Introduction to GIS

ArcGIS I: Introduction to GIS

This course teaches what a GIS is and what you can do with it. Working with various components of the ArcGIS
system, you will create GIS maps, explore and analyze the data behind the maps, and apply methods to easily
share your maps. By the end of the course, you will have a solid understanding of how GIS maps and ArcGIS
tools are used to visualize real-world features, discover patterns, obtain information, and communicate that
information to others.

Who Should Attend
Individuals who do not have any prior GIS education or workplace experience with GIS.

After completing this course, you will be able to
  •  Quickly create and share a GIS map using ArcGIS web-based tools and content. 
  •  Find and organize geographic data and other GIS resources for a mapping project. 
  •  Accurately display features on a GIS map and efficiently access information about them. 
  •  Analyze a GIS map to identify where features that meet specific criteria are located. 
  •  Share GIS maps and analysis results so they can be viewed using desktop applications, websites, and mobile devices. 
Course Outline

What is the ArcGIS system?
  •  Tools to easily find, create, share, and use GIS maps 
  •  Multiplatform accessibility 
GIS basics
  •  Components of a GIS 
  •  Understanding the geographic approach 
  •  What can you do with a GIS? 
  •  Making and sharing a map using ArcGIS Online 
What makes data geographic?
  •  Representing real-world features digitally 
  •  Geographic data formats and non-geographic data formats 
  •  Documenting important information about data with metadata  

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Mapping real -world feature locations using coordinate systems
  •  Geographic and projected coordinate systems 
  •  Identifying a dataset's coordinate system 
  •  Changing a dataset's coordinate system 
  •  Changing the coordinate system for a map 
Finding GIS maps and data
  •  Considerations when selecting data 
  •  Sources of GIS data 
Working with ArcGIS Online content
  •  Accessing ArcGIS Online content 
  •  Types of content available 
  •  Comparing data in a web map 
  •  Working with a web application 
Exploring a GIS map
  •  Navigating around places of interest 
  •  Finding features and accessing feature information 
  •  Changing feature symbology 
  •  Visualizing change over time 
GIS analysis
  •  Solving spatial problems 
  •  Five -step process 
  •  Determining where and when things occurred 
  •  Sharing analysis results as graphs and layers

ArcGIS Desktop II: Tools and Functionality

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 software and teaches how to use it to
visualize, create, manage, and analyze geographic data. In course exercises, you will use ArcGIS tools to
efficiently perform common GIS tasks and workflows. By the end of the course, you will understand the range of
ArcGIS Desktop functionality and be prepared to work with the software on your own to create GIS maps, work
with geographic data, and perform GIS analysis.

Who Should Attend
GIS professionals and others who have GIS knowledge but no ArcGIS software experience.

After completing this course, you will be able to
  •  Create a file geodatabase to store and manage geographic data. 
  •  Create and edit geographic data to accurately represent realworld objects. 
  •  Explore geographic data in ArcMap. 
  •  Classify, symbolize, and label map features to improve map visualization and interpretation. 
  •  Query and analyze GIS data to support decision making. 
  •  Create maps to share with others. 
Course Outline
Map layers
  •  Understanding feature classes and layers 
  •  Working with layers in ArcMap 
  •  Creating bookmarks and definition queries 
  •  Setting a scale range 
  •  Creating selection layers 
  •  Creating group layers and basemap layers 
  •  Layer files and layer packages 
Symbolizing categorical data
  •  Symbolizing based on attributes 
  •  Types of symbols (marker, line, and fill) 
  •  Choosing symbols 
  •  Removing values from layer symbology
Symbolizing quantitative data
  •  Symbology options (graduated colors and graduated symbols) 
  •  Normalizing data 
  •  Classification methods 
Working with map text
  •  Labels 
  •  Controlling label display using expressions and scale ranges 
  •  Label placement properties, ranks, and weights 
  •  Geodatabase annotation and map annotation 
  •  Creating annotation from labels 
Making a map layout
  •  Map content considerations 
  •  Working in layout view 
  •  Tools for arranging map elements 
  •  Adding legends, scale bars, and other map elements 
  •  Exporting a map layout 
Exploring geographic data
  •  Organizing vector data 
  •  Exploring data in ArcCatalog 
Understanding coordinate systems and map projections
  •  Geographic and projected coordinate systems 
  •  Datums and map projections 
  •  Projecting data on the fly 
  •  Working with an unknown coordinate system 
Managing tables
  •  Spatial and nonspatial tables 
  •  Table properties 
  •  Table joins and relates 
  •  Setting table properties 
Editing features and attributes
  •  Editing workflow in ArcMap 
  •  Feature templates 
  •  Snapping 
  •  Creating point, line, and polygon features 
  •  Updating attributes 
  •  Calculating values 
Creating geodatabases and feature classes
  • Types of geodatabases 
  •  Creating a geodatabase and a feature class 
  •  Feature class properties and attributes 
  •  Creating features in a new feature class 
  •  Documenting data 
Solving spatial problems with query and analysis
  •  GIS analysis process 
  •  Querying and analyzing data 
  •  Working with common analysis tools 
  •  Summarizing attributes