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Geographical Information Systems (Part-time)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1203
School:
Continuing Education

About the Program

A geographic information system (GIS) is a system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth. In a more generic sense, GIS is a tool that allows users to create interactive queries, analyze the spatial information, edit data, maps, and present the results of all these operations.

Geographic information system technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, asset management, environmental impact assessment, urban planning, cartography, criminology, history, sales, marketing, and route planning.

For example, a GIS might allow emergency planners to easily calculate emergency response times in the event of a natural disaster, a GIS might be used to find wetlands that need protection from pollution, or a GIS can be used by a company to find new potential customers similar to the ones they already have and project sales due to expanding into that market.

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Graduate Opportunities

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Program Information

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Program Related Resources

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
INFO1820 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
Description: An overview of the fundamental concepts and terminology and the role of GIS in business, government, surveying and natural resources. The course will cover the collection, management, analysis and presentation of spatial data. Additional topics will include concepts of database systems, data modeling and digital mapping.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1030 Access - Expert
Description: Learn to use the advanced features of Microsoft Access for Windows. Upon completion, you will enhance tables by creating lookups, create various types of advanced queries, create advanced forms, create relationships between tables to ensure data accuracy, work with form controls, understand macro concepts, create, run, & test Access macros, create & use switchboard forms, set Access defaults, and apply Start-up options.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OLRN1980 Access - Specialist
Description: Learn to use Microsoft Access for Windows. You will learn by using its pull-down menus, toolbars, and dialogue boxes. Access is a computerized database that allows you to manipulate, link, chart, query, and report your data to customize the information you need. Access creates a system of relational database management in a user-friendly environment.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
PROG1210 Geographical Information Systems Software-ArcView
Description: At the end of this course, students should be able to create data in ArcGIS, to query and manipulate data, geocode addresses, perform spatial analyses, produce map outputs, and charts.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: INFO1820
CoRequisites:
Closed
PROG1220 Designing, Implementing & Managing a GIS Database
Description: This course provides a foundation for designing and maintaining a geographic information system. It also familiarizes the student with existing databases, standards and industry best practices for data management.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: INFO1820, OLRN1980
CoRequisites:
Closed
PROG1230 Internet Mapping
Description: Various types and variations of Internet Mapping will be discussed. Various ways of acquiring, analyzing and converting data for your Internet Map Project, Geographic Markup Language, eb Map Service standards will be studied. Open-source and commercial solutions to serving geographical data and common tasks, pitfalls and issues involved in creating maps will be examined.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: INFO1820
CoRequisites:
Closed
SCIE1130 Remote Sensing
Description: This course is designed to teach principles and applications of remote sensing at the introductory level. This science, which looks at the Earth from above, has made strides into commonplace use in recent times and the applications are useful to many professions including planners, environmental scientists, real estate, agriculture, and many others. At the end of the course, students should understand the basic principles of remote sensing, know how to use software to manipulate image data, and perform preliminary interpretation of this data.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: INFO1820
CoRequisites:
Closed
SCIE1140 Global Position Systems
Description: This course will start with an overview of GPS, history of GPS and GPS Applications. With an emphasis on the principles of GPS and how it works, you will learn about the GPS satellites and the information and signals they transmit, types of receivers and the fundamentals of how they work, and what GPS can be used for. Topics covered include accuracy and positioning, the types of errors associated with using GPS, absolute and differential techniques, different types of signals, considerations when collecting data using GPS, and how to undertake mission planning. An introduction to other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) is provided. GPS modernization, augmented GPS, and future trends are also discussed. The use of a GPS receiver is NOT required for this course.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: INFO1820
CoRequisites:
Closed

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Program Contact

Amanda Pelley

apelley@conestogac.on.ca

519-748-5220 ext: 3454

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