Master Course Outline NR 250

Master Course Outline
NR 250
GIS and Remote Sensing in Natural Resource Management
Course Description: The course emphasizes the application of geographic information systems (GIS)
and techniques of remote sensing in natural resource management. It provides students with methods
in acquisition, processing, and interpretation of the primary data derived from various sensors on a
practical level. Additionally, the course will expose students to photogrammetry techniques in area
determination, scale, height management, and forest stand analysis. Use of global positioning satellite
(GPS) systems, USGS quad maps, legal land descriptions and corner search techniques will also be
introduced. 3 lecture hours; 4 lab hours. Vocational program course. May be used as a general elective
in the AA degree.
Credits: 5
Prerequisites: NR 110 or instructor permission
Recommended Preparation: N/A
Co-requisites: N/A
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
Utilize tools of remote sensing for acquisition of spatial data in natural resource management.
Demonstrate methods for analysis of remotely sensed data with geographic information
systems and other appropriate tools.
Practice use and interpretation of maps, photographs, legal land descriptions and land
ownership rolls in determining area, scale, height measurement, and forest stand analysis.
Demonstrate an understanding of basic terminology associated with remote sensing and
geographic information systems.
Employ a basic awareness and understanding of GIS applications to natural resource
Exhibit an ability to synthesize and analyze quantitative data.
Answer questions on how to determine the best use of remotely sensed data for analysis of
problems and challenges in natural resource management.
Explain how geographic information systems may aide in solving natural resource problems in
Develop interpersonal and leadership skills through class participation and interaction.
Utilize information resources presented in class through lecture, guest presentations, media
sources and library resources to complete assignments and tests.
Demonstrate competency in audio and/or visual aids when presenting projects.
Evaluate the role of information resources in making sound decisions.
Course Resources/Textbooks/Website:
Mastering ArcGIS; 5th edition; Maribeth Price, McGraw Hill, 2012;
Forest Measurements (5th Edition) – Thomas Avery and Harold Burkhart, McGraw-Hill publisher
Academic Integrity: All forms of cheating, falsification, and plagiarism are against the rules of this
course and of Grays Harbor College. Students who are unsure what constitutes academic dishonesty are
responsible for asking the instructor for clarification. Instances of intentional academic dishonesty will
be dealt with severely.
Disabilities: Students who have documented disabilities that require accommodations in compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Disability Support Services coordinator as
well as the instructor of the course in order to ensure that together we create an optimal environment
for educational achievement.
W Day, the final day to officially withdraw from a course, is the Thursday of the seventh week (Thursday
of the fourth week for summer quarter). Students who do not withdraw by that date will receive the
grades they have earned, regardless of whether they are attending the course or completing the work.
Students who are considering withdrawal are strongly advised to consult with the instructor, advisor and
financial aid prior to withdrawing. The only withdrawals allowed after W Day are complete withdrawals
from all courses.
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