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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Fall 2009

ANT 324L • Special Topics in GIS Modeling

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30480 W
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
GRG 206

Course Description

The analysis of movement patterns has become increasingly pertinent to a wide variety of fields. For example: 1. Anthropologists study the movements of individuals to explain social grouping patterns; 2. Public health officials study human movements to identify the sources of disease outbreaks; 3. Hydrologists study the movement of water in order to predict impacts to landscapes; and 4. Conservation biologists study wildlife movements in order to design appropriate protected areas.

This course provides an introduction to spatial data analysis and agent-based modeling within a GIS framework, through a topical focus on movement analyses. Lectures draw on examples of movement analyses from diverse fields, including anthropology, ecology & evolution, criminology, hydrology, transportation engineering, and public health, in order to introduce students to the theory behind movement analyses as well as to potential applications. Topics covered include methods used widely for spatial data analysis (e.g. introductory spatial statistics, basic raster analysis, individual-based movement models, etc.) that are applicable both within and beyond the field of movement studies. Laboratory sections focus on allowing students to garner practical experience with pertinent software (ArcView Spatial & Tracking Analysts, CrimeStat, Geoda, NetLogo, etc.). Prior coursework in GIS is required (or consent of instructor). Familiarity with basic statistical principles will also be helpful.

Grading Policy

Students will be evaluated with laboratory assignments (~60%) and two exams (~40%).


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