ENVS 491: TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY
SPRING 2015, Thursday 4:00 to 6:40 pm
This course is intended to be an undergraduate, introductory course on the use of technology in
environmental applications. The course will introduce students to computer technology, project
development and management skills, database management skills, and geospatial technology. The
students will use in-class applied environmental analyses to guide skillset development.
The goal of the course will be to develop the skills necessary to develop and execute an environmental
This course will cover topics including:
Basics of computer technology
Geospatial technology (ArcGIS Software Suite)
Students will be required to bring their laptop to class. This class will utilize virtual and hands-on
There will be no textbook required for the course.
Class Participation 10%
Mid-Term Exam 15%
Final Exam 15%
Final Project 20%
Class 1: January 15
[V] Review course objectives, introduction to computer management
Class 2: January 22
[V] Introduce databases: Dbase, Text files, Microsoft Excel
Class 3: January 29
[V] Databases continued: Introduce Microsoft Access.
Class 4: Feb 5
[V] Introduction to GIS theory. Introduction to ArcGIS.
Class 5: Feb 12
[V] Symbolizing and working with GIS data. Introduction to Cartography.
Class 6: Feb 19
[V] Projections, resolution and accuracy
Class 7: Feb 26
[V] Queries – attribute and spatial queries.
Class 8: March 5
SPRING BREAK MARCH 12
Class 9: March 19
[V] Integrating tabular and spatial data (joins).
MARCH 20 LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM A CLASS
Class 10: March 26
[V] Spatial analyses (buffer, clip, near)
Class 11: April 2
[V] Spatial analyses continued (union, intersect)
Class 12: April 9
[Working Session] Developing a spatial analysis work plan
Class 13: April 16
[Working Session] Developing a spatial analysis work plan continued.
Class 14: April 23
Class 15: April 30
Final Project Presentations