Instructor: Brian Voigt
Start Date: October 20, 2021

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
  • Understand best practices for creating, storing and managing data in a variety of geospatial and tabular formats
  • Gain experience identifying and accessing publicly available data
Do I enroll in Introduction to GIS or Advanced GIS?