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TENTATIVE SYLLABUS - GEOGRAPHY 525- UW-Milwaukee
GEOGRAPHY 525, Spring 2016 (01/25 – 05/10)
Geographic Information Science
Lectures: TR 9:30 - 10:45AM @ BOL B92
Instructor: Zengwang Xu
Office: Bolton 410C
Office Hours: TR 2-4 PM or by appoint.
Telephone: 414-229-4874
E-Mail: [email protected]
Teaching Assistant: TBD
Office: Bolton
Office Hours: TBD
Telephone: TBD
E-Mail: TBD
COURSE DESCRIPTION
COURSE REQUIREMENTS
1. ATTENDANCE: Class attendance and
participation are required except verified
emergency.
2. LABS/ASSSIGNMENTS: See lab syllabus for
details. The laboratory exercises will require
the use of ArcGIS 10.2 software.
3. FINAL PROJECT FOR GRADUATE
STUDENT: A final project is required for
graduate students. Detailed project requirement
will be announced through D2l. A final report
(10-20 pages double space), Geodatabase
compiled, and progress reports (online or in
class) will be required.
4 TIME APPROXIMATION, for this semester, an
average student is expected to spend the
following amount of time (hrs) in this class:
time in classroom (40), time spent online
REQUIRED TEXTS (RESERVED IN LIBRARY) reading lecture and other materials (13), time in
discussions online or in persons (8), time in
Textbook:
laboratories (22), time taking exams (4), time in
Chang, Kang-tsung, 2014,
tutorials (44), time for completing assignments
Introduction to Geographic
(22), and time for preparation and study (39).
Information Systems, McGraw-Hill,
8th edition. ISBN: 978-0-07GRADING AND EVALUATION
809513-9
This course is an advanced undergraduate class,
as well as an introductory graduate class on
geographic information science (GIS). The
fundamental concepts, theories, and the state-ofthe-art techniques of GIS will be emphasized.
The course will introduce the map projections
and coordinate systems, vector and raster data
models, geodatabase management and query, and
generic spatial data analyses. The GIS technique
will be practiced in the computer laboratory using
ArcGISTM version 10.2.2. Students will be asked
to attend the lectures and labs, and assessed by
weekly lab assignments, in-class and online
quizzes, class project (for graduate students only)
and examinations.
Undergraduate:
Lab book:
Price, Maribeth, 2015, Mastering
ArcGIS, McGraw-Hill, 7th edition,
ISBN: 978-0-07-809514-6.
1. Examinations (50% of class grade) There
will be a mid-term and a final examination for
this course (20% for midterm and 30% for
final).
Both are reserved in library.
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TENTATIVE SYLLABUS - GEOGRAPHY 525- UW-Milwaukee
2. Laboratory exercises (30% of class grade)
Weekly lab assignments will be given and
collected. Late penalty may apply.
3. Class & Online participation (5%&5%)
Attendance and participation in class discussion
are expected to all students. Quizzes and other
assignments may be given in class as a
component of class participation. Participation
to the online Q&A forum will be counted as
online participation.
4. Online quizzes (10%) will be given via D2l
during the semester.
D2L
Announcements, lecture slides, lab instructions,
and grades will be distributed through D2l. It is
students’ responsibility to check your D2l
account regularly.
SOFTWARE
ArcGISTM version 10.2.2. A free one-year
student version of ArcGIS 10.2.2 will be
distributed to students of this class. This version
of the ArcGIS is fully functional. Students can
install it in their own computers. Thanks to ESRI.
Graduate:
1. Examinations (35% of class grade) There
will be a mid-term and a final examination for
this course (15% for midterm, 20% for final).
2. Laboratory exercises (30% of class grade)
Weekly lab assignments will be given and
collected. Late penalty may apply.
3. Class project (15% of class grade)
A project that focuses on a GIS application is
required for graduate students only. Detailed
requirements will be announced in class and
through D2l.
5.Class &Online participation (5%&5%) Attendance and participation in class discussion
are expected for all students. Quizzes and other
assignments may be given in classes as a
component of class participation. Participation
to the online Q&A forum will be counted as
online participation.
4. Online quizzes (10%) through D2l will be
given during the semester.
COMPUTING HELP
If you have a computer or computing problem,
you can always consider the UWM Help Desk
(https://www4.uwm.edu/uits/help/help_desk/inde
x.cfm) a potential help.
Telephone: (414) 229-4040
Email: [email protected]
Location: Bolton 225
This may include (but not limited to) the unusual
problems in D2l, managing folders and files using
Windows Explorer, transferring files using an
FTP server, or installing software on your own
personal computer.
POLICIES
Please be advised that Geography 525 abides by
all the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s
official policies on disabilities, religious
observances, active military duty, incompletes,
discriminatory conduct, academic misconduct,
complaint procedures, and grade appeal
procedures. For more information, please see the
following link,
http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SecU/SyllabusLinks.pdf.
