Geographic Information Systems technology continues to play a key role in public administration and governmental operations related to the provision of public service, governmental decision-making, policy analysis and public program evaluation. This course will provide foundational information related to the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to meet the various needs within governmental operations and public administration.
The first half of the semester will focus on developing skills within the various GIS tools while building upon philosophical and theoretical foundations of Geospatial Information Sciences used to model and analyse real world conditions. The second half of the semester will focus on each student’s specific area of interests through an independent research project utilizing GIS technology to address public sector issues. With the continually broadening scope of applications for which GIS technology can be applied, the opportunities are boundless with respect to the various projects that can be undertaken to improve governmental operations, the provision of public services, policy analysis, and program evaluation