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PA 557 Introduction to GIS: Crime Mapping/Critical Incidents

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to teach the elementary skills and techniques of Geographic Information Science (GIS), with a focus on crime analysis and critical incidents related to disaster management and homeland security, using ESRI ArcGIS 10.1, or similar software package.  ArcGIS is a software platform that is used to apply geography to solving problems and making decisions.  In addition to GIS techniques, basic data preparation procedures will be covered as well as a brief survey of various types of crime data and how to acquire such data.