Marine GIS - MSC 220

Course Outline & Syllabus


Jason Rogers


Getting to ArcGIS Desktop*
Second Edition Updated for ArcGIS 9
Tim Ormsby, et al.
ESRI Press. 2004

*Note concerning text: Be sure when buying this book that it has both CDs packaged. One CD contains data sets we will use; the other has a 6 month trial copy of ArcGIS software


1 GB flash drive


This course introduces students to the software and data components of a Geographic Information System. Topics include data collection, management, and analysis, and the creation of marine-based GIS maps. Upon completion, students should be able to use GIS software in marine applications.

Course Hours per Week: Class 2, Lab 2.

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 110 or CIS 111


Students will learn the concepts and practices of Geographic Information Systems through classroom lectures and computer laboratory manipulations. Students will get “hands-on” experience using a suite of ESRI software products and data sets. Through the analysis of vector and raster data models students will acquire experience in: cartographic principles, querying data, projecting data, building geodatabases, spatial analysis, and map making.


You are responsible for your own learning; it is up to you to get something useful and interesting from this course. It is your responsibility to save all graded assignments.


Each hour absent will reduce your attendance grade by 3 points. More than 13 hours absent will result in failure. Two tardies equal one absence.


Students may withdraw by filling out and having the instructor sign a withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.


Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will not interfere with the learning effort or safety of classmates. The use of cell phones in this class is strictly prohibited. Failure to comply will result in a 10-point penalty on a quiz. Each additional incident will result in the doubling of the previous penalty. No food or drink is permitted in the classroom.

GRADING (8 point scale)

Exams (Midterm and Final) 40%

Quizzes 25%

Laboratory Exercises 25%

Attendance 10%


Any student caught cheating on assignments/examinations or engaging in unauthorized collaboration on academic work will receive an F for the class and will be reported to the Academic Subcommittee of the Judicial Board.

10 points will be deducted for each day any graded assignment is turned in late throughout the semester.

All lab activities will require use of the class textbook. Failure to bring the textbook to class will result in a zero for the day.


Exams may have multiple choice, matching, or essay type questions.


GIS Fundamentals: A first text on Geographic Information Systems
Paul Bolstad
Eider Press, 2003



Number: S204E

Hours: TBA

Phone: 362-7403







Every student has an official CFCC-provided email account which is to be used for all email correspondence with your instructors and with the CFCC staff. Some information (such as TRAC registration info) from CFCC will ONLY be emailed to this address, and not sent through postal mail as in the past, so it is very important that you check this account periodically. To access this account, please visit the CFCC website and click on the CampusCruiser link at the very top of the page, then follow the directions on the CampusCruiser website to log in. You will use your log in ID as part of your email address ( This email account is provided to you as long as you are enrolled in classes (summer will not count), and may be used for personal email as well as academic email.