Nov 15, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Geospatial Technologies Certificate (Distance Learning)


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A distance learning certificate in geospatial technologies is designed to give students a broad understanding of the geographic concepts that underpin geographic information systems (GIS) and related geospatial technologies, as well as develop practical skills in utilizing these technologies to address applications in a wide range of disciplines and domain areas. As a skills-based certificate, this program will focus on both ‘software knowledge’ and fundamental concepts related to spatial thinking and geographic information, and provide training in the tools and techniques required to utilize GIS and geospatial technologies in professional settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

The main objective of this certificate program is to enable students to develop a broad understanding of the concepts and applications of GIS and related geospatial technologies, and develop practical skill sets for the use of geospatial technologies in a wide range of fields. Following the completion of introductory courses, students will be able to explore selected advanced topics related to GIS and geospatial technologies in a number of disciplines. Students who undertake this certificate will:

  1. Explore geographic concepts and spatial thinking skills that are a core of geography and geospatial technologies.
  2. Explore the concepts and methods of maps and mapmaking, especially digital cartography.
  3. Develop practical skills in designing and producing informative digital maps and other visualizations of geographic information.
  4. Develop practical skills in the utilization of GIS and geospatial technologies in selected fields.

Students who complete the distance learning certificate in geographic information systems will be able to:

  1. Understand and explain the basic geographic and spatial concepts that underpin GIS and other geospatial technologies.
  2. Explain and critique digital mapping techniques and how they present geographic information.
  3. Apply practical digital cartography skills and knowledge to create well-designed and informative maps and other visualizations of geographic information.
  4. Understand and explain the theories and concepts that underpin GIS and geospatial technologies.
  5. Apply practical GIS and geospatial technology skills to applications within selected fields.

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