CGO4M Spatial Technologies in Action – Grade 12 (University/College)
PREREQUISITE: Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities
GRADE: 12 (University/College)
AVAILABILITY: Blyth Academy Online
THE ONTARIO CURRICULUM: Canadian and World Studies
CGO4M online provides a foundation for students who are considering a career involving computer-based spatial technologies. Students will analyze and propose solutions to real-life issues related to spatial organization, such as determining transportation routes, appropriate locations for community services, or potential conservation and preservation areas. Students will extend their ability to use geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing and to create maps, charts, and graphs. Throughout CGO4M online, students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process to investigate various issues related to spatial organization.
UNIT ONEIntroduction to Spatial Technologies
- In this unit, students will be provided with an overview of Spatial Technology and introduced to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including its history and applications. There are a variety of learning materials including module lessons, visual, video, and hands-on exercises to get acquainted with Spatial Technologies.
UNIT TWOMap Projections
- In this unit, students will explore Map Projections as a critical element in displaying and integrating information in Spatial Technologies and GIS.
UNIT THREEData Modeling
- In this unit, students will gain an understanding of the difference and appropriate use of Vector versus Raster data. Students will learn how to differentiate between spatial and non-spatial data and will explore the practices of linking and maintaining relationships between a spatial feature and its attribute data. Students will also learn how to apply the approach of layering as it relates to integrating multiple data sets together into one setting.
UNIT FOURCapturing and Collection Data
- In this unit, students will explore Data Modelling. Integrating data is critical to any Spatial Technologies and their powerful capabilities. In addition, identifying the way data is expressed and integrated into various Vector, Raster, Spatial, and non-Spatial forms. The varied learning material is continued with both reading, visual, and hands-on activities to help students understand and apply the concepts.
- In this unit, students will cover Cartography, which is the process of creating maps. A process which is both an art and science, and there are strategic implications to consider for effectively engaging an audience.
UNIT SIXSpatial Analysis
- In this unit, students will go over Spatial Analytical methods – this is where the power of Spatial Technologies and GIS peaks. There are numerous analysis methods, all of which depend on the data that is used, and the issue/topic/problem that is being approached. This unit is very much hands-on, to gain awareness and develop skills in applying analytical methods.
UNIT SEVENMap Interpretation and Analysis
- In this unit, students will learn how to interpret their analysis. It is important to continue to communicate and reinforce the summary as a means to present and communicate the findings and ‘take-aways’ from the map. This is where students are communicating their findings to an audience.
UNIT EIGHTInterpreting, Analyzing and Monitoring Change
- In this unit, students will cover interpreting and monitoring change with a focus on Supporting Sustainability. When students reviewed Remote Sensing, they looked at the changing conditions over time when looking at the 3 Gorges Dam in China. This final unit will apply Didactic Questioning and Map Interpretation from the previous unit, to apply to monitoring and interpreting change.
FINAL EXAMProctored Exam
- This exam is the final evaluation of CGO4M online. Students need to arrange their final exam 10 days in advance. All coursework should be completed and submitted before writing the final exam, please be advised that once the exam is written, any outstanding coursework will be given a grade of zero. The exam will be two hours.
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