Dr. Gaurav Sinha

Teaching Responsibilities

My teaching responsibilities are aligned with my research expertise in Geographic Information Science (GIScience). I teach several undergraduate and graduate level GIS courses. The official description of these courses and the syllabi are listed below for reference. I currently teach only some of these courses on a regular basis but plan to offer all these courses on a rotational basis.

I am one of the core faculty responsible for the GIScience undergraduate major, and also the director for both the undergraduate and graduate GIS certificate programs offered by our department. Interested students are encouraged to contact me by email.

Teaching Schedule 2011-12

FALL
GEOG 268 M/W 09:10 - 11:00 GEOG 4/578 (Lec) M/W 13:10 - 15:00 GEOG 4/578 (Lab) F 10:10 - 12:00 OFFICE HOURS M/W 11:00 - 13:00
WINTER
GEOG 4/578 (Lec) M/W 09:10 - 11:00 GEOG 4/578 (Lab) F 09:10 - 11:00 OFFICE HOURS M/W 11:00 - 13:00
SPRING
GEOG 4/579 M/W/F 09:10 - 11:00 GEOG 687 W 17:30 - 21:30 OFFICE HOURS M/W 11:00 - 13:00

Course Portfolio

GEOG 268: Introduction to GIS & Mapping Sciences

This is an undergraduate course available to all majors. This course meets the Tier II requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences. I teach one section of this course every year. The maximum enrollment is 30 students. There are several other sections offered by other instructors throughout the year.

The course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts pertaining to geographic information including geographic data collection and data management, principles of mapping, and mathematical foundations of spatial measurement and spatial analysis. An overview of application of these core concepts in the mapping sciences of GIS, remote sensing, and cartography is provided. Basic principles of GIS software for exploring and practicing these fundamentals are emphasized. Syllabus

Credit Hours: 4; General Education Code: 2AS; Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken one time excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

GEOG 478/578: Principles of GIS

This course is cross-listed in both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. It is offered in the Fall and Winter quarters and is a pre-requisite for all other upper level GIS courses. This is a mandatory core course for the undergraduate and graduate GIScience certificates. The maximum enrollment is 30 students.

The course offers a systematic introduction to the procedures and techniques that guide the design, implementation, and application of traditional and emerging geographic information systems. Intensive GIS lab exercises are used to reinforce theoretically challenging concepts. Syllabus

Credit Hours: 5 (4 lec, 1 2-hr labs); Prerequisites: GEOG 268 OR BMT 200 OR C S 120 OR CTCH 125 OR IT 103 OR MIS 201; Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken an unlimited number of times, but only last course taken counts.

GEOG 479/579: Geographic Information Analysis

This course is cross-listed in both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. It is offered in the Spring quarter every year. GEOG 478/578 is a pre-requisite for this course. This is one of the optional core courses for the undergraduate GIScience certificate and a supporting course for the graduate GIScience certificate. The maximum enrollment is 30 students.

The course is designed to train students in advanced quantitative methods of spatial data analysis and the utilization of GIS in geographic problem solving. The lectures and lab exercises provide introduction to terrain analysis, hydrologic modeling, multicriteria decision making, and spatial statistics. There is a special emphasis on explicit consideration of uncertainty and error analysis throughout the course. Syllabus

Credit Hours: 5 (4 lec, 1 2-hr labs); Prerequisites: GEOG 478/578; Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken an unlimited number of times, but only last course taken counts.

GEOG 474/574: GIS Design and Application Development

This course is cross-listed in both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. It will be offered every other year in the Winter semester. GEOG 478/578 is a pre-requisite for this course. This is one of the optional core courses for the undergraduate GIScience certificate and a supporting course for the graduate GIScience certificate. The maximum enrollment is 30 students.

The course is an introduction to computational foundations of geographic information systems and geospatial mapping technologies. Practical introduction to the latest GIS scripting technologies and software application development techniques is the focus of this course.

Credit Hours: 4; Prerequisites: GEOG 478/578; Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken 4 times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

GEOG 475/575: GIS Modeling and Simulation

This course is cross-listed in both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. It will be offered only occasionally depending on demand. GEOG 478/578 is a pre-requisite for this course. This is one of the optional core courses for the undergraduate GIScience certificate. Because of the low frequency of this offering, it is not listed as a supporting course for the graduate GIScience certificate. The maximum enrollment is 30 students.

The course is an introduction to the methods of computational modeling and geovisualization directed to the study of physical, human, and environmental processes and their interactions at local, regional and global scales.

Credit Hours: 4; Prerequisites: GEOG 478/578; Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken an unlimited number of times, but only last course taken counts.

GEOG 687: Seminar in Geographic Information Science

This is a graduate only seminar. Exceptional undergraduates may be given special permission to attend the course at the sole discretion of the instructor. This course is offered every other year in the winter quarter. This course does not presume any background in mapping and GIScience. However, prior exposure will be advantageous. This course is not listed as a supporting course for the graduate GIScience certificate. The maximum enrollment is 15 students.

The seminar will focus on current and emerging topics related to GIScience. The primary goal of the course is to encourage students to think critically about the nature of geographic information, cognitive and computational aspects of geographic representation, appreciate the complexity and uncertainties associated with geographic information analysis and representation, and most importantly, develop a critical understanding of both quantitative and qualitative methods for representing, analyzing, and communicating geographic information. The fundamental topics listed in the current syllabus serve only as a framework for selecting assigned readings, which will be selected depending on collective interest and developments in the rapidly-evolving, multidisciplinary field of GIScience. Syllabus

Credit Hours: 5; Prerequisites: None; Repeat/Retake Information: May not be repeated.

Certificates in Geographic Information Science

The expanding role of digital mapping and geospatial technologies in professional and everyday lives mandates a geo-enabled workforce, capable of interpreting, utilizing, and communicating geographic information. Traditionally, such training was available only to a select group of geography students. Recognizing the need for widespread access to such knowledge, we were among the first in Ohio to design an undergraduate certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIScience). The modern discipline of GIScience synthesizes theories and techniques from several cognate disciplines (e.g., geography, cartography, remote sensing, surveying, mathematics, computer science, information science, earth science, and social science) to provide a multidisciplinary foundation for designing and using geographic information systems. The certificates are designed to expose students to an interdisciplinary set of courses that will provide a holistic introduction to the theory and applications of GIScience. In addition to “core” courses, students are required to complete coursework in statistics, computing, and information analysis. The certificates are available only to non-Geography majors currently, but can be earned by both degree and non-degree seeking students.

Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GISc)

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GISc)