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Quick Facts about GEOG 588
Instructor: Marcela Suárez
Course Structure: Online, 12-15 hours a week for 10 weeks
Overview: GEOG 588 is an elective course for Penn State's Online Master of GIS. This section is being offered to students around the globe through Penn State's World Campus. The course consists of projects, associated readings, written assignments, and discussions about concepts.
This course focuses on theoretical discussions in spatial data science, as well as on applying a range of spatial data science skills and tools to solve real-world problems and model geographic phenomena. This includes reading, writing, and working with novel types of geographic data, and making static and interactive maps. Students will read, discuss, and synthesize research articles and develop coding solutions for data science tasks through a series of lab exercises. Discussion forums will provide a platform for students to address coding challenges and problems in a collaborative framework. Exercises using the tools introduced in the course will provide students an opportunity to troubleshoot and debug their code while creating reproducible programming/coding workflows. Students will apply concepts presented in the readings to compare existing spatial data science methods in order to select the appropriate methods to complete their semester project.
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.