RREN 303 is intended to cover the fundamentals of geospatial information systems. These include the geographic information system (GIS) which represents a computerized data management system designed to input, store, analyze, and output geographically-referenced spatial data, the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) which combines globally-functional satellite constellations (including the U.S. Global Positioning System or GPS) with global and regional ground-based reference stations (at accurately surveyed locations) to enhance and broaden positioning, and remote sensing which is widely used to gather information about features on the earth’s surface without being in physical contact with these features. The course is designed to provide students who possess limited geospatial technology and analysis background with the ability to gather spatially-distributed and geographically-referenced data, query data, analyze spatial relationships, and produce professional outputs. The specific topics covered include geospatial data models, geodesy, datums, map projections, and coordinate systems, mapping and cartographic output, data collection and entry, GNSS and coordinate surveying, aerial and satellite imagery, geospatial and tabular data analyses, basic geospatial analysis, advanced geospatial (including terrain) analyses, geopatial estimation, geospatial modeling, and data standards and quality. The laboratory work will focus on the practical application of geospatial information systems following the hands-on approach where the student is expected to gain practical knowledge on using QGIS, ArcGIS for Desktop, aerial and satellite imagery, and a number of positioning and navigation systems. Prerequisite: NATR 213 and upper division standing or permission of instructor4 credits (2 lecture hours, 4 laboratory hours), spring semester If necessary, students are also encouraged to make appointments to see the instructor at other times. RREN 303 is a four-credit hour course. It includes six contact hours per week (two for lecture and four for laboratory). One section of the class is offered during the 2016 Spring semester. The schedule of the offered section is as follows: The first textbook will be used predominantly during the lecture while the second and third books will be used during the laboratory. Additional handouts on topics not covered (or briefly covered) within these books will be provided by the instructor. Two additional manuals (bound as one) to be used during the course are also required (only available for purchase from the Campus Store). Additional pertinent material is available on-line from a variety of sources for geographic information systems (GIS.COM, fgdc, GeoPlatform, nationalatlas, census.gov, USGS, and ESRI), the global positioning system (GPS.gov, aero.org, Trimble, and Garmin), and remote sensing (USGS, USDA, CUGIR, and NYS GIS Clearinghouse). Students are encouraged to be actively involved in acquiring some pertinent knowledge from these and other on-line resources available on the worldwide web. Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Disability Services (DS) office immediately to register for services and receive a Notification of Disabilities form. Once you have this form, we will meet privately, to discuss your specific needs. Although you may register for services at any time, please attempt to make arrangements within the first two weeks of the semester so all appropriate academic accommodations can be set. The distribution of grades in this course will be based on the A-F College grading scheme. The letter grades correspond to the following percentage scale: A (90-100%), A- (87-89.9%), B+ (83-86.9%), B (80-82.9%), B- (77-79.9%), C+ (73-76.9%), C (70-72.9%), C- (67-69.9%), D+ (63-66.9%), D (60-62.9%), and F (<,60%). Source.