Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Using ArcGIS

Wednesday 19th - Thursday 20th August 2015
9:30am - 4:30pm each day (lunch break included)
Lab A (912A), Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

GIS is an information system that can capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage and display all types of spatial or geographic data (e.g. census data, landscape attributes and more).

This course focuses on the widely used GIS software application, ArcGIS, which has an easy-to-use interface and is very reliable in terms of support and documentation for further use. It is ideal for individuals without any prior experience using ArcGIS, or for those who want to brush up on the basics. Participants who would benefit from this course include: social science researchers, students who want to learn a new skill, and practitioners who could improve decision-making by analysing and presenting spatial data (e.g. urban planners, city managers and policymakers). 

Course summary 

The importance of understanding the spatial dimension of data has long been understood, despite that fact that this dimension is often ignored. However, recent years have seen a massive expansion in the quantity of data available. At the same time, new methods and software have opened up new opportunities for analysing spatial data. In this short course, participants will be introduced to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a powerful tool for analysing spatial data. The purpose of this course is to familiarise participants with what a geographic information system is and the potential for it to be used for informed decision-making.

Important information

  • The course is offered free of charge to all participants
  • The course is open to a wide variety of participants (researchers, students, practitioners)
  • All software packages needed for the course will be provided in the designated course lab free of charge
  • Refreshments and lunch will be provided to all participants each day of the course
  • The course requires a minimum of 5 registered participants for delivery and has a maximum of 20 participants
  • All participants must first meet the pre-requisite knowledge requirements stated in the course description
  • All participants must register - your place in the course is not final until you receive a confirmation email from UBDC staff.