SOCI 6332 GIS for Disaster Management

 

SOCI 6332 GIS for Disaster Management course which is offered in MA Disaster Studies program in Spring 2018. This course is designated as a service learning course.

Learning Objectives (LOs)

After completing the GIS for Disaster Management course, students will be able to:

LO 1.      Understand fundamental concepts of Geographic Information System (GIS) and effective use of available GIS tools in ArcGIS® software.

LO 2.      Understand the commonly accepted disaster management process which consists of preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery stages, and be able to apply GIS tools to effectively manage the entire process.

LO 3.      Identify challenges in applying GIS concepts and techniques to the disaster management process.

LO 4.      Understand current trends of GIS applications and their potential solutions to current challenges and problems in effectively managing disasters.

LO 5.      Experience application of GIS concepts and techniques to disaster management process in “real-life” situations.

Service Learning Objectives (SLOs)

SLO 1.    To apply GIS knowledge to creating online GIS maps and risks assessment in real-life situations (LO1, LO2, LO5).

SLO 2.    To utilize the ArcGIS skills in creating online GIS maps and risk assessment (LO1). 

SLO 3.    To understand difficulties and challenges in applying GIS knowledge to creating GIS maps at the selected community partner organizations (LO3).

SLO 4.    To understand how GIS knowledge could be applied to effectively manage disaster in preparedness, mitigation, and response and recovery stages at the partners’ organizations in real-life situations (LO2).

SLO 5.    To understand current trends of GIS application to disaster management and best-practices that could provide solutions to emerging issues at the partners’ organizations (LO5).

 

A Brand New GIS Lab

A brand new GIS and Spatial Lab for MA Disaster Studies Program at ELABN 1.108, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

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A Service Learning at LRGVDC

Students had a service learning opportunity at the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council office in Weslaco, TX, on March 25, 2018.

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A Service Learning from a THIRA Expert

Students learned firsthand experience from a THIRA expert on April 17, 2018.

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A Service Learning at NOAA

Students had another service learning opportunity at the NOAA/National Weather Service, Brownsville, TX on April 29, 2018.

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A Service Learning Project: Flood Risk Map for Lower Rio Grande Valley

An online flood risk map will be developed and delivered to Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council to publish online for public use.

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A Service Learning Project: A Research Paper on Flood Risk in LRGV

Students and instructor of the course worked together on a research topic to publish in a peer-reviewed journal.

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