This 16 hour course provides the foundation for understanding GIS, what it can do, and how others are using it. Students learn the basic functions of a GIS, GIS Terminology, and why GIS is a powerful tool for data analysis, retrieval and visualization. In course exercises, students work with ArcMap, an application within ArcGIS Desktop, to visualize geographic data, create maps, query a GIS database, perform spatial analysis using common analysis tools, and solve geographic problems using a systematic approach. This course teaches the skills and knowledge needed to take other ArcGIS Desktop courses. Class will include quizzes for each lesson, a final exam and a final project which will make use of the skills learned.
TARGET AUDIENCE: BEGINNER LEVEL
This beginner course is for those who are new to geographic information systems (GIS) and ESRI’s ArcGIS Software and that wish to learn what GIS is and the basics of what it can do.
ONLINE INSTRUCTOR LED COURSES
Each course is interactive with the instructor during each lesson. It is like being in a traditional classroom without having to leave the comfort of your home or office.
Students are required to meet with the instructor online on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Central Standard Time.
SOFTWARE USED IN THIS COURSE
This course is designed to work with the following software: ArcGIS Desktop Basic (Formerly ArcView)10; ArcGIS Desktop Standard (Formerly ArcEditor)10; ArcGIS Desktop Advanced (Formerly ArcInfo)10
1. Explain what a GIS is and what it can do
2. Display map data using symbology and labels
3. Create GIS maps in ArcMap
4. Access data using ArcMap and ArcCatalog
5. Query a GIS data
6. Describe two common GIS data structures
7. Explain what geographic data is, how it is made, and where to get it
• Introduction to GIS
• Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop
• Exploring ArcMap
• Exploring ArcCatalog
• Symbolizing features and rasters
• Classifying features and rasters
• Labeling features
• Querying data
• Creating Maps