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At least 2 years of business skills and familiar with analyzing data.

Approx. 31 hours to complete
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Skills you will gain

Spatial AnalysisData AnalysisData Visualization (DataViz)Software

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25%

started a new career after completing these courses

29%

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10%

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Beginner Level

At least 2 years of business skills and familiar with analyzing data.

Approx. 31 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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University of California, Davis

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

9 hours to complete

Course Introduction and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

9 hours to complete
16 videos (Total 110 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
16 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
ArcGIS Licensing and Authorization10m
ArcGIS Desktop Installation Instructions6m
How Assignments Work in this Course2m
Module 1 Summary1m
6 readings
Glossary of Terms15m
Resources and Help for GIS15m
ArcGIS Installation for Desktop30m
Troubleshooting ArcGIS Installation Problems10m
Assignment 1: Introduction to ArcMap (Part 1)3h
Extra Practice: Getting to Know ArcGIS1h
2 practice exercises
Lesson 1 Quiz30m
Lesson 2 Quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

7 hours to complete

ArcGIS Basics

7 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 105 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
12 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
2 readings
Assignment 2: Introduction to ArcMap (Part 2)3h
Extra Practice: Maps, Geoprocessing, and Projections1h
2 practice exercises
Lesson 3 Quiz30m
Lesson 4 Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

7 hours to complete

Making Maps With Common Datasets

7 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 76 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
11 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
2 readings
Assignment 3: Laying Out and Exporting Maps3h
Extra Practice: Maps, Maps, Maps!1h
2 practice exercises
Lesson 5 Quiz30m
Lesson 6 Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

8 hours to complete

Retrieving and Sharing Data

8 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 68 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
11 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
Module 4 Summary51s
Assignment 4 (Peer Review) Overview1m
Course Summary1m
4 readings
Extra Practice: Make your own data1h
Electoral Politics Assignment Instructions2h
Before you Go, Join a Community!15m
Acknowledgements15m
4 practice exercises
Lesson 7 Quiz30m
Lesson 8 Quiz30m
Coursera and UC Davis Honor Code Acknowledgement15m
Electoral Politics Results Quiz15m

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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. Interested in learning advanced GIS topics? Check out the Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization MasterTrack™ Program....
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