Monday, February 4, 2013

GIS4043 Student Spotlight: Introduction to GIS- Own Your Map Lab Assignment

GIS4043 Introduction to GIS, Instructor, Mrs. Amber Bloechle

Own Your Map

In this week's lab we took a look at the essential map elements in ArcGIS and learned how to use associated tools available in ArcMap. The main purpose of the lab was to provide a step-by-step guide for creating quality maps in this course and program. A secondary purpose was to provide the basics required to create your own mapping style- hence, the title.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and implement the essential elements of map making
  • Locate and execute commonly used tools in ArcGIS for viewing, creating and exporting maps
  • Differentiate Layout View and Data View in ArcGIS/ArcMap
  • Create a personalized map template in ArcGIS/ArcMap to standardize map design
  • Export a final MXD map to JPEG format from ArcGIS/ArcMap


The following student was chosen for his exceptional work on the Own Your Map assignment.

David Hunt 

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About: Dave is a recent graduate of the UWF Maritime Studies Program and an alumnus of University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University. He's also an accomplished computer programmer and owner of software firm.  
Dave describes his most memorable learning experience as archaeology field school in SE Oregon in summer 2012, where he spent six weeks in the high-desert excavating a site that reaches back at least 10,000 years. Wow! That sounds very exciting and a possible GIS project in the future.
Welcome to the first GIS Spotlight, Dave. We hope you enjoy your time in the light!

What we like: Dave's map contains all the essential elements required and is presented in a clean, easy-to-read layout. There is a good use of "white-space", none of the supplementary information is drawing undue attention, the scale bar is set to a nice round number, and the color scheme is logical. Great work, Dave!