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

GPS Mapping for GIS

College Office

Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences and Extended Studies

COURSE DESCRIPTION • This Trimble Certified Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping course will teach participants the basics of GPS mapping using Trimble GeoXH receivers and PathfinderOffice software. Topics include GPS theory, project planning, data collection and processing, data update, navigation and troubleshooting. Participants will acquire the skills needed to understand the logical flow of a project, perform mission critical tasks and use equipment and software productively. A complete manual is provided and review questions at the end of each chapter will help students evaluate their success in achieving the skill objectives.

PREREQUISITES • Upper division standing and computer literacy.

COURSE MEETING TIMES & LOCATION • 3 days, summer 2012 (dates to be determined), Room 209 Leon Johnson Hall (Spatial Sciences Center Computer Lab), MSU-Bozeman campus.

FEES & CREDITS • Total course fee is $525.00

INSTRUCTOR • A research assistant in the Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, Diana Cooksey manages the MSU GPS Laboratory and has 20 years experience with GPS mapping projects. She has taught GPS and GIS mapping workshops for over 15 years, and currently teaches three spatial sciences courses. Diana is a Trimble Certified Mapping Trainer.


Summer workshops 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.