GEOG 596i/596k
Independent Study in Geospatial Intelligence

iMPS-HLS Independent Study in Geographic Data and Technology in Geospatial Intelligence (Specifc to GEOG 482)


Independent Study Agreement

iMPS-HLS Independent Study in Geographic Data in Geospatial Intelligence (Specific to GEOG 482)

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Course: GEOG 596I/K, iMPS-HLS Independent Study in Geographic Data in Geospatial Intelligence

1. Overview.

This Independent Study is for you to research and learn about the broad nature of geographic data and geographic information science and technology (GIS&T) as applied in the geospatial intelligence domain.

The specific goal is, while completing the GEOG 482 course content, to demonstrate an understanding of the application of geographic information science and technology (GIS&T) to some unique aspect of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT).

Please note that GEOG 596i is admininstered separately from GEOG 483. Questions concerning GEOG 596i should be directed to Dr. Bacastow,

2. Task. Create an online GEOINT Journal according to the below scenario:

You are the managing editor of a new online GEOINT journal. The purpose of the online journal is to inform readers on the value of GEOINT to their lives and to direct persons interested in careers in GEOINT to appropriate resources for employment in the GEOINT field. Your journal may be focused on a specific industry or group of industries. For example, it may be focused on the role of GEOINT in Homeland Security or the Environment. Or it may be focused on the role of GEOINT across related industries such as defense and intelligence, or homeland security and law enforcement, or Environment and Health. You should incorporate two or more of the different dimensions of GEOINT—technology, analysis and tradecraft, workforce issues, domestic uses, international uses.

The journal must contain a minimum of 4 main pages (e.g. tabs) including the homepage. Each of the main pages, not including the home page, should have at least one sub-page. Every page must include substantive content that either you create or you integrate from other sources (E.g. articles, podcasts, videos, etc). Please source all content you incorporate that is not your original work. As a note, your original content may include your own video, podcast, photos, etc. as well as text.

The primary focus of this work is the thought you put in to the type of content that will be interesting to readers, and the sample content you use or create. You should plan to expend at least 20 hours of your own time on this project. I strongly recommend you create a concept design in power point or some other graphics tool (or on paper) before you try building the website. You also should start collecting ideas for content throughout the GEOG 482 course.

3. Means of delivery.

The journal will be completed as part of your Electronic Portfolio (e-Portfolio). E-Portfolios are dynamic, developmental spaces representing your professional "self" on the Web. They are becoming standard practice for academics, students, and professionals and typically include examples of skills and achievements, as well as a reflective blog element. The URL is:

At Penn State we use the Blogs @ Penn State platform to create e-Portfolios because it is easy to use and allows you to update and contribute to your e-Portfolio wherever you have an internet connection. To get started on your e-Portfolio go to the Blogs @ Penn State site and Log in with your PSU UserID and password.

Information about creating a web site is found under at Course Content > Sites at PSU Instructions.

4. Timeline. Your journal is due the last day of the term. Send me an email to introduce your journal to me.

5. Credit hours (1-3 hours). 1 or 3 credits

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