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ONLINE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS SAMPLE COURSES

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*Below are sample online Geographic Information Systems courses. This list is not comprehensive of all CU Denver Geographic Information Systems courses, nor does it include all online Engineering courses. As the semester nears, these courses may reach capacity and be unavailable.

CVEN 5381 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Provides an overview exposure and experience with various aspects of GIS technology and its uses for natural resource and infrastructure, planning, design and management.

This course involves:

  • a survey of GIS software and hardware
  • review of cartographic mapping principles
  • hands-on applications to environmental impact assessment
  • municipal facilities management
  • transportation
  • water resources
  • demographics

GIS project management factors are addressed. 

Max hours: 3 Credits.


CVEN 5382 - GIS Spatial Database Development

This second GIS course builds on the introductory course and addresses principles and technologies for development and conversion of spatial databases, including photogrammetry, surveying and geodesy, coordinate systems and transformations, and remote sensing. Prereq: Graduate and/or upper division standing; completion of CVEN 5381 (or equivalent) and MEng-GIS program prerequisites (especially surveying, mapping and computing); background in algebra, calculus fundamentals and facility to compute DOS/UNIX, spreadsheet, and FORTRAN; familiarity with various CAD (e.g. AutoCAD) and GIS (e.g. ArcInfo, GRASS) software is also required.

Max hours: 3 Credits.

CVEN 5386 - GIS Laboratory

Provides in-depth experience with use and programming of a particular GIS software, including ArcGIS and related object-oriented programming languages. Advanced functionality for user authoring of software interface, data management and analysis functions and output generation. Exact content will vary by semester.

Max hours: 3 Credits.

CVEN 5390 - Interactive Web Mapping GIS

This course introduces students to designing, creating, delivering, and using interactive web maps. Many people rely daily on web maps to direct us from point A to point B and more. After starting with a broad introductory background, this is a technical hands-on course in which students use several open source (FOSS) technologies.

Max hours: 3 Credits.

CVEN 5391 - Introduction to Geomatics

This course presents the concepts of Geomatics along with spatial data, tools, and their connection. This course covers spatial data collection methods, data assessment, and processing. The course also covers projections, methods of coordinate conversion and transformation, and data transfer across different spatial analysis platforms.

Max hours: 3 Credits.

CVEN 5392 - Unmanned Aerial Systems

This course presents concepts and practical methods of using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for engineering projects. The course covers mission planning, operations, field data collection and processing, and data analysis. Legal and ethical considerations are also covered, as well as the relative costs and benefits of using UAV.

Max hours: 3 Credits.

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