Distance Education Graduate Courses 

in Geographic Information Science

Many universities allow graduate students to take one or two courses in their graduate programs of study at another university.  It is now possible to take such courses through distance methods.  This site is intended to facilitate the ability of graduate students to assess courses that may provide GIScience course work diversity in their graduate programs by drawing on courses offered at other universities.  In addition, some universities are now offering entire Graduate Certificates or Master's Degrees entirely by distance methods as indicated in some of the entries below.  

The legend for the "letters" listed in the following table is located below the table.

Note:  If you are unfamiliar with some of the technologies now being used in delivering distance education courses, you might want to browse the materials and technologies of one of the distance courses that follows an "open access course materials" philosophy.   

Professors, we invite you to please contribute additional courses to the listing below.

 Curtain University - Distance Education Graduate Courses in GIScience (http://www.cage.curtin.edu.au/gis/distance.htm)


Course: Digital Remote Sensing 582

University: Curtain University of Technology, Australia

Department: Spatial Sciences

Contact: A/Prof Graciela Metternicht, spatial@curtain.edu.au

Course URL (1): http://webct.curtin.edu.au/SCRIPT/DigRemSensing282_582/scripts/serve_home or http://www.curtain.edu.au/curtain/handbook/

Cont Ed URL (2): contact the spatial@curtain.edu.au to enroll in a single course or contact http://international.curtain.edu.au/ to apply to full program

Timeframe(3): July to November

Technologies(4): A, B, G, L

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS, Graduate Diploma in GIS


Course: Geographic Data Analysis 582

University: Curtain University of Technology, Australia

Department: Spatial Sciences

Contact: A/Prof Graciela Metternicht, spatial@curtain.edu.au

Course URL (1): http://webct.curtin.edu.au/public/GDA152/index.html or http://www.curtain.edu.au/curtain/handbook/

Cont Ed URL (2): contact the spatial@curtain.edu.au to enroll in a single course, contact http://international.curtain.edu.au/ to apply to full program

Timeframe(3): July to November

Technologies(4): A, B, G, L

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS, Graduate Diploma in GIS


Course: Geographic Information Systems 581

University: Curtain University of Technology, Australia

Department: Spatial Sciences

Contact: A/Prof Graciela Metternicht, spatial@curtain.edu.au

Course URL (1): http://webct.curtin.edu.au/public/GIS151/index.html or http://www.curtain.edu.au/curtain/handbook/

Cont Ed URL (2): contact the spatial@curtain.edu.au to enroll in a single course or contact http://international.curtain.edu.au/ to apply to full program

Timeframe(3): March to June, July to November

Technologies(4): A, B, G, L

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS, Graduate Diploma in GIS


Course: Spatial Analysis 581

University: Curtain University of Technology, Australia

Department: Spatial Sciences

Contact: A/Prof Graciela Metternicht, spatial@curtain.edu.au

Course URL (1): http://webct.curtin.edu.au/public/SA/index.html or http://www.curtain.edu.au/curtain/handbook/

Cont Ed URL (2): contact the spatial@curtain.edu.au to enroll in a single course or contact http://international.curtain.edu.au/ to apply to full program

Timeframe(3): March to June

Technologies(4): A, B, G, L

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS, Graduate Diploma in GIS


Course: Spatial Data Handling 582

University: Curtain University of Technology, Australia

Department: Spatial Sciences

Contact: A/Prof Graciela Metternicht, spatial@curtain.edu.au

Course URL (1): http://webct.curtin.edu.au/public/SDH252/index.html or http://www.curtain.edu.au/curtain/handbook/

Cont Ed URL (2): contact the spatial@curtain.edu.au to enroll in a single course or contact http://international.curtain.edu.au/ to apply to full program

Timeframe(3): July to November

Technologies(4): A, B, G, L

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS, Graduate Diploma in GIS


Course: Thematic Cartography 581

University: Curtain University of Technology, Australia

Department: Spatial Sciences

Contact: A/Prof Graciela Metternicht, spatial@curtain.edu.au

Course URL (1): http://webct.curtin.edu.au/SCRIPT/ThemCartography/scripts/serve_home or http://www.curtain.edu.au/curtain/handbook/

Cont Ed URL (2): contact the spatial@curtain.edu.au to enroll in a single course or contact http://international.curtain.edu.au/ to apply to full program

Timeframe(3): March to June

Technologies(4): A, B, G, L

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS, Graduate Diploma in GIS


Course: Land Information Systems 583

University: Curtain University of Technology, Australia

Department: Spatial Sciences

Contact: A/Prof Graciela Metternicht, spatial@curtain.edu.au

Course URL (1): http://webct.curtin.edu.au/public/LIS382/index.html or http://www.curtain.edu.au/curtain/handbook/

Cont Ed URL (2): contact the spatial@curtain.edu.au to enroll in a single course or contact http://international.curtain.edu.au/ to apply to full program

Timeframe(3): March to June, July to November

Technologies(4): A, B, G, L

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS, Graduate Diploma in GIS


Hunter College - Distance Education Graduate Courses in GIScience

 

Course:  GTECH732.53, EES 888 Seminar in Advanced Geographic Information Science Research.

