Academic Courses

Each academic semester, CGIS faculty and research personnel teach undergraduate and graduate level GIS courses offered through the City and Regional Planning (CRP) program of College of Architecture. The courses cover introductory concepts in GIS, fundamental spatial concepts, advanced geo-spatial analysis techniques, modeling, image processing, remote sensing and image processing techniques .

The following academic GIS courses are offered on a regular basis. To view classes for the current term, check the Georgia Tech course catalog. Click on schedule of classes, select the semester desired, choose the subject as City Planning, and submit query to see all City Planning titled courses.

Course: CP6514 - Introduction to GIS 

This graduate level Introduction to GIS course will serve as a basic introduction for those who want to use GIS to support their interest in another area and as a foundation course for those who intend to concentrate their studies in the GIS specialization. Course objectives are implemented through readings, lectures and laboratory sessions that give students "hands-on" exposure to ArcGIS , a popular desktop GIS software from ESRI.

The use of this particular software package is intended to provide students with a thorough grounding in the generic underpinnings of geographic information system concepts and design, and a working knowledge of current ArcGIS software that can be used both academically and professionally.

Course: CP4510 - Introduction to GIS (Undergraduate)

This undergraduate level course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of GIS. CP4510 is a lecture/lab based course with an emphasis on applied learning. The lecture portion of the class focuses on the history of GIS, cartography, data sources and management techniques, vector and raster models, database development, and spatial analysis.

The lab portion of the class is completely hands-on, where students use ArcGIS software to apply the principles and methods discussed in the lectures towards solving real world problems. Using techniques discussed and demonstrated in class, students are required to complete four homework assignments, one in-class project, and one mid-term exam over the course of the semester.

Course: CP6541 - Environmental GIS;  Pre-requisites: Introduction to GIS

Environmental systems are inherently spatial in nature and GIS was originally developed to address these types of problems. The purpose of this class is to familiarize students with basic FIS functions that are most widely used in environmental applications and to acquaint students with the types and sources of GIS data needed to support environmental applications. Much of the course will focus on raster GIS applications.

The course will provide theoretical background and hands-on experience with land suitability analysis, hydrologic modeling, ArcGIS Model Builder and flood and earthquake risk modeling. Basic working knowledge of GIS software, preferably ArcGIS is required. Information will be gained while working with satellite and /or aircraft images. Research will be developed using Library and Web resources and presented in class. A final project is required using techniques discussed and demonstrated in class and students will leave the course with a real product for their portfolios.

Course: CP 6531 - Intro to Remote Sensing

This course is highly interactive in nature, and will require “hands on” analysis of multispectral and hyperspectral imagery using state of the art image processing and GIS software in a GIS lab. History and theory of Remote Sensing systems will be discussed along with methods and sources for Remote Sensing data. Techniques for the accurate processing of Remote Sensing data into maps that can be directly incorporated into GIS analyses will be presented and used throughout the class. Detailed experience in data acquisition, geometric correction, image enhancement, supervised and unsupervised image pattern recognition, and map product generation will be gained while working with satellite and/or aircraft images. Research reports will be developed using Library and Web resources and presented in class. A final project is required using techniques discussed and demonstrated in class and students will leave the course with a real product for their portfolios.

Course: CP6521 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems

This course covers topics related to a set of advanced techniques and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The lectures discuss both conceptual and technical issues in GIS, including object-based vector models, automated data-processing and programming, structured query language, georeferencing, spatial interpolation, spatial measurement and pattern analysis, network analysis, mobile GIS, and open GIS.

The practical component, including 14 lab assignments and a student project, will give students hands-on experience in using popular GIS software packages to handle geo-spatial information and to solve relevant problems using advanced GIS techniques.

Course: CP8833 - Transportation and GIS

This course covers the applications of GIS to transportation.Its primary goal is to help students understand the basic principles of geographical information science for transportation, and to equip students with the state-of-the practice computing technology for transportation planning in a GIS environment.Most exercises involve working with TransCAD, a GIS package developed primarily for transportation planning and modeling purposes. In addition to learning the operation of TransCAD GIS through lab exercises, participants of the class are required to work on assignments. By taking advantage of the computing capability of GIS, students can have more energy to develop critical thinking on transportation modeling.

The course is appropriate for those with transportation experience and interested in learning practical implementation of transportation modeling in the GIS environment. It is also appropriate for those with a GIS background and interested in gaining experience in transportation modeling.