GIS Management (GIS 6555) is one of the first courses to be offered from the M.S.A. with a specialization in Geographic Information Science (GIS) degree plan. This course provides practical information on the development, implementation, and operation of GIS programs and projects intended for seasoned, new and GIS aspiring managers. Studying the concepts of managerial theory within the context GIS should prove useful to their geospatial careers.
We would like to recognize all of our current graduate students for blazing a trail in the maiden voyage of this course. They are all doing a great job embracing material that isn’t traditionally taught in a GIS program, but is increasingly relevant as the industry matures. Below we highlight one student’s work that is illustrative of the content of this course.
During this module students were given a real-word case study from ArcNews, “GIS Speeds Water Service Restoration” (Esri 2015), that illustrates a process improvement. From this case study students were asked to create before and after improvement flowcharts.
And the STUDENT SPOTLIGHT AWARD goes to...Stuart Fricke!
Stuart did a great job separating the organizational roles (e.g. customer service and customer along the vertical axis of the chart) within a broader depiction of the business processes themselves. Stuart effectively utilized the standard flowchart symbols to create a visualization of business process improvements. Stuart’s passion for maps (and GIS) shows through his work in this class, and we are thrilled to have him in the program.
Follow Stuart's progress through the program at his student blog.
Welcome to the Spotlight, Stuart!
- Croswell, P. L. (2009). The GIS Management Handbook. Frankfort, KY: Kessey Dewitt Publications.
- Esri (2015). GIS Speeds Water Service Restoration. ArcNews Fall 2015 Vol., No. 3.