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Subtitles: English

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Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
8 hours to complete

Course Introduction and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

In this module, we will cover course expectations, give you a quick overview of GIS and what's great about it, take a first look at ArcGIS and identify key elements in the interface, and define core geospatial concepts and terminology. In Section 2, we will discuss options for desktop GIS, the history of GIS and how it's used today, discuss resources and help that you can use, and lay out core skills that are relevant to you as a GIS analyst. We'll close out by showing you how to get a copy of ArcGIS for this course, and with a tutorial on getting started in ArcGIS....
Reading
15 videos (Total 105 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
Video15 videos
Course Mechanics2m
Module 1 Overview1m
Why GIS is Awesome6m
What is GIS?12m
A First Look at Using Desktop GIS8m
GIS Terminology to Know9m
Tour of ArcMap14m
Data Representation in GIS7m
Desktop GIS Software Packages3m
Getting Help with GIS11m
Relevant Skills for the GIS Analyst7m
Installing and Licensing ArcGIS12m
How Assignments Work in this Course2m
Module 1 Summary1m
Reading6 readings
Glossary of Terms15m
Resources and Help for GIS15m
ArcGIS Installation for Desktop30m
Troubleshooting ArcGIS Installation Problems10m
Assignment 1: Introduction to ArcMap (Part 1)s
Extra Practice: Getting to Know ArcGISs
Quiz2 practice exercises
Lesson 1 Quiz10m
Lesson 2 Quiz14m
Week
2
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

ArcGIS Basics

In this module, we will explore GIS data using ArcMap and will explore and change properties of GIS layers to change map displays. We will subset data using selections, and explore feature attributes. Finally, we will learn about projections and use that knowledge as we run geoprocessing tools....
Reading
12 videos (Total 105 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
Using ArcMap to Explore Data14m
Viewing and Changing Layer Properties13m
Using Feature Classes and Attribute Tables14m
Select By Attribute and Calculate Geometry13m
Select by Location9m
An Introduction to Projections8m
Analyzing Data with Geoprocessing Tools8m
Setting Environment Variables6m
Assessing Spatial Relationships with the Spatial Join Tool13m
Assignment 2 Overview53s
Module 2 Summary1m
Reading2 readings
Assignment 2: Introduction to ArcMap (Part 2)s
Extra Practice: Maps, Geoprocessing, and Projectionss
Quiz2 practice exercises
Lesson 3 Quiz14m
Lesson 4 Quiz8m
Week
3
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Making Maps With Common Datasets

In this module we will identify common datasets in both the US and Internationally. We will use a new mode in ArcGIS to create complete maps that include proper symbology, legends, titles, north arrows, and data sources. We will further use more advanced mapping techniques to output map books and label items on the map....
Reading
11 videos (Total 76 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
Finding Common Datasets7m
Using Layout View to Make Maps8m
Core Map Elements10m
Symbology: Changing How Your Data Looks4m
Symbology Examples8m
Setting Up Symbology in ArcGIS11m
Labeling Map Features14m
Making Map Books7m
Assignment 3 Overview46s
Module 3 Summary1m
Reading2 readings
Assignment 3: Laying Out and Exporting Mapss
Extra Practice: Maps, Maps, Maps!s
Quiz2 practice exercises
Lesson 5 Quiz6m
Lesson 6 Quiz8m
Week
4
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Retrieving and Sharing Data

In this module, we will view and edit metadata in order to create higher quality data. We will retrieve data from the web and share data, discuss workspaces and file formats, and create layer and map packages. We will also use multiple file formats for GIS data and be able to appropriately choose between them based upon project requirements....
Reading
11 videos (Total 68 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video11 videos
Using Metadata to Document Data Products7m
Sharing Data: Making and Using Map Packages7m
Sharing Maps: Uploading Packages to ArcGIS Online6m
Sharing Data: Creating Layer Files and Layer Packages5m
Choosing a Data Format8m
Joins and Relates13m
Troubleshooting ArcGIS13m
Assignment 4 (Peer Review) Overview1m
Module 4 Summary51s
Course Summary1m
Reading3 readings
Extra Practice: Make your own datas
Before you Go, Join a Community!15m
Acknowledgements15m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Lesson 7 Quiz8m
Lesson 8 Quiz12m
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Top Reviews

By MBAug 2nd 2016

It is a great course for both the beginner and the professionals in GIS . Very friendly and easy language for the people who don't understand English much ...Satisfied in doing this course.

By MSSep 14th 2017

Great course, excellent pace, very informative. The course instructor is very engaging in the video lectures, and quick to respond in the forum as well. Looking forward to the next course!

Instructor

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Nick Santos

Geospatial Applications Researcher
Center for Watershed Sciences

About University of California, Davis

UC Davis, one of the nation’s top-ranked research universities, is a global leader in agriculture, veterinary medicine, sustainability, environmental and biological sciences, and technology. With four colleges and six professional schools, UC Davis and its students and alumni are known for their academic excellence, meaningful public service and profound international impact....

About the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization

Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an increasingly sought after skill in industries from agriculture to public health. This Specialization, offered in partnership with ArcGIS developer Esri, will teach the skills you need to successfully use GIS software in a professional setting. You will learn how to analyze your spatial data, use cartography techniques to communicate your results in maps, and collaborate with peers in GIS and GIS-dependent fields. In the final Capstone Project, you will create a professional-quality GIS portfolio piece using a combination of data identification and collection, analytical map development, and spatial analysis techniques....
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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 enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. 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.

  • All courses in the specialization, except the final capstone project, have sessions that begin weekly, so if you miss a session or fall behind, you can enroll when you're ready. Courses each take about 4 weeks to complete, depending on the pace you follow. The capstone project runs approximately every 8 weeks in order to ensure enough students are in the course to give feedback and grades. The capstone project also takes longer (recommended time is about 8 weeks).

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