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About the Course

Get started learning about the fascinating and useful world of geographic information systems (GIS)! In this first course of the specialization GIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis, you'll learn about what a GIS is, how to get started with the software yourself, how things we find in the real world can be represented on a map, how we record locations using coordinates, and how we can make a two-dimensional map from a three-dimensional Earth. In the course project, you will create your own GIS data by tracing geographic features from a satellite image for a location and theme of your choice. This course will give you a strong foundation in mapping and GIS that will give you the understanding you need to start working with GIS, and to succeed in the other courses in this specialization. This course is for anyone who wants to learn about mapping and GIS. You don't have to have any previous experience - just your curiosity! The course includes both practical software training and explanations of the concepts you need to know to make informed decisions as you start your journey to becoming a GIS analyst. You will need a Windows computer with ArcGIS Desktop installed. (software is not provided)...

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Apr 16, 2020

Don Boyes is one of the best instructors I have seen. Throughout the course, I never felt boring. So all credit goes to Don Boyes for making this course very interesting with his good sense of humor.


Aug 1, 2021

This course is all about the introduction of GIS. It gives an insight of the GIS system especially the projection systems. Don Boyes made this course very easy and so entertaining. Thank you so much.

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By Pankhudi T

Jul 20, 2021

I absolutely enjoyed the course to the fullest. The thing that I enjoyed most, was the fact that the instructor already put forth the doubts the learners may have in mind, while going through the course videos. Explained in a simple and efficient manner, the course helps almost anyone, to explain GIS and its use to a layman. I would love to learn more courses from the instructor. Thank you!

By Nawarathna, H

Nov 20, 2020

This is the best course to follow on GIS for a beginner. The lecturer makes the subject very interesting and keep the curiosity throughout the course. He explains basics very well and make sure to explain practical aspects as well. I started liking GIS and developed an interest to learn more about Geography in general after following the course. Thank you Don! Highly recommended.

By Prabin P

Jun 29, 2020

Dr Boyes, thank you so much for clearing the concepts of basic knowledge on GIS and user interface to ArcGIS.

I am well satisfied with your all explanation; most people do work ultimately but partly understand the knowledge on the part of the coordinate system and projection.

Finally, I got clear now from you well sequence lecture. I was planning to join other courses too.

By Clerance G

Jul 30, 2020

Prof. Don Boyes has presented the course in a detailed and a systematic order. This course has changed my perspective of maps and has given me a skill to digitize and create feature classes in ArcGIS.

I recommend this course to those who want to change their perspective on 2D Maps and for those who want to explore the digital world of Earth and its applications.

By Rajiv D

Jun 5, 2020

Hello Sir, '

It was a great experience for me to became a participant of this programme. Course content & the way of delivering the content was very good. I definitely looking forward for the next course on this topic. Teaching method of the faculty was excellent and being a faculty i must appreciate his communication skills. Thank you very much.

By Muhammad A W

Aug 18, 2020

first of all, I warm thanks for COURSERA and University of Toronto, Thanks Dr. Don Boyes for teaching its is a great opportunity, especially for mine. such a great time we spend here, this pandemic time it is a great opportunity. I learn many things Introduction to GIS Mapping course. it is very helpful for my upcoming study

thankyou very much

By Niloofar S

May 22, 2020

This course was really helpful for me to get familiar with the fundamentals of

GIS. My field is in Environmental Engineering and I did not have any idea about geographic maps, coordinate systems, projection and etc. but everything was explained in an easy understanding and interesting way that motivated me to continue the course, Thank you.


Jul 3, 2020

I learned in this course the more impotants concepts to start to work with GIS. The meaning of the features, geodatabase, why and how represents things in a map, tools to design in ArcMap and ArcGis, how to save the information, ArcCatalog and many other things amazing about the maps world. I learned a lot thanks the DonBoyes teacher.

By Tomás J C O

Sep 18, 2020

Excelente curso de introducción, ya he trabajado con GIS antes, por lo que conozco varias funciones, pero me sirvió para repasar conceptos técnicos olvidados. El curso no deja pasar ningún detalle lo que lo hace muy completo, como explicar los tipos de archivos, la escala, los diferentes sistemas de coordenadas, etc.

