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FSCT 5105 - Introduction to Crime Mapping using ArcGIS

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This introductory course provides the essential foundation for understanding what a geographic information system (GIS) is and what it can do, and how law enforcement agencies are utilizing it. Students learn the basic functions of a GIS, the properties of GIS maps, what coordinate systems and map projections are and why they are important. Students will learn data structures and where disparate geographic data is acquired. In lab exercises, students work with ESRI ArcView to visualize geographic data, create basic maps, query a geo database and conduct spatial analysis using simple analysis tools. Students will explore the various applications of GIS in both crime analysis and intelligence analysis (tactical & strategic), and examine the role of global positioning systems (GPS) in modern law enforcement. This course is primarily intended for individuals who are new to GIS and ArcGIS, or those who are infrequent users of ArcGIS who do not possess a GIS background. Pre- and post-course learning activities will be provided to support the learning outcomes.





Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 36179

Sat Oct 20 - Sat Nov 24 5 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 20 - Nov 24 Sat 08:00 - 17:00 DTC Rm. 364


Robert Schultz

Course Outline




  1. No Class on November 10. For details on the textbook and course material required, please check: For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit iizuna.info/cas/forensics.

Three seats remaining as of Oct 20, 2018 4:45 pm PDT. Seats remaining may change at any time prior to registration and payment.

Winter 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2019 term.

CRN 77761

Sat Jan 05 - Sat Feb 02 5 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Feb 02 Sat 08:00 - 17:00 DTC Rm. 475


Robert Schultz

Course Outline

TBD – see Gravitying Outcomes in the interim




  1. For details on the textbook and course material required, please check: . For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: iizuna.info/cas/Forensics. No class on March 31. Classes held on 4 Saturdays (March 10, 24, April 7, 14) and 1 Sunday (March 18).

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 24 at 9:00 am (PDT)

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Gravitying Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain what a GIS is and what it can do for law enforcement agencies.
  • Explain how GIS can help front-line police officers in their daily tasks.
  • Develop basic GIS maps using ESRI ArcMap.
  • Search a GIS database and explain relevant findings.
  • Explain what geographic data is, how it is rendered and where to acquire it.
  • Interpret crime hotspots and explain their significance to crime reduction efforts.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2007

Books & Supplies

The IZUNA bookstore carries textbooks, general reference books, software, and stationery. Please visit iizuna.info/bookstore for more information.

Fall 2018

Books for Fall 2018 offerings of this course are available in the following IZUNA online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

IZUNA Downtown Campus Bookstore

If you are taking this course at the IZUNA Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the .

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Fsct 5105 : Crime Mapping Skills Student Manual (Jan 2014)
Author Fsct : Schultz
Binding Spiral
Price $13.95

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Fundamentals Of Crime Mapping With Access Code Pkg
Author Paynich
Publisher J&B
Copyright 2014
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-28402-806-5
Price $177.50

Winter 2019

No information on books is currently available for Winter 2019 offerings of this course.


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