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Course Details

Course Code: GEOG201 Course ID: 3984 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course builds upon principles covered in Fundamentals of GIS I and will provide students an emphasis of hands-on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience while solidifying the foundation of the concepts learned in Fundamentals of GIS I. The objectives of this course are to begin establishing a solid foundation in the operation of GIS systems and to teach organizational skills needed for successful GIS project management. Overall this course prepares the student for learning beginning and intermediate functional applications of GIS as well as spatial data analysis. Note: This course requires students to install software on a Windows-based computer (Windows 7 or higher) in order to complete assigned course work. (Prerequisite: GEOG200)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

CO-1 Identify best techniques for analytic data display.
CO-2 Discuss methods for quantitative data display.
CO-3 Explain density mapping techniques.
CO-4 Apply overlay analysis appropriately.
CO-5 Demonstrate knowledge of proximity analysis.
CO-6 Execute analyses of geographic change.
CO-7 Implement appropriate measures of geographic distribution.
CO-8 Solve spatial analysis problems using appropriate analytical techniques

Instructional Approach and Course Requirements

GIS is best learned in a hands-on manner. To this end, we will spend our time working through the tutorials in the textbook. It is important that you pay careful attention to the instructions in the book, and that you complete all the assignments as assigned in the order they are assigned. The software we use is very complex, and the lessons build upon the previous ones. Failure to complete assignments as assigned will reduce your ability to use the software and complete future assignments.

Also, if you get too far behind then you risk the chance of not being able to complete the exams. The information in the exams will come directly from the tutorial, my notes within the lessons, forums, or other readings as assigned. You may use the tutorial and software to assist you in these exams.

If you require assistance with an assignment, you can post your question to the Assignment Q&A Forum or contact me directly through the messages tool. Students helping other students is an important component of face-to-face GIS classes, so I encourage you to try this (I will also be monitoring this forum). If you have a question about anything else, please contact me through messages.

Other Important Class Notes

This course will offer the student an interactive, asynchronous virtual classroom. Each week’s lesson will have a course announcement, assigned readings, a project or homework, and other guidance provided by the instructor. Since the student is expected to fully participate in discussions and interact with the instructor and other students, reading assignments and assigned projects should be completed in a timely manner.

“Asynchronous” is not the same as “independent study” – all students are to participate in the weekly assignments and topics together, it is within that week where each individual has flexibility on completing the week’s tasks.

The nature of an online course requires a significant amount of discipline and independent work. The student is responsible for managing time, completing assignments and notifying the Professor immediately of any difficulties. All assignments will have several days to weeks to complete therefore, extensions are not anticipated.

Each week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday, and all posted times are Eastern Time. Students are encouraged to carefully check due dates and times on exams so as not to miss a submission.


We can learn as much from each other as we will from the text or the assignments. The Forum is to facilitate our getting to know one another and sharing our thoughts about the weekly readings and assignments. The purpose for the forum is to discuss important aspects of GIS while interacting with your instructor and your fellow students. You’re welcome to ask questions of me on the forums, but if they are time sensitive and related to the assignments, it’s best to contact me through the messages tool.

For the first forum, all work must be completed by 11:55 PM ET Sunday of the first week. For the remaining forums, all initial posts are due by 11:55 PM ET Wednesday of the week assigned. All replies must be completed by 11:55 PM Sunday of the week assigned.


Assignments will consist of working through the tutorials in the text and completing one or more of the independent exercises in each chapter. Each week’s assignment will specify which tutorials you should complete, which independent exercises you should do, and what you should submit. Please try to begin the assignments as early in the week as possible. You may require assistance during the assignment, and starting early will give you enough time to get the assistance you need and still hand in the assignment in on time.


There will be two quizzes and two exams. These tests are meant to capture your understanding of the material progressively and while it is fresh in your mind. Pace yourself based upon your knowledge of your lifestyle and work requirements. Keep me apprised of special situations.

All tests but the final exam can be found in the Test and Quizzes section of the classroom. These test may have multiple choice, true/false, essay questions and exercises (that need to be submitted via attachment). Read the questions slowly and thoughtfully, they are meant to measure your understanding of concepts, ideas, and terms that are complex in their shades of meaning. The final exam is can be found in the Assignment section.

Please Note: If you copy the test before submission as a study guide, you must be aware that the order of the all questions will scrambled each time you re-open the short exam or exam. This includes matching questions and answers if applicable. Do not just blindly paste or post the answers you have determined during your study preparation. Verify you are answering the right question!

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum - Week 1 2.50 %
Forum - Week 2 2.50 %
Forum - Week 3 2.50 %
Forum - Week 4 2.50 %
Forum - Week 5 2.50 %
Forum - Week 6 2.50 %
Forum - Week 7 2.50 %
Forum - Week 8 2.50 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Week 1 - Mapping Where Things Are 2.86 %
Week 2 - Mapping Least/Most 2.86 %
Week 3 - Mapping Density 2.86 %
Week 4 - What's Inside 2.86 %
Week 5 - What's Nearby 2.86 %
Week 6 - Mapping Change 2.86 %
Week 7 - Measuring Geographic Distribution 2.86 %
Quiz/Exams 60.00 %
Quiz #1 - Week 2 15.00 %
Mid-term 15.00 %
Quiz #2 - Week 6 15.00 %
Final Exam 15.00 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at
Book Title:GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook, 10.3.x Ed.- the book includes a required software access code for Windows-based systems only
Publication Info:ESRI
Author:Allen, David W.
Unit Cost:$50.86
Book Title:Until further notice, required hard copy books and kits will ship without any action needed from students. Your shipping address on file must be current -

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.