Higher Education
 

Lane Community College

Social Science Division
Lynn Songer, Eric Sproles, Instructors
4000 East 30th Ave.
Eugene, OR, 97405
(541) 463- 5493

Description of Program

GIS at Lane Community College is a series of four course designed to articulate with GIS course offerings at locale universities and to prepare students for internship opportunities in the community. Students who complete the four classes earn an Oregon Pathways Certificate, which signifies completion of a less-than-one-year emphasis program. We are currently designing a one-year certificate program which will include GIS course in water resource mapping and analysis, remote sensing, spatial data collection, and student internships.

Course Listing (GIS Sequence): CREDITS
GIS 245 4
GIS 246 4
GIS 247 4
GIS 248 4
  TOTAL UNITS 16

Course Descriptions:

GIS 245 - 4 Credits - Maps and Spatial Information          
This course will provide an introduction to cartographic principles needed to understand geographic information science. The course will explore global reference and coordinate systems, maps and generalization, types of maps; topographic, thematic, remote mapping and GIS. During the course, students will be introduced to ArcMap. It is assumed that students have no prior knowledge about GIS. This course serves as foundation course in the GIS sequence. Students should have an understanding of basic computer literacy concepts, and have experience using the Windows operating system and applications software. CIS 101 Computer Fundamentals, or CS 120 Concepts of Computing are recommended. Math 60 or above is required.

GIS 246 - 4 Credits - Introduction to GIS
This course is the second in the series of Geographical Information Science courses and will focus on the development of skills and techniques used to create, analyze, and display spatial data in a geographic information system. The following skills and techniques will be emphasized: data management, map digitizing, map editing. Students are recommended to co-enroll in CIS 247. Students should have an understanding of basic computer literacy concepts, and have experience using the Windows operating system and applications software. CIS 101 Computer Fundamentals, or CS 120 Concepts of Computing are recommended. Math 65 and GIS245 or above is required.

CIS 247 - 4 Credits - Information Analysis and Visualization

This course introduces the field of information analysis; how information is designed, organized, analyzed, visualized, used and misused. The course emphasizes the use of software tools to work with data to communicate information effectively through descriptive statistics and narratives, graphical visualization and map applications. Students should have an understanding of basic computer literacy concepts, and have experience using the Windows operating system and applications software. CIS 101 Computer Fundamentals, or CS 120 Concepts of Computing are recommended. Math 65 and GIS245 or above is required.

GIS 248 - 4 Credits - Applications in GIS
This course will provide advanced experience in Geographic Information System (GIS) concepts and applications. This course builds on the experience and knowledge gained in GIS 245 GIS 246 and CIS 247. Students will gain practical experience by performing a number of GIS tasks such as: database development, design, document conversion, analysis and training. Experience will be gained via real-world, applied, capstone projects. GIS 246 is required.

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