The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning


This course introduces students to concepts in digital geographic information system (GIS) and hands-on skills with GIS software. For planners and urban ecologists, it is essential to advance their understanding of cities and solve urban problems by collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting geographic data. Topics discussed in lectures include spatial data collection and management, mapping and visualization, and basic spatial analysis. The principles and concepts covered in lecture will be reinforced through a series of lab exercises and assignments, which will collectively apply to a final project.  Students completing this course will have 1) an understanding of GIS concepts and their application, 2) hands-on experience with ArcGIS to collect, analyze, and interpret geographic data, 3) the ability to map and visualize spatial data, and 4) experience in analyzing and presenting the results of analysis using real-world spatial data.