GIS and Spatial Analysis
Brief Course Description:
This is an advanced course covering analytical methods used in GIS and
spatial analysis. The course is intended to provide students with a firm
understanding of the theoretical/conceptual side of algorithms found in GIS
software. We are concerned with the assumptions and underlying mathematical
basis for widely-used techniques, and the degree to which analytical
capabilities are constrained by those assumptions.
Among the topics covered are methods for line generalization, map
transformation, spatial interpolation, terrain analysis, network analysis,
spatial overlay, and basic measurement operations. The emphasis is on the
usefulness and limitations of competing algorithms, as opposed to optimal
1) To provide students with a proper understanding of the usefulness and
the limitations of GIS analytical techniques with the hope that students
will observe these limitations when using these GIS techniques.
2) To develop students' analytical ability so that they would naturally seek
the limitations of GIS techniques which are new to them so that misuse or
abuse of existing and new GIS analytical techniques can be avoided.