By Antonella G

Feb 1, 2022

I loved this introduction and the way in which the professor manages to explain some difficult concepts such as "Projections". The explanation of such a difficult topic (trying to visualize all the 3D background involved on "projections") was excellent! "Projected shadow into a sheet of paper"... Brilliant!

By Sofía E P

Aug 7, 2020

I think this is a great introductory course to GIS mapping as it covers the necessary concepts to start feeling confident with GIS, and you get to start using the software. Also, Don explains everything - even the most complex ideas- in a way that is very engaging and understandable. I highly recommend it!

By Daniel F V O

Jul 28, 2020

I liked this course a lot! Don Boyes is really an excelent teacher and he makes every topic really easy to undestand. I struggled in week 5 because it's a lot of information but I managed to learn the basics and I downloaded the explanations so I can consult them whenever I want to refresh my knowledge.

By Em

Aug 1, 2022

Don Boyes does a fantastic job at explaining the material in a incredibly clear way that is not only easy to understand but also easy to apply towards the final excercise. I highly recommend this course, not only because of the material but also because of Don Boyes' friendly yet professional approach.

By Gabriela K

Oct 1, 2020

The instructor is very clear explaining the material. It is understandable but yet deep as its the concepts and principles for mapping was explained in this course. Also in giving GIS instruction and explanation its so practical but yet we understand the theory behind it and the reason behind it.

By Shelley C

Jan 18, 2021

DB is an excellent teacher - very clear explanations of complex concepts. This is a good introductory course for someone interested in GIS. It would be preferred if you made the quiz results available to people who are auditting. Other MOOC vendors do. Thank you very much - I learned a lot!

By Diego J R C

Nov 7, 2022

Agradezco al profesor Don Boyes, a la universidad de Toronto y a Coursera por permitirme adquirir conocimientos desde la base, el concepto y el contexto de los sistemas de información Geografica, este curso enfoca el aprendizaje inicial a un marco general base al aprendizaje en estos sistemas.

By Victor F

Mar 5, 2021

The course is very good! I was willing for more pratice, but atthe end of the course I understand the importance of having the theorical foundations well known. Altough, it makes a introduction to the software and you can make your first map by the end of the course! It does worth the time!

By Md B

Oct 28, 2021

This course is great to learn the very basic things of GIS. Though this course is mainly theory based but i learned the most important things about GIS. The basics of coordinate system, map digitizing is exlained in details. The course instractor Don Boyes is a great teacher i think.

By Drake D

Jan 31, 2021

Easy to follow and long. I loved learning how to use the GIS software to map out features! I really appreciate the work that has gone into making this an easy to use course. The instructor is great as well. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in using ArcGIS software.

By Gabriel M

Apr 5, 2020

Both informative and applicable, I not only enjoyed this fascinating introductory course, but also appreciated Prof. Boyes's straightforward, clear and engaging style of presentation. This course is a must for anyone interested in learning how to work with GIS (or maps of any kind).

By Chidiebere E

Sep 28, 2022

Particularly, this course to me was so engaging and practical in its presentations. It was greatly rewarding to have an enriched and experienced session with Prof. Don Boyes. Kudos to him. Thanks to the University of Toronto for this partnership with Coursera. I'm indeed grateful.

By Jennifer A

Oct 19, 2020

I really enjoyed this class. Mr. Boyes did an exceptional job explaining challenging topic in relation to map projections. I've used GIS on and off for several years but never grasped the concepts of projection before. The class content was super helpful for my future map making!


Aug 22, 2020

Excellent course. The instructor is very dinamic and makes all the topics very simple and understandable. The program of the course is also well developed and relevant. It's a great opportunity to learn new things both for begginers and more experienced people. Totally recommended.

By Fares A D D

Sep 1, 2020

The course was really amazing. The contents were really useful. I have taken the Introduction to GIS Mapping course with Dr. Don Boyes as Instructor, I like his way of teaching and the knowledge he shared with us, he is amazing, I like to continue with him for the coming course.

By Milena F

May 13, 2021

This course really helped me acquire the basic GIS mapping skills. After completing it, I feel confident in my abilities to make a basic map (with polygon, line and point features) in Esri's ArcMap program. The course provides a good introduction to GIS mapping and to ArcGIS.