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GIS 0270: Human Terrain Analysis

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Course Description
Certificate Program
Who Should Attend



This three day course will increase awareness of Human Terrain Analysis (HTA) and the spatially referenced social layer- focusing on the quantitative methods of exploring and modeling such data. Students gain an appreciation for the complexities of spatial data transformation, spatial statistics, and the mapping of social data at different scales of space, time, and complexity. The course will further promote critical thinking about how different forms of spatial data can be integrated in research and human inquiry. This course also provides an introduction to the tools* available for exploratory analysis of spatially referenced social data; the variety of models for representing spatial dependency and variation; and strikes a balance between theoretical approaches to spatial data analysis and practical spatial data analysis.

Students, without the requirement of previous analytical experience will learn HTA and the requisite skills of HTA, such as the computation of spatial dependency (spatial autocorrelation), local indicators of spatial autocorrelation (spatial heterogeneity), modeling of key social and cultural variables (regression analysis), and modeling the critical social and cultural landscape(s) (spatial regression modeling & geographically weighted regression).

*Tools: ArcGIS Desktop and GeoDa

Prerequisite is GIS 0110.

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  • Print registration form (fax or mail)
  • Register online*
  • *Full payment by Visa or Mastercard only required at the time of online registration.

    July 24-26, 2014 (Thursday-Saturday)
  • Time: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Location: PW     Status: Open

  • Fee


    Each seminar is recommended for:
  • 1.8 CEUs
  • 18 Contact Hours
  • Onsite Opportunity

    This course is also available on a contract basis and can be tailored to suit your organization's needs. Please contact us to discuss your onsite opportunity.

    Contact Info.
    Prince William Campus
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  • Address:
      George Mason University
    Office of Continuing Professional Education
      10900 University Blvd.
      Manassas, VA 20110
  • Telephone: 703-993-8335
  • Fax: 703-993-8336


    Courses are offered in a three-day seminar format. Classes can be taken individually to strengthen your working knowledge or as part of the certificate program to enhance your career development. Certificate and non-certificate students are awarded 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) per ten hours of successful classroom participation. It is possible to complete the certificate in 4 to 36 months. Tailored seminars taught on your premises can be arranged through the Program Manager.

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    This course is part of the Geographic Information Systems certificate program. It may also be taken alone without pursuing a certificate.

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    • Intelligence Analysts
    • Geospatial Intelligence Analysts
    • Social Scientists
    • Spatial Scientists
    • Geographers and cartographers
    • Computer scientists and engineers
    • Planners and environmental scientists
    • Law enforcement officers or administrators
    • Crime analysts or coordinators
    • Database and system administrators
    • EMS and first response professionals
    • Public health administrators
    • Application specialists
    • People interested in changing careers

    Richard Heimann

    Mr. Richard Heimann has followed the spatial turn in the social sciences closely and consults with government and industry on its implications. Mr. Heimann balances theory and practice within all fields of social science but particularly within geography. He is a data scientist for Data Tactics Corporation and focuses on advanced analytics, data science, and cloud computing. He has written over 10 publications for major magazines and online resources and has a forthcoming article on the merits of quantitative research and design, human terrain, and statistics within a counterinsurgency framework.

    In addition to teaching Human Terrain Analysis (HTA) at George Mason University, Mr. Heimann is also adjunct faculty at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he stimulates and facilitates similar discussions built upon related principles. His investigation has been a near 15 year critique on current theory and methodology. Specific contributions to HTA include several publications, one of which was produced as part of the Human Terrain Analysis Pilot Program at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in 2008. Additionally, he has been an ESRI Authorized Instructor and taught various classes including but not limited to spatial statistics and the effective use of GIS desktop technology at both The Graduate School at USDA and the NGA. He graduated magna cum laude in geography and served as a geographer in the US Army and later as a NGA reservist. Mr. Heimann has participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan, most recently in 2012 where he worked directly with the 82nd Airborne Division in Kandahar. He currently performs at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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