Higher Education

North Central Kansas Technical College

GIS/GPS Technology
Clint Offutt, Dept. Chair/Instructor
3033 US 24 HWY
Beloit, KS 67420
(785) 738-9082

Description of Program

The GIS/GPS Technology Program provides training in global positioning systems, graphical information systems, surveying, AutoCAD, and Remote Sensing. Students will design and construct a fully integrated GIS database, as well as be proficient in applying survey data to the database.

Program Outcomes

  • Understand basic theories and concepts of GIS, GPS, RS, and cartography.
  • Perform routine GIS mapping functions.
  • Perform GPSA surveys and data collections using advanced techniques.
  • Design, construct, and manage geodatabases.
  • Demonstrate advanced GIS analysis and modeling techniques.
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot common computer information technology problems.
  • Execute geospatial technology project management tasks.

Course Code/Course Title/Credits

ACIT-100 Computer Concepts 2
ACIT-101 Operating Systems 3
ACIT-105 Help Desk 1
GIS-100 Intro to GIS Architecture 3
TNT-140 Computer Networks I 3

ACIT-204 Database Applications 2
ACIT-106 PC Servicing and Upgrade 4
GIS-101 Intro to Geospatial Technologies 3
TNT-230 Computer Networks II 3

GIS-200 Advanced GIS Applications 4
GIS-201 Advanced GPS Applications 5
GIS 204 Advanced Geospatial Technologies 3

ACIT-208 Computer Security 2
ACIT-209 Essentials of Project Management 2
GIS-205 Geodatabase Management 3
GIS-210 GIS/GPS Project Development 3
TNT-250 LAN/WAN Design 4

Communications (6 cr. hrs.)
COM-103 English Composition I 3
COM-105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
Computer Science (3 cr. hrs.)
CIS-108 Advanced Computer Applications 3
Math Choose One (3 cr. hrs.)
MA-101 Business Math 3
MA-110 Intermediate Algebra 3
MA-111 College Algebra 3
Social Sciences (3 cr. hrs.)
SS-100 General Psychology 3
Electives Choose One (3 cr. Hrs.)
SOC-135 Introduction to Sociology (or) 3
SS-105 Human Growth & Development (or) 3
BMGT-108 Business Management/Entrepreneurship 3

Description of Courses

Intro to GIS Architecture

This introductory course will give the student introduction to hardware and software components, applications and introduction to data structures and basic functions. The student will explore issues in operational and management issues. Hands on experience will be gained using a commercial GIS software package.

Intro to Geospatial Technology
3 Credits

This course introduces spatial referencing concepts and global position systems. The course introduces software systems that are used to collect and layer GPS data into usable information formats.

Advanced GIS Applications
4 Credits

This course explores GIS algorithms, data structures, and advanced computational topics. The course also addresses traditional planning and management techniques, as well as application of GIS to solve specific planning problems.

Advanced GPS Applications
5 Credits

This course explores the more advanced GPS applications such as sub-meter accuracy surveying techniques, geodetic surveying GPS reference beacons, and the use of electronic GPS coordinated survey equipment.

Advanced Geospatial Technologies
3 Credits

This course presents a wide variety of real-world settings for GIS analysis and decision making. Students learn methods for planning and executing GIS projects from more involved group investigations and independent study. Topics covered include analyzing hazardous emergency situations, using demographic data for analysis of population growth and urbanization trends, and using GIS to create reliable location intelligence that results in sound decisions. The course also covers the advanced geospatial topics of remote sensing, cartography, and GIS spatial analysis.

Geodatabase Management
3 Credits

The geodatabase is the ESRI data model that allows feature to be modeled more realistically than ever before. This course covers all the basics and introduces the more advanced functionality that makes the geodatabase such a powerful data model. Students will be able to get started working with geodatabase right away and understand the range of functionality that the geodatabase offers.

GIS/GPS Project Development
3 Credits

In this course the student will take an example of a real world GIS project, address the issues in a production environment, and complete the project using GIS application software.

Advanced Computer Applications
3 Credits

This course is an in-depth introduction to Microsoft Office. The student will learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Students will be exposed to practical examples of using the computer as a useful tool. Integration of data between the four software programs will be used to show the usefulness of data from one application to the other.

Computer Concepts
2 Credits

This course is an introduction to computer technology, history of the computer industry, and its effect on society. Students will discover the components of a system and how they interact, how software controls the hardware and the latest application software. Basic terminology and designs of Local Area Networks (LAN) will also be featured.

Operating Systems
3 Credits

This course introduces the students to the features and maintenance of Windows. Topics include operating systems fundamentals, installation, configuration and upgrading, and diagnosing and troubleshooting. Networking capabilities will also be discussed.

Help Desk
1 Credit

This class will allow students to answer computer questions using the telephone or e-mail. Customer service skills including technical writing, listening and communications skills, handling difficult customers situations and solving and preventing problems will be discussed.

PC Servicing & Upgrade
4 Credits

Introduction to various hardware and software aspects of a microcomputer system including power supplies, microprocessors, input/output configurations, hard drives, modems, sound cards, video cards and mother boards.

Database Applications
2 Credits

Introductory course in compiling and manipulating collections of related data for immediate information retrieval and update. Investigation of hierarchical and relational databases. Design and manipulation including sorting, selection and printing reports, lists and mailing labels.

Computer Security
2 Credits

This course introduces the fundamentals of computer security, beginning at the home desktop and progressing through a large Local Area Network with multiple nodes. The student will learn basic theory of virus protection and delve deeply into the theories of intrusion detection and securing both the physical premise equipment as well as the network and the information stored within it. The student upon completion will be able to demonstrate proficiency in hardware and software security devices. Pre-requisite: Passing grade in TNT-140 and TNT-230.

Essentials of Project Management
2 Credits

This course applies the nine areas of project management: project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk and procurement management as well as the five process groups: initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing to information technology projects. Project Management 2007 software will be utilized to develop these projects. Pre-requisite: Passing grade ACIT-110 or CIS-108.

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