Introduction to Geographic Methods
GTECH 201 Lab
Fall 2010

Lab Instructor: Amy Jeu
Email: put "gtech 201" in the subject heading.
Office: 1090C HN
Phone: 212-772-4019
No formal office hours, email is best. However, I have no access to email over the weekend.

Course Overview:
This course provides an introduction to quantitative and cartographic methods in geographic research.  The course’s main goal is for students to become familiar with some of the different ways that geographers measure, visualize, and analyze spatial phenomenon.  The course is divided into three main sections. 

Section one will present the basics of cartography, projections, map reading, and geographic information systems (GIS), including an overview of examples.

Section two will examine methods geographers use to collect spatial data including remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), and secondary data sources.

Section three will introduce methods for quantitative spatial data analysis, particularly spatial and advanced statistics.

Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to use various technologies such as Excel, and ESRI’s ArcGIS environment.  At the end of the course, successful students will better understand the ways that geographers use technologies in their research and have a foundation to pursue future studies in quantitative geography.

Lecture Material

Lab Policy

- Worth 35% of grade.
- Attendance will be taken.
- If you miss a lab, you will be responsible for any material covered. Get the notes from a classmate.
- No late labs will be accepted.
- It is okay to help each other.
- Everyone must do their own work.
- Submit assignments using the following naming convention: flastname##. For example, ajeu01.docx or ajeu01.doc

Labs -

  1. Google Maps - due by 9am Wed, Sept 15.
  2. Map Projections - due by 9am Wed, Oct 6.
    - Link for data
    - Understanding Map Projections by ESRI
    - USGS web site - link to projections
    - Map Projections chapter from Map Use Reading and Analysis book by Kimerling, Buckley, Muehrcke, and Muehrcke (6th edition)
    - Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science - A Gallary of Map Projections
    - Carlos A. Furuti's Page on Map Projections
  3. Map Reading - due by 9am Wed, Oct 6.
    - Link for data
    - Topo Map Symobols
    - Magnetic Declination
  4. Compass & GPS - due by 9am Fri, Oct 15 - hand-in hardcopy of pg 3 (skyplot and lat/long coordinates)
    - For extra credit: Map out lat/long coordinates and produce a map.
    - Link for data - (69_entrance dataset)
    - Lat/Long to UTM converter
    - NYC DoITT website correction: click on "Consumer Information -> GIS Data & Mapping -> See what data is available at the Citywide GIS Download Page -> I accept".
        (download ESRI version of street centerline, hydrography,and open space datasets)
  5. Thematic & Dot Mapping - due by 9am Wed, Oct 20
    - Link for data
  6. Georeferencing - due by 9am Wed, Oct 27
    - Link for data
  7. Mapping Census Data - due by 9am Wed, Nov 10
    - Download NYC census tract shapefiles from NYC Department of City Planning and Census 2000 TIGER/Line shapefiles from ESRI
  8. Image Processing - due by 9am Wed, Nov 17
    - Link for data
  9. Satellite Imagery - due by 9am Wed, Dec 1
    Link for USGS Global Visualization Viewer -

Links -

Geog Dept Tech Support Page

Last updated November 16, 2010 .