Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
<b>SLO #1: demonstrate an understanding of GIS technologies, theories and practices.</b>
Describe and assess fundamental aspects of geographic information and scale, with specific reference to raster and vector digital spatial data models used to represent such information.
Compile, compare, and evaluate various types of spatial data, with specific attention to geospatial metadata, data quality, and identification of the most appropriate data type for use in a specific GIS application.
Compare and contrast the variety of available coordinate systems, map projections, and datums, and choose the appropriate variety for a specific GIS application.
Compare and contrast the effectiveness of various GIS output products, including maps, tables, charts, and other digital output for specific applications.
Describe, assess, and compare common map elements and the cartographic design process.
<b>SLO #2: apply GIS technical skills in a professional setting.</b>
Originate, classify, edit, and manage digital spatial data using various techniques (e.g., manual, scan, and on-screen digitizing, computer-assisted drafting, GPS, etc.).
Design, synthesize, validate, optimize, and manage spatial attribute tables and databases.
Apply appropriate data normalization and classification schemes to attribute data.
Formulate geoprocessing and analysis functions that are appropriate for specific applications, and be able to perform and evaluate the results of such processes (such as buffering, overlay, reclassification, address matching, and statistical analysis).
<b>SLO #3: exhibit skills learned via GIS project development.</b>
Synthesize, design, apply, and manage a GIS project, including estimates of time and labor requirements.
Design, create, and disseminate high-quality maps in both hard-copy (paper) and digital (on-screen) form.
List and describe at least three career options for GIS professionals.
<b>SLO #4: cultivate spatial analysis and critical thinking skills for decision-making purposes.</b>
<b>SLO #5: understand how GIS skills are applicable in specific career fields.</b>