GST103AB (Data Acquisition and Management: Spatial Data Quality, Raster Data Structure, Data Sources)

This course addresses the interpretation and understanding of a variety of data formats available in a geographic information system (GIS). It introduces the fundamental concepts of primary GIS data creation including Spatial Data Quality, Raster Data Structure, and Data Sources. Course content is based upon the United States Department of Labor�۪s Geospatial Technology Competency Model for entry level geospatial occupations including Geospatial or GIS Technicians and Technologists. Note: A companion course (GST103AA Data Acquisition and Management: Data Basics Review, Introduction to Analysis, Using Attribute and Data Queries, and Vector Data Analysis) begins the sequence of topics to include Data Basics Review, Introduction to Analysis, Using Attribute and Data Queries, and Vector Data Analysis.
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Primary Material Type:
Online Course
Del Mar College
Project Name:
National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technology Consortium
geospatial, technology, geographic information systems, GIS, spatial data analysis, network analysis, spatial query, raster analysis, vector analysis

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
BILT (see support docs for explanation)
Industry Sector:
Information Technology -- Computer Operating Systems (Programming), Digital Forensics, Cyber Security, Network Security, IT Security (51)
Computer and Mathematical Occupations (15-0000)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (11)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Certificate
  • Stacked/Latticed Credential Model
  • Associate Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 2nd Year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
96 Clock hours
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Mix of Active and Presentation.
Quality Rubric:
Quality Note:
The SMEs were all trained in the Universal Design for Learning protocols and principles before their course development effort started. All the courses were developed to the national GTCM standard and reviewed by the project manager Phillip Davis who helped establish the GTCM with DOL in 2010.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Other
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • None
Course Note:
Marketable Skills Award Level I, Marketable Skills Award Level II and AAS GIS

Copyright / Licensing

Primary License:
Creative Commons License
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