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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEO6176

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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
    1895 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 6176 Water Resources Applications of GIS

    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)
    Water Resources GIS
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    GEO 6157 Advanced GIS or permission from the instructor


    Course Description

    Examination of GIS applications in water resources, including watershed analysis, pollution modeling, and water resources modeling. Use of advanced GIS analysis techniques relevant to the specific applications.

  3. Justification

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

    This course will be an elective in the Geography Masters program as well as in the GIS certificate program. The course content blends the substantive area of water resources with the analytical techniques of Geographic Information System. This will streng

    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?

    Surveys of graduate and certificate students have indicated a strong interest in an advanced water-related GIS course to complement existing offerings. The most related course, GEO 6178 Environmental Applications of GIS, has seen solid enrollments and good reviews.

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

    Not as a separate course, but GEO 6178 Environmental Applcations of GIS has included several modules on water resources, which were well received. This content is now being grown into a separate course to meet the expected student interest.

    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 experience in water resourcses analysis using GIS.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1) To obtain a solid understanding of the use of GIS in a wide range of water resources issues; 2) To become familiar with the use of selected water resources models combined with GIS; 3) To obtain in-depth knowledge of a selected topic through an independent project; and 4)To practice the use of advanced GIS analysis techniques.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1) Solid understanding of the use of GIS in water resources, and the integration of water resources models with GIS; 2) Strong GIS analytical skills; and 3) Hands-on experience in carying out a water resources analysis project using GIS.

    C. Major Topics

    Water resources data, time-series data, spatial data processing, terrain models (DEM and TIN), terrain analysis techniques, non-point source pollution modeling, water balance modeling, water quality modeling, flooding analysis, integration of water resources models and GIS.

    D. Textbooks

    1) Maidment D. (Ed.). 2002. Arc Hydro: GIS for Water Resources. ESRI Press. ISBN 1-58948-034-1; and 2) Maidment, D. and D. Djokic. (Eds.) 2000. Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling Support with GIS. ESRI Press. ISBN 1-879102-80-3.

    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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