Geospatial Mapping & Data Visualization Program

Geospatial Mapping & Data Visualization Program ~ Course Curriculum

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Methods of Instruction

Video Lecture Content – Participants follow a series of instructor-designed, screen-capture videos that simulate traditional in-person lectures. Additional support is provided by chat boards, FAQs, and access to instructors via email.

Applied Content – Participants utilize instructor-prepared materials to work through basic geospatial data manipulation and analysis on their personal computers, using free trial software.

Assessment – Participants answer a series of multiple-choice questions at their own pace while working through module material to check their understanding.

Program Modules

Core Module

Minimum expected time to complete: 28-32 hours
* Technical Requirements: A PC with at least a 2.2 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM running Windows 7 or newer, OR the ability to run Windows in a virtual environment on an Apple or other device with equivalent specs [ Detailed Specs ]

Agriculture Industry Professionals Utilize Geospatial Mapping Technologies Geographic Principles

  • Functionality overview
  • Tabular data
  • Spatial data
  • Geographic data types
  • Tabular queries
  • Spatial queries

ArcMap Basics

  • ESRI software suite discussion
  • Software installation
  • Software layout, interface, and navigation
  • Adding and identifying data
  • Symbology
  • Cartographic fundamentals

Applied ArcMap & Analysis

  • Projections
  • Queries
  •  Joins
  • Basic geoprocessing
  • Advanced symbology and labelling
  • Creating & exporting a map
  • ArcCatalog
  • ArcToolbox
  • ArcEditor

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Applied Module: Web Mapping with Carto

Minimum expected time to complete: 12-18 hours

Forestry Industry Professionals Utilize Geospatial Mapping Technologies

Carto Introduction

  • Functionality Overview
  • Creating a user account
  • Carto dashboard navigation
  • Data sources and uploading data

Applied & Instructional Content

  • SQL tabular and spatial queries
  • Data filtering
  • Create maps with custom data
  • Add map elements and contextual information
  • Custominze map info window popups
  • Geographic data visualization techniques
  • Share maps on the web

Deliverables

  • Publicly accessible web map with custom data and visualization preferences

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Applied Module: Data Collection with Fulcrum

Minimum expected time to complete: 12-18 hours
* Technical Requirements: Participants must own a “smart device” capable of connecting to the Apple Store or Google Play in order to download Fulcrum’s free mobile app.

Agriculture Industry Professionals Utilize Geospatial Mapping Technologies

Fulcrum Introduction

  • Functionality overview
  • Creating a user account
  • Downloading apps to your mobile device
  • Fulcrum Dashboard navigation

Applied & Instructional Content

  • Data and field type explanations and uses
  • Creating a new application and syncing to your device
  • Designing a custom GPS-enabled data collection form specific for your business needs
  • Collecting data remotely with a mobile device
  • Visualizing and editing data within the Fulcrum platform
  • Exporting and using data in other geospatial platforms

Deliverables

  • Customized GPS enabled data collection form for use on your mobile device
  • Field geospatial dataset available for use in other geospatial platforms

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Instructors:

Peter Hansen, Senior GIS Analyst
Geographical Information Center • CSU, Chico
pzhansen@csuchico.edu
Ryan Miller, Research Specialist
Geographical Information Center • CSU, Chico
rgmiller@csuchico.edu