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Suggested: 4-8 weeks of study in 4 milestones - each milestone should take 10-20 hours of effort....
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Geographic Information System (GIS)Data AnalysisProjectMap AnalysisProject Management
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. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-8 weeks of study in 4 milestones - each milestone should take 10-20 hours of effort....
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Course Overview and Milestone 1: Project Proposal

In this milestone, you will have weeks 1 and 2 to build a project proposal that contains your research question or hypothesis, background information, potential data sources and methods, and your expected results. This proposal will lead you into future milestones by providing a guide to help keep your analysis on track. You will start by getting an overview of the entire project and the assignment for this first milestone. From there, you will learn about some sources for project ideas and data sources and look at an example project proposal....
Reading
4 videos (Total 56 min), 7 readings
Video4 videos
Project Proposal Overview10m
Vector-Based Suitability Analysis (Review from Imagery, Automation, and Applications)15m
Classifying Imagery and Derived Products (Review from Imagery, Automation, and Applications)25m
Reading7 readings
Course Project Overview15m
Getting Help in this Course10m
Milestone 1 Assignment Preview10m
Finding Project Ideas10m
Data Sources For Your Project10m
Example Project Proposal10m
Extra Practice: Make Your Project a Website10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
12 hours to complete

Milestone 1: Project Proposal Submission

In this module, you will continue to work through Milestone 1, your project proposal as outlined in the first week. You will then submit your proposal for peer review....
Reading
1 quiz
Week
3
Hours to complete
14 hours to complete

Milestone 2: Planning Your Workflow

In this milestone, you will have week 3 to practice your algorithmic development. In the previous milestone, you posed a question you want to answer - now you'll develop a plan, your algorithm, for how to answer that question with GIS. In practice, this means you'll develop a ModelBuilder model that shows your planned analysis workflow, or some part of it. For those of you who are conducting an analysis that's not conducive to making a model, you can write out your series of steps instead. Regardless, by the end of this module, you'll have a plan for how to produce your results....
Reading
9 videos (Total 94 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
What is ModelBuilder? (Review from Imagery, Automation, and Applications)12m
Creating Toolboxes and Tools with ModelBuilder (Review from Imagery, Automation, and Applications)12m
Setting Up a Larger Model (Review from Imagery, Automation, and Applications)12m
Using Interface Tools as Geoprocessing Tools in ModelBuilder (Review from Imagery, Automation, and Applications)8m
Feature Layers and Selections in Models (Review from Imagery, Automation, and Applications)10m
Branching, Preconditions, and Viewing Progress Interactively (Review from Imagery, Automation, and Applications)14m
Polishing Models for Reuse (Review from Imagery, Automation, and Applications)13m
Advanced Models and Exporting Models to Python (Review from Imagery, Automation, and Applications)6m
Reading2 readings
Milestone 2 Assignment Preview10m
Extra Practice: Data Analysis10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
26 minutes to complete

Milestone 3: Data Analysis

For this milestone, you will have weeks 4, 5, and 6 to process your data according to the model you created in the previous milestone, reinforcing your data analysis concepts and practice. When you complete your analysis, you will add metadata to any resulting layers, and you will also write an assessment of what the results mean and how they answer your research question....
Reading
1 video (Total 6 min), 2 readings
Reading2 readings
Milestone 3 Assignment Preview10m
Example Methods and Results Document10m
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Top Reviews

By DEMay 30th 2017

Excellent course and excellent specialization! I got new knowledge and great pleasure from studying! Many thanks to Coursera, UC Davis and personally to Nick Santos!

By PPNov 23rd 2017

Excellent course, I really liked pursuing the project of my choice and facing and demolishing all the challenges I faced on my way to the completion of the project.

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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....
Geographic Information Systems  (GIS)

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.

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