GEOG 583
Geospatial System Analysis and Design

Welcome to GEOG 583 - Geospatial System Analysis and Design

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Geospatial System Analysis and Design surveys the process of GIS design through critical reading/writing and collaborative discussion. Key topics in the course outline the broad range of current GIS systems, how they are designed and evaluated, and how emerging technologies may impact their design and implementation in the near future. In particular, students will develop a term-long project where they propose a realistic problem scenario that requires the skills and understanding required to effectively complete a geospatial system specification, design, and implementation. Students completing this course are able to develop a comprehensive system design plan that takes into account current technologies as well as emerging technology trends.

Geography 583 is a required course in the Penn State Master of Geographic Information Systems degree and the Master of Science in Spatial Data Science degree.

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Geospatial Analysis and Design is a course for students that are interested in writing a project proposal that outlines a geospatial system design. This course will guide you through writing your proposal and will follow the basic geospatial design processes, including a user analysis and needs assessment, a concept selection, system requirements, valuation, and cost-benefit analysis. You get to choose the term project topic idea in this class and the options are endless. You can focus your project proposal on your interests, hobbies, or a project at work. Previous projects have focused on a voting facilities app, a virtual reality app, and a trail maintenance app. You will gain valuable writing and geospatial design experience in this course. Previous students have used the topic proposal that they created in this class as the foundation for their MGIS and SDS Capstone projects or have implemented the project at their place of employment. Have a great day!

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Want to join us? Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback and earn academic credit. For more information, visit Penn State's Online Geospatial Education Program website. Official course descriptions and curricular details can be reviewed in the University Bulletin.

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