2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Feb 08, 2023  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HSEM 440 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for HSEM (3 credits)

Prerequisite Current enrollment in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management program.

Course Description
This course provides an introduction to mapping tools and desktop applications for conducting emergency planning, data analysis, and resource management for emergency management.

Student Outcomes
1.0 Describe the role of Geographic Information Systems in supporting emergency management through each mission area and phase of the emergency management preparedness cycle.

2.0 Understand the fundamental theory of Geographic Information science behind Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
2.1 Compare and contrast the situations where GIS is best suited and those that are not appropriate applications of GIS technology.

3.0 Evaluate the value of GIS analysis to address applied problems and/or research questions through comprehensive case studies.
3.1 Review after action reports and assess the effectiveness of using information generated through a GIS analysis and how the data affected the overall outcome of the event.

4.0 Prepare and present response plans for multiple types of emergencies and disasters.
4.1 Demonstrate how response plans can be adapted quickly, ethically, and effectively to rapidly evolving situations.

5.0 Describe the types of products commonly produced by the GIS Unit during an incident.
5.1 Identify how particular GIS capabilities can be utilized for mission support.

6.0 Identify and disseminate best practices for establishing and maintaining data flow, creating products, and meeting timelines during an incident.

7.0 Describe situations where it is appropriate to use remote sensing products.
7.1 Describe how remote sensing can enhance situational awareness and provide a foundation for assuring a common operating picture.

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