Course Outlines - Course Details
Diablo Valley College Course
GEOG-126: Advanced Geographic Information Systems 
This course is an application of advanced analytical techniques of geographic information systems (GIS) to manipulate, analyze and predict spatial patterns. Students will work on individual projects to learn the issues involved in managing and representing spatial information. 
GEOG - 125 or equivalent
GEOG-125 or equivalent
General Information
Department: Physical Science/Physics/Astronomy/Geology/Geography 
Division: Physical Science and Engineering 
Units: 3.00 
Grade Code: Student choice 
Repeatability: 0 
Max day class size: 30 
Max night class size: 30 
Number of Hours
Per Semester
Lecture: 54.00
Laboratory: 18.00
Activity: 0.00
By Arrangement
Lecture: 0.00
Laboratory: 0.00
Activity: 0.00
Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:

  1. Lecture objectives:
    1. Explain the application of advanced GIS techniques for raster and vector-based analyses.
    2. Describe the different tools for customizing and programming GIS.
    3. Describe the purpose, scope and limitations of a geodatabase.
    4. Describe the GIS tools and techniques of spatial analyses and map algebra.
    5. Explain the 3-D analyses using Digital Terrain model (DTM) and Digital Elevation Model (DEM).
    6. Assess the significance of models in GIS give some examples of models.
    7. Describe the different tools and resources for web-GIS.
    8. Describe the requirements for georeferencing, network analysis, and address matching.
    9. Describe the elements of cartographic representation of spatial information through maps, charts, and diagrams.
    10. . Explain the significance of Metadata.
  2. Lab objectives:
    1. Apply advanced GIS techniques for raster and vector-based analyses.
    2. Implement the GIS tools and techniques of spatial analyses and map algebra.
    3. Create a Geodatabase and import shapfiles into the geodatabase.
    4. Complete slope and aspect analyses using a Digital Elevation Model.
    5. Create and run a geoprocessing model.
    6. Develop and upload a webGIS using an open source tool.
    7. Build a network data set and run a shortest route analysis.
    8. Represent spatial information through maps, charts, and diagrams.
    9. Create a metadata pertaining to a GIS project.
    10. . Demonstrate problem-solving applications of GIS through a project.
  1. Lecture
    1. Beyond basic GIS: Introduction to advanced techniques
      1. 3-D and spatial analyses
      2. Network Analysis
      3. Web GIS
      4. Programming in GIS
    2. Designing a project to solve a ‘Real-world’ problem
      1. Database design
      2. Data conversion
      3. Feature data and maps
      4. Building a Geodatabase
      5. Metadata
    3. Model building in GIS
      1. Need for models
      2. Examples of models
      3. Applications of Model
    4. Creating a base map
      1. Digitizing and scanning
      2. Cleaning and building topology
      3. Managing map projection
    5. Analyzing spatial information
      1. Address matching
      2. Spatial query
      3. Buffer and overlay analyses
      4. Network analysis
      5. Raster Analysis and Map Algebra
  2. Laboratory
    1. Database design and Geodatabase
    2. Data conversion
    3. Metadata creation and editing.
    4. Creating a base map - Digitizing and scanning, import and conversion
    5. Editing, cleaning and building topology
    6. Managing map projection
    7. Address matching-geocoding.
    8. Attribute and Spatial query
    9. Buffer and overlay analyses
    10. . 3-D analyses
    11. . Network Analysis
    12. . Raster Analysis and Map Algebra
    13. . Model building and geoprocessing.
    14. . Web GIS
    15. . GIS Project design, management, output
Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Distance Education, 1) Lab-oriented exercises. 
Reading 1: Read the chapter on map projection. Make a list of projections that are suitable for general purpose maps of the USA and Canada. 
Reading 2: Read the chapter on attribute information. How does GIS allow you to enter attribute information? Can you enter the data into a spreadsheet and move it into the GIS? What type of user interface is required? 
Writing, problem solving, performance 1: Determine the resources available to you for geocoding street addresses of your local area. What sources exist for obtaining (a) street index files; (b) address matching; and (c) maps with address ranges marked on the streets? Estimate the time it would take to geocode 500 addresses. 
Writing, problem solving, performance 2: Design a model that might account for the risk of wildfire for a GIS data set consisting of layers of vegetation types and conditions, soils, streams, topography, and wind direction. How will you test this model? 
Lab, field activity, product or report: Given that steep terrain (above 60 percent slope) and south, south-west and west facing slopes contribute more to fire intensity, use the Walnut Creek DEM to develop a fire intensity grid raster and present a final map showing areas that are prone to intense fire. 
Sample One: Use the geographic search commands within your GIS and a sample data set to do the following spatial queries: locate, highlight, and buffer. Generate a simple but well-designed map to show the outcome. 

Sample Two:

Describe the effect of DEM resolution on watershed boundary delineation.


Frequency of Evaluation:

Evaluations will adhere to the DVC "Fairness in Grading" guidelines and will include as a minimum:

  • Evaluation of students within the first quarter of the course and notifying student of the results

  • Counting a final examination for no more than one-half the course grade

  • Basing final grades on at least three students' tests and/or reports

Additional: Final Project - Written Report and Presentation


Sample Textbook. See the current course syllabus or for the actual course textbook.
Book One
Author: Zeiler, Michael 
Title: Modeling Our World: The ESRI Guide to Geodatabase Concept 
Publisher: CRC 
City: Boca Raton, FL 
Year: 2010 
Book Two
Author: Allen, David W, and Coffey, Jeffery M. 
Title: GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Woorkbook. 
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc. 
City: New York, NY 
Year: 2010 
(1) Removable storage media 
Approval Date
On File 
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