Geog 301

Introduction to GIS andMaps

Winter 2019

Syllabus

Credits: 4

GEOG 301

Syllabus

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with an emphasis on cartographic communication, map use in a digital environment, and the basics of ESRI GIS software.

Objectives

  1. Develop map reading and interpretation skills
  2. Understand basic cartographic concepts
  3. Learn some basics of GIS and Google Earth

Professor:

Dr. Bob Hickey
234 Dean Hall
Phone: 963-2178
e-mail: rhickey@cwu.edu
Home Page: http://www.onlinegeographer.com
(note, all class material here. Canvas will be used only for occasional announcements.

Lecture/Lab Program

  • Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 - 10:00: Dean Hall 201 or 206.

Office Hours: mon/tues 10:00-11:00 - or by appointment

Text

  • How to Lie With Maps. by Mark Monmonier. Required. 3rd edition
  • Online (or digital) reading every week.

Requirements

The following requirements are compulsory.  Failure to comply with these instructions will result in the student failing the class.

Assignments, labs, and reading writeups must be submitted by the DUE DATE to qualify for full credit unless PRIOR arrangements have been made with the professor.  Late assignments will be penalised by reducing the marks achieved by 25 percent (or .5 point, whichever is larger) for each day or part of day that the work is late. 

To pass the class, students must: achieve an overall class grade of at least 60%.

Assessment

type Percent Description
Tutorials & project 50% Lab Exercises
Attendance 5% Roll will be taken at the START of class - showing up late is the same as an absence.0-3 absences = 5 pts, 4 = 4 points, 5 = 3 points, 6 = 2 points, 7 = 1 point, >7 = 0 points.
Summaries of Articles (1% each) 9% Each friday, an outline/summary of that week's required readings will be due.  They must be typed.  A full list of the readings and the due dates is provided.
Book Review 6%  
Midterm Exam 15%  
Final Exam 15%

comprehensive.

Total 100%  

Note: students are responsible for ALL material covered in lecture (or lab), unless otherwise stated. If you miss class, BOTH check the rough outline online and at least two of your compatriot's notes.

The final exam is comprehensive.

Makeup exams will ONLY be given during the hour immediately following the final exam. Unless it is for a university sponsored activity (conference, athletics, etc) - in which case, the student must contact me at least two days prior to the exam to make arrangements. Without such early contact, the makeup will be after the final exam.

Disclaimer - the grading and point assignments shown above may change slightly during the quarter at the professor's discretion.

Misc. Rules:

The following requirements are compulsory. Failure to comply with these instructions will result in the student failing the class.

READ THIS CAREFULLY -- IT IS VERY IMPORTANT!

Copying another student's work with or without his/her knowledge or giving/receiving aid during any test or examination is cheating.

Copying an author's work without proper citation is plagiarism. Ensure that you provide proper citation in ALL WRITTEN WORK submitted in this class.

The submission for assessment of identical or nearly identical work by two or more students is collusion.

Students who engage in copying, plagiarism, or collusion will receive zero (0) points for the work submitted. And, at the professor's discretion, the student may be reported to the appropriate administrator.

At the instructor's discretion: points will be deducted for classroom interruptions. This includes (but is not limited to) cell phones - a maximum of 1 point will be deducted for every time the phone rings (not per call). Answering the phone is included as a separate distraction. For example, Johnny's phone rings three times before he answers it (not turns it off) - he could lose 4 points (same as 4% of his final grade). And will lose more if he continues to chat during class.

Grading scale:

A............................................ 93% - 100%
A-........................................... 90% - 93%
B+.......................................... 87% - 90%
B............................................ 83% - 87%
B-........................................... 80% - 83%
C+.......................................... 77% - 80%
C............................................ 73% - 77%
C-........................................... 70% - 73%
D+.......................................... 67% - 70%
D............................................ 63% - 67%
D-........................................... 60% - 63%

F          < 60%

Student conduct. Please review:

“CWU expects every member of the university community to contribute to an inclusive and respectful culture for all in its classrooms, work environments, and at campus events.”

Central Washington University is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any obstacles to learning, contact Disability Services to discuss a range of available options. Student Disability Services is located in Hogue 126. Call (509) 963-2214 or email ds@cwu.edu for more information.

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