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Fall 2010 - 61035 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Instructor(s): Sletto, Bjorn
Unique Number: 61035
Day & Time: MW 10:00 - 11:00 am
Room: MW SUT 2.114; Wed Lab in SUT 2.102
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

Class meets MW from 10:00 to 11:00.  Lab meets Wed evenings from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.

Introduction to GIS provides students with comprehensive, individualized training in primary and secondary spatial data collection, analysis and visualization. This rigorous course goes beyond the introduction to GIS in the Short Course and the group-based applications of GIS in core courses and electives. Students learn to project geospatial data files, georeference image files, conduct vector and raster-based suitability analysis, collect GIS data in the field and create their own shapefiles, conduct basic 3D analysis, develop and integrate 3D design models using SketchUp, and create online visualizations using GoogleEarth.

Students also consider the social, political and ethical dimensions of GIS technology and develop an independent final project, where they use GIS to document and critically analyze a planning-related issue.

The class is limited to advanced graduate students in the School of Architecture and the LBJ School of Public Policy. First-year CRP students need instructor permission to enroll.

Cross-listed with CRP 386.5