Penn State Online: Introduction to GIS modeling and Python

Key Info
Description - a brief synopsis, abstract or summary of what the learning resource is about: 

This unit is Lesson 1 of the online course, GEOG 485: GIS Programming and Software Development at PennState University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
As with GEOG 483 and GEOG 484, the lessons in this course are project-based with key concepts embedded within. However, because of the nature of computer programming, there is no way this course can follow the step-by-step instruction design of the previous courses. You will probably find the course to be more challenging than the others.

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Sterling Quinn
Jim Detwiler
Frank Hardisty
James O'Brien
Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
Penn State University College of Earth and Mineral Science Open Education Resources
License - link to legal statement specifying the copyright status of the learning resource: 
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International - CC BY 4.0
Access Cost: 
No fee
Primary language(s) in which the learning resource was originally published or made available: 
English
More info about
Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Data analysis
Data coding
Data visualization tools
Geographic Information System (GIS)
Python
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Computer Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Environmental Sciences
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
Penn State University College of Earth and Mineral Science Open Education Resources
Media Type - designation of the form in which the content of the learning resource is represented, e.g., moving image: 
Interactive Resource - requires a user to take action or make a request in order for the content to be understood, executed or experienced.
Contact Person(s): 
Sterling Quinn
Jim Detwiler
Frank Hardisty
James O'Brien
Contact Organization(s): 
Penn State University College of Earth and Mineral Science Open Education Resources
Educational Info
Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management.
Learning Resource Type - category of the learning resource from the point of view of a professional educator: 
Unit - long-range plan of instruction on a particular concept containing multiple, related lessons.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Graduate student
Undergraduate student
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)