Introduction to GIS

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Spring Start Date: January 17, 2024
Instructor: Dennis Baldwin

Fall Start Date: TBA
Instructor: TBA

Do I enroll in Introduction to GIS or Advanced GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based tool for managing, documenting, analyzing, and presenting data and information. GIS allows us to investigate the spatial (location, size, and shape), temporal and descriptive qualities (e.g. population, % coverage) of data across multiple disciplines and is increasingly used to tell complicated “stories” using printed and web-based materials.

This course uses the most current version of ESRI’s ArcGIS Pro software.

This course will introduce the student to the basic principles and techniques of GIS through a mixture of readings, videos, slide-based presentations, and real-world examples. Participants will gain practical skills in the application of GIS to data analysis and problem-solving through the completion of lab assignments and participation in the course Discussion Forum.

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop a practical understanding of GPS and ArcGIS concepts (e.g., data & file types, projections & coordinate systems, and spatial relationships) & geoprocessing techniques
  • Perform spatial analysis using desktop and web-based ArcGIS software
  • Practice effective communication using the (technical) language of ArcGIS, presentation-quality maps, and web applications
  • Use best practices for creating, storing, and managing data in a variety of geospatial and tabular formats
  • Gain experience identifying and accessing publicly available data