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  • Intro. to Geospatial Technologies, ONGEO-N001

    Author(s): Yi Shi, PhD; Adrienne Goldsberry, MA, AICP Syllabus

    This online course is designed to introduce students to the nature of geographic information, as well as the tools and technologies that geospatial professionals use to access, manipulate, and display geographic information. It is a combined introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), global positioning systems (GPS), and cartography (the science and art of map-making), as well as topics such as geospatial ethics and crowd-sourcing geographic information. Students should emerge from this course with a greater understanding of the practical application of GIS and other geospatial technologies, and will be able to create maps using a variety of publicly available mapping programs. Introduction to Geospatial Technologies serves as a foundation for the three remaining courses in the Geospatial Tools and Technology Certificate.

    This 7-week course is eligible for Michigan State University Continuing Education Units (MSU CEUs), as well as Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).

    CEUs 6.0
    SCECH Credits:
    60

    Certificate: GIS (Geographic Information Science)

    Offered: Spring (1,2), Summer (1,2), Fall (1,2). Session dates.

    Current Syllabus: Available in MSU’s GoogleDocs.

    Textbook: Introduction to Geospatial Technologies, 3rd Edition by Bradley A. Shellito, 2016. W.H. Freeman, Inc. NY.  (ISBN: 978-1-4641-8872-5). Required.

    How to Register: You can easily register via MSU’s Non-Credit Registration System. Go to the NCRS, select “ONGEO 001: Introduction to Geospatial Technologies” from the list of courses, and follow the directions provided under the “Register Now” heading.

  • Geographic Information Systems, ONGEO-N002

    Author(s): Yi Shi, PhD; Adrienne Goldsberry, MA, AICP Syllabus

    In this online GIS course, students will explore the technical and theoretical issues in the design, implementation, and use of geographic information systems (GIS) for a variety of practical applications and research topics. Students will learn the structure of a GIS, the theoretical background for how spatial analysis is performed using GIS, where to obtain geographic data sets, and the many applications of GIS in diverse professional and academic fields. Lab exercises provide students with hands-on opportunities to develop proficiency with ArcGIS, the industry-standard GIS software, and to apply GIS analysis to a variety of real-world scenarios.

    This 7-week course is eligible for Michigan State University Continuing Education Units (MSU CEUs), as well as Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).

    CEUs: 5.5
    SCECH Credits
    : 55

    Certificate: GIS (Geographic Information Science)

    Offered: Spring (1,2), Summer (1,2), Fall (1,2). Session dates

    Current Syllabus: Available in MSU’s GoogleDocs.

    Textbook: Geographic Information Systems and Science, 4th Edition by Paul A. Longley, Mike Goodchild, David J. Maguire, and David W. Rhind, 2016. Wiley. (ISBN: 978-1-118-67695-0). Required.

    How to Register: You can easily register via MSU’s Non-Credit Registration System. Go to the NCRS, select “ONGEO 002: Geographic Information Systems” from the list of courses, and follow the directions provided under the “Register Now” heading.

  • Remote Sensing, ONGEO-N003

    Author(s): Yi Shi, PhD; David Lusch, PhD, GISP; Adrienne Goldsberry, MA, AICP Syllabus

    This online course presents the technical and methodological skills needed to interpret various types of aerial images as a source of information in a variety of applications, including geography, forestry, urban planning, recreation management, crop and soil science, among many others. Lab exercises will utilize an extensive set of digital aerial images displaying a wide variety of environments (urban, rural, residential, agricultural, et cetera) where students can practice the interpretation skills discussed in the online lessons and apply them to decision-making across a variety of disciplines.

    This 7-week course is eligible for Michigan State University Continuing Education Units (MSU CEUs), as well as Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).

    CEUs: 6.0
    SCECH Credits
    : 60

    Certificate: GIS (Geographic Information Science)

    Offered: Spring (1), Summer (1), Fall (1). Session dates

    Most Current Syllabus: Available in MSU’s GoogleDocs.

    Textbook: Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation, 7th Edition by Thomas M. Lillesand, Ralph W. Kiefer, and Jonathan W. Chipman, 2015. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. NY. (ISBN: 978-0-470-05245-7). Recommended (not required).

    How to Register: You can easily register via MSU’s Non-Credit Registration System. Go to the NCRS, select “ONGEO 003: Remote Sensing” from the list of courses, and follow the directions provided under the “Register Now” heading.

  • Cartography, ONGEO-N004

    Author(s): Yi Shi, PhD; Beth Weisenborn, MS; Adrienne Goldsberry, MA, AICP Syllabus

    In this online course, students will learn techniques for creating well-designed maps for a variety of output media. Maps can provide important visual explanations of complex geographic information. This course introduces students to topics essential to good map design, including graphic design principles, typography, and visual variables. Lab exercises provide multiple opportunities for hands-on experience with map-making and web design software programs.

    This 7-week course is eligible for Michigan State University Continuing Education Units (MSU CEUs), as well as Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).

    CEUs: 6.0
    SCECH Credits:
    60

    Certificate: GIS (Geographic Information Science)

    Offered: Spring (2), Summer (2), Fall (2). Session dates

    Most Current Syllabus: Available in MSU’s GoogleDocs.

    Textbook: Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users, 2nd Edition by Cynthia A. Brewer, 2015. ESRI Press. (ISBN: 9781589484405). Required.

    How to Register: Register easily via MSU’s Non-Credit Registration System. Go to the NCRS, select “ONGEO 004: Cartography” from the list of courses and follow the directions provided under the “Register Now” heading.

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