Some of them are specified as follows,
Grading Scale:
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A = 90-100%, A- = 87-89.99%
B+ = 83-86.99%, B = 80-82.99%, B- =
77-79.99%
C+ = 73-76.99%, C = 70-72.99%, C- =
67-69.99%
D+ = 63-66.99%, D = 60-62.99%, D- =
57-59.99%
F = 0-56.99%
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Students with disabilities. If you need special
accommodations due to disability reason, please
submit your VISA from the Student Accessibility
Center within the first two weeks of the
semester, and inform me your specific
accommodation requirement with the VISA. I’ll
be happy to make due arrangements. For more
information, see the following link,
http://www4.uwm.edu/sac/SACltr.pdf
November 16
December 7
January 5
Religious observances. If you require
accommodations for absences due to religious
observance, I’ll be happy to make due
arrangements. Please note you’re required to
notify me within the first three weeks of the
beginning of classes (within the first week of
summer session and short courses), of the specific
days or dates on which you will request relief
from an examination or other academic
requirements. I will try my best to schedule
accommodations before or after the regular
schedule. For more information, please see the
following,
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/docs/other/S1.5.htm
January 21
January 24
January 25
January 29
February 5
February 6
Students called to active military duty. I will
try my best to accommodate the absences due to
call-up of reserves to active military duty. Please
see the following links for details,
Students:
http://www4.uwm.edu/current_students/military_
call_up.cfm
Employees:
http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/docs/other/S40.htm
February 19
March 13-20
March 25
May 10
May 11
May 12, 13, 1620
May 20
Keep in mind the important dates:
October 26
November 9
May 22
Approximate date the Schedule of Classes
will appear on PAWS and online
(schedule.uwm.edu).
Date that students who are eligible to enroll
may access their Enrollment Shopping Cart
and Enrollment Appointment time on
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PAWS. Note: All holds must be cleared
before students can enroll. See the One Stop
Student Services website for more
information.
Beginning of priority enrollment by
appointment. PAWS will generally be
available for enrollment from 6:00 am to
midnight, Monday - Saturday, and noon to
midnight on Sunday.
Open enrollment period begins.
Approximate date that spring tuition
assessments will appear on PAWS for
enrolled students.
Final date for Spring waitlist process run.
Waitlists will be purged after the final run.
Last day to withdraw (drop all classes) from
the semester without charge or for full
refund.
First day of classes. Start of Late Enrollment
Period - $50.00 late enrollment fee assessed
for students enrolling in classes for the first
time in the term.
Deadline for Spring graduation applications
for undergraduate students. Submit
application via PAWS.
Last day to add full-term classes, change
sections, or change the grading basis for
classes (e.g., graded to credit/no credit or
audit, or vice versa) without approval. See
the One Stop Student Services website for
more information.
Deadline for Spring graduation applications
for graduate students. Submit applications
via PAWS.
Last day to drop full-term courses without a
"W" on record. Tuition and fees apply.
Spring Recess - No Classes (UWM offices
are open).
Last day to drop or withdraw from full-term
courses. Tuition and fees apply.
Last day of classes.
Study day.
Final Exam Period.
Last day of the Spring term. Date of degree
conferral for Spring graduates.
Graduation ceremony.
TENTATIVE SYLLABUS - GEOGRAPHY 525- UW-Milwaukee
Tentative Schedule and Topics (GEOG525), Spring 2016 (01/25-05/10)
This schedule is subject to change as the class proceeds.
WEEK
LEC DATE
DESCRIPTION
CHP
Jan. 26
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Jan. 28
Feb. 2
Feb. 4
Feb.9
Feb.11
Feb. 16
Feb. 18
Feb. 23
Feb. 25
Mar. 1
Mar. 3
Mar. 8
Mar. 10
Mar. 15
Mar. 17
Mar. 22
Mar. 24
Mar. 29
Apr. 31
Apr. 5
Apr. 7
Apr. 12
Apr. 14
Apr. 19
Apr. 21
Introduction
1
Map projections and coordinate systems
2
Vector data model
3
Raster data model
4
GIS data acquisition
Proposal presentations (5 mins each, graduates only)
Geometric transformation
5
&16
6
Midterm preview, Project proposals due at 5PM
Midterm exam,
Spring recess, Mar 13-20
Spatial data editing
7
Attribute data management
8
Data exploration(Progress reports for final projects,
graduates only)
10
Vector data analysis
11
Raster data analysis
12
Data display and Cartography
9
Apr. 26
Week 14
Week 15
Final Exam
Apr. 28
May 3
May 5
May 16
Final preview
Project presentations(10-15 mins each)
10:00am-12:00 noon, in the same classroom
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