Montana State University

MSU GPS Lab

Montana State University
PO Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717-3120

GPS Lab Manager:

Diana Cooksey
Tel: (406) 994-5684
Fax: (406) 994-3933
E-mail: dcooksey@montana.edu
Location: 245 Leon Johnson Hall

GPHY 262: Spatial Sciences Technology and Application

College Office

3 credits, Spring semesters
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GPHY 262 introduces students to spatial sciences technologies. After completing this course, students should have a basic understanding of GPS, GIS and remote sensing and their application in a wide range of disciplines. Hands-on experience with equipment, software and data products will give them a foundation for future work in the spatial sciences. Freely available GPS and GIS software, and Garmin recreational grade GPS receivers are used in the course. GPS equipment and software resources allow us to accommodate 40 students in the class.

The course combines traditional lecture format, setting a foundation in theory and application of spatial sciences, and class discussions which are more interactive, participatory, and involve problem solving. During discussions students participate in small groups to work through problems to be submitted them at the end of the lecture period. During lab, students gain hands-on experience with GPS, GIS and remote sensing equipment and software, and complete individual lab assignments. Students will research spatial sciences topics and complete a term project related to their field of study or interest. There is a mid-term and a final exam.

All required materials will be posted on the class Desire2Learn site.

Instructor: Diana Cooksey (MSU GPS Laboratory Manager, Certified Trimble Mapping Trainer)


The labs for all courses are held in the state-of-the-art MSU Spatial Sciences Center (SSC) computer facility in Leon Johnson Hall Room 209. The facility is equipped with 20 fully networked computers, plus one teaching computer. Additional equipment includes a projector, document camera, and audio/visual capabilities.

As of Spring 2013, the lecture portion of the course will be taught in the new Technology-Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) classroom in Gaines Hall, using a “flipped” classroom model.