Principles and application of basic and intermediate-level GIS technologies in public health practice and research
As an instructor, I developed and taught my first new course in spring 2015 focused on GIS applications for public health research and practice. The class’s broad appeal brought student enrollees from HSPM, EPID, and Geography (n=13). The students rated my overall teaching effectiveness 4.64, with scores >4 in all categories assessed. Comments from the students showed an appreciation for the skills they acquired including: “This course should be required among every public health discipline. The overlap with EPID, BIOS, HPEB and HSPM is evidence and this course truly fills the gaps of knowledge left open by other courses,” “Hands on practice with the GIS software that transitioned into our own projects greatly enhanced the learning experience,” and “…[the paper] integrated the ideals of the class and application of what we learned in a real world epi research setting.” As evidence of the level of student engagement in the class, 5 out of the 13 students in the class submitted abstracts from their final research project to state/national conferences (e.g., APHA and the National Conference for Health Statistics), several submitted their work for publication, and one received a graduate assistantship working at DHEC on GIS-related projects.
Jan, I have one question.
In the new course description, you describe the course as "best suited for new or mid-level GIS users." In your syllabus, you describe the course as an "intermediate level course". I understand you are talking in the first part about the user and the second part about the course; however, can you include a description of both user and course in the new course description? I don't think that level of detail is required in the syllabus although you can certainly include it there as well. thanks, Linda
Please make the following changes to the syllabus and resubmit:
1) Rephrase the course description:
Graduate-level course focused on the Principles and application of basic and intermediate-level GIS technologies in public health practice and research; Comprised of a lecture and weekly computer lab component, covering basic and immediate-level GIS functionality and public health applications (e.g., acccessibility measurement, location analytics, spatial regression, web mapping)
Principles and application of basic and intermediate-level GIS technologies in public health practice and research.
2) Rephrase the first two learning outcomes:
3) Consider rephrasing the Thursday meetings as "labs" and removing the phrasing of "labs" throughout. The class meets in the computer lab and you may choose to have students listen to lectures, or engage in practical assignments in various sessions. If you choose to use the title of "labs" in the syllabus, there is a differnt standard for "contact minutes" (double lecture minutes).
just needs those two changes we discussed
Changes to the syllabus have been made as requested.
Course description was changed
LOs 1 and 2 were revised
Minor syllabus change - please add "F" grade to grading scale.
Syllabus edited to include what points correspond to a grade of "F".
The point distribution for final grades is as follows:
403-450 = A, 358 - 402 = B, 313-357 = C, 268-312 = D, 0-267 = F.