BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

COMP-140 - Geographic Information Systems - 5.00 Credits

COMP-140 - Geographic Information Systems - 5.00 Credits

Course Details
In this course students will develop an understanding of the terms and principles of geographic information systems (GIS). Students will learn to create and enter database structures and reports, as well as apply GIS techniques for such functions as creating views, tables, charts and printing maps. Students will also incorporate the use of global positioning systems data with GIS.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Environmental Resource Technician Certificate - Year 1 Spring
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2023 (January - April)
  • Prerequisites : Program admission/instructor permission
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Master's degree in a related field. Bachelor's degree in a related field with experience will be considered.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 75
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • understand terms and principles of geographic information systems;

  • create and enter database structures and reports;

  • apply GIS techniques for such functions as working with views, tables, charts and layouts and printing maps;

  • interpret and evaluate geospatial data from maps, plans, aerial photos and satellite imagery;

  • query existing spatial and non-spatial database information related to digital mapping data;

  • query existing database information for a project area;

  • import spatial and related data from various sources into GIS;

  • create logical file management structures for GIS data;

  • set map projections, coordinate systems, datum and other data collection setting on GPS receivers;

  • transfer GPS data from receiver to software;

  • utilize GPS software for project planning and to create and transfer data to GPS receiver;

  • create digital point, line and polygon layers;

  • produce maps complete with legends, scale bars, north arrows and logos; and

  • run various overlay commands to produce new coverage and annotated coverage.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Watson, Ken. Arcview 3X and ArcMap 9.3. Current edition. Kamloops, B.C. International Remote Sensing Surveys Ltd.
  • Clark, Keith C.
    Getting Started With Geographic Information Systems. Current edition. New Market, ON. Prentice-Hall Inc.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    T1:30PM - 4:30PM09 Jan 202328 Apr 2023
    T5:00PM - 7:00PM