Topics in the Core Curriculum

INTRODUCTION TO GIS 
A.      Introduction
        1.      What is GIS?
        2.      Maps and map analysis
        3.      Introduction to computers
B.      A first view of GIS
        4.      Raster GIS
        5.      Raster GIS capabilities
C.      Data acquisition
        6.      Sampling the world
        7.      Data input
        8.      Socio-economic data
        9.      Environmental data
D.      Spatial databases
        10.     Models of reality
        11.     Spatial objects and database models
        12.     Relationships among spatial objects
E.      Vector view of GIS
        13.     Vector GIS
        14.     Vector GIS capabilities
F.      Using the GIS
        15.     Spatial analysis
        16.     Output
        17.     Graphic output design issues
        18.     Modes of user/GIS interaction
        19.     Generating complex products
        20.     GIS for archives  
G.      Past, present and future
        21.     Raster/vector debate
        22.     Object/layer debate
        23.     History of GIS
        24.     GIS marketplace  
        25.     Trends in GIS
        
TECHNICAL ISSUES IN GIS   
H.      Coordinate systems & geocoding
        26.     Common coordinate systems
        27.     Map projections
        28.     Affine & curvilinear transformations
        29.     Discrete georeferencing
I.      Vector data structures & algorithms 
        30.     Storage of complex spatial objects
        31.     Storage of lines: chain code
        32.     Simple algorithms I - line intersection
        33.     Simple algorithms II - polygons
        34.     Polygon overlay
J.      Raster data structures & algorithms
        35.     Raster storage
        36.     Hierarchical data structures
        37.     Quadtree algorithms, spatial indexes
K.      Data structures & algorithms for surfaces, volumes & time
        38.     Digital elevation models
        39.     TIN data model
        40.     Spatial interpolation I  
        41.     Spatial interpolation II
        42.     Temporal and 3D databases
L.      Databases for GIS
        43.     Database concepts I
        44.     Database concepts II
M.      Error modeling & data uncertainty   
        45.     Accuracy of spatial databases
        46.     Managing error
        47.     Fractals
        48.     Line generalization
N.      Visualization
        49.     Visualization of spatial data
        50.     Color theory

APPLICATION ISSUES IN GIS
O.      GIS application areas 
        51.     GIS application areas    
        52.     Resource management applications
        53.     Urban planning and management
        54.     Cadastral records and LIS
        55.     Facilities managment
        56.     Demographic and network applications
P.      Decision-making in a GIS context    
        57.     Multiple criteria methods
        58.     Location-allocation on networks
        59.     Spatial decision support systems
Q.      System planning
        60.     System planning overview
        61.     Functional requirements analysis
        62.     System evaluation
        63.     Benchmarking
        64.     Pilot project
        65.     Costs and benefits
R.      System implementation
        66.     Database creation
        67.     Implementation issues
        68.     Implementation strategies for large organizations
S.      Other issues
        69.     GIS standards
        70.     Legal issues
        71.     Development of a national GIS policy
        72.     GIS and global science
        73.     GIS and spatial cognition
        74.     Knowledge based techniques
        75.     The future of GIS

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