GEOG 417

Advanced GIS


Rough lecture outlines

Required readings

A good bit of the information covered in this class was taken from the NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIScience (both the original and newer web version).  For a lot of good info, goto the Core Curriculum.

ESRI online classes: OK. By now, you should all have an esri account. If not, see me. Log in and head to Support and Services - training. Then search courses. You should be able to find all of the below with a quick search. There will be 9 over the quarter, one due each friday starting week 2. Do the class, then the exam. To get full credit, you will need to get a 90% or better on the exam. Hand in - print an esri screen which shows your name, class name, and grade. And if you print a page with multiple grades, be sure to circle the one you are handing in. The goal here is to quickly introduce you to a few topics we simply don't have time to get to in the GIS classes we offer. Note, some run in ArcGIS, others in Pro. Pay attention.

  1. Getting Started with Story Maps (this is the official lesson), then watch Story Maps: Tips and Tricks (a 1 hour vid).  Note, you’ll need this info for your project this quarter. There is no associated exam, so just give me a 1 page overview/evaluation of what you learned going through these, liked, didn't like, why, etc.
  2. 3D visualization techniques using ArcGIS OR 3D visualization techniques using ArcGIS Pro. Note, the next two 3D courses use old ArcGIS.
  3. 3D analysis of surfaces and features using ArcGIS
  4. Creating 3D data using ArcGIS
  5. Creating and editing metadata in ArcGIS
  6. Getting started with Geodatabase Topology
  7. Calculating Density Using ArcGIS
  8. Distance Analysis using ArcGIS OR Distance analysis using ArcGIS Pro

NOTE: if you want more resources, Penn State has a ton of free online classes (or at least class material). For example, a followup to the ESRI Python classes can be found here.


The Big Research Project

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