Higher Education
 

Weber State University

Department of Geosciences
Dr. Danny M. Vaughn
2507 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2507
(801) 626-7954
E-mail: dvaughn@weber.edu
Web site: weber.edu/geosciences
Geomatics: Applied Computer Mapping

Program Description

Geomatics encompasses several related disciplines under the umbrella of the applied mapping sciences. Rather than identify a single discipline such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for a Certificate, this program provides a broad foundation in GIS, remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) mapping, computer-assisted cartography, and image interpretation.

The program is grounded on fundamentals in each of the mapping sciences, and functionally provides a suite of research tools actively used to resolve "real world" geospatial (geo - earth, spatial - any feature that resides on the Earth's surface) problems. Computer-assisted methods and procedures; mapping theory, concept, and design; and image interpretation and analysis are emphasized through a rigorous set of laboratory exercises using digital data, maps, and imagery from a variety of resources (Internet web sites, local, state, and federal agencies).

A Certificate is awarded to recognize satisfactory completion of a prescribed set of courses that address principles in Geomatics (applied computer mapping). This program is suitable for anyone who currently holds a degree, or is actively working towards the completion of a degree. The certificate is particularly attractive to people in the professional workforce that are engaged in applied spatial analysis*, and who would like formal instruction and training resulting in a certificate without pursuing a major area of study leading to a baccalaureate degree.

Participants in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree, however, may also select the certificate program when it is not practical to include a minor in geospatial analysis (e.g. Applied Environmental Geoscience majors).

A selected sample of degree programs that will compliment the Certificate include Applied Environmental Geosciences, Geology, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Geography, Archaeology, or a combination of three emphasis areas for a bachelors of integrated studies (B.I.S.) degree. The Certificate will serve to improve employment opportunities for students engaged in the mapping sciences.

Course Listing: UNITS
Geosci 3400 - Remote Sensing I 4 semester hours
Geosci 4400 - Remote Sensing II: Advanced Digital Image Processing 4 semester hours
Geosci 4210 - Introduction to Computer Mapping and Geographic Information Systems 4 semester hours
Geosci 4220 - Technical and Application Issues in Geographic Information Systems 4 semester hours
TOTAL UNITS16 semester hours

Electives List: Select a minimum of 6 semester hours from the following:  
 
IS&T SI2110 - Software Development I 3 semester hours
IS&T 2130 - Software Development II 3 semester hours
IS&T 2510 - Database Design and Implementation 3 semester hours
CS S11023 - Selected Programming Language 4 semester hours

Course Descriptions

Geosci 3400
Remote Sensing I
4 semester hours

PREREQUISITE: Math QL1040 and either Phsx PS2020 and PS2020L or Phsx PS2220 and PS2220L; or consent of instructor.
DEPARTMENTAL RECOMMENDATION (S):
LECTURE: yes. Three 50 minute lectures per week.
LABORATORY: yes. One, three-hour lab per week.
An introduction to traditional photographic analysis and digital image processing of remotely sensed imagery (satellite and low-altitude aerial platforms) for Earth scientists. An assessment of the electromagnetic spectrum with regard to specific ranges of reflected and emitted energy as a means of identifying, interpreting, and analyzing earth surface phenomena. Image processing techniques are introduced through ERDAS Imagine software.

Geosci 4400
Remote Sensing II: Advanced Digital Image Processing
4 semester hours

PREREQUISITE: Geosci 3400
DEPARTMENTAL RECOMMENDATION (S):
LECTURE: yes. Two 50 minute lectures per week.
LABORATORY: yes. Two, three-hour labs per week.
A laboratory intensive assessment of digital (raster) imagery using advanced computer-assisted digital processing procedures with an emphasis on quantitative statistical analysis through ERDAS Imagine image processing software. The focus is on feature classification of multi spectral imagery, principal componenets analysis, georectification, and error assessment. Advanced level global positioning system (GPS) mapping techinques are also undertaken.

Geosci 4210
Introduction to Computer Mapping and Geographic Information Systems
4 semester hours

Technical and Applicational Issues in GIS
PREREQUISITE: A demonstrated proficiency in DOS and WINDOWS operating systems through completion of TBE 2200 or concurrent registration or satisfactory results on the computer proficiency exam, or consent of instructor.
DEPARTMENTAL RECOMMENDATION (S):
LECTURE: yes. Three 50 minute lectures per week.
LABORATORY: yes. One, three-hour lab per week.
Principles of spatial analysis including data base design, data input, and spatial modeling in the context of an information system using ArcView and ArcInfo software. The nature of computer mapping is examined with an emphasis on scale, minimum mapping unit, topology, and projected mapped features.

Geosci 4220
Technical and Applications Issues in GIS
4 semester hours

PREREQUISITE: Geosci 4210
DEPARTMENTAL RECOMMENDATION (S):
LECTURE: yes. Two 50 minute lectures per week.
LABORATORY: yes. Two, three-hour lab per week.
A capstone course in geospatial analysis in which data entry, data manipulation, advanced spatial modeling, and analysis are addressed through the completion of a formally proposed research project addressing a spatial problem using the computer as a modeling instrument. Advanced level, computer-intensive applications and quantitative analysis are employed using ArcInfo, ArcView, Surfer, and ERDAS Imagine software, in concert with optical scanning, digitizing, and global positioning systems (GPS) technology.

Electives Course List: Select a minimum of 6 hours from the following:

IS&T 2110
Software Development I
3 semester hours

PREREQUISITE: Math 1050
DEPARTMENTAL RECOMMEDATION (S):
LECTURE: yes.
LABORATORY: no.
Introduce the student to the fundamentals of software development including tools, techniques, logic, and flow control. Students will apply these techniques while mastering the fundamentals of a programming language.

IS&T 2130
Software Development II
3 semester hours

PREREQUISITE: IS&T 2110
DEPARTMENTAL RECOMMEDATION (S):
LECTURE: yes.
LABORATORY: no.
This course builds on the software development skills learned in IS&T 2110. The course continues with the intermediate features of software development language. Topics covered include program constructs, file management techniques, and software development practices and methodologies for a multi-tiered, distributed computing environment.

IS&T 2510
Database Design & Implementation
3 semester hours

PREREQUISITES: IS&T 2110
DEPARTMENTAL RECOMMEDATION (S):
LECTURE: yes.
LABORATORY: no.
This course provides a comprehensive coverage of business database systems. Students will learn how to design, implement, and manage databases. They will also learn how to use structured query language (SQL).

CS Sl1023
Selected Programming Language
3 semester hours

PREREQUISITE: Previous experience with PC DOS and Windows and basic skills in algebra.
DEPARTMENTAL RECOMMEDATION (S):
LECTURE: yes.
LABORATORY: no.
Introduction and application fo the most implementation of a selected programming language to the solution of technical and scientific problems. The language for a particular instance of this course will be based upon demand.

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