GEOG 484
GIS Database Development

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Welcome to GEOG 484 - GIS Database Development

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  • Instructors: Michelle Zeiders and Brandi Gaertner
  • Course Structure: Online, a minimum of 10 to 12 hours a week for 10 weeks. Your time investment will be greater or less depending on your prior experience with computing in general, and with GIS in particular.
  • Overview: GEOG 484 is the third in a series of four courses that leads to Penn State's Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and can be applied toward the Penn State Master of Geographic Information Systems degree. The course consists of software-based projects, and explanations and discussions of concepts having to do with how GIS software can be used to integrate geographic data compiled from various sources. Students who successfully complete the course are able to specify and perform the tasks involved in creating a digital geographic database, including georeferencing scanned base maps, digitizing vector features, entering attribute data, and compiling metadata. Geography 484 requires use of Esri's ArcGIS software. Prerequisite: GEOG 483 or similar experience
  • Lessons: There will be a new lesson each week for the first six weeks of the course. The Final Project, which spans the remaining 4 weeks and has weekly deliverables, is revealed all at once. Each lesson will begin with an introduction that explains the goals of the lesson, provides background information, and gives an overview of the lesson activities. The remainder of the lesson consists of activities that are designed to reach the overall learning goals of the lesson. Read carefully the instructions in the lessons. A high percentage of problems that people request help with are due to missing a step, or misreading an instruction.
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Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback, and earn academic credit. Information about Penn State's Online Geospatial Education programs is available at the Geospatial Education Program Office.