First Advisor

Plantz-Masters, Shari


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Computer and Information Technology


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

74 pages


Geographic information systems instruction at a small community college was deemed inadequate by instructional staff and students. Inadequate resources and inefficient organization of data resulted in frustration for all users. Slow infrastructure resulted in excessive time needed to complete student projects and precluded the course objectives to be fully met. A project was completed to define requirements and recommendations, obtain necessary upgrades to both hardware and network infrastucture, reorganize data storage in a local geodatabase, and institute methods for more efficient instruction using ArcView and ArcCatalog applications from the software suite ArcGIS Desktop by ESRI. Subsequent adoption of the changes to infrastructure and data organization resulted in a marked improvement in student productivity and a perception of lessened frustration.

Date of Award

Spring 2011

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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