GEOG 871
Geospatial Technology Project Management

Welcome to GEOG 871 - Geospatial Technology Project Management


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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.

Quick Facts about GEOG 871

  • Instructors: Pat Kennelly and Peter Croswell
  • Course Structure: Online, 10-12 hours a week for 10 weeks
  • Overview: GEOG 871 is a required course for Penn State's Online Master of GIS. Principles of effective project management applied to the planning and execution of GIS projects.

    Project management is a broad discipline that encompasses both technical methods such as system design and analysis, and interpersonal factors that affect professional relationships.

    By the end of this course, students will have devised a project plan from a scenario built upon a real-life project involving the city of Metropolis geodatabase. The project plan will include a scope, detailed work structure with a timeline, a budget, a project roles and responsibility matrix, a quality plan, and a plan to address risk.


This course is offered as part of the Open Educational Resources initiative of Penn State's John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. You are welcome to use and re-use materials that appear on this site (other than those copyrighted by others) subject to the licensing agreement linked to the bottom of this and every page.