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GEOGRAPHY 874: SEMINAR IN GIScience

Starring Kirk Goldsberry as the Professor

 

 

MONTH

DATE

TOPICS

Articles

Session leaders

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY

11

Course Introduction: Syllabus

UCGIS Research

Kirk

 

Week 1

What is GIScience? Student Introductions

UCGIS Education

 

 

Due:

See email

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

GIS Curricula: Textbook Reviews

1. Textbook Summaries

1. Kirk

 

Week 2

Focus on Bill Bunge.

2. Goodchild on Bunge

2.

 

 

GIS Lessons Assigned

3. Wild Bill Bunge

3.

 

Due:

Group Textbook Reviews, Article Summaries

 

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

What is Analytical Cartography?

1. Tobler 1959, 1976

1.

 

Week 3

Focus on Waldo Tobler

2. Chrisman 1999

2.

    The foundations of GIScience 3. Clarke 1990 3.

 

Due:

Article Summaries

 

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY

1

The Rise of GIScience

1. Goodchild 1992

1.

 

Week 4

Focus on Michael Goodchild

2. Goodchild 2007

2.

 

 

The major GIScience Journals

3. Goodchild 2010

3.

 

Due:

Article Summaries

 

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Visualization

1. UCGIS Visualization

1.

 

Week 5

Focus on Alan MacEachren

2. How Maps Work (1,2)

2.

 

 

Mapping versus Visualizing

3. How Maps Work (3,4)

3.

 

Due:

GIS Lessonss, Article Summaries

 

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Cartography in GIScience

1. Montello 2002

1.

 

Week 6

Focus on Judy Olson and Cindy Brewer

2. Olson TBD

2.

 

 

Empirical investigations in GIScience

3. Brewer 2002

3.

 

Due:

Article Summaries

 

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

Cognition and Visualization

1. Fabrikant 2010

1.

 

Week7

Focus on Sara Fabrikant

2. Hegarty 2004

2.

 

 

Static versus Dynamic

3. Goldsberry 2009

3.

 

Due:

Article Summaries

 

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH

1

Cognition in GIScience

1. Montello TBD

1.

 

Week 8

Focus on Dan Montello

2. Mark TBD

2.

 

 

 

3. Montello TBD

3.

 

Due:

Article Summaries

 

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Spring Break: No Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Ethics and GIScience

1. Crampton 1995

1.

 

Week 9

Focus on Crampton and Dobson

2. Dobson 2003

2.

 

 

Case Studies and Code of Conduct

3. Michael 2008

3.

 

Due:

Article Summaries, Final Project Proposals

 

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

Final Project Proposal Presentations

 

 

 

Week 10

Peer Critiques / Discussions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due:

Peer critiques of written proposals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

Behavioral Geography

1. Golledge TBD

1.

 

Week 11

Focus on Reginald Golledge

2. Golledge TBD

2.

 

 

 

3. Kwan TBD

3.

 

Due:

Article Summaries

 

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL

5

Critical GIS

1. Elwood TBD

1.

 

Week 12

Focus on Sarah Elwood

2. Elwood TBD

2.

 

 

Rough Draft

3. Schuurman TBD

3.

 

Due:

Article Summaries

 

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

No Class: AAG

 

 

 

Week13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

Situated Knowledges and Crowdsourcing

1. Haraway 1989

1.

 

Week 14

 

2. Elwood 2008

2.

 

 

 

3. Nytimes

3.

 

Due:

Article Summaries

 

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

Final Projects Due / Presentations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT: GIScience - In this seminar we will study geographically oriented information processing systems. We will review and explore previous, and contemporary GIScience research. We will be reading a collection of papers produced by key researchers and practitioners from around the world

in various cognate fields of study. The topics we will investigate include, but are not limited to: History of GIS, Seminal contributions to GIScience, Analytical Cartography, GeoComputation, Interpolation, Generalization, GeoVisualization, Spatial Cognition, Time Geography, Data Mining, and Ontological Foundations for Geographic Information Science.

 

The overall goal of the course is to bolster your conceptual knowledge of previous and current GIScience research as well as to enhance your practical abilities to conduct state-of-the-art analyses using contemporary application techniques in a laboratory environment.

 

WHEN: Meetings – Tuesdays 5:00-7:50PM, 120 Geography Building

            All assignments due at the beginning of class

OFFICE HOURS: Kirk : TBD and by appointment, 121A Geography

                       

CONTACT: Kirk : kg@msu.edu

 

REQUIRED READINGS:

The course is built around discussion and readings. Readings will generally consist of peer-reviewed journal articles taken from leading GIScience journals. Copies of (or links to) the articles will be distributed the week before they are discussed.

 

COURSE WEBSITE: http://www.msu.edu/~kg/courses.htm

 

 

 

 

EVALUATION:

Attendance and Participation

20%

You are expected to attend and participate.

 

Session Leadership and Summaries

20%

You will each take turns leading discussions and writing session summaries.

 

GIS Lessons

20%

You will each co-write one online GIS lesson with me

 

Final Project

40%

Due the last week of classes

 

COURSE POLICIES: I expect everyone to attend all sessions. The best way to do poorly in this class is to not attend the sessions. One good way to do well is to show up on time, prepared, and ready to participate in every session . This seminar can only be as good as each of you make it. With a few exceptions assignments are always due exactly one week after they are assigned; in most cases late work will not be accepted – so please let me know in advance if you will 1) miss a session, 2) need additional time to complete an assignment, 3) have any personal issues that will affect your class performance.