GEO / ESC 385: Introduction to GIS

Dr. Gargi Chaudhuri (
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide you with an introduction to the concepts and techniques associated with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). A Geographic Information System can be defined as any computer-based, software-hardware platform capable of capturing, storing, displaying, manipulating, and analyzing any set of geo- referenced data.

Course Goals:
1. To understand the basic principles and concepts of GIS.
2. To obtain hands-on experience of using GIS software and establish basic skills of performing GIS operations and analysis.
3. To appreciate some critical issues associated with GIS analysis, for example, data quality and availability.

Textbook: Keith C. Clarke, 5th edition, 2011, Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems. Prentice Hall

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