Fall 2009 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Instructor(s): Bjorn Sletto
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 63120
Day & Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Room: SUT 2.110
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Wednesday evening class meets from 6 PM to 8:30 pm in SUT 1.102

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: 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.

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