Course Title Introduction to GIS by gegeshandong


									                               Neelin High School
             Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Course Title: Introduction to GIS

School Year and Semester: 2011-12              Semester 2

Teacher: Mr. Langston Rm:8-10

Course Description: Applications of GIS is designed for students who want to apply
the skills and knowledge obtained in Introduction to GIS. This course will focus on
using what was learned in Introduction to GIS and applying it to real world situations
and problems. Ipods, MP3 Players and cell phones are not allowed in class.

Student Expectations:
Students are responsible for:
    their own learning with the expertise, assistance and motivation of their
    engaging individually and collectively in school/community learning opportunities;
    improving their learning involvement
    playing an active role in assessing their own learning
    providing evidence of their learning within established timelines

Assessment Policy:
All assessments and/or evaluations will be assigned a reasonable completion date by
the classroom teacher.

When a student demonstrates negligence and/or disregard towards the assessment
and/or evaluation due date, the teacher can assign a “0” grade for the incomplete
assessment and/or evaluation.

 For a “0” grade to remain permanent on the student’s record for that unit of study, a
teacher’s records will demonstrate that he/she had advised the student and the
parent/guardian that there was an opportunity to complete the original assessment or
an alternate assessment, but that it would have been penalized in accordance to
divisional guidelines.
Penalization for late assessments is as follows:

Grade   9 – 10%
Grade   10 – 15%
Grade   11 – 20%
Grade   12 – 25%

Example: Grade 10 student receives 80% for a late assessment. The penalty for the
late assessment would be (80) (0.15)=12 . The adjusted mark would be 80-12=68%.

Once the late assessment is marked, the penalized assessment mark will replace the “0”
grade that was originally assigned to the student by the teacher.

If the original or alternate assessment is not submitted by the new completion date or if
the student refuses to submit a required assessment, the “0” grade assigned to it will
remain on the student’s evaluation records. The “0” grade(s) will be calculated into the
student’s final mark for the unit of study and will be used in the calculation of the final
grade of the course.

Students are required to address all perceived mark errors directly with the teacher
following the return of each assessment or following any reporting period.

General Learning Outcomes:

   1. Examine the past, present and the future of GIS.
   2. Implement geoprocesses to complete a site selection.
   3. Utilize various forms of online GIS.
   4. Convert shapefiles to KML files.
   5. Define and implement snapping.
   6. Implement proportionate symbol mapping to create a map.
   7. Implement dot density mapping to create a map.
   8. Define and implement georeferencing.
   9. The learner will utilize GIS to create a visual presentation.
   10. Apply the knowledge and skills obtained through out this course to complete a
       poster presentation.
Tentative Assignment List:
Career/use of GIS research project.
Site Selection.
Online GIS – City of Brandon
Map Re-creation
Google Earth – Shapefile to KML conversion
Proportionate symbols
Dot Density
Student Created Lessons

Tentative Course Evaluation Structure:

Labs -80%
Labs will be assessed on basic cartography as well as the specific skills and knowledge
targeted in each specific lab.

Final Assessment -20%

Course Final Standing

The final mark for term work, within the respective categories, (labs and exam) will be

I make a strong effort to keep marks updated and students aware of their progress
through out the semester. Students and parents can keep informed of marks and other
class events by using Homelogic. Through out the year if I have any comments or
concerns I will contact parents/guardians. I have found one of the easiest ways to do
this is through email. If you would like me to contact you through email please email
me your email address and I will email as needed through out the year.

Rob Langston

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