GEOG 469
Energy Industry Applications of GIS

 

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Welcome to GEOG 469!

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Registered students should begin with the Course Orientation.

NOTE: We will be using ArcGIS for Desktop (Advanced) 10.x and Extensions Education Edition from Esri for this course. Upon registration, you must contact Kerry Isett at kdb6@psu.edu to request a copy of this required software. It will be provided to you free of charge. You must request the software immediately or you will not be able to proceed with Lesson 1. The course code will be sent to you via ANGEL email the first week of class.

Not registered? Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback, and earn academic credit.

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Quick Facts about GEOG 469

  • Authors - Ron Santini, Instructor, and David DiBiase, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Instructor- Ron Santini, Instructor, Department of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Overview- GEOG 469 is a required course for the Bachelor of Arts in Energy Sustainability and Policy online degree program, geared towards students who are able to study only part-time and at a distance. GEOG 469 provides students with an in-depth exploration of the complexities of siting decisions. The course introduces a variety of siting challenges that confront the energy industry and its customers and neighbors, but focuses on the siting of electrical transmission lines. The course also provides hands-on experience with a common decision support technology, and considers how the technology may be used to facilitate public participation in siting decisions.
  • Learning Environment - This Web site provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu  links to important supporting materials, while the Course Outline menu links to the course lessons. ANGEL, Penn State's course management system, is used to support the delivery of this course as well, as it provides the primary communications, calendaring, and submission tools for the course.
  • Topics of Study-The content of this course is divided into 12 lessons. Each lesson will be completed in approximately 1 week. Lesson learning activities take the form of discussions, quizzes, and online climate simulations.
    • Lesson 1 - Roles of GIS in Energy System Siting Decisions
    • Lesson 2 - Major Siting Challenges in the Energy Enterprise, Part 1
    • Lesson 3 - Major Siting Challenges in the Energy Enterprise, Part 2
    • Lesson 4 - Facilitating Public Participation with GIS
    • Lesson 5 - Overview of Electric Energy Transmission Siting Criteria
    • Lesson 6 - Completing the Esri Spatial Analysis Course
    • Lesson 7 - Understanding GIS Error, Accuracy, and Precision, and Metadata
    • Lesson 8 - Finding GIS Data for Siting Projects
    • Lesson 9 - Beginning the Term Project
    • Lesson 10 - Addressing Negative Public Comments
    • Lesson 11 - Presenting Your Siting Project
    • Lesson 12 - Siting Plan Review
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