Introduction to GIS Using ArcGIS

Strictly by pre-registration only

What is this course about?

Discover the power of spatial.

Learn fundamental concepts that underlie GIS technology and geographic data. In this ArcGIS Pro course, you will gain experience using GIS maps to visualize and explore real-world features; analyze data to answer questions and create new information; and share maps, data, and other resources so they can be easily accessed throughout your organization.

Course details






2 days




Foundation Course

CPD points


Esri will provide the following software to use during class:

  • ArcGIS Pro (Basic, Standard or Advanced)
  • ArcGIS Online

Are there any prerequisites?

  • Experience with Windows-based software for basic file management and browsing

What skills will I learn?

  • Identify appropriate data to support a mapping project.
  • Create a map, add data to it, and symbolize map features to support the map's purpose.
  • Share data, maps, and other content to an organizational portal.
  • Perform spatial analysis to obtain information about map features within an area of interest.

What can I expect?

  • 1. Welcome to GIS
    • GIS history
    • Your map history
    • GIS components
    • GIS capabilities
    • Exploring GIS capabilities
    • More than just maps
    • The geographic approach
    • What is ArcGIS?
    • ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online user interfaces
    • Exercise 1: Use ArcGIS
  • 2. GIS data
    • Your locational data
    • Spatial data
    • Working with tables
    • Vector data
    • Raster data
    • Representing real-world objects
    • Imagery
    • Choosing GIS data
    • Data collection methods
    • Searching for geographic data in ArcGIS
    • Exercise 2: Explore data collection
  • 3. Managing GIS data
    • Data management with geodatabases
    • Adding data to a map
    • Metadata
    • Exercise 3A: Explore data management
    • Web layers
    • Using web layers
    • Sharing data in ArcGIS
    • Exercise 3B: Share data in ArcGIS
  • 4. Exploring coordinate systems
    • How is data represented on a map?
    • Coordinate systems
    • The importance of coordinate systems
    • Map projections and distortion
    • Explore spatial distortion
    • Exercise 4: Work with coordinate systems
  • 5. Mapping and visualization
    • Not all maps are created equal
    • Map components
    • Identify effective map elements
    • Exercise 5: Use ArcGIS for mapping and visualization (change symbology, use scale ranges, use pop-ups)
    • Visualize maps layers in 3D
    • Use imagery for visualization
  • 6. Spatial analysis
    • What is spatial analysis?
    • Spatial analysis workflow
    • Types of spatial analysis
    • Identifying types of analysis
    • Exercise 6A: Use ArcGIS to explore 3D analysis
    • Performing analysis in ArcGIS Pro
    • Exercise 6B: Use ArcGIS Pro for spatial analysis
    • Performing analysis in ArcGIS Online
    • Exercise 6C: Use ArcGIS Online for spatial analysis 
  • 7. Putting GIS to use
    • The geographic approach review
    • Applying the geographic approach
    • Exercise 7: Identify shelter locations using ArcGIS
    • Sharing results with ArcGIS
    • How will you use ArcGIS?