DESKTOP GIS SYLLABUS

PACE UNIVERSITY
(Peggy Minnis, Instructor)

Week

Topics (Specific items may shift from one week to another)

1

Setting up your computer, Installing the program, Ways of looking at the Earth, Projections
Downloading US Census data, unzipping data, storing data so you can find it. ArcCatalog  
Different ways to add data to your map

2

Shapefiles and Geodatabases, the attribute table, adding a new field, zooming in, out, pan, zooming to a feature, clipping features to map just one area. 
Base maps using ArcGIS. Adding BING as a basemap/
Symbolizing data – colors, symbols, effects, labeling, setting extents for labels , labels as annotation, layouts , switching from Layout to Map views, creating meaningful marginalia, making PDFs with layers 

3

Changing the projection of a shapefile, comparing projected and geographic maps,
making an inset map, measuring features, importing shapefiles into a geodatabase, measuring distances and area, making halos around labels

4

Finding data from other sources, geocoding addresses within ArcMap, Batch Geocoding via Google Sheets, using Lat/Lon to locate places on a map, Making lines from spots to a central point (à la airline routes)
Making a two-line label, making a video of time-related data, clipping a raster

5

Creating new shapefiles - point, polygon, line, adding fields, calculating geometry,
editing features, creating a field for lat/lon of point data, creating a polyline from a polygon and vice versa, exporting files to Google Earth

 6

Selection - how features interact with each other features, spatial queries,
creating buffers zones, georeferencing a paper map to a feature, saving an aerial view for off-line use