Introduction to ArcGIS I: GIS Fundamentals

Introduction

This two day 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 powerful tool for data analysis, retrieval and visualization using Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop software. In course exercises, students work with ArcMap, an application within ArcGIS Desktop, to visualize geographic data, create maps, query a GIS database, and perform spatial analysis.

Target Audience:

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.

Prerequisites and recommendations:

No GIS experience required. This is a beginner level class. Students should know how to use Windows-based software for basic file management and browsing.

Course Goals:

After successfully completing this course, you will have acquired an understanding of general GIS terms and the basic functionality of Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop software. These new skills include:

  • Explain what a GIS is and what it can do
  • Create GIS maps in ArcMap
  • Access and query a GIS database using ArcMap
  • Display map data using symbology and labels
  • Describe two common GIS data formats
  • Perform simple GIS Analysis

Course Modules

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop
  • Exploring ArcMap and Data
  • Symbolizing Features
  • Labeling Features
  • Querying Data
  • Creating a Map
  • Preparing Data for Analysis
  • Performing Simple Geoprocessing

16 GISP Credit Hours

Course Formats and Pricing

Upcoming Sessions

None at this time

Class will be held each day from 8:30 – 4:00 at the location provided above.

Upcoming Sessions

None scheduled

Our live-online classes are conducted from 9:30 – 5:00 each day.  Classes are delivered via GoToTraining.  You will receive an email containing login instructions for the GoToTraining session on the Wednesday before class begins.

Upcoming Sessions

None at this time

Our instructor guided, online classes are conducted through our online training platform.  All lectures are pre-recorded so that you can progress through the materials at your own pace.  The same applies to the exercises.  You will have access to the instructor via email, phone, or chat if you have questions or problems.  The instructor will be in weekly contact with the students in each class session.  Our goal is to get everyone through the materials during the session dates. However, access to the course materials never expires so if you don’t finish during the session dates you will still have access to the materials.

You can also register for classes using our registration form.

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