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Sheehan, Daniel, 1.963 Environmental Engineering Applications of Geographic Information Systems, Fall 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 08 Jul, 2010). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Environmental Engineering Applications of Geographic Information Systems

Fall 2004

Earth.
An image of the zonal bands of the Earth. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes from a number of class sessions and a complete set of lab exercises given in class.

Course Description

This graduate seminar is taught in a lecture and lab exercise format. The subject matter is tailored to introduce Environmental Engineering students to the use and potential of Geographic Information Systems in their discipline. Lectures will cover the general concepts of GIS use and introduce the material in the exercises that demonstrate the practical application of GIS.

Technical Requirements

This class contains lectures and lab sessions with instruction in how to use GIS software. Any references to 'Athena' refer to MIT's campus-wide, UNIX® based computing environment, on which the GIS software is run. The GIS software is not provided on this site.

Syllabus

Course Description

This graduate seminar is a 6 unit subject that is taught in a lecture and lab exercise format. The subject matter is tailored to introduce Environmental Engineering students to the use and potential of Geographic Information Systems in their discipline. Lectures will cover the general concepts of GIS use and introduce the material in the exercises and exercises will introduce students to the practical application of GIS. Lab exercises will frequently run past the class hours and students are expected to complete the exercises before the next class. There will be readings from related resources which will be announced in class.

Students will use ArcGIS 8.3 during the term. This software is available to MIT students, but outside users will have to purchase it here.

Instructor

Prof. Daniel Sheehan, Spatial Data Specialist in Academic Computing, MIT Information Systems.

Schedule

The lecture and lab will be offered twice a week. It will consist of a lecture followed by a lab exercise, which will be completed outside of class.

Requirements

Questions based on the lab exercises will be due every week. Attendance is mandatory. Students will take an in class final exam that will have practical as well as theoretical questions. There will be a group project.

Grading

Grading will be based on the following:

TOPICS PERCENTAGES
Attendance 20%
Lab Exercises 30%
Final Exam 20%
Project 30%

Calendar

LEC # TOPICS
1 Course Introduction

Introduction to GIS

Data Types (In Class)

Basic ArcGIS Tutorial - (Out of Class)
2 Quiz - Querying Data on a Map

Spatial Data
3 Project Introductions

Map Making in GIS
4 Mobile GIS - Planning for Field Work
5 Using Map Projections
6 Raster Data

DEMs

Spatial Analyst
7 Raster Processing

Hydrologic Functions
8 Vector Processing

Site Selection Exercise (Vector Analysis)
9 Raster Processing

Cost Path Modeling
10 Project Work Time
11 Project Work Time (cont.)
12 Project Presentations
13 Final Exam



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