Higher Education
 

Oregon Institute of Technology

Department of Geomatics
Jack Walker, Chair
3201 Campus Dr
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
541-885-1511
jack.walker@oit.edu
Programs: B.S. Geomatics/GIS Option
http://www.oit.edu/programs/klamath-falls/geomatics/overview

Program Description

The Geomatics Department at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) is the only ABET accredited professional surveying degree program in Oregon and Washington. The study of geomatics combines theory, problem-solving and field work in a computer-intensive curriculum that prepares students for employment and licensure as Professional Land Surveyors. In 2007 we officially opened the doors for a GIS Option within our Geomatics Department. Students now have the choice of selecting either a Surveying or GIS option for their degree. Due to the marriage of both surveying and GIS courses within the curriculum students who select the GIS option have a strong, and unique background in surveying.

The management of geospatial information, via GIS requires the application of high-level technical and analytical competencies, as well as geospatial aptitude. The ability to see a GIS project through to completion however requires fundamental project management skills as well. Students in this program combine these skills predicated on a firm understanding of spatial reference/coordinate systems, topological relationships, and statistical methods. Students graduating from this course of study will understand how to manipulate geographically based data in order to solve geospatial problems. Students learn in a project-based environment how to manage the flow of data through the project in terms of data acquisition, processing, analysis, and presentation. Within the GIS option, students are able to select individual areas of focus based on independent study and/or online courses.

5-year graduate success rate: Employed: 95%, Grad school: 2%

Course ListingUNITS
GIS 103Introduction to GIS1
GIS 105Map and Compass/GPS1
GIS 306Geospatial Raster Analysis4
GIS 205GIS Data Integration2
GIS 207Seminar1–4
GIS 306Geospatial Raster Analysis4
GIS 316Geospatial Vector Analysis I4
GIS 332Customizing the GIS Environment I4
GIS 407Seminar1–4
GIS 432Customizing the GIS Environment II4
GIS 426Geospatial Vector Analysis II4
GIS 446GIS Database Development4
GIS 456GIS Management3
GME 134Geographic Information Systems4
GME 161Plane Surveying I4
GME 162Plane Surveying II5
GME 175Computations and Platting4
GME 241Boundary Law I3
GME 242Land Descriptions and Cadastre3
GME 425Remote Sensing4
GME 451Geodesy4
GME 452Map Projections3
GME 455GNSS Surveying for GIS4
GME 468Geomatics Practicum4
CIV 112Engineering Graphics2
MIS 115Visual Basic Programming4
MIS 275Introduction to Relational Databases3
MIS 341Relational Database Design I4

Course Descriptions

GIS 103
Introduction to GIS
(1 cr)

Prerequisite: none
Lecture: 1, 1-hr lecture per wk
Laboratory: none
Introduction to concept, basic vocabulary, and use of GIS and databases. Projections and coordinate systems. Modeling real world features using vector, raster, and linear networks. Comparison of CAD, coverage, and geodatabase models. A series of self-paced tutorials on CD.

GIS 105
Introduction to GIS
(2 cr)

Prerequisite: none
Lecture: 1, 1-hr lecture per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Fundamentals of topographic maps. Use of a compass and portable GPS (Global Positioning System). Map scale, resolution, and accuracy. Projections and coordinate systems. Differenttial GPS corrections. A series of self-paced tutorials on CD followed by an extended, instructor-led field exercise conducted on a designated Saturday. Basic computer proficiency is expected.

GIS 205
GIS Data Integration
(2 cr)

Prerequisites: GIS 105 and GME 134
Lecture: 1, 1-hr lecture per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Review of differential correction. Construction and use of a data dictionary. Importing feature and non-feature data into a GIS. Data Conversion. Use of hand-held GPS/GIS units.

GIS 306
Geospatial Raster Analysis
(4 cr)

Prerequisite: GME 134
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Manipulation of raster data. Measurement scales. Map algebra. Coincidence and least-cost path modeling techniques. Use of various distance, surface, and density mapping techniques. Use of local, focal, block, and zonal statistical functions.

GIS 316
Geospatial Vector Analysis I
(4 cr)

Prerequisite: GME 134
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Coordinates, datums, projections. Labeling and annotating features. Editing of spatial and attribute data. Geocoding. Map topology. GPS data input. Overlay and proximity analysis. Spatial joins and queries. Typology and map presentation. Data storage models. Introduction to geodatabases. GIS project design fundamentals.

GIS 332
Customizing the GIS Environment I
(4 cr)

Prerequisites: GME 134 and MIS 115
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Use of VBA/OOP to modify GIS GUI environment. Introduction to programming with ArcObjects and the use/creation of forms for managing data input/display. Navigation of ArcGIS UML diagrams for the creation of customized functionality.

GIS 426
Geospatial Vector Analysis II
(4 cr)

Prerequisite: GIS 316
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Advanced techniques for geospatial analysis. Use and creation of dynamic seqmentation and geometric networks for geospatial analysis. Advanced topological relationships. Use and creation of subtypes, domains, relationship classes, and validation rules. Professional map creation skills.

GIS 432
Customizing the GIS Environment II
(4 cr)

Prerequisite: GIS 332
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Advanced use of ArcObjects to create custom GIS applications. Students will apply skills towards the solution of various geospatial mapping scenarios.

GIS 446
GIS Database Development
(4 cr)

Prerequisites: GIS 426 and MIS 113
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Advanced geodatabase design. Study, use, and creation of data models. Extensive use and creation of subtypes, domains, relationship classes, and validation rules. Students will apply skills towards the solution of various geospatial mapping scenarios.

