GIS Education Portal
Doug Mende, MBA


GIS and Strategic Implementation
University of Redlands, School of Business

GIS technology requires effective leadership, thoughtful design, and careful planning. Enterprise GIS (broad organizational use) involves analysis of a variety of hardware, software, database, and user needs to satisfy the business requirements of the organization for GIS implementation. Student teams work with top management of a local company to develop a GIS Strategic Plan presented to the firm.

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Spatial Analysis of Global Business
University of Redlands, School of Business

Global business applications and data using GIS technology provide a useful approach to understanding and analyzing the location-based challenges and opportunities in the international marketplace. This course focuses on GIS use and insight gained from the spatial analysis of political (Nation-State characteristics), economic (global production), and sales decision-making (social).  Students will apply a GIS approach to analyzing the determinants of foreign markets, manufacturing industries, global supply chain management, and human resources.

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GIS in Land Use Planning
University of California, Riverside Extension

The land use community is one of the largest users of GIS technology. The development and use of information systems for private and public sector planning professionals are examined using case studies from various Southern California GIS and land use planning projects. Students identify and analyze the extent, intensity and duration of various land use issues. How to interpret this information from a data gathering perspective is discussed. GIS data requirements are identified and developed around these issues. Constraints, opportunities and alternatives surrounding the issues are examined from a GIS perspective.

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Practical Approaches for Implementing GIS
University of California, Riverside Extension

Overview of the fundamentals and techniques of GIS and the basic implementation issues for utilities and governmental and business entities. Key components and strategies for implementing GIS are explored in detail. Main topics include the GIS needs assessment, database specifications and conversion processes, software and hardware selection, financial requirements and the impact on the implementing organization.

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Introduction to Geographic Information Science
University of California, Riverside

This course introduces the fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), the science behind them, and their practical applications. This course will review and analyze GIS, data structures, databases, and coordinate systems. The course lecture emphasizes the concepts and design of GIS and the labs provide hands-on training with ESRI ArcGIS, the most popular GIS software package. The goal of this course is to provide students with a good base of GIS knowledge so that students will realize the potential of GIS and use it to their own future research. This course, more so than any other course offered at UCR, will give you the necessary skills to pursue a career as a GIS Analyst, which is a high demand position across a variety of fields.

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