Schedule

Revised 6/17/2024

Schedule for Module 1: 1/17/2024 to 3/5/2024

This course has a flexible format to fit in your schedule. But you have to keep on top of work in the class.

Time commitment: I’ve found that most students can get the work for this course done in around 4-6 hours per week. If you come in 3 hours a week, like a normal lecture class, you will probably get most of the work done. 

Meetings: This 0.5 credit module course was designed to be flexible and fit into any schedule. You are responsible for setting up a time for meetings. Meeting times are below and appointment schedule is ( here ) or come find me during those appointment hours in 206 or 207 SCSC.

  • Please schedule a meeting with me the 2nd week and 3rd week. ¬†
  • Please contact me for a meeting time after the 3rd week if you are behind. Don’t fall behind.
  • Pro tip: working in the lab during my office hours on a regular basis gives you access to me (for questions, feedback, and stupid jokey stuff). In other words, schedule time to get the work in this class done¬†
    • M: 9:15-10, 1-2:00
    • Tu: 9:15-1
    • W: 9:15-10, noon-2:00
    • F: 9:15-10, noon-2:00

If you have a problem after hours or on the weekend, please email me and we can try to sort it by email or phone facetime, or Zoom. I’m an early to bed, early to rise guy and will get back to you ASAP.

If you run into a problem you can’t solve (the tutorial does not always match up with the software perfectly) try your best then note the problem and move on to the next section.

Please complete work for each week by the Friday of that week. Email me when posted.

Type up approximately 300 words for each reading. 

Post the requested work to this blog and email your instructor.

Create a shared folder in Google and share it with me: Jay Wobble’s ¬†would be Geog 291 Wobble (for Final)

You will post the weekly work to this blog! Expect to see an email from OWU’s WordPress site.

Software 1: This blog (WordPress): You will receive an email to get access to posting on the site. Due to security restrictions, you must post from a hardwired campus computer (like those in 207) or BishopNet (not BishopGuest) on the wireless.  If you need access to BishopNet: While on campus go to https://wifi.owu.edu and register your device.

Software 2: ArcGIS Online. Watch for an email.

Software 3: ArcGIS Pro. Installed on GIS Lab (207 SCSC) computers. 

Software: ArcGIS Pro (latest version)

The GIS Lab (SCSC 207) is unlocked 7am-7pm M-F. I’ll provide the class with a code to get in the room after those hours, along with OWU ID card swipe access to the Science Center.

Log in using the ID and password on the monitor stand. Don’t use your own OWU login.

Each computer has an up to date copy of ArcGIS Pro (shortcut on desktop).

  • Create a folder on the C: drive called GEOG 291 (unless it’s already there)
  • In that folder create another folder with your last name
  • Save stuff there, including the downloaded tutorial files

You can also download ArcGIS Pro on your own Windows PC. It should be a newer computer with plenty of memory and storage. Information here: Download ArcGIS Pro

Week 1: Introduction to Course (Stuff Due Friday, Augu. 23)

Books: Get books (see syllabus) or copies available in GIS lab (top map drawer near room door). Do not remove these books from the rhoom.

Assign: Review course blog (syllabus & schedule) and create a blog posting on the class blog: please give the posting this title: <Your Last Name> Week 1

  1. A basic introduction to you with a glossy 8.5 x 11 photograph or suitable alternative
  2. Read Schuurman ch. 1 (PDF) & include  comments, thoughts, etc. (300 words)
  3. Use Google and Google Scholar and ChatGPT to look into a few GIS application areas: search for ‚ÄúGIS Application‚ÄĚor “GIS” and different keywords, based on your personal interest: wolf telemetry, LGBT, carnivorous plants, hate groups, crime, sewers, crowdsourcing, etc.). Include, in the blog posting, information on two applications with at least one map or image and a source or two.¬†

Week 2: GIS Analysis I (Stuff Due Friday, Augu. 30)

Read: Mitchell ch. 1, 2, 3. Create a new blog entry with comments, notes, and questions on this reading. Include key concepts and definitions. About 300 words per chapter. <Your Last Name> Week 2. Follow this titling format for the rest of the course.

Meet with me (appointments are  here ) or come find me during those appointment hours in 206 or 207 SCSC.

Week 3: GIS Analysis II (Stuff Due Friday, Sep. 6)

Read: Mitchell ch. 4, 5, 6. Create a new blog entry with comments, notes, and questions on this reading. Include key concepts and definitions. About 300 words per chapter.

Meet with me (appointments are  here ) or come find me during those appointment hours in 206 or 207 SCSC.

Week 4: GIS Software I: GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro (Stuff Due Friday, Sep. 13)

  • Log into the GIS Lab (207 SCSC) computers using the username and password on the monitor base
  • The link to the tutorial files are in the front of the book on p. XIV
    • Download to your¬†external hard drive
    • The downloaded file is compressed (zipped, etc.): Right-mouse click and Extract All (this removes them from the compressed file)
    • Use only the ArcGIS Pro files in the GISTforPro folder. They are for the tutorials in the book
      • You don’t have to do the Assignments for Students (unless you want).
  • Open ArcGIS Pro and log into ArcGIS Online (upper right)
  • Follow the instructions in the book: from within ArcGIS Pro, navigate to the tutorial files in the GISTforPro folder.

Read and complete: GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro, Preface + Part 1 (ch. 1, 2, 3). Create a new blog entry with comments, notes, and questions on these tutorial chapters. For each tutorial chapters, save a screenshot or two of your work for the blog entry.

**Due to heavy use of the GIS lab this semester, please work off an external hard drive as suggested in a previous email. This allows you to use any open computer in the lab for your work. Dr. Mizuta and Dr. Rowley and Dr. Krygier all have courses in the GIS lab: you are free to use open computers during these classes. 

Week 5: GIS Software II: GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro (Stuff Due Friday, Sep. 20)

Read and complete: GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro, Part 2 (ch. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). Create a new blog entry with comments, notes, and questions on these tutorial chapters. For each tutorial chapters, save a screenshot or two of your work for the blog entry.

Start Work on Delaware Data Inventory & Final Exam (Due Tuesday, Octo. 8). Plan accordingly!

Week 6: GIS Software III: GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro (Stuff Due Friday, Sep. 27)

Read and complete: GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro, Part 3 (ch. 9, 10, 11). Create a new blog entry with comments, notes, and questions on these tutorial chapters. For each tutorial chapters, save a screenshot or two of your work for the blog entry.

Week 7: Work! (Stuff Due Friday, Octo. 4 )

Work on and help with Take-home exam

Week 8: Final Submission: (Stuff Due Tuesday, Octo. 8)

Put the final in the shared folder and email your instructor!