GIS 456
GIS Management
(3 cr)

Prerequisites: GIS 426 and GIS 446
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: none
Discussion of how to implement a GIS of any scope. Role of information products in implementation process. Creation of a data design. Selection of an appropriate data model. Hardware, software and personal requirements.

GME 134
Geographic Information Systems
(4 cr)

Prerequisites: CIV 112 or GIS 103
Lecture: 2, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 2, 3-hr laboratories per wk
Use of vector data, editing and querying of spatial and attribute data. Relating spatial and attribute data. Introduction to elements of map design. Shapefile-KML and CAD-GIS data conversion. Use of raster data, analyzing raster surfaces. Introduction to map algebra. Extensive use of ArcGIS™ software.

GME 161
Plane Surveying I
(4 cr)

Corequisite: MATH 111
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Fundamental concepts of plane surveying including theory of measurements, systematic and random errors. Distance and angle measurement using total stations and differential leveling. Calculation of bearings, azimuths, coordinates, area and traverse adjustments. Introduction to horizontal and vertical curve computations.

GME 162
Plane Surveying II
(5 cr)

Prerequisites: GME 161, MATH 112
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 2, 3-hr laboratories per wk
Digital theodolites and data collectors, instrument testing and observational error analysis. Theory of leveling. Solar observation and computation. E.D.M. use and calibration. Field labs including solar observations, traversing, leveling and horizontal curve layout. Introduction to COGO software.

GME 175
Computations and Platting
(4 cr)

Prerequisite: GME 161
Corequisite: CIV 112
Lecture: 2, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 2, 3-hr laboratories per wk
Coordinate geometry concepts with emphasis on manual solutions to standard surveying computations. Introduction to HP calculator use and programming. Introduction to map composition and platting using industry standard software.

GME 241
Boundary Law I
(3 cr)

Prerequisites: GME 161,WRI 121 or instructor consent
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: None
Statute law, common law, and legal principles relating to land boundaries. Each student will be required to use the county law library to research assigned cases.

GME 242
Land Descriptions and Cadastre
(3 cr)

Prerequisites: GME 161, GME 241, both with grade "C" or better
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: None
Real property descriptions and land record systems. Emphasis on interpreting and writing land descriptions, and introduction to researching records in various Land Information Systems.

GME 425
Remote Sensing
(4 cr)

Prerequisites: MATH 252, PHY 222
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Overview of remote sensing and photogrammetry; geometry of vertical aerial and satellite images including parallax and stereopairs. Analytical photogrammetry collinearity and coplanarity equations and orientation matrices. Students use Leica Photogrammetry Suite software to orient an image strip, create a DEM and orthorectify an image.

GME 451
Geodesy
(4 cr)

Prerequisite: MATH 254N
Lecture: 4, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: None
Size and shape of the earth. Geometry of the reference ellipsoid. Spherical, ellipsoidal and local coordinate systems. Coordinate transformations in 2-D and 3-D. Datums and datum conversion. Reduction of field observations to the ellipsoid. The geoid, orthometric heights, and leveling.

GME 452
Map Projections
(3 cr)

Prerequisite: GME 451 with grade "C" or better
Lecture: 2, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Overview of map projections used in cartography, and conformal map projections used in the geomatics profession. Emphasis on state plane coordinate systems and local map projections. Extensive use of Excel for analysis and computations.

GME 455
GNSS Surveying for GIS
(4 cr)

Prerequisite: GME 451 with grade "C" or better
Lecture: 2, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 2, 3-hr laboratories per wk
Study of the theory and operation of the Global Positioning System and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems. Design of GPS networks in accordance with current standards and specifications. Laboratory exercises introduce the student to a variety of GNSS applications.

GME 468
Geomatics Practicum
(4 cr)

Prerequisites: GME 444, GME 452, GME 454, and GME 466
Lecture: 1, 1-hr lecture per wk
Laboratory: 1, 9-hr laboratory per wk
Students participate in projects which integrate spatial positioning (GPS, geodesy, adjustments), boundary law, and L/GIS applications. Student teams perform research, establish and adjust a control network, perform field mapping. Students prepare final reports and L/GIS products.

CIV 112
Engineering Graphics
(2 cr)

Prerequisites: None
Lecture: None
Laboratory: 2, 3-hr laboratories per wk
Graphical communication in civil engineering using computer aided drafting software. Emphasis on 2D with introduction to 3D methodologies, using industry standard software. Includes development of drawings related to civil engineering projects such as roads, subdivisions and buildings, development of scaled plots and reading of engineering drawings.

MIS 115
Visual BASIC Programming
(4 cr)

Prerequisite: MATH 100 or instructor consent
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
Computer concepts and problem solving methods in the Windows environment using Visual BASIC. Topics include algorithms, simple data types, condition and iterative structures, functions and procedures, and the programdocumentation.

MIS 275
Introduction to Relational Databases
(3 cr)

Prerequisites: None
Lecture: 2, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
The relational model, DBMS functions, administration, design methodology, normalization, QBE and SQL. Hands-on design, development and use of a database system using the Microsoft Access software including queries, updates, reports, forms, macros and application systems.

MIS 341
Relational Database Design I
(4 cr)

Prerequisites: CST 311 or MIS 275, and MATH 111 with grade "C" or better
Lecture: 3, 1-hr lectures per wk
Laboratory: 1, 3-hr laboratory per wk
A comprehensive study of SQL and PL/SQL using the Oracle relational database management system. Hands-on training will include the use of PL/SQL and SQL*PLUS, database creation, data queries, view definitions and use, operators and functions, triggers, calculation, indexing, cursors and data manipulation.


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