in creating, manipulation, managing, analyzing, and presenting spatial information using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Additionally, students will gain experience in applying GIS capabilities to investigate environmental and social issues. This course introduces the computer-based concepts and skills of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It covers the GIS concepts such as map characteristics and projections, spatial data models, relational databases, and spatial analysis. It explores sources of data, data quality and metadata, implementation and management of GIS projects. Hands-on experience with ArcGIS is provided through a series of exercises completed by students in the course. Students will be taught how to process both vector and raster data using ArcGIS 9 software. The course will support disciplines of natural science, business, and social studies that require spatial information. The class will meet once a week for three hours. Lecture will focus on the conceptual basis of GIS analysis, introducing concepts and principles needed for effective GIS use. The in-class exercises will provide students practice in using ArcGIS 9 software in a problem-solving environment. Maps and their characteristics, coordinate systems. Map in ArcMap. Adding and removing layers, dock and undock toolbars and buttons. Feature joins and table join, types of data conversion and adding thematic layers, map overlay, graduated colors, and symbols. The final course grade is based on a set of applied course projects, in-class exercises, homework assignments, and a final exam. The weight percentages are: . ‘Borderline’ cases will be judged individually, based on grade improvement, demonstrated effort and class participation, etc. Regular attendance makes a big difference in the final grade received. The material in this class is cumulative. If you miss a day, you may find that you are lost during the next lecture. Three unexcused absences will result in a drop of your final score by 5 points. Excessive unexcused absences will likely result in a grade of F (due to unfinished projects). Excuses for absence will be granted for approved athletic participation, approved field trips, a certified serious illness, death in the immediate family and military examinations. Absence from class, no matter what the reason, does not grant the student a chance to make up the in-class exercises. Instructor′s permission for withdrawal will be given only for exceptional circumstances. Make-up projects are generally NOT ALLOWED for unexcused absence. Note: In order to be excused for an absence, you must have documentation to validate your excuses. For example, if you are sick, you need a doctor Academic integrity is highly valued at Rider. Students caught cheating for a project will be given a ‘zero’ for that project. Repeated offender will be given an F for the course. Source.