Basic ArcGIS


This two-day course covers the fundamental GIS concepts that beginning users have needed for years. With the assistance of many GIS professionals this course content was defined, reviewed, prototyped and finalized. Students learn what GIS is, how to display data using various methods, how to query a GIS database, manipulate tabular data, and present data clearly and efficiently using maps. Participants learn how to use ArcMap and ArcCatalog and explore how these applications work together providing a strong GIS software solution. 


This course is for any user new to ArcGIS and new to geographic information systems in general.
Prerequisites and recommendations
Participants should know how to use windowing software.


·  What is GIS?
·  Display feature and tabular data
·  Work with georeferenced spatial data
·  Query features using logical expressions
·  Find features using spatial relationships
·  Edit spatial and attribute data
·  Produce maps

Topics covered

·  What is GIS? A brief discussion
·  What can GIS do? Short examples
·  What is a Map? Defining a map -- one of the main goals of GIS actions
·  ArcGIS overview: Capabilities and applications; Interacting with the interface; Basic display
·  Spatial data concepts: Representing spatial data and descriptive information; Different formats
·  Using the Help system:
·  Managing your data: Using ArcCatalog and Metadata; Editing feature and attribute data
·  ArcGIS data model: GeoDatabases; Shapefiles; Coverages; Feature types; Attributes
·  Spatial coordinate systems and map projections: Georeferencing data; What map projections are; How ArcMap works with map projections
·  Analyzing data: Selecting and identifying features; Creating reports and graphs; Buffers; Overlays
·  Map displays and output: Creating; Symbolizing; Scaling; Adding map elements; Plotting tips