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Course Syllabus
PPOL-G 746 Geographic Information Systems for Public Policy
PPOL-G 746, Spring 2017 (2017)
  • Michael P Johnson, Jr.
The purpose of this course is to learn principles and applications of GIS to support doctoral-level research and master’s-level research and analysis in public policy and related disciplines, such as public management, gerontology and urban and regional planning. This course has a particular focus on spatial data collection and analysis for urbanized regions within the greater Boston area. We will address basic geographic and mapping concepts. These include: world coordinate system and projections, map topology, tiled and layered maps, standard computer map file formats, data processing and data analysis, including Web-enabled GIS. We will also study advanced methods suitable for doctoral research such as exploratory spatial analytic methods, model-building and multi-method & qualitative GIS. Hands-on tutorials using GIS software, and case studies and current scholarly research are integrated into nearly every class meeting. Application areas to be discussed include: economic development, housing, transportation, land use, crime and policing, census and demographic studies and public health.
  • Geographic information systems,
  • spatial analysis,
  • spatial statistics
Publication Date
June 15, 2017
Public Policy PhD program & Urban Planning and Community Development master's program, University of Massachusetts Boston
Citation Information
Michael P Johnson. "PPOL-G 746 Geographic Information Systems for Public Policy" PPOL-G 746, Spring 2017 (2017)
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