STIA-441 Geographic Info Systems
Fall for 2017-2018
This course focuses on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in studying the environment and health. From a technical point of view, this is an introductory course. No previous experience in GIS is expected. However, students are expected to bring to class knowledge of environmental sciences, international affairs, and health studies. Particularly students should have a good appreciation of the interface between science, technology, and international affairs.

GIS emerged in the 1960s as an innovative technology to capture, manage, manipulate, analyze, and present geographic and spatial information. With the advancement of personal computer, internet, and now wireless technologies, GIS has become a cross-cutting and pervasive technology used in the governmental, private, as well as non-governmental, non-profit sectors. Its applications range from location-based analysis for business, environmental assessment/monitoring, emergency preparation/response, demographic study, epidemiology, to homeland security.

In this course, students will build a strong foundation in understanding geographic data, GIS, and geographic analyses. Using geography as the basic framework, with real-life geographic data from various sources, students will gain hands-on experience in using GIS as a tool to understand complex environmental and health issues with an international emphasis.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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