Fall 2017
   GEO327G/386G: GIS & GPS Applications in Earth Sciences









  • Instructor:

Mark Helper; GEO 4.112; 471-1009

  • Unique #s

Geo327G: #27080
Geo386G: #27370

  • Lab:

Tu 2:00 - 4:00, JGB 2.312

  • Lecture:

T, Th 11 - 12:30, JGB 2.312

  • Teaching Assistant:

Logan West logan.m.west@utexas.edu

Lab Syllabus

  • Office Hours:

T & Th  9:30 - 11 and whenever my door is open.

T.A.: TBA, JGB 2.312

  • Grading:

Exam 1: 15%
Exam 2: 15%
Labs: 35%
Project: 20%
Final  Exam: 15%

Plus and minus grades will be used for the final course grade.  Grade boundaries are determined at my discretion on the basis of a curve consistent with prior semesters.

  • Texts:

P. Bolstad, GIS Fundamentals,5th edition.  Eider Press, 769 p.  An excellent text that is very well suited to the course.

Ormsby, T., et al., 2004, Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop 10, 2nd edition, Updated for ArcGIS 10, ESRI press, 604 p.  This is not a required text but you may find it useful for labs and future reference.  It is a workbook with exercises that lead one through the various tools available in ArcGIS software.  The 2nd edition contains a fully functional, 180-day "trial version" of ArcGIS desktop 10; do not buy a used copy of either edition if you want the software.

Power Point presentations and printed notes will be available for most lectures.

  • Website

The class web site will be used extensively for lab exercises and class information.  Equivalent or more up-to-date information is posted on the class Canvas site.

  • Term Projects:

A GIS project involving a component of spatial or image analysis is an integral part of the course. Term projects will be posted to a class web site. 

This course carries the Quantitative Reasoning flag. Quantitative Reasoning courses are designed to equip you with skills that are necessary for understanding the types of quantitative arguments you will regularly encounter in your adult and professional life. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from your use of quantitative skills to analyze real-world problems.  The term project is a chance to further to develop your skills in this area.

  • Email & Network Accounts:

All students must have an email address and a user ID/password for the Geo. Building network.

  • Field Trips:

An overnight weekend field trip organized around GPS surveying is a required part of the class. The date for this year's trip will be posted soon.  Students participating in off-campus field trips are required by the University to have health insurance. Please let me know if you are not insured; I can arrange free coverage for the days of the trip.  Off-campus travel also requires a few forms, which can be downloaded here.

  • Academic Integrity:

Scholastic dishonesty of any type will not be tolerated. Violators will be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for possible disciplinary action, which in the extreme may result in expulsion from the University.

  • Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 512-471-6259, http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/


Last updated August 28, 2017
Comments and questions to helper@mail.utexas.edu
Geological Science,  U. Texas at Austin