UBDC Summer Training 2017: Introduction to QGIS

Thursday 10 August 2017
10:00 – 16:30 BST
Jura Teaching Lab, Level 4 Annexe, University of Glasgow Library, Hillhead Street, Glasgow G12 8QE

GIS software is widely used by a variety of communities in geospatial data analysis.

Commercial GIS software, such as ESRI ArcGIS, MapInfo and ENVI are only accessible to users with a payment of a license. Actually, as the most popular open source GIS software, QGIS can replace ESRI ArcGIS in the majority of GIS functions. In this short course, basic knowledge of geospatial data and GIS will be introduced. How to use open source GIS software QGIS to visualize, manage and analyse geospatial data will be presented and practised.

Course instructor

Yeran Sun, UBDC, University of Glasgow

Course duration

1 day (Wednesday 9th August 2017, 10:00am – 4:30pm)

Course location

Jura teaching lab, Level 4 Annexe, Glasgow University Library


Social scientists, students, practitioners


  • £35 - For UK registered students
  • £60 - For staff at UK academic institutions, Research Council UK funded researchers, UK public sector staff and staff at UK registered charity organisations
  • £100 - For all other participants

Pre-requisite knowledge

No prior knowledge of GIS necessary.

Course content

Participants will learn knowledge of and gain skills in:

  • Spatial data models
  • Import geospatial data from ESRI shape files, text (csv) files, Google KML files, etc.
  • Import web maps (Google Map, Bing Map, OpenStreetMap, etc)
  • Design and produce maps
  • Basic geoprocessing and analysis operations (Selection, Buffer, Intersect, Nearest Neighbour analysis, etc.)