Course Description

In this course, you will use ArcGIS software to learn about geospatial data and how GIS can be used in a broad range of applications. You will learn how to create and edit geospatial data, combine data in informative maps, and build story maps and other web applications to share your work. You will also learn fundamental concepts of GIS, including data models, coordinate systems and projections.


Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Select the appropriate data type for data collection or creation.
  • Identify the non-spatial information that is needed for a specific application.
  • Document data using established standards.
  • Evaluate data sources and select suitable data for a specific application.
  • Use GIS software and related technologies, e.g., ArcGIS web and mobile apps, to perform data collection and creation.
  • Perform basic analysis of spatial data using GIS software, including assessing positional accuracy of collected data.
  • Apply map design principles to interactive web maps, including colour, contrast, symbology and labelling.
  • Apply filters and simple scripts to modify the appearance of data in an interactive map.
  • Document and report on all stages of the data collection/creation and analysis process

The course will include some synchronous online sessions occurring at a scheduled day and time, as well as some self-directed activities which students complete at the time of their choosing while adhering to specified due dates.

Technology Requirements

Every student enrolling in one or more of these micro-credentials must purchase a digital device with the following technical specifications:

  • 9th Generation Intel Core i7 processor or AMD equivalent.
  • Memory/RAM - Minimum 16 GB (Recommended: 32 GB)
  • High performance discrete graphics card with a minimum of 2GB of dedicated memory (Recommended: 4 GB or more)
  • Storage - 1TB or greater Solid-State Drive (SSD)
  • 2-3 full-size USB ports (USB 3.0 or better recommended)
  • Webcam functionality
  • Audio capability (speakers and a quality headset/microphone)
  • 15" screen or greater with a resolution of 1920 X 1080 (Recommended: 17" screen with a resolution of 1920 X 1080)

A single-seat license for pertinent GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro 2.9, Drone2Map, etc.) will be provided before the start of the Micro-Credential.

Course Details
Section Title
GIS and Data Collection Technologies Micro-credential
Online, fixed date
4:30PM to 7:30PM
Sep 16, 2024 to Dec 02, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Course Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
tuition non-credit $1,500.00
Potential Discount(s)
  • Kamal Paudel

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