667: GIS Technical Consultant
COURSE SYLLABUS -- Fall Semester, 2000
Class meets most Wednesdays 1:15--2:00 PM in the Geography
Dept. conference room (the Mather Room, located in dept. admin. suite)
This semester's GIS tech consultants will work with student project
teams in FREC 480 "GIS in Natural Resource Management" or (by arrangement
with Tom McKenna) GEOG 372 "Geographic Information Systems."
Per agreement with enrolled students, grading will be based on--
FREC 480: Tuesdays & Thursdays; early lab 3-3:30 PM; lecture
3:30-4:45 PM; late lab 4:45-5:30 PM in Townsend GIS/CAD lab.
GEOG 372: Wednesdays; 6-9 PM in Pearson 203.
attendance at the supported introductory class (10%)
completion of introductory class projects (40%)
design and seminar presentation of new class project (50%)
Election campaign -- Geocode registered voters (e.g. 10,000+ voters
in DE 23rd Representative District) using TIGER roads or DELDOT road centerline
data to develop candidate walking sheets; quantify support by neighborhood
and polling district; plan optimal campaign sign placement. Teams
may support either candidate in a contested election. (Viability
of this project is limited by address range errors in TIGER data, direction
errors in road centerline data.)
School redistricting -- The lifting of the Federal Court desegregation
order for the Christina, Brandywine, Red Clay and Colonial school districts
in northern Delaware, combined with recent "neighborhood schools" legislation,
means Delaware will be re-drawing school district boundaries and school
feeder patterns based on 2000 Census data. The objective of this
project is use 1990 Census data to prototype new districts and feeder patterns
that will comply with the neighborhood schools legislative directive while
maintaining satisfactory racial/ethnic balance in the public schools.
GPS-based mapping of Rittenhouse Park -- The City of Newark Dept.
of Parks & Recreation needs a trail map of Rittenhouse Park (accessed
from Old Chestnut Hill Rd.). Students will use GPS receivers to map
park trails, combine these data with digital elevation, orthophoto and
other data layers.