Higher Education

Vancouver Island University, British Columbia

Department of Geography
Alan Gilchrist, Coordinator
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5
Toll Free: 1.888.920.2221, local 2624, Phone (Nanaimo): 250.753.3245, local 2624
Email: alan.gilchrist@viu.ca
Web Site: http://viu.ca/adgisa

 

Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications

Description of Program:

Students have the option of taking the ADGISA Program either face-to-face or online. The face-to-face is an intensive, 8-month program where students have the opportunity to interact with instructors and colleagues in a classroom setting and engage in a work-study practicum. The online version extends over a 16-month period and has been designed for those unable to relocate to Nanaimo, British Columbia for the face-to-face option. ADGISA Face-To-Face begins in September and ADGISA Online begins each January.

In both options, students learn how to will learn to use GIS as a spatial information and problem-solving tool in addressing real-world issues or problems. The face-to-face program has a 9 credit work-study practicum; the online version includes course work with a number of GIS project assignments. The range of GIS skills acquired in each version of the ADGISA program are the same - a skill set where graduates are well positioned to secure full-time employment in the field of GIS.

ESRI's ArcGIS is the main software package used in the delivery of these programs. Published materials and instructional courseware packages provide support for some of the courses. A select number of course modules, available through ESRI's Virtual Campus, are incorporated into the delivery of specific courses. Use of these modules enables students and instructors to keep pace with changes in the world's most popular GIS package – ArcGIS.

Both face-to-face and online ADGISA program options are delivered as a package. Although the program structure and delivery differs, the student learning outcomes are the same. Each course is worth 3 credits, with the exception of GEOG 591 - GIS Applications Project, which is worth 9 credits.

Course Listing (Sept – April – face-to-face): UNITS
GEOG 501 – Foundations of Geographic Information Systems 3 credits
GEOG 511 – Geodatabases 3 credits
GEOG 521 – General Spatial Analysis 3 credits
GEOG 523 – Advanced Applied Spatial Analysis 3 credits
GEOG 531 – Visual Programming for GIS 3 credits
GEOG 581 – Management Issues in GIS 3 credits
GEOG 591 – GIS Applications Project (Practicum) 9 credits
GEOG 593 – Internet GIS 3 credits
   
TOTAL UNITS30 credits

Electives List: N/A

Course Listing (January start - online): UNITS
GEOG 501 – Foundations of Geographic Information Systems 3 credits
GEOG 511 – Geodatabases 3 credits
GEOG 521 – General Spatial Analysis 3 credits
GEOG 523 – Advanced Applied Spatial Analysis 3 credits
GEOG 524 – Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing 3 credits
GEOG 525 – Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Survey Analysis 3 credits
GEOG 530 – Programming Foundations 3 credits
GEOG 531 – Visual Programming for GIS 3 credits
GEOG 581 – Management Issues in GIS 3 credits
GEOG 593 – Internet GIS 3 credits
   
TOTAL UNITS30 credits

Electives List: N/A

Description of Courses:

GEOG 501 (3) Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) theory and applications. Learn how geo-referenced data are captured, stored, analyzed, retrieved and produced using industry-standard software. Topics include: spatial data, data quality, vector and raster data models, map projections, coordinate systems, cartographic design principles, and sources of spatial data, including remotely-sensed data. (8:0:16 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: Introductory level courses in: GIS

GEOG 511 (3) Geodatabases
An introduction to the structure and use of geodatabases. Topics include general database theory, instruction and practical exercises relating to the geodatabase structure, and the use of versioning to control multi-user access to large spatial databases. Students will also explore the personal geodatabase, coverage, and shapefile structures. (8:0:16 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: Introductory level courses in: GIS

GEOG 521 (3) General Spatial Analysis
An introduction to spatial analysis techniques that addresses effective uses of GIS in solving real-world problems. Topics include analyzing tabular data, creating useful information from GIS data, displaying spatial information, editing vector and raster data, designing raster or vector models, and selecting overlay tools to obtain desired information from geographic data. (8:0:16 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: Introductory level courses in: GIS

GEOG 523 (3) Advanced Applied Spatial Analysis
An advanced course in spatial analysis and GIS modeling that examines a range of techniques for different spatial applications. Topics include 3D terrain and hydrological analysis, geo-statistical analysis, network analysis, working with remote sensing and GPS data, and GIS modeling. Case studies are examined and assessed. (8:0:16 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: Introductory level courses in: GIS

GEOG 524 (3) Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
Develops skills and techniques to acquire, enhance, interpret, and analyze aerial-photography and digital imagery using visual and computer-based methods for a wide range of applications. Topics include basics of electromagnetic radiation, imaging systems (with special attention to satellites), digital data, landscape interpretation, and digital image processing techniques. (8:0:16 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: Introductory level courses in: GIS

GEOG 525 (3) Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Survey Analysis
An introduction to global positioning systems (GPS) and survey analysis designed to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the use of GPS receivers as tools for data entry into GIS. Topics include basic procedures of surveying and how COGO can be used to precisely enter survey data into GIS. (8:0:16 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: Introductory level courses in: GIS

GEOG 530 (3) Programming Foundations
An introduction to programming techniques for GIS applications, including programming using conditional execution structures, looping mechanisms, and class modules in the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) environment. (8:0:16 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: Introductory level courses in: GIS

GEOG 531 (3) Visual Programming for GIS
Develops skills and techniques in GIS customization and development. Topics include extending ArcGIS functionality using ArcObjects; an introduction to Visual Basic.NET; writing applications with ArcGIS Engine; and writing geoprocessing scripts with Python. (8:0:16 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: Introductory level courses in: GIS

GEOG 581 (3) Management Issues In GIS
Explores the planning, design, and execution of a GIS-based project. Students will define objectives, identify data sources, and outline analytical procedures to be used in a selected project. Additional topics include management of GIS projects in progress and issues surrounding data quality and error propagation. (8:0:16 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: Introductory level courses in: GIS

GEOG 591 (9) GIS Applications Project: Practicum
A nine-week GIS applications project undertaken independently or under the auspices of a sponsor. Implementation of the project designed in GEOG 581. Project intended to strengthen a student's technical, communication, interpersonal skills and employment opportunities. Presentation of project findings is delivered as part of GEOG 593 course. (0:0:0-135 for 9 weeks)

Prerequisite: GEOG 581

GEOG 593 (3) Internet GIS
Explores the impact the Internet has had on the display of GIS information. Examines different ways to display geographical data and analyzes different Internet mapping systems. GIS-like web applications are designed, including the production of animations. HTML, CSS, XML, and JavaScript languages, Google Maps API, ArcGIS API and ArcGIS Server are used to build and customize Internet mapping sites. (8:0:16 for 2 weeks)

Prerequisite: GEOG 581.

Electives Course List: N/A

 

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