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GIS Fundamentals

GIS Fundamentals

This intensive course provides the foundation for: Understanding and appreciating GIS, What it can do, and How others are using it.

Participants shall learn the basic functions of a GIS, GIS Terminology, and why GIS is powerful tool for data analysis, retrieval and visualization using Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop software and open source software like QGIS. In course exercises, students work with ArcMap, an application within ArcGIS Desktop, to visualize geographic data, create maps, query a GIS database, and perform spatial analysis.

Participants shall also use ArcGIS online to share GIS data and analysis results.

Target Audience:
This course is for those who are new to geographic information systems (GIS) Software and that wish to learn what GIS is and how one can use it in his area of specialization.

Prerequisites and recommendations:
No GIS experience required. This is a beginner level class. Participants should know how to use Windows-based software for basic file management and browsing.

Course Goals:
After successfully completing this course, you will have acquired an understanding of general GIS terms and the basic functionality of Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop software and Open Source Software.

These new skills include:
• Explain what a GIS is and what it can do
• Create GIS maps
• Access and query a GIS database
• Display map data using symbology and labels
• Describe two common GIS data formats
• Perform simple GIS Analysis


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Nairobi - Kenya

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