e-Tutor for GIS
Product Features:The e-Tutor for GIS has six major modules, viz., Technical content, animated illustrations for GIS functionality, Case studies showcasing GIS applications, GIS bibliography, Glossary and a self-contained software package with data sets for hands-on exercises. The technical content is organized in an intuitive manner, to provide exposure to the student on spatial data concepts, models, data structures, database building, analysis, terrain modeling, map layout, applications and future directions. The content dwells at considerable depth on the issues pertaining to spatial data so that a new entrant to the field would easily understand the underlying concepts of geographical data. A wide range of analysis methods guide the user through this important subject that can be called the heart of GIS. Any amount of reading text material from a book or e-Tutor requires hands-on practical sessions so that the reader can grasp the concepts better and is no longer intimidated by a technologically complex field. An elaborate set of tasks are included in the Hands-on module so that the user starts with data generation, performs different analyses and concludes with creating map layouts of the outputs. A set of successful case studies help capture the imagination of the student. In our GIS tutor a sample of three case studies are included to cover water resources, urban growth and rural land management applications. Detailed flowcharts maps, images and tables provide detailed information about the case studies.
The e-tutor for GIS has been designed considering the requirements of wide range of users. The system has been made fully interactive and the users can proceed step by step. The GIS theory is categorized under 22 broad sections and each section has a series of subsections, explained through text and graphical illustrations, supplemented with hands- on exercises. A few GIS applications are showcased explaining the data used methodology and the results. In addition to GIS theory, a few GIS functions such as network analysis, data base query etc. are illustrated through graphical animations A bibliography covering GIS related literature and GIS glossary are also provided. Uniqueness of this tutor is that it includes self-learning exercises along with a self- contained software package and sample data to provide hands-on training on GIS functionality.