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SPEA-J 520 Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety

3 credits

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Delivery: Online
  • The use of geographic information systems to map locations of events and analyze patterns for decision-making and facility location in areas of public safety—including criminal justice, fire services, emergency management, and homeland security—and the management and application of those systems.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Find and access selected sources of GIS data.
    2. Query and select data by attribute and location.
    3. Perform operations associated with geographic profiling.
    4. Create new GIS data by applying a variety of techniques to map locations of buildings and events by geocoding address data.
    5. Discover and explain patterns by analyzing data using buffers, spatial overlays, hot-spot analysis, density surface maps, and other techniques.
    6. Analyze data to identify hot spots.
    7. Create a variety of finished maps, suitable for presentation, including thematic maps and density surface maps.
    8. Evaluate an application of GIS to a particular field for public safety and crisis management.
    9. Synthesize different sources and types of information to make recommendations.
    10. Incorporate knowledge and skills of geographic information systems into practice and research.