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Intermediate Level

At least 2 years experience, comfortable doing data analysis, and fundamental grasp of GIS concepts.

Approx. 28 hours to complete
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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Design data tables and use separating and joining data in a relational database

  • Write query strings to subset data

  • Create and work with raster data

  • Create web maps

Skills you will gain

Spatial AnalysisAnalyticsWorkflowData Management

Learner Career Outcomes

21%

started a new career after completing these courses

35%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

25%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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Intermediate Level

At least 2 years experience, comfortable doing data analysis, and fundamental grasp of GIS concepts.

Approx. 28 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

6 hours to complete

Course Overview & Data Models and Formats

6 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 115 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
15 videos
Course Mechanics4m
Module 1 Overview53s
Vector Data Concepts6m
Vector Data in Action7m
Raster Data Concepts7m
Rasters in Action14m
Scale and Implications9m
Managing Data in the Catalog Window8m
Data Design: Attribute Types9m
Using Vector Attribute Tables11m
Data Design: Joins and Relates7m
Data Design: Separating Data, Part 112m
Data Design: Separating Data, Part 211m
Module 1 Summary2m
4 readings
Getting Started in this Course15m
Getting a license15m
Tutorial Assignment 1: Data Structures and Personal Geodatabases1h 30m
Extra Practice for Lessons 1 and 21h
2 practice exercises
Lesson 1 Quiz: Rasters and Vectors30m
Lesson 2 Quiz: Data Design30m
Week
2

Week 2

7 hours to complete

Creating and Working with Vector Data

7 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 120 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
14 videos
Working with Geoprocessing Tools10m
Intersect Tool8m
Writing Query Strings8m
Writing Query Strings: Boolean Operators11m
Adding and Calculating Fields9m
Interactive Selection10m
Using and Configuring Selections in ArcGIS10m
Editing Existing Data9m
Data Design: Creating New Feature Classes5m
Basic Digitizing11m
Workflow: Preparing Data12m
Workflow: Making Point Data from Coordinates8m
Module 2 Summary1m
2 readings
Tutorial Assignment 2: Editing Data3h
Extra Practice for Lessons 3 and 41h
2 practice exercises
Lesson 3 Quiz: Processing and Geoprocessing30m
Lesson 4 Quiz: Creating and Editing Data30m
Week
3

Week 3

7 hours to complete

Storage Formats and Working with Rasters

7 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 114 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
13 videos
Geodatabase Features and Design13m
File Geodatabases9m
Personal Geodatabases10m
Shapefiles7m
Workflow: Percent Overlap9m
Supplemental: Intro to SQLite Databases11m
Overview of Spatial Analyst12m
Georeferencing Rasters13m
Raster Calculator8m
Workflow: Zonal Statistics as Table5m
Workflow: Managing Data with Zonal Statistics and Join Field8m
Module 3 Summary1m
2 readings
Tutorial Assignment 3: A Suitability Analysis: Spatial Analyst, Raster Data, and DEMs3h
Extra Practice for Lessons 5 and 61h
2 practice exercises
Lesson 5 Quiz: Data Storage30m
Lesson 6 Quiz: Creating Raster Data30m
Week
4

Week 4

7 hours to complete

Data Quality and Creating Web Maps

7 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 48 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
Assessing Data Quality and Uncertainty8m
Data Quality, Part 2: Measurement and Representation6m
Topology5m
Loading Layers in ArcGIS Online6m
Applying Symbology in ArcGIS Online6m
Map Annotations and Scaling in ArcGIS Online6m
Saving and Sharing Maps with ArcGIS Online3m
Module 4 Summary1m
Course Summary1m
2 readings
Short Tutorial: Exporting Shapefiles and Uploading them to Web Maps1h 30m
Extra Practice for Lessons 7 and 81h
3 practice exercises
Lesson 7 Quiz: Uncertainty and Quality30m
Lesson 8 Quiz: ArcGIS Online30m
Moving Valmeyer Final Quiz30m

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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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  • 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. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.

  • You should have some experience in GIS before taking this course - it's not for absolute beginners. This is the second course in the Geographic Information Systems specialization, and you should have taken Fundamentals of GIS here on Coursera before enrolling in this course, or have equivalent experience. If you're not sure if you have equivalent experience, you can audit Fundamentals of GIS for free to look through the materials and fill in any gaps.

    Since all of the courses in the specialization run monthly, you won't miss out on this course by enrolling in Fundamentals of GIS first. This course will have a new session once you have the skills needed to take it.

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