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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEO5158

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-05-27
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1894 2004-12-02
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geography AS 122700
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Paul Zandbergen 4883

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEO 5158 Global Positioning Systems

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Global Positioning Systems
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    GEO 5177 GIS for Non-Majors or permission from the instructor.


    Course Description

    Examination of the theory, operation and application of Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Global Positioning Systems (GPS) has become a very widely used technology in a range of applications, and is not being taught at USF at present. This offering complements the current courses at the upper undergraduate and graduate level by the Department

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    We have received many requests for this type of course from all over campus, and off-campus. Students who would benefit from this course include undergraduate and graduate students in Geography, Environmental Science and Policy, Engineering, Anthropology, Biology and others. The course will also be an elective for students in the GIS graduate certificate program as well as for Geography Ph.D. and MA students.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    The course has not been offered as a separate course, but it has been taught as one module in GEO 5157 Advanced GIS for several years. To cover the subject matter well really requires a full course.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in Geography or related discipline and substantial experience in using high accuracy GPS.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1) To develop a solid understanding of the fundamentals of GPS; 2) To learn how to set up and operate the components of a mapping-grade GPS system; 3) To become familiar with a range of GPS equipment and software; 4) To practice the workflow of a typical GPS project; 5) To become familiar with a range of GPS applications; and 6) To explore the integration of GPS with other technologies.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1) Solid understanding of the fundamentals of GPS and its relationship to other technologies; 2) Hands-on skills in operating GPS equipment, including the entire workflow involved in a project; 3) In-depth experience in using GPS for a selected application.

    C. Major Topics

    Fundamentals of GPS, system components, project workflow, mission planning, data dictionary, field data collection, post-processing, data accuracy and standards, differential correction, code and carrier-phase differential, integration of GPS, GIS and Remote Sensing, example application of GPS.

    D. Textbooks

    Michael Kennedy. 2002. The Global Positioning System and GIS. 2nd Edition. Taylor and Francis. ISBN: 0415286085.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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