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MST219 GIS Course Syllabus 2007

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									Saddleback College, Marine Science Technology                                               Instructor: Mark Howe
Spring 2010      Ticket #14685                                                              Phone: 949-496-3453
Class website: www.electricmarine.com/discus                                                Email: mhowe@saddleback.edu
Class meets Thurs. 6-8 pm. in LIB 213 plus 3hr. TBA                                         Website: www.saddleback.edu/faculty/mhowe

MST 219-MARINE ECOLOGICAL SURVEY/GIS - COURSE SYLLABUS
   Text - "GTKArcGIS 9.3" by Ormsby et al                        Recommended: “Marine Biology” by Peter Castro [any ed.]
Date           Lecture:                                                         Lab:                         MapProject:
         1
Jan 14       Intro- GPS Setup and use.                                         GPS Mapping exercises
            2
Jan 21              Intro- GPS Setup and use.                                             GPS Mapping - Waypoints & Tracks.
             3
Jan 28              Intro- GPS Setup and use. ArcView GIS mapping                         Creating map layer from waypoints/tracks. P
01/29/10                                                                                  Very Low Tide 1454 -1.8
             4
Feb 4               Cartography- grid systems, projections, datums                        Creating a shapefile; putting it on a map.
                5
Feb 11              Marine Invertebrates of the Coastal Zone                              Databases from field collected data.
                    Classifications – littoral, pelagic, benthic                          Creating shapefiles from dbf, csv files.
                6
Feb 18              Common intertidal communities/ ecology                                Shapefiles from field collected data.                          P
                7
Feb 25              Common intertidal communities/ ecology                                Creating a simple intertidal map overlay
              8
Mar 4               Common intertidal communities/ ecology                                Adapting a simple intertidal map to an
                                                                                          ecology census layer; GPS exercises
              9                                                                                                                                          P
Mar 11              Intro- Ocean Institute Floating Laboratory;                           Intertidal community census map
                    onboard equipt, fish trawl data & biodiversity                        Sea Explorer data tabulation.
                    Spring Break
03/18/10
Mar 25 10           Oceanic realms- Orange Coast Bathymetry                               Developing field studies aboard a research
                                                                                          vessel
            11
Apr 1               Coastal Pelagic zone- Onboard data collection                         Expression of xy data; Survey data in a
                    Ecological significance of temp/salinity, pH, O2                      changing environment
                    Easter Recess
04/08/10
Apr 15 12           Pelagic Ecology: fish, mammals, birds, plankton                       Spatial data – Pelagic Stations                                P
            13
Apr 22              Pelagic Ecology: fish, mammals, birds, plankton                       Analysis of data: Trawl Transect Stations
            14
Apr 29              Pelagic Ecology: fish, mammals, birds, plankton                       Statistical comparisons of Spatial data
            15
May 6               Ecology of the Benthos                                                Statistical comparisons of various datasets                    P
                    Food webs, trophic structure
            16
May 13              Species diversity and the Marine Ecosystem                            Statistical comparisons of various datasets

05/20/09            Final Exam Project                                                    Presentation of Projects / Review
          Internet/ email access will be required for assignments and communication.
          Field work will be required on board the Ocean Institute Floating Lab and in the DP Marine Life Refuge.
          Final mapping project: on any appropriate topic or as approved by instructor and include a class presentation. A report
           must be handed in with maps and charts showing what was accomplished.
          Grades will be 60% lab maps, 20% lab practice assignments, 20% final fish map project.
          SLO: Apply the scientific method to a geospatial issue in marine ecology utilizing GIS technology with limited supervision.
          The official course catalog description, prerequisites, recommended preparation, topics, learning outcomes, and other goals and objectives
           of the course and certificate program will be found on Mysite. Links are also provided through the course offering and details pages on the
college website at www.saddleback.edu. Drop dates and other important dates are found there as well.

								
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