Foundations of geographic information systems assignment package

Week 3: Spatial Data Models


•Provide a definition of a ‘spatial data model’•Explain how spatial entities are used to create a data  model•Distinguish between rasters and vectors•Describe a spatial data structure•Explain what topology is•List the advantages and disadvantages of different  types of spatial models

Week 4: Relational Database Management


•Differentiate between relational database management systems (RDBMS),  databases, and data files.

•Explain why we select the database approach for GIS

•Define what a relational database is

•Describe how databases are created

•Describe GIS database applications

Week 5: Data Input, Throughput, and Quality


• Review the concept, practice, and challenges of geocoding
•Discuss georeferencing and digitization in detail
•Distinguish between errors of accuracy and precision and their consequences in spatial analysis

Week 6: Vector Analysis


•Describe Measurements in GIS

•Perform data queries in ArcGIS Pro

•Explain techniques used in reclassification of data

•Describe Buffering Functions and map overlays

Week 7: A Brief Introduction to R & Python


•List applications/uses of a coding languages

•Know many of the popular input file types

•Understand/Replicate functions, syntax, style

•Know the names of essential packages/libraries

•List commonly automated tasks

•Be able to download & Install the softwares

Week 8: 3D GIS


  • Understand dimensionality
  • List the differences between 2D vs 2.5D vs 3D
  • Know the data types, Views, & Scene Types for 3D GIS
  • Understand Surfaces & How to create/find them
  • Familiarize yourself with the Exploratory & Analyst tools
  • List the unique properties of 3D GIS vs Traditional 2D maps
  • Comprehend the issues of 3D GIS

Week 9: Raster Data & Remote Sensing


  • Describe what the raster model is.
  • Explain why rasters are used.
  • Incept situations which rasters would NOT be applicable.
  • List a few types of remote sensing.
  • Know if the types of remote sensing are Passive or Active.
  • List & understand the implications of the four R’s.
  • Explain the issues with Remote sensing & why they exist.

Note about R-studio Assignment (Week7)

For this week, the assignment and instructions are combined into the one rmd file.  You will need to download R and R-studio, and then you will be able to open the .rmd. You will need to know where you saved the frogs.txt file, navigate to its location in the files section of R-studio, and set the folder as the working directory.For the submission you can either edit the rmd, change the name and submit it, or you can create a new script, copy and paste the questions and answers into it and submit that, or you can copy and paste the code and output of the code into a word doc.

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