Geographic Information Science for Resource Management

Certificate

Program Overview

Location(s):
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert Campus
Length: 34 weeks

Geographic information science (GIS) is a relatively new field that uses computer technology to link maps to digital data. Environmental agencies and resource companies rely on the skills of GIS technicians when they’re making critical decisions about the development and use of forests, fisheries, wildlife and land.

If you have good computer skills, a keen eye for detail and an interest in natural resource management and land use planning, the GIS for Resource Management program will interest you. Even better, you can launch your career in less than a year.

Our Program

Geographic Information Science for Resource Management is a one-year certificate program offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus. Some courses are available through distance and/or continuing education. Computer literacy is essential to handling the course load.

The resource management focus is unique. You’ll learn the concepts, practice the applications and build basic skills in using GIS software to address natural resource management issues. In this hands-on approach to using GIS software and technologies you’ll learn about:

  • air photo interpretation
  • computer programming
  • database design
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • mapping and compassing
  • remote sensing and image analysis

 

Learn by Doing

Your training will include hands-on learning, field experience and a four-week work placement, where you’ll have the opportunity to work on a resource management-related project. When you graduate, you’ll have much more than a textbook understanding of GIS theory—you’ll have actual experience using GIS and applying it in different situations.

GIS vs. GPS

Geographic information science (GIS) is often confused with global positioning systems (GPS) because of the similar initials. The difference is that GIS uses GPS to help navigate data and display very complex processes that need a geographic component, such as where things are.

Your Career

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has an excellent track record when it comes to getting grads into jobs: 80% of GIS grads are working in their field within six months of graduation. They work as GIS mapping technicians, GIS specialists, mapping cartographers, GPS operators, data analysts or remote sensing analysts. With your specialized training in applying GIS to resource management, you can explore job opportunities with a wide variety of potential employers, including natural resource-based industries, First Nations industries, consulting firms, environmental agencies, government departments and municipal agencies.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.

Program Details

Start Date(s): September

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$5,600

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12
  • Minimum 65% average in English Language Arts A30 and English Language Arts B30 (combined)
  • Minimum 60% in Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or 60% in Foundations of Math 30 or 60% in Pre-Calculus 30*
  • English Language Requirement

Note

  • Computer literacy is recommended.


*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum combined average of 60% in Math A30 and B30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores and Post Secondary Success Requirements for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 80 Arithmetic
  • 75 Elementary Algebra
  • 80 Reading
  • 80 Sentence

Post-Secondary Success

One year post-secondary studies plus a minimum of 60% in the mathematics requirement

