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Summer 2011

Summer 2012 Internet GIS course, A Term
Schedule of Classes and Assignments

Important message. Read all of it!!

This is an Internet-based course.  There will be no formal classes,  no class times and no class room meetings.  You work from the course material posted on the Internet page.  You will work on your own and submit periodically assignments to test your progress. We will, however set up Office hours where you can meet face-to-face with the TA in regards to questions you have with exercises and assignments. Office hours will be twice a week. In addition you can use “Go Post” for questions as well.

The software can be downloaded anytime from one of the websites (see the software link for details). You will receive a code that allows you to activate teh ArcGIS software so you can install it on your own computer. 

For this course you will be expected to:

Read the lecture notes for the day.
Review the ArcGIS Help files for the day's topics.
View the PowerPoint presentation for a condensed synopsis of the lecture notes.
Perform the lab exercise for the day.
Get plenty of rest.

Important Note!!! This is an ambitious schedule.  On the bright side, you are done in four weeks!!

Important Note!!! Assignments are hyperlinked below. Assignments need to be posted to Catalyst Collect It by 10:00 pm for the date listed in the schedule below. Late assignments will not be accepted.

Before you post, make sure you have read and understood the Assignment Guidelines, or you may lose points.

Text:  No text is required.  However, I do recommend that you get a copy of Maribeth Price.  “Mastering ArcGIS, 5th Ed, 2011”. McGraw Hill. Make sure it is for ArcGIS 10. It has a useful CD with Audio-visual explanations of where to find specific commands for each exercise.  The course exercises in combination with this text should help you quite a bit

If you attempt the assignments before you read about or perform the lab exercise, you will have a difficult time. Follow this suggested routine and you should have an easier (and shorter) time finishing the assignments.

Read the lecture notes and ArcGIS help topics before doing the exercise. Allow about 1-2 hours.
Do the lab exercise before attempting the assignment. Allow about 2-4 hours.
Lastly do perform the assignment. Allow about 2-5 hours.

Schedule of Classes and Assignments:


Assignment Due

  Readings ("WWW"), and
PowerPoint Slide Shows ("PPT"),
Help Files ("Help")
Lab Exercises
18. June

Create a PDF file



WWW: Introduction
WWW: Definitions
PPT: Introduction to GIS
Help: Help topics

Using On-line Help
Create a course CD
Drive substitution

20. June

DUE June 25

Assn 2:
Introduction to GIS

Answer Key



WWW: Exploring the ArcGIS Interface
WWW: ArcGIS Modules
Help: Help topics

An ArcGIS Sampler

22. June


WWW: Getting Data Into ArcGIS Maps
WWW: Displaying Layers
WWW: Changing Layer Display Properties
WWW: Sample Data
PPT: ArcMap Basics
Help: Help topics

ArcMap Basics

25. June

DUE June 29

Assn 3:
Projections &
Data Management

Answer Key



WWW: Spatial Data Model
WWW: Relational Data Model
PPT: Data Model

WWW: Project & Data Management
WWW: Data Export
PPT: Project Management, Data Export

Project & Data Management

27. June




WWW: Projections & Coordinate Systems
PPT: Projections
Help: Help topics

Projections & Coordinate Systems

Optional: A Projection Challenge

29. June


Assn 4:
Scale, Tables, and
Creating Feature Datasets

Answer Key



WWW: Creating Feature Datasets & Vector Editing
WWW: Scale Issues
PPT: Scale and Color
Help: Help topics

Creating Feature Datasets

2. July


    WWW: Creating and Modifying Tables
Help: Help topics
Creating and Modifying Tables
4. July


Assn 5:
Table & Vector Analysis

Answer Key


WWW: Vector Analysis 1 PPT: Vector Analysis 1
Help: Help topics

Vector Analysis I
6. July



WWW: Vector Analysis 2
PPT: Vector Analysis 2
Help: Help topics

Vector Analysis II
9. July


Assn 6:
Raster Analysis

Answer Key


WWW: Raster Analysis 1
PPT: Raster Analysis 1
Help: Help topics

Raster Analysis I
11. July
      WWW: Raster Analysis 2 & Data Conversion
PPT: Raster Analysis 2
Help: Help topics
Raster Analysis II
13. July


Assn 7: Importing Data & Model Builder

Answer Key

  WWW: Data Sources
WWW: Data Import
PPT: Finding & Importing Data
Help: Help topics

Finding Data

Model Builder

16. July


WWW: Hydrologic Modeling & Watershed Delination

PPT: Hydrologic Modeling

Help: Help topics

Watershed Delineation

18. July


Assn 8: Watershed Analysis and Surface Modeling

Answer Key


WWW: 3-D & Surface Modeling

PPT: 3D & Surface Modeling

Help: Help topics

3-D & Surface Modeling
20. July



WWW: Map Layouts
PPT: Map Layouts
Help: Help topics

Map Layouts


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