Geospatial System Analysis and Design

Course Description

Geospatial System Analysis and Design surveys the process of GIS design through critical reading/writing and collaborative discussion. Key topics in the course outline the broad range of current GIS systems, how they are designed and evaluated, and how emerging technologies may impact their design and implementation in the near future. In particular, students will develop a term-long project where they propose a realistic problem scenario that requires the skills and understanding required to effectively complete a geospatial system specification, design, and implementation. Students completing this course are able to develop a comprehensive system design plan that takes into account current technologies as well as emerging technology trends.

This course is part of the following programs: Masters of Geographic Information Systems and Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security.

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George Chaplin

George Chaplin has worked with GIS for more than 12 years and teaches GEOG 583, GEOG 864, and GEOG 488 for our online programs. He was awarded his master of science in GIS with distinction and has received the Association of Geographic Information Student of the Year Award. His interests are in anthropology, as well as geography, and he uses modeling, spatial statistics, and complex spatial analysis in his research at Penn State. He studies human ecology, ancestry, and epidemiology.

Anthony Robinson

Hello! I'm Anthony Robinson. I serve as the Director for our Online Geospatial Education programs here at Penn State, and I split my time between research with the GeoVISTA Center and online education for the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. My research work focuses closely on design issues with GIS and Geovisualization. I work with end-users and developers alike to help shape new tools and systems for a variety of application areas. I conduct experiments with users to develop design guidelines and to evaluate prototype tools. I also develop design proposals for new systems. Since I started working at Penn State in 2003 I have worked on projects for epidemiology, crisis management, and intelligence analysis domains.

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