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Introducing GIS for Undergraduate Social Science Courses

August 1-6, 2005: San Fransisco, CA

Schedule
Monday through Friday will be intense structured teaching days with a tight lecture/lab schedule. Workshop days start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday afternoon, participants are invited to a historical walking tour of San Francisco. Participants may choose to forego the walking tour and remain at SFSU to work with workshop staff on how to tailor data to specific geographic areas and how to merge their own data with data from other sources.

On Saturday, Richard LeGates,and XiaoHang Liu will describe NSF’s evaluation materials available from NSF’s On-line Evaluation Resource Library (OEREL) and the SPACE website and lead a discussion of how to assess impacts of introducing spatial analysis into the social science courses.

Participant Data Needs
The workshop schedule includes optional time for you to work with and analyze your own data. Participants wanting to tailor workshop content to their own interests should compile their own data sets (assuming appropriate permissions are in place and that there is no risk of disclosure of individual data). If you do not have suitable data, sample data sets from all lab sessions and sample data from the software are available. Additionally, there is a wealth of data available to applicants via the Internet (at various credible and verifiable sites). You may wish to explore complied list of data sources from the Institute for Geographic Information Science at SFSU.

Sunday,July 31:
Travel day

All participants should be in San Francisco Sunday evening.

 

     
Monday, August 1:
9:00

Welcome

  • Overview of SPACE and SFSU workshop
  • Personnel, and logistics

 

9:30

Overview of spatially integrated social science

Janelle

10:15

Break

 

10:30

Pedagogy in undergraduate GIS teaching (320kb)

Rebich

10:30

Breakout groups

  • Discuss how participants plan to incorporate GIS into their courses

 

11:45

Breakout group reports

Rebich

12:00

Lunch

 

1:30

Spatial data and its modeling in GIS

  • Spatial data
  • Overview of vector and raster GIS models
  • Common file formats
  • Map Projections

Liu

3:00

Break

 

3:15

ArcMap Operation basics

LeGates

3:30

Lab on basic GIS operations

LeGates

5:00

Break

 

5:30

Reception

 

     
Tuesday, August 2:
9:00

Introduction to vector GIS

  • The vector GIS model: points, lines, and polygons
  • Querying
  • Classifying features

LeGates

10:00

Lab on Vector GIS operations. Querying. Classifying features.

 

11:00

Break

 

11:15

Computerized cartography. Map symbolgy.

LeGates

12:00

Lunch

 

1:30

Computerized cartography. Map symbolgy.

LeGates

3:15

Break

 

1:30

Working with attribute tables

  • Structure of attribute table
  • Joining and relating data in Excel or SPSS to ArcMap Attribute tables


Nickel

4:00

Lab on working with attribute tables

Nickel

     
Wednesday, August 3:
9:00

Introduction to raster GIS

Liu

10:30

Break

 

10:45

Lab exercise on raster-based spatial analysis

 

12:00

Lunch

 

1:30

Optional open lab. Participants work on their own, individually, or in groups (with technical support).

 

2:30

Walking tour of San Francisco* (optional)

 

     
Thursday, August 4:
9:00

Vector-based spatial analysis - Overlay, clip, dissolve, buffer, and related operations etc.

Nickel

10:30

Break

 

10:45

Lab exercise on vector based spatial data analysis

 

12:00

Lunch followed by keynote speaker

 

1:00

Keith Clarke (UCSB): “Spatially enhanced social science”

 

2:00

Break

 

2:15

Group discussion of how participants might incorporate spatial analysis into their teaching

Clarke

3:00

Break

 

3:15

Spatial data acquisition

Liu

4:15

Lab exercise on geocoding

 

     
Friday, August 5:
9:00

Working with census data

Pamuk

10:00

Break

 

10:15

Lab exercise on downloading census data and preparing a data set tailored to your area and interests

Pamuk

12:00

Lunch

 

1:30

Evaluating spatial learning outcomes (193kb)

Rebich

3:15

Break

 

3:15

Open lab with technical support

 

     
Saturday, August 6:
9:00

Closing workshop procedures

 

9:15

Demo of GIS resources

 

10:30

Break

 

10:45

Participants discussion on curriculum design

 

12:00

Lunch

 

1:00

Reports/discussion of curriculum design discussions

 

2:00

Workshop closes

 

* “San Francisco By Foot” walk
We are proud to offer our famous guided walk through the historic districts of San Francisco hosted by Max Kirkeburg. Max has been leading a class by the same name for a number of years and will wow you with his insight and historical knowledge of the area.

Weekends
If you arrive early or stay additional time following the workshop, you may wish to explore some of the amenities of the region and special events. Some of these are listed at:

http://www.sanfrancisco.com/
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/north_america/san_francisco/

Other Questions?
Contact Christian Brown for questions regarding funding and the instructional programs, and Richard LeGates for questions regarding the workshop and accommodations.

 

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