Feb 25, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:  

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

CIS1762 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 hrs.)

This course will prepare students for the ArcGIS Desktop Entry certification.  The topics will include geodatabases, layers, coordinate systems, table association, geo-referencing, spatial adjustment, geocoding, feature geometries, attributes, topology, geo-processing, table management, and map management.

Course Classification:






Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to prepare students to work with the ArcGIS software.  These concepts provide a foundation for further courses in geographic information systems and preparation for the ArcGIS Desktop Entry certification test.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to explain and use the basic components/tools of ArcGIS.  The student will be able to create, analyze, and deliver components and maps to a variety of outputs.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Geographic Data Storage Formats and Geodatabases

Outcomes: Demonstrate knowledge of the geographic data storage formats and geodatabases components.

  • Describe the geographic data storage formats
  • List the types of geodatabases
  • Define geodatabase tables
  • Describe advanced geodatabase elements

UNIT 2: Managing Geographic Data

Outcomes: Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to manage geographic data in a geodatabase including layering

  • Add data to the geodatabase
  • Create data from layers
  • Layer source data

UNIT 3:  Coordinate Systems and Evaluating Data

Outcomes: Explain the different features of different coordinate systems and how data is managed in these systems

  • Demonstrate the ability to:
  • Describe the types of coordinate systems
  • Describe projection on the fly
  • Contrast data in different projected coordinate systems
  • Explain how to handle data with an unknown coordinate system
  • Manage data in different geographic coordinate systems
  • Evaluate data for a task
  • Document data

UNIT 4: Associating Tables

Outcomes: Describe how tables are related with software tools and the necessary design for table associations

  • Define types of table relationships
  • Create table associations
  • Implement relationship classes

UNIT 5: Geo-referencing and Spatial Adjustment

Outcomes: Describe the techniques of defining raster data location using map coordinates and the assignment of the coordinate system of the data

  • Describe geo-referencing and spatial adjustment
  • Implement geo-referencing for raster data
  • Use spatial adjustment tools to align and integrate data

UNIT 6: Geocoding

Outcomes: Explain the purpose of geocoding and implement geocoding components and address matching

  • Discuss and use geocoding components
  • Implement address matching
  • Identify the components of the geocoding environment
  • Plan and use geocoding results

UNIT 7: Feature Geometries

Outcomes: Use various tools to implement feature geometries including pre-defined geometries and creating new geometries

  • Use feature templates
  • Utilize feature construction tools
  • Employ segment construction methods
  • Create features from existing features
  • Modify a feature shape
  • Divide features into parts

UNIT 8: Attributes and Editing with Topology

Outcomes: Explain how to create a new topology and perform editing using a topology and geodatabase topology

  • Implement various attribute editing methods
  • Perform calculations based on field geometries
  • Use attribute editing with default values and domains
  • Edit using topology and geodatabase topology

UNIT 9: Geo-processing for Analysis

Outcomes: Explain how to use geo-processing tools and Python scripts for analysis

  • Use geo-processing tools for analysis
  • Describe and implement geo-processing models for analysis
  • Use Python scripts for analysis

UNIT 10: Analyzing and Querying Tables

Outcomes: Explain how to analyze and query tables including attribute and spatial queries

  • Extract information from attribute tables
  • Implement attribute queries
  • Implement spatial queries
  • Use queries in analysis
  • Work with selections

UNIT 11: Performing Spatial Analysis

Outcomes: Explain how to perform spatial analysis using proximity analysis, overlay analysis, and temporal analysis

  • Describe and implement proximity analysis
  • Explain and implement overlay analysis
  • Define and use statistical analysis
  • Describe and implement temporal analysis

UNIT 12: Layers

Outcomes: Explain the usage of layers in map design along with proper design of layers to manage large amounts of data

  • Work with layers and data frames
  • Explain and implement vector layer symbology and raster layer symbology
  • Manage the amount of data viewed in a map

UNIT 13: Map Management

Outcomes: Explain the components necessary to deliver a map to different outputs including the web, service, and packaging

  • Compose a map layout
  • Create a graph
  • Describe the index layer
  • Enable and refine data driven pages
  • Create map text and symbols
  • Optimize maps for the web
  • Share a map as a service
  • Prepare temporal data for a web map
  • Export and print maps
  • Share maps and data through packaging
  • Share map documents

Projects Required:

Varies, refer to syllabus.


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Materials/Equipment Required:


Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program:

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class and which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.