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Introduction to Model Builder & Python For ArcGIS

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Geoprocessing is an essential aspect of GIS that provides the ability to analyze and process geographic data. Geoprocessing tools can be accessed in ArcGIS via ArcToolbox, Model Builder, or Python scripts. Model Builder and Python allow automation and documentation of analysis workflows and processes. ModelBuilder provides a graphical modeling framework for designing and implementing geoprocessing models that can include system tools, scripts, models, and data. This class discusses how ModelBuilder can be used to create advanced procedures and workflows. Models can then be converted to Python scripts. Python is the standard scripting language for ArcGIS. These scripts allow for even greater automation flexibility and integration with other software and processes. This class will cover basic concepts needed to create, modify and run Python Geoprocessing Scripts. Class will include quizzes for each lesson, a final exam and a final project which will make use of the skills learned.

This course is intended for ArcGIS Desktop users who want to use ModelBuilder and Python Scripts to make their geoprocessing tasks more streamlined and efficient.

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.


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
After successfully completing this course, you will have acquired an understanding of building simple models and scripts using Model Builder and Python. These new skills include:
• Creating Custom Toolboxes
• Creating Models & Python Scripts
• Creating Custom Tool help
• Sharing Models and Scripts
• Setting Parameters in a Model
• Working with Intermediate data
• Adding Results to Your Display
• Introduction to the Python programming language
• Accessing basic geoprocessing tools using Python scripts
1. Exploring Geoprocessing in ArcGIS & the Geoprocessing environment
2. Introduction to Model Builder
3. Setting Environmental Variables and Parameters inside a model
4. Creating Help and other documentation for Models
5. Converting Models to a Python Script
6. Introduction to Python Scripting with ArcGIS Desktop

Please read: Students are required to meet with the instructor online on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Central Standard Time. PREREQUISITES AND RECOMMENDATIONS Students taking this course should have taken Introduction to ArcGIS II or have similar real world experience. Some basic programming knowledge is preferred but not required. COURSE TEXTBOOK & SOFTWARE (Not included in course fee) Textbooks - Getting to Know ModelBuilder for ArcGIS – Author: David W. Allen Programming ArcGIS 10.1 with Python Cookbook – Author: Eric Pimpler; Edition: 1(Digital Download will be provided and is included in course fee. Hardcopy may be purchased if preferred). Recommended Supplement - Python Scripting for ArcGIS – Author Paul A. Zandbergen; Edition 1. PDF download of class lectures and additional materials will be available. Students will also need to download the evaluation software version from Esri or purchase the home edition from Esri. COST The registration fee is $1,799 per student. A discounted rate is available if registering for the entire certificate program. Students will receive the following materials: Digital copy of lecture & exercise book, recorded copies of each class session and certificate of completion. **Since non-credit courses are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient enrollment, please do not purchase your textbook until you are notified by UNA Continuing Studies & Outreach that the course will be held.
Class ID: 1033
CEU's: 3.6
starting April 1, 2014, ending May 29, 2014
Tuition: $1,799.00
Instructor: Tripp Corbin
Registration Closes On: April 1, 2014 11:59 PM

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