University: Hunter College and City University of New York Graduate Center

Department: Geography and Earth and Environmental Science

Contact: Charles Ehlschlaeger, chuck@geo.hunter.cuny.edu

Course URL (1): http://www.geo.hunter.cuny.edu/~chuck/2002geog702/index.html

Cont Ed URL (2): submit paperwork to Hunter College - chuck@geo.hunter.cuny.edu

Timeframe (3): Other - a three-hour version of the UCGIS Virtual Seminar to be taught this time in fall 2002

Technologies(4): B, G, H, J, L

Further Information(5):

 
University of Denver - Distance Education Graduate Courses in GIScience


Course: GIS 4503 GIS Project Design and Implementation

University: University of Denver

Department: GIS

Contact: Steven R. Hick, shick@du.edu

Course URL (1):

http://universitycollege.du.edu/oncampus/gis/coursedescriptionsdetail.asp?DegreeCode=GIS&CourseNumber=4503

Cont Ed URL (2):

http://universitycollege.du.edu/registernow/registrationinstructions.asp

Timeframe(3): Other - University of Denver is on quarter system. Course is typically

offered twice per year online.

Technologies(4): B, G, H, J

Further Information(5): S, T - Certificate of Advanced Study in GIS

 

University of Maine - Distance Education Graduate Courses in GIScience (2003-2004 Schedule)

 

Course: SIE 509 Principles of Geographic Information Systems

University: University of Maine

Department: Spatial Information Science and Engineering

Contact: Connie Holden, cholden@spatial.maine.edu

Course URL (1): xxx or or http://www.catalog.umaine.edu/ (Enter SIE in the catalog search box)

Cont Ed URL (2): http://webct.umaine.edu/public/SIE509 or http://LearnOnline.umaine.edu or http://dll.umaine.edu/

Timeframe(3): Fall

Technologies(4): C, D, G, J

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS or IS, MS Information Systems

 

Course: SIE 510 Geographic Information System Applications

University: University of Maine

Department: Spatial Information Science and Engineering

Contact: Kate Beard, beard@spatial.maine.edu

Course URL (1): http://www.spatial.maine.edu/~beard/sie_510.htm or or http://www.catalog.umaine.edu/ (Enter SIE in the catalog search box)

Cont Ed URL (2): http://webct.umaine.edu/public/SIE510 or http://LearnOnline.umaine.edu or http://dll.umaine.edu/

Timeframe(3): Spring

Technologies(4): C, D, G, J

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS or IS, MS Information Systems

 

Course: SIE 512 Spatial Analysis

University: University of Maine

Department: Spatial Information Science and Engineering

Contact: Kate Beard, beard@spatial.maine.edu

Course URL (1): http://www.spatial.maine.edu/~beard/sie_512_spatial_analysis.htm or http://www.catalog.umaine.edu/ (Enter SIE in the catalog search box)

Cont Ed URL (2): http://webct.umaine.edu/public/SIE512 or http://LearnOnline.umaine.edu or http://dll.umaine.edu/

Timeframe(3): forthcoming - not scheduled for Fall of 2003

Technologies(4): C, D, G, J

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS or IS, MS Information Systems

 

Course: SIE 525 Information Systems Law

University: University of Maine

Department: Spatial Information Science and Engineering

Contact: Harlan Onsrud, onsrud@spatial.maine.edu

Course URL (1): http://www.spatial.maine.edu/~onsrud/Courses/SIE525/SIE525syllabus.htm or http://www.catalog.umaine.edu/ (Enter SIE in the catalog search box)

Cont Ed URL (2): http://webct.umaine.edu/public/SIE525 or http://LearnOnline.umaine.edu or http://dll.umaine.edu/

Timeframe(3): Fall

Technologies(4): C, D, G, I, J

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS or IS, MS Information Systems

 

Course: SIE 550 Engineering Datbases and Information Systems

University: University of Maine

Department: Spatial Information Science and Engineering

Contact: Kathleen Hornsby, khornsby@spatial.maine.edu

Course URL (1):  http://www.spatial.maine.edu/~khornsby/courses/SIE451/SIE451.html or or http://www.catalog.umaine.edu/ (Enter SIE in the catalog search box)

