Intro. to Geospatial Technologies, ONGEO-N001
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).
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.