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Courses

Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMM 116
Communication Skills
3
You will be introduced to the fundamentals of professional conduct, public relations, letter writing, interoffice communication, oral presentations and job search skills.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 341
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab
COMP 176
Introduction to Microsoft Access 1
1
You will study the basic features of Access. You will create simple tables, queries, forms and reports. You will also modify database elements such as fields and records.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): CDBM 190, COAP 138, COAP 197, COAP 345, COMP 120, COMP 284
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Online - Individual
COMP 376
Principles of Database Design
1
You will be introduced to the principles of database design and implementation in the context of data handling for a Geographic Information System (GIS) project. Your studies will focus on the relational database model.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 176(concurrent)
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GIS 101
Geographic Information Systems for Resource Managers 1
2
You will achieve a basic understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts and principles. You will learn how to display spatial data, work with tables and create a map layout using ArcGIS for desktop.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): GIS 350, GIS 440
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
GIS 102
Introduction to ArcMap
3
You will explore modules and capabilities of ArcGIS software for desktop. You will practice geoprocessing tasks using ArcMap’s modelbuilder.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GIS 101(concurrent)
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GIS 103
Data Input for Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
4
You will collect data of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). You will use data input techniques and hardware to create new data sets pertaining to georeferencing, error checking and adding attribute data. You will also survey existing GIS data sources. Your studies will focus on working with various data formats using AutoCAD.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): GIS 401(concurrent)
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GIS 104
Introduction to Python
2
You will be introduced to the basics of programming using Python software. Your studies will include creating scripts and programs.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GIS 310
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Hardware
1
You will gain hands-on experience using various Geographic Information Systems (GIS) hardware including computers, plotters, digitizing tables and printers.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GIS 351
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Field Trip
1
You will participate in an off-campus field trip to explore Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in resource management. You will gain an understanding of where and how GIS is applied to analyze and understand industry-based situations.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
GIS 363
Basic Statistics and Geostatistics
3
You will receive an introduction to basic elements of statistics (including the organization and reporting of statistical data, sampling, measures of central tendency, dispersion and regression). You will use Geostatistics to estimate data values for locations that cannot be sampled directly. You will establish and use models of spatial correlation to interpolate unknown data values.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
GIS 401
Geographic Information Systems for Resource Managers 2
2
You will build on the skills and concepts learned in GIS 101 (Geographic Information Systems for Resource Managers 1). You will input data and examine how coordinate systems and scale relate to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). You will learn spatial analysis techniques and apply your skills in a resource management project.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): GIS 101
Equivalent Course(s): GIS 440
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
GPS 110
Basics of Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
4
You will be introduced to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for resource managers. You will gain hands-on experience navigating using handheld GPS receivers. Your studies will include entering GPS data into various Geographic Information Systems (GIS) file formats. Using handheld and survey-grade receivers, you will practice advanced data collection techniques.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MAPS 101
Introduction to Mapping and Compassing
3
Your studies will focus on mapping systems and compassing. You will interpret maps and develop skills in ground and map measurements. You will learn the basics of internet mapping software.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAPS 340
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
GIS 105
Vector Analysis
4
You will study the analytical capabilities of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using the vector data model. You will apply topological overlay, buffering and proximity analyses of points, lines and polygons to resource management scenarios.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): GIS 401
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GIS 106
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Programming
4
You will be introduced to the elements of geoprocessing and modelbuilder. You will learn how to work with ArcGIS more efficiently by creating programs to automate repetitive tasks.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): GIS 101, GIS 104
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GIS 302
Introduction to Mobile Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
2
You will learn how to integrate Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). You will study intermediate theories and the principles of geodesy including positioning methods, errors and error management. You will practice your skills by completing a project from the planning stage to final data output.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GIS 361
Raster Analysis
3
You will study the analytical capabilities of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using the raster data model. You will study raster analysis techniques that include Boolean and arithmetic grid overlays, neighborhood and zonal functions, surface representations of elevation, density, distance and proximity.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GIS 401
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
GIS 362
Three-Dimensional Analysis
3
You will perform advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis using three-dimensional modeling.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GIS 372
Introduction to Visual Basic
2
You will be introduced to programming using Visual Basic software. You will practice your programming skills by using software functions and creating programs.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MAPS 301
Cartography
2
You will learn to apply cartographic principles of map design and produce a professional quality map with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): MAPS 101
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MAPS 302
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Internet
3
You will develop Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications for the internet. You will practice your skills by developing an internet web page.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GIS 102, MAPS 301(concurrent)
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PROJ 287
Project Management
2
You will be introduced to project management. You will examine the basic theory of project planning and control, from project initiation to project close out. You will apply research techniques and various tools to practice project management theory in a variety of projects. You will practice skills using project management software.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
SYST 401
Remote Sensing 1
2
You will be introduced to satellite imagery. Your studies will include remote interpretation techniques for natural resource management applications.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): SYST 340
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SYST 402
Remote Sensing 2
3
You will learn important image processing and analysis techniques for remotely sensed data. The techniques include geocorrection, enhancements, filtering, vegetation indices, classification and mosaicking. Your studies will include analyzing lidar imagery.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SYST 401(concurrent)
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
WORK 301
Work Experience
0
You will consolidate your Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills in an approved employment setting. You will complete and report the results of a project relating to resource management in the context of your work placement.Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 120.0
Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Work Experience -Individual

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