Blended Course Map: ECON 690 — GIS Analysis and Big Data
This blended course map was created by a participant of the Blend@UW Course Design Series. It represents an example of how activities could be designed for one unit of a course to achieve the course and unit outcomes.
Name: Matthew Friedman
SCID: College of Letters & Science
Course Name: ECON 690 — GIS Analysis and Big Data
Supported Program Outcomes:
- SPO1: Construct and evaluate economic models, their assumptions, and their conclusions.
- SPO2: Acquire diverse skills and strategies in mathematical reasoning/statistical and computational techniques/deductive logic/problem-solving.
- SPO3: Use mathematics/computational/statistical techniques to analyze real-world situations and policies.
- CO1:Acquire knowledge and interest in approaches to economic analysis that leverage large collections of [geospatially detailed] data
- CO2: Draw connections between the most innovative products and services on the market today and the big data behind them
- CO3:Understand how GIS technology can aid critical evaluation of economic outcomes and policies
- CO4: Develop competence in compiling, combining, manipulating, and evaluating large [geospatial] datasets
- CO5:Obtain project management experience by working collaboratively with peers to complete a diverse set of highly specialized programming and analysis tasks
- CO6:Value economic models, their assumptions, and conclusions. Students will also relate theoretical models to real-world data sources to support or invalidate their conclusions through empirical testing
- CO7: Engage with communities of professionals and other resources that can help further their big data wrangling skills long after completing ECON690
- CU1: Introduction to Geospatial Information Systems (Practice)
- CU2: Using GIS to conduct economic analysis (Place)
- CU3: Basic programming tools for unlocking Big Data’s insights (Programming)
- CU4: Big Data Rent: How profit maximizers leverage information (Prices)
- CU5: Leveraging Big Data to measure preferences and predict trends (Prediction)
- CU6: Evaluating, Visualizing, and Presenting Big Data Effectively (Presentations & Pratfalls)
Unit Being Redesigned:
- UO1: Understand how economists are utilizing GIS data to more accurately describe human interactions
- UO2: Appreciate how spatial detail can enhance traditional economics analysis
- UO3: Classify geospatial tools, identify their effective uses, and outline how each tool can be used to generate new data
- UO4: Deconstruct the price of a composite good into the value attributable to each of its constituent parts
- UO5: Summarize how GIS applications enhance economic efficiency by matching trading partners in space
- UO6: Conduct basic spatial operations to generate new variables