Cont Ed URL (2): http://LearnOnline.umaine.edu or http://dll.umaine.edu/

Timeframe(3): Fall

Technologies(4): C, D, G, I, J

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS or IS, MS Information Systems

 

Course: SIE 565 Reasoning with Uncertainty in Spatial Information Systems

University: University of Maine

Department: Spatial Information Science and Engineering

Contact: Michael Worboys, worboys@spatial.maine.edu

Course URL (1):  xxx or http://www.catalog.umaine.edu/ (Enter SIE in the catalog search box)

Cont Ed URL (2): http://LearnOnline.umaine.edu or http://dll.umaine.edu/

Timeframe(3): Spring

Technologies(4): C, D, G, I, J

Further Information(5): S, T  - Graduate Certificate in GIS or IS, MS Information Systems

 

Oregon State University - Distance Education Graduate Courses in GIScience

 

Course: GEO 301 Map & Image Interpretation

University: Oregon State University

Department: Geosciences

Contact: Jon Kimerling, kimerlia@geo.orst.edu

Course URL (1): http://statewide.orst.edu/courseCat/splash.cfm?wtermid=14&cid=2196.00000

Cont Ed URL (2): http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/registration/registration.html

Timeframe(3): Fall

Technologies(4): A, B, G, H, J, M

Further Information(5): S

 

Course: GEO 465 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

University: Oregon State University

Department: Geosciences

Contact: Dawn Wright, dawn@dusk.geo.orst.edu

Course URL (1): http://dusk.geo.orst.edu

Cont Ed URL (2): http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/register/default.eml

Timeframe(3): Fall, Spring, Summer

Technologies(4): A, B, G, H, J

Further Information(5): S

 
University of Southern California - Distance Education Graduate Courses in GIScience

Course: GEOG 581: Concepts for Spatial Thinking
University: University of Southern California
Department: Geography
Contact: Jennifer Swift (jswift@usc.edu) [Please note that instructor varies by semester]
Course URL (1): http://www.usc.edu/dept/geography/learngis/
Cont Ed URL (2): http://www.usc.edu/dept/geography/learngis/
Timeframe(3): Fall,Spring, Summer
Technologies(4): B, G, H, J, M
Further Information(5): T - Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate

Course: GEOG 583 Spatial Mapping and Analysis
University: University of Southern California
Department: Geography
Contact: Milosz Stasik (mstasik@usc.edu) [Please note that instructor
varies by semester]
Course URL (1): http://www.usc.edu/dept/geography/learngis/
Cont Ed URL (2): http://www.usc.edu/dept/geography/learngis/
Timeframe(3): Spring
Technologies(4): B, G, H, J, M
Further Information(5): T - Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate

Course: GEOG 585 Geographic Information and Society
University: University of Southern California
Department: Geography
Contact: Chris Williamson (cbwillia@usc.edu) [Please note that instructor
varies by semester]
Course URL (1): http://www.usc.edu/dept/geography/learngis/
Cont Ed URL (2): http://www.usc.edu/dept/geography/learngis/
Timeframe(3): Fall, Spring, Summer
Technologies(4): B, G, H, J, M
Further Information(5): T - Geographic Information Science Graduate
Certificate

Course: GEOG 587 GPS/GIS Field Techniques
University: University of Southern California
Department: Geography
Contact: John Wilson (jpwilson@usc.edu)
Course URL (1): http://www.usc.edu/dept/geography/learngis/
Cont Ed URL (2): http://www.usc.edu/dept/geography/learngis/
Timeframe(3): Summer
Technologies(4): B, G, H, J, M, Q
Further Information(5): T - Geographic Information Science Graduate
Certificate
Other Universities - Distance Education Graduate Courses in GIScience

The following universities may have graduate courses or programs in GIScience offered through distance technologies but have not provided details about their individual courses to this site.

Birkbeck College, London UK http://www.bbk.ac.uk/gisconline/

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 Undergraduate and Post Graduate Professional Development Courses and Programs
 

For links to distance learning GIScience undergraduate courses and post graduate professional development programs (i.e. continuing education unit credits), a good source is Karen Kemp's web site.

 

NOTES / LEGEND:

 

(1) URL where description of course may be found

 

(2) URL where graduate student may enroll in the course

 

(3) Timeframe in which course is offered: 

     Anytime - student may start course on any day of the year

     Fall - course typically starts around September of each year

     Spring - course typically starts around January of each year

     Summer -  course typically starts around May of each year

     Other - student should consult contact person to determine start time

 

(4) Technologies used in delivering this specific course:

     A.  Physical conveyance of materials - papers and/or videos are sent through the mail

     B.  Standard Web Access - it is possible to take this course by having access to email and the web through only a low speed phone modem 

     C.  Web Streaming Live - live videos of class sessions (lecture and lab sessions) typically are available to the student's desk top as the class sessions occur on campus.  Sessions typically involve one-way viewing by the student and the student typically requires access to a high speed line such as are available through a cable company or a university.  If not actually delivered live, the tapes of the on-campus live class sessions are on the web within 24 hours of their live delivery.

     D.  Web Streaming Archive - videos of past class lectures, discussions, lab demonstrations and similar materials are available online so the student may refer back to them throughout the length of a course

     E.  Compressed Video - typically two-way live viewing of class sessions.  Sessions typically require viewing by the student at an arranged facility.

     F.  Interactive Television - typically two-way live viewing of class sessions.  Sessions typically require viewing by the student at an arranged facility.

     G.  Student has ability to communicate with distance instructor through e-mail

     H.  Student has ability to ask the distance instructor questions during arranged hours on-line

     I.  Student has ability to ask distance instructor questions during the live presentations of the class sessions

     J.  Student has ability to communicate with all other students enrolled in the course

     K.  Students are required to purchase software to run on their own computers

     L.  Students have access from a distance to software that is running on university computers

     M.  Other - contact the instructor for additional technology requirements

 

(5)  Further information:

     Q.  This course requires that students make one or more physical trips to the campus.

     R.  This course is offered only to distant graduate students.  There are no on-campus students taking the course in a traditional classroom.

     S.  This course is offered to graduate students in an on-campus classroom as well as to distant students through distance methods  

     T.  Assuming that a student has been officially admitted, completion of this course counts toward a graduate degree or a graduate certificate offered entirely by distance methods by the institution offering the course. 

 


Invitation to Submit Information about Additional Distance Education Graduate Courses in Geographic Information Science

If you would like to make information about your graduate courses in GIS offered by distance methods more readily accessible to others, please copy the headings below, supply the requested information, and include it in an e-mail sent to onsrud@spatial.maine.edu

Course Designator and Title:

University Name:

Department Offering Course:

Name and email of instructor or contact person:

URL where description of course may be found:(please provide a URL unlikely to change from year to year)

URL where student may enroll in the course: (please provide a URL unlikely to change from year to year)

 

Timeframe in which course is offered: (check all that apply)

__ Anytime - student may start course on any day of the year

__ Fall - course typically starts around September of each year

__ Spring - course typically starts around January of each year

__ Summer -  course typically starts around May of each year

__ Other - student should consult contact person to determine start time

 

Technologies used in delivering this specific course: (check all that apply)

__ A.  Physical conveyance of materials - papers and/or videos are sent through the mail

__ B.  Standard Web Access - it is possible to take this course by having access to email and the web through only a low speed phone modem 

__ C.  Web Streaming Live - live videos of class sessions (lecture and lab sessions) typically are available to the student's desk top as the class sessions occur on campus.  Sessions typically involve one-way viewing by the student and the student typically requires access to a high speed line such as are available through a cable company or a university.  If not actually delivered live, the tapes of the on-campus live class sessions are on the web within 24 hours of their live delivery.

__ D.  Web Streaming Archive - videos of past class lectures, discussions, lab demonstrations and similar materials are available online so the student may refer back to them throughout the length of a course

__ E.  Compressed Video - typically two-way live viewing of class sessions.  Sessions typically require viewing by the student at an arranged facility.

__ F.  Interactive Television - typically two-way live viewing of class sessions.  Sessions typically require viewing by the student at an arranged facility.

__ G.  Student has ability to communicate with distance instructor through e-mail

__ H.  Student has ability to ask the distance instructor questions during arranged hours on-line

__ I.  Student has ability to ask distance instructor questions during the live presentations of the class sessions

__ J.  Student has ability to communicate with all other students enrolled in the course

__ K.  Students are required to purchase software to run on their own computers

__ L.  Students have access from a distance to software that is running on university computers

__ M.  Other - contact the instructor for additional technology requirements

 

Further information: (check all that apply)

__ Q.  This course requires that students make one or more physical trips to the campus.

__ R.  This course is offered only to distant graduate students.  There are no on-campus students taking the course in a traditional classroom.

__ S.  This course is offered to graduate students in an on-campus classroom as well as to distant students through distance methods  

__ T.  Assuming that a student has been officially admitted to the graduate program, completion of this course counts toward a graduate degree or a graduate certificate offered entirely by distance methods by the institution offering the course.  If so, name the graduate degree or graduate certificate program offered entirely by distance methods: ____________________________   

 

Submit the above information within an email for each course to onsrud@spatial.maine.edu

 

(Note: If this web site proves to be of value, hopefully an organization such as UCGIS, a professional organization, or a private company will take over its maintenance in the future.)


 

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