Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2023Year School/Graduate School School of Letters
Lecture Code BH209001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 地理情報システム学
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Lecture on Geographic Information System
ゴトウ ヒデアキ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 3rd-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Fri5-8:ECON B251
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 12 : Geography
Eligible Students
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Geography, Archaeology, and Cultural Heritage
(Abilities and Skills)
・Acquisition of the investigating ability of Geography, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
・Acquisition of the research methods of Geography, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Secondary School Social Studies/Geography/History/Civic Education
(Abilities and Skills)
・To be able to collect, understand, analyze, and evaluate data and materials about studies related to social science.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・To be able to summarize the outcome of research, studies, education practice and social activities, and to deliver presentations. 
Class Objectives
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Typical of geography is thinking about the associations between the “places” of geographical phenomena. Maps are tools to transcribe “places,” and maps that show particular phenomena (thematic maps) are tools that allow us to consider and think, as well as being a means to express the findings of surveys and observations. Recently, the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in maps, which comprehensively handle and analyze various forms of geographic information, have become the norm. In this class, students will both study the fundamentals as well as being introduced to the basic concepts and research findings from GIS. 
Class Schedule 1. Orientation
2. The concept and history of maps
3. The history of mapmaking in Japan
4. Changes to cities as seen through topographical maps; topographical diagrams and basic map reading
5. Cartometry and Geodetic datum
6. Map projection systems
7. Features and uses of the main thematic maps; official thematic maps and hematic mapmaking basics, such as landform classification maps, land use maps.
8. Basic representation methods for thematic maps
9. Representation methods for thematic maps
10. The concept and history of GIS
11. Classifications and features of geographic information (geographical data)
12. Usable geographic data (basic map information, digital national land information, address matching, electronic national maps etc.)
13. GIS spatial analysis methods (overlay, buffering etc.)
14. Mesh map expressions and roster calculations (terrain representation, land use representation etc.)
15. The acquisition and creation of geographic data  
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