Courses for Geographical Information Science

Some courses offered by the Department of Geography with a significant Geographic Information Science component are:

Geography 2700

Geographical Data and Analysis
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-1.5-0
Introduction to quantitative methods and statistical problem solving in geography. Unique features of geographical data. Introductory methods for analysis and description of areal and point data. Central tendency, dispersion and shape of distributions. Classification methods. Use of Normal, Binomial, and Poisson distributions in geographical analysis. Bivariate correlation and regression analysis. Computer applications in statistical problem solving. Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for geographic data visualization, analysis, and presentation.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Geography 1000 or Environmental Science 2000

Geography 2735

Introduction to Geographical Information Science
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
An introductory course in the geographical information sciences with an emphasis on concepts in geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. Data structures and fundamental GIS functions. Introduction to remote sensing of the Earth’s surface, aerial photography, photogrammetry, and visual image interpretation. Laboratory work will involve techniques in GIS software, aerial photography interpretation, and image assessment.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 1000

Geography 3035

Fluvial Geomorphology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
A study of landforms and deposits created by running water. Aspects of drainage basin development, the measurement of drainage basin processes, concepts of drainage basin hydraulics and flood frequency analysis will be illustrated with field and computer-based laboratory exercises. The watershed will serve as the basic unit of study with emphasis on western Canadian river basins.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 2030

Geography 3060

Glaciology and Glacial Geomorphology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Other hours: 0-0-8
The study of perennial snow and ice and the effects of glaciers in the development of landforms. A one-day field trip will be scheduled on a Saturday.
Prerequisite(s):

Geography 2030


Geography 3700

Cartography

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Theoretical principles and practical aspects of cartography. The course will cover the history of cartography; map projections; geographic data processing and generalization; cartographic design and symbolization; computer mapping.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 2735

Geography 3710

Field Techniques in the Earth Sciences
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Other hours: 0-0-30
Mapping, recording and analysis of physical and cultural features in the southern Alberta landscape. Practical work to illustrate field research methodologies. Study projects will be carried out individually and in groups. Weekly field trips will be scheduled during the afternoon and may run as much as two hours beyond the lab period, especially where a considerable amount of travel time is required.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 2700;
One of Geography 2030 or Geology 2060

Geography 3720

Remote Sensing
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Principles of digital remote sensing and image analysis. Fundamentals of the electromagnetic spectrum. Analysis of the interaction of energy with the Earth and atmosphere using remote sensing systems. Computer laboratory work will involve digital image analysis with environmental applications.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 2735

Geography 3740

Geographical Information Systems
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Geographical data, modelling, functions, data structures, and analysis. Spatial database management systems and applications. Laboratory work involves a variety of computer applications.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 2735

Geography 3750

GIS Applications in Human Geography
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-1-0
An applied introduction to GIS in Canadian human geography. Students will be exposed to the Canadian census of population, agricultural census, and other spatial data products. Manipulation of variables, interpretation of spatial patterns and trends and hypothesis testing using these data within GIS software.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 2735
Equivalent:
Geography 3850 (GIS in Human Geography) (prior to 2003/2004)

Geography 3780

Field School
Credit hours: 3.0
Other hours: 0-0-63
A 10-day field school in an off-campus location. Review of the physical and human geography of the study area will be followed by information gathering and data analysis using geographical field techniques and equipment.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 1000; Geography 1200; Geography 2700
Recommended Background:
Major in Geography, Environmental Science, Agricultural Studies, Urban and Regional Studies, Archaeology and Geography, Computer Science and Geographical Information Science, or Remote Sensing

Geography 4415

Integrated Watershed Management
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Other hours: 0-0-16
Management of watersheds considering natural supply and demands; and natural and human-induced change. Modelling watershed processes using GIS and basic programming is a key objective of the course. Holistic management considers upstream and downstream interactions, and the interactive role of hydrology, hydraulics, ice processes, temperature, sediment, biota and land cover. Discussions address physical, chemical and biological components in natural and altered streams. A one-day or overnight field trip through a major watershed in Alberta is typically included.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 3740
Equivalent:
Geography 4015 (prior to 2010/2011)

Geography 4700

Advanced Computer Mapping
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Advanced topics and concepts in analytical and computer cartography. Development, analysis and integration of multisource geographical data and databases. Algorithms for computer mapping and visualization of geographical phenomena. Laboratory work will develop applications using computer mapping software and spatial data.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 3700

Geography 4710

Remote Sensing Field Techniques
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Other hours: 0-0-10
Field measurement for airborne and satellite image analysis. The spatial, spectral, radiometric, biophysical, ecological and morphometric properties of the Earth’s surface will be measured, analysed, mapped, and modelled. Field instrumentation, use, interpretation, analysis and validation as well as instruction in spectroradiometry, global positioning systems, ecological data collection, computer image analysis, and GIS will be provided. Includes field work and computer laboratory exercises.
Prerequisite(s):
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours);
A major in Geography, Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Computer Science, or Remote Sensing
OR
Successful written application to the Department of Geography
Recommended Background:
A course in data analysis
Note:
May involve off-campus field work and require a field trip fee.

Geography 4725

Advanced Remote Sensing
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Digital image analysis of aerial and satellite data for earth observation and studies of environmental and landuse change from local to global scales. Computer graphics and image processing in spatial, spectral and time dimensions. Data integration, classification, predictive models and fundamentals of spectroradiometry. Laboratory work will focus on digital image analysis software and applications.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 3720

Geography 4730

Spatial Statistics
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
An introduction to statistical methods of spatial analysis, including techniques for description, sampling, comparison, relationships and trends.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 2700;
Geography 2735
Equivalent:
Geography 3730 (prior to 2010/2011)

Geography 4740

Advanced Geographical Information Systems
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Advanced and applied topics in geographical information science, with a focus on spatial analysis, data visualization, geographical problem solving, and new directions. GIS projects will be emphasized.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 3740

Geography 4752

Seminar in Geographical Information Systems
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Trends in Geographical Information Systems for spatial analysis using information technology. Theoretical and computer-based approaches to spatial pattern analysis and database management systems. Applications and future directions will be emphasized.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 3740

Geography 4753

Seminar in Remote Sensing
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Contemporary issues in remote sensing and image analysis. Advanced approaches to classification, modelling, change detection and scaling. The role of remote sensing science in integrated studies of global change. Research and new directions.
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 4725