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Graduate Studies Calendar 2022-2023 Courses of Instruction Course Descriptions G Geography GEOG
Geography GEOG

For more information, see the website of the Department of Geography: arts.ucalgary.ca/geography.

Graduate Courses
Geography 601       Graduate Research Seminar
Presentation and evaluation of graduate research seminars.
Course Hours:
3 units; (0-1.5S)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
Notes:
Normally offered in fall and winter terms. Normally open to Geography thesis-based graduate students only.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Geography 603       Remote Sensing: Basics and Beyond
Introduction to the theory and practice of remote sensing. Topics include physics of remote sensing, sensor systems, resolutions, geometric and radiometric correction, image analysis (enhancements, filtering, texture analysis, principal components, classification approaches and algorithms and accuracy). May include specific image acquisition systems and their methodological requirements. Emphasis is on fundamental concepts. Laboratory provides experience with fundamental image processing techniques.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Geography 605       Statistical Analysis: Basics and Beyond
Introduction to applied statistics, particularly as they are used in geographical analysis. Topics include sampling design, summary statistics, probability theory, inferential statistics, and multivariate analysis. Laboratory exercises give students hands-on experience in computer-based statistical analysis.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Geography 607       Geographic Information Systems: Basics and Beyond
Introduction to the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Includes: representing reality in the digital realm, georeferencing, data structures, software history and comparison, and the full spectrum of analytical approaches associated with advanced GIS software. A major part of the work will be hands on. Software is used as a vehicle for taking the theory and concepts into a working reality.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Geography 621       The Politics of Environment
Contemporary issues in environmental conflict, management and governance with case-specific applications from global to local.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Geography 633       Research and Applications in Remote Sensing
Review of basic and advanced principles of image analysis; advanced laboratory techniques. Integration of remote sensing with GIS; current research in remote sensing. Project organization; data sources for remote sensing.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Geography 639       Advanced Spatial Analysis and Modelling
History of spatial modelling in geography; comprehensive coverages of techniques, spatial analysis and spatial modelling as currently used within GIS and remote sensing.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Geography 647       Advanced Research and Applications in Geographic Information Systems
Focus on advanced GIS applications in core areas; methodological developments in GIS, and current research directions in GIS.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Geography 680       Principles of Digital Cartography and Geovisualization
Theoretical and practical approaches to map design are used to explain techniques for effective map production and communication of inherently spatial information. Static, dynamic, and interactive visualizations of maps and spatial processes are used to explore geographic data from a variety of sources in physical and cultural spaces.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Technology or consent of the Department.
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Geography 681       Geographic Information Systems Project: Theoretical Issues
A critical and comprehensive review of information and literature on a GIS research topic This course provides the conceptual basis for Geography 683.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 633, 639 and 647 and consent of the Department.
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Geography 682       Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science
Theoretical topics include cognition of geographic phenomena, digital representations of geographic features, coordinate systems and map projections, spatial data models, and problems of scale and uncertainty. Applications include data acquisition, geographic database design and spatial data management, basic spatial operations, surface analysis, and network analysis. Examples from physical and cultural landscapes and industry-standard geographic information systems software are used.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Technology or consent of the Department.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Geography 682 and 607 will not be allowed.
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Geography 683       Geographic Information Systems Project: Application
Implementation of a project on a GIS topic which will involve demonstrating mastery of GIS project design and the implementation and presentation of results commensurate with graduate-level work. This topic will relate to material covered by the student in Geography 681.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Geography 681 and consent of the Department.
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Geography 684       Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
Theoretical topics include physics of remote sensing data capture, sensor systems, representation and data models, as well as the science behind techniques such as reflectance and radiance calibrations, atmospheric corrections, and image transformations. Applications include topics such as visual interpretation of imagery, supervised and unsupervised image classification, model validation, and accuracy assessment.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Technology or consent of the Department.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Geography 684 and 603 will not be allowed.
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Geography 685       Arctic System Science
This course investigates the process linkages at various spatiotemporal scales between the atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere operating within high latitude environments of the Northern Hemisphere. Of particular interest is the response of the terrestrial and marine cryosphere to climate variability and change, including methods for its detection and quantification.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Geography 686       Applied Statistics and Geospatial Analysis
Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, sampling design, inferential statistics, model validation and assessment of uncertainty, and applied multivariate analysis. Techniques and examples emphasize the use of geospatial data for constructing models of geographic phenomena and spatial problem-solving.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Technology or consent of the Department.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Geography 686 and 605 will not be allowed.
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Geography 687       Advanced Glacial Geomorphic Systems
Contemporary topics in glacial geomorphology and sedimentology. Course consists of lecture, seminar and field trip components.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Geography 689       Advanced Topics in Geocryology
Contemporary topics in the science and engineering of seasonally and perennially frozen ground. Course consists of lectures and seminars.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Geography 691       Advanced Fluvial Geomorphology
Advanced theory and research issues in fluvial geomorphology. Topics may include flow hydraulics, sediment transport, river morphology, channel networks, sediment routing, drainage basin evolution, and channel response to environmental change.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Geography 695       Seminar in Geographic Research Methods

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Geography 696       Urban, Regional and Global Political Economy Seminar
Spatial and power relations that shape urban, regional and global processes. Investigation of a wide range of processes, ranging in scale from the local to the global: capital investment and disinvestment; state power and policymaking; planning, governance and governmentality; political struggle, all in multiple forms of spatiality: place, scale, territory, networks.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.   
Notes:
Intended for students enrolled in a Geography graduate degree program or a graduate degree program of a cognate discipline.   
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Geography 697       Seminar in the Philosophy and Nature of Human Geography

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Geography 699       Seminar in the Philosophy and Nature of Physical Geography

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Geography 795       Selected Topics in Geographic Research Methods

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Geography 797       Selected Topics in Human Geography

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Geography 799       Selected Topics in Physical Geography

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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