Dr Ronald Briggs GR 3.212                                                                                                                 

972-883-6877 (o), 972-690-3442 (h)



Office hours (in GR 3.212 or 3.206):                                                   

Tues/Wed 3-4; Thurs  6:30-7:00

& by appointment or drop-in


Spring 2004, GR3.206,  Tue: 4:00-6:45 or Th. 7:00-9:45p.m

GISC 6382

Applied Geographic Information Systems



The intent of this course is to further develop hands-on skills in the use of industry-standard geographical information systems software beyond that acquired in GISC 6381 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, which is a pre-requisite for this course. In particular, it aims to make the transition from GIS as a descriptive, data management tool to GIS as an analytical tool for drawing policy-relevant conclusions from vector data. To a degree, it is a companion course to GISC 6384 Spatial Analysis which focuses on raster data. Upon completion of Applied GIS, you should have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of a modern GIS software environment and how to use it. This provides all the necessary applied skills to independently complete a GIS project including acquiring, converting and integrating data, creating GIS layers (themes) in multiple different formats, editing and correcting GIS layers, developing processes to modify data and conduct geographic analyses, customizing applications, and presenting the results. These skills will be essential for completing work in other courses in the geographical information sciences curriculum at UTD and for conducting GIS projects “in the real world”.


The course will begin with an overviews of the ArcGIS software environment and then examine a series of topics critical to GIS implementation and use. Evaluation will be based upon a set of three assigned  projects (one each broadly associated with  Mapping, Editing, and Analysis, for a total of 30%),  a hands-on computer based “late-term” (45%) and a final student-selected project (25%). Additionally, there will be seven smaller  exercises which must be completed but will not be “handed-in” or graded. In all cases, students are expected to hand in work they have accomplished themselves.  Because of the great variability possible with ArcGIS, no two student products should be identical or almost identical. You should be aware that assignments may require a substantial amount of work outside of class time. Some work will require use of the ARCInfo software level which is not available for use at home so this work must be conducted in the GIS lab on campus. Students who fail the hands-on exam will be given an opportunity to re-take the exam.




O’Sullivan and David J. Unwin Geographic Information Analysis  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley 2003  (referred to as O&U)

Zeiler, Modeling our World: The ESRI Guide to Database Design ESRI: Redlands, CA  (as used in GISC 6383 GIS Management and Implementation)

Ormsby, et. al. Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop  ESRI: Redlands, CA (as used in GISC 6381 Intro to GIS)

Course Timetable                                                                  2/3/04

(class topics may be modified but exam date will remain fixed)

Jan. 13/15        GIS  Data Types, Map Projections and Data Management using ArcCatalog

                        Lab: Ex 1—Using ArcCatalog  (ex1_arccat.doc)

Demo/Lecture:  arcintro.ppt  arccatalog.doc,

Reference/Reading:  O&U pp1-17;  Zeiler  Chap. 1    Arccatalog.ppt        geodatabase.ppt,   

Jan. 20/22        Data Conversion, Map Projections, and Specialised Analysis using ArcToolbox and ArcInfo Workstation

                        Lab: Ex 2—Workstation  ArcInfom  (ex2_workstation.doc)

                        Demo/Lecture:  arctoolbox.doc      arcworkstation.ppt      

Reference/Reading: Zeiler Chap 3,4;  arctoolbox.ppt,   

Jan 27/29         Analysis Concepts and Classic Spatial Data Manipulation using ArcMap

                        Lab: Project 1 Toxic Site Analysis  (proj1_arcmap.doc)

                        Demo/Lecture:  spatanal.ppt     arcmap1.doc

                        Reference/Reading:  O&U pp17-45; Zeiller  Chap 2, 11; arcmap.ppt

Feb. 3/5           Analyzing Tables using ArcMap

                        Lab: Project 1 Toxic Site Analysis (contd)

                        Demo/Lecture: arcmap2.doc

Feb. 10/12       Georeferencing                                                                      Project 1 due

                        Lab: Ex3—Georeferencing    ex3_georef.doc

                        Demo/Lecture:        georef.ppt       georef.doc

Reference/Reading:   O&U Chap.  10

Feb 17/19        CAD Conversion                                                                   

Lab: Ex 4—CAD Conversion 

Demo/Lecture:  ex4_cad.doc   cad.ppt

Reference/Reading:  Zeiler Chap 5, 6, 7

Feb 24/26        Creating & Editing Geodata: Lines and Line Toplogy

Lab: Project 2 City Data Layer Creation (proj2_edit.doc) 

Demo/Lecture: av8edit_lines.doc        av8edit_topo.doc

Reference/Reading:  geodatabase.ppt,   av8edit.doc (for polygons from 6381)  av8gdb.doc (from GISC 6383)

March 2/4        Networks and Network Modeling               

                        Lab:  Ex5—Networks (ex5_networks.doc)

                        Demo/Lecture:   networks.ppt

Reference/Reading:   Zeiler Chap. 8.  O&U Chap. 6

March 9/11      Spring Break                                                                          Begin Final Project!!!

Thur Mar 18   Midterm Exam,  both sections, 4:00pm or 7:00pm

(no class Tuesday,  Mar 16)

 Mar 23/25       Polygon Processing and Analysis                                          Project 2 due

                        Lab: Project 3 Census Data Analysis 

Demo/Lecture:  proj3_analysis.doc

Reference/Reading:  O&U Chap. 3

Mar 30/Apr 1   Customizing ArcGIS:                                                            

Lab: Ex 6—Customization  (ex6_custom.doc)

Demo/Lecture: custom.ppt


Apr 6/8            Point Pattern Analysis and Spatial Statistics

Lab: ex7_spatstat.doc

                        Demo/Lecture: spatstat.ppt  spatstat.xls

Reference/Reading:  O&U Chap. 4,5,7  geoda_quicktour.pdf      geoda_spauto.pdf       crimestat_quicktour.pdf 

Apr 13/15        Point Pattern Analysis and Spatial Statistics  (contd.)         Project 3 due 

April 20/24       Surfaces and Surface Generation                                        

                        Lab: Ex  8  Surfaces   (ex8_surfaces.doc)

                        Demo/Lecture:    surfaces.ppt

                        Reference/Reading:  Zeiler Chap 10   O&U  Chap. 8,9

Apr.27/29        Catch-up (if required)  (No final exam)

Mon May 3    Final Project due  (1:00 pm)


Lab: what you will need to do individually during or after class

            --if no document is listed, your assignment is included in the demo instructions

Demo/Lecture: what we will cover in class as a group

Reference/Reading: additional readings and reference materials


.doc files will usually be instructions for in class demos, exercises and projects

            --documents with date of 2003 have not yet been updated for 2004

.ppt files  will usually be short lectures used in class,  or reference materials developed at UTD

.pdf files will usually be reference materials from other sources (e.g, from ESRI)

            --the folder p:\data\p6382\info_materials contains additional reference materials