Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Geographic Information Systems II

 Title Abbreviation:   GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYS II

 Department:    GIS

 Course #:    102

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    450702

 EPC:    194

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Develop advanced skills using ESRI’s ArcGIS. Learn the basics of the Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst extensions for ArcGIS. Other topics include types of GIS data available and map accuracy standards.


Prerequisite: GIS 101.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Expand on ArcGIS basics learned during GIS 101 following the latest software developed.
  2. Understand advanced editing of map features.
  3. Become familiar with the uses of ArcGIS Spatial Analyst & 3D Analyst extensions.
  4. Become familiar with spatial and attribute data available for importing into ArcGIS.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.6 Recognize how the value and biases in different disciplines can affect the ways in which data is analyzed.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Basic editing. Advanced editing.
  2. Topology. Spatial joins.
  3. Geodatabases. Online map data.
  4. Introduction to Spatial Analyst extension – raster analysis.
  5. Introduction to 3D Analyst extension – raster & lidar data.