the end of the course students will be able to develop, manage, and analyze spatial data to support preliminary decision-making and policy implementation. Basic knowledge of cartographic principles is assumed.
 
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GIS Customization (Elective) 0
6GISC-1301
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This course introduces GIS customization using basic VBA, C# and .NET programming concepts and techniques used in developing ArcGIS applications. It uses hands-on labs and exercises to teach fundamentals of visual programming, interactive customization of the ArcGIS graphical user interface (GUI), as well as programming with GIS components (ArcObjects). After finishing this course, students should have a solid understanding of GIS customization with VB.NET.
 
Web Based GIS (Elective) 0
6GISC-1401
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The class explores dynamic web based map development processes using ArcServer.Through exercises and mini projects, students will learn to develop web based maps with ArcServer tools and to publish web based maps using ArcServer . Applications of web-based mapping will also be explored. Introductory GIS knowledge is assumed.
 
GIS Analysis I: Vector Processing and Analysis (Elective) 0
6GISC-1501
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This course introduces intermediate and advanced GIS vector data geoprocessing and the analysis of vector data. It uses hands-on labs and exercises to teach fundamentals of vector data extraction and map overlay processes, object buffering and proximity computations, vector data transformation, merging and generalization in ArcGIS 10.
 
 
GIS Analysis II: Raster Processing and Analysis (Elective) 0
6GISC-1601
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This course introduces GIS raster data geoprocessing and the analysis of raster data. It uses hands-on labs and exercises to teach fundamentals of raster data processing, including raster data extraction, data transformation, merging and generalization in ArcGIS 10. Concepts in raster GIS analysis, including overlay analysis and 3D visualization are also introduced.