Geography 591: Introduction to Geographic Information Science

Instructor: David M. Mark


Note: This course does NOT include any software training or laboratories, which are available in Geography 506 and other courses.

Geography 591 presents a survey of Geographic Information Science, the basic research field underpinning geographic information systems (GIS). Geographic information science rests on three basic areas: cognitive models of geographic concepts; computational and implementations of geographic models; and interactions between GIS and society. The course will provide overviews of these three research areas. The course will review applications of GIS and sources of geographic data, and include material on spatial data quality and spatial data standards. It also will provide students with an awareness of the history of GIS, the current state of the GIS industry, and trends and projections for the future. Ethical issues and legal dimensions of geographic information will be presented, and current high priority research areas within geographic information science also will be reviewed. This course is required course in UB's IGERT (Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training) multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Geographic Information Science.

Facts About the Course


Registration Number: 263347

TIMETABLE: Geography 591 meets twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays), 3:30-4:50 pm.

CREDIT HOURS: Geography 591 is a 3-credit course

GRADING: Two non-cumulative short-essay tests will each be worth 35 % of the grade, and a term paper will be worth 30 %.

Spring 2008 Course Outline

(subject to modification)

Part 1: Ontology and Representation of Geographic Information

Part 2: Computational Aspects of Geographic Information

Part 3: Cognitive Aspects of Geographic Information

       Feb 21 (Th) Human Interaction with GI and Technology

Part 4: Geographic Information and Society

Last updated on January 15 2007

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