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Skills you will gain

Geographic Information System (GIS)CartographyEsriMappingSpatial Analysis
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

What is a GIS?

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 60 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Welcome to the course!53s
Maps in your pocket5m
What is a map?8m
What is a GIS?8m
Defining GIS7m
A quick tour of the software10m
Examples of geospatial data10m
Procedures and people4m
2 readings
ArcGIS software is no longer provided with this course10m
PDF files of all lecture slides10m
2 practice exercises
GIS Software needed for this course5m
Week 1 Quiz10m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Introduction to ArcGIS

2 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 82 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
A quick tour of ArcGIS Online12m
Map documents and layers10m
Keeping track of files in ArcMap8m
Jack Dangermond3m
Map scale10m
Scale on a web map10m
Scale, annotation, and visibility9m
Working with map scale in ArcMap4m
Working with map scale in ArcGIS Online1m
1 reading
Start exploring the software20m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz20m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Mapping the real world with vector and raster data

2 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 85 min)
10 videos
Vector data model13m
Creating vector data by digitizing in ArcMap9m
Sampling frequency when digitizing3m
Map scale and digitizing7m
Precision, accuracy, and digitizing9m
Raster data model4m
Spatial resolution and data volume12m
Spatial resolution of raster data in ArcMap3m
Vector vs. raster data models8m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz14m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Mapping Locations with Coordinate Systems

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 77 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
Defining the prime meridian4m
Recording lat/long coordinates6m
Converting DMS/DD coordinates2m
The Earth as an ellipsoid12m
Horizontal datum8m
Geographic coordinate system7m
Changing horizontal datums11m
Vertical datum13m
1 reading
Exploring coordinates15m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz10m

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About the GIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis Specialization

This Specialization is for those new to mapping and GIS, as well as anyone looking to gain a better understanding of how it all works and why. You will learn practical skills that can be applied to your own work using cutting-edge software created by Esri Inc., the world's leading GIS company and our industry partner. PLEASE NOTE: THE SOFTWARE IS NO LONGER PROVIDED WITH THIS COURSE. YOU WILL HAVE TO OBTAIN IT ON YOUR OWN....
GIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis

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