As of Fall of 2014, the GISC courses (with exception of Field Camp I and Field Camp II) required for the Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science (GISC) will be offered online as well as in person. It is the goal of the GISC Faculty to offer online courses in parallel with in-class courses with on-line students receiving the same learning experience, program student outcomes, and program educational objective as students in the classroom. Students are required to progress through the class at the same pace as the in-person students, including meeting deadlines.
When registering for courses, note that online course sections are designated with a W01 for lecture and W11 for lab.
Computing and Internet requirements
All students enrolling in online courses are required to have:
Windows Operating System (Vista/7/8).
Adobe PDF viewer. (e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Video player able to play MPEG-4 video (Quicktime, VLC, Windows Media Player).
Web browser with Java Virtual Machine installed.
Speakers or headphones connected to computer.
Microphone or headset connected to computer.
Web camera connected to computer.
Consistent access to high-speed internet during the entire semester.
Additional required software as assigned.
All students are required to set up a campus email address upon enrollment and check this email address on a regular basis.
Online Teaching Methods
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi provides students and faculty with software to ensure online students receive the same level of instruction as students in the classroom. The main interface for both online and in-class course material is Blackboard. Blackboard is the online location in which each course instructor places all teaching material (syllabus, announcements, course content, assignments, tutorials, instructional material, web links, documents, presentations, tests, quizzes, examinations, etc.) and has tools for discussion sessions, chat, blogs, wikis, and help resources.
Lectures are recorded using WebEx software. This software allows the in-class recording of the instructor’s video or voice along with whatever is presented onscreen, which is displayed to the class. A link to each in-class lecture is provided on Blackboard, which allows online students to view the lecture by streaming the lecture to their own computer. Instructors may also place lectures or videos on content delivery platforms, such as YouTube, and will provide links to this content through Blackboard. Please note that all original material created by the instructor posted on Blackboard (e.x. WebEx recordings, YouTube videos, assignments, lecture slides, etc…) falls under the copyright ownership of the instructor.
Secure Testing Policy and Procedure
Professors may elect to require exams to be administered at pre-approved secure testing sites, or through an online test proctoring service called Examity, with proctor supervision, or, to require that students install secure testing environment software on their computers and may require recording video and audio of the testing environment using a web camera. In these cases, students will be tested in secure test environments and under conditions that protect both the student, the integrity of the exam, and the academic program. In the case of an exam being administered at a secure testing site, students are responsible for procuring a site and qualified proctor who will supervise the exams and for paying all fees that are associated with the use of the testing site. The professor will state on the course syllabus their secure testing policy and procedure, however, students are welcome to inquire with the professor about the secure testing policy and procedure for the course before enrolling.
Courses requiring hands on labs using ArcGIS software will issued licenses for the required software to online students. Additional software may be required for courses, in which case, the professor will instruct the students on how, where, and the cost to obtain a copy of the software. These are often large software programs and will require high-end computers to allow adequate performance and storage of geospatial databases. Geospatial software used in the GISC degree program requires computers with a contemporary version of Microsoft Windows installed. Students are responsible for installing and testing the required software during the first week of class and keeping their computer in good working order.
Several of our land surveying and satellite positioning courses require field labs using advanced digital surveying measurement equipment and dual frequency satellite positioning GNSS receivers. To adequately receive the learning outcomes from these field labs, online students will be required to seek the assistance of a local registered professional land surveyor to provide supervision and equipment to meet the goals of each lab exercise required for the course. It is a requirement of each online student to have a commitment from a registered professional land surveyor (get Field Lab Agreement Form here) for this field lab equipment assistance and supervision before enrolling in the course. The Field Lab Agreement Form states the willingness of the registered professional land surveyor to commit to this required assistance will need to be signed by all parties and sent to the program coordinator before enrollment can proceed.
The following courses require a Field Lab Agreement Form to be completed before enrollment is granted:
Please Note Things to Consider
The BS in Geographic Information Systems degree plan presently includes 40 courses. There are 22 GISC courses required in the degree program. If an online student chose to take two courses per semester or four courses per year, it would take ten years to complete our entire degree program. Similarly, it would take 5.5 years to complete all the GISC courses.