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Beginner Level
Approx. 20 hours to complete
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. 20 hours to complete
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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  • You will be eligible for a full refund until two weeks after your payment date, or (for courses that have just launched) until two weeks after the first session of the course begins, whichever is later. You cannot receive a refund once you’ve earned a Course Certificate, even if you complete the course within the two-week refund period. See our full refund policy.

  • Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You’ll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. Learn more.

  • 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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