Geographic Information Systems
496, GOG 596, PLN 456, PLN 556
Class Numbers: 7681 (496), 7682 (596), 7683 (456), 7684 (556)
Time: 11:45am to 1:05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays in AS 121
Instructor: James E. Mower
Office: Arts Sciences 221
Office Hours: 10:05 am to 11:45 am, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Text: Longley, et. Al. Geographic Information Systems and Science. Wiley, ISBN 0-471-89275-0.
Note: The book is available from the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza
Supplies: You must purchase a USB 2.0-compatible flash memory device (often
referred to as a jump drive) with at
least 256 mBytes of memory (If you already have one
with a lot of free space on it—that’s fine). Most computers less than 5-years
old support them. I found
this one browsing online. You can buy them at
In Geographic Information Systems, students will explore the theory and techniques associated with the collection, display, analysis, and storage of geographic information. The course will have both a lecture and a lab component. Lab work will supplement information within the lecture component, exposing students to an operational geographic information system in conjunction with sample databases.
Midterm Exam: 20%, Final Exam: 40%, Labs: 40%
Late Policy: Labs received after the stated deadline will not be accepted unless you make prior arrangements with me.
Final Exam: Monday, May 15, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Course Web Pages
Course outline (this page): http://www.albany.edu/faculty/jmower/geog/gog496/496sp06Outline.htm
Course schedule: http://www.albany.edu/faculty/jmower/geog/gog496/496sp06Schedule.htm
Instructor’s home page: http://www.albany.edu/faculty/jmower/