GEOG 468
GIS Analysis and Design

Lesson 1: The Nature of the GIS Design Problem


The term "Wicked problem" is a phrase used to describe a problem that is difficult to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems.

Lesson Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the nature of the design problem
  • Understand the goals of the course
  • Understand the course syllabus


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