### Welcome to GEOG 597i - Special Topics in Geospatial Intelligence Futures

#### Quick Facts about GEOG 597i

- Instructor: Dr. George van Otten
- Course Structure: Online, 10-12 hours a week for 10 weeks
- Overview:
*The overarching goal of this course is to familiarize participants with the transcendent issues, themes, concepts, and applications of the discipline of geography.*

#### Overview

This course explores the fundamentals of applied geography. Additionally, it provides exposure to spatial modeling and quantitative tools of spatial analysis.

#### Course Objectives

##### General course objectives are as follows:

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will be able to:

- describe the transcendent theme of the discipline of geography;
- describe the evolution of the discipline;
- describe current trends relative to geographic research and the applications of the tools of spatial analysis;
- describe and/or define the basis concepts, tools, models, and mathematical formulae used by geographers to analyze the spatial realities of the earth;
- apply the tools of spatial analysis to "real world" problems and issues;
- demonstrate comprehension of the implications of modern space and time adjusting technologies;
- describe the primary theories and models used for spatial analysis; and
- make logical predictions relative to future spatial patterns and interactions that are based upon the materials covered in lectures and assigned readings.

#### Course Goals and Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

- describe the transcendent theme of the discipline of geography;
- identify prominent geographers who are responsible for the development of the discipline;
- describe the evolution of the discipline;
- describe the place of geography relative to the sciences and social sciences;
- demonstrate comprehension of measurement and scaling in the application of theories and tools of spatial analysis;
- describe and demonstrate comprehension of the structuring of geographic relationships;
- demonstrate the ability to apply spatial classifications systems;
- demonstrate comprehension of the bases for spatial interaction;
- describe the nature of transportation systems and apply various models, formulizing, graphs, and matrices;
- describe and apply the foundational theories and models associated with the analysis of rural and urban land uses;
- describe and demonstrate comprehension of the ways in which spatial diffusion works;
- demonstrate the ability to apply the gravity model to predictive analysis relative to the potential for interaction between places;
- define the basic spatial concepts that provide the foundation for spatial research;
- demonstrate comprehension of the way in which spatial relationships (site and situation) impact upon the location of industries, communities, and places; and
- provide a reasoned synthesis of the probable further of world spatial realities in light of the rapidly changing nature of cyberspace.