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English

Subtitles: English, Greek, Chinese (Simplified)

Skills you will gain

MapGeographic Information System (GIS)CartographyMap Projection

Learner Career Outcomes

23%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

18%

got a pay increase or promotion

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 6-8 hours / week...

English

Subtitles: English, Greek, Chinese (Simplified)

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

12 minutes to complete

Getting Started

12 minutes to complete
1 video (Total 2 min), 1 reading
1 video
1 reading
Let's Make A Map10m
4 hours to complete

The Changing Nature of Place

4 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 16 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Lesson 1 - Lecture 210m
5 readings
The Geospatial Revolution10m
The Changing Nature of Place10m
What Is Geography?10m
Geospatial Revolution Video10m
Lesson 1 Mapping Activity1h 30m
1 practice exercise
Lesson 1 Quiz34m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Spatial is Special

4 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 14 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Lesson 2 - Lecture 27m
6 readings
Spatial is Special10m
Thinking like a Geographer10m
Spatial Relationships10m
Scale and Time10m
Geospatial Revolution Video20m
Lesson 2 Mapping Activity1h 30m
1 practice exercise
Lesson 2 Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Understanding Spatial Data

4 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 12 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Lesson 3 - Lecture 25m
6 readings
Spatial Data10m
The Earth from Above10m
Who Makes Spatial Data?10m
Describing Spatial Data10m
Lesson 3 Mapping Activity1h 30m
Geospatial Revolution Video10m
1 practice exercise
Lesson 3 Quiz36m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Doing Spatial Analysis

3 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 12 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Lesson 4 - Lecture 26m
5 readings
Analysis Pitfalls10m
Spatial Analysis10m
Normalization10m
Geospatial Revolution Video10m
Lesson 4 Mapping Activity1h 30m
1 practice exercise
Lesson 4 Quiz30m

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • Nope - you'll be using free WebGIS services in this course. No large downloads or software purchases are required to participate in this class.

  • Most people will be fine to take this class with a laptop or desktop computer that has a contemporary web browser. Some have been successful completing the lab exercises in this class using phones/tablets, but the mapping assignments are not designed to be completed on mobile platforms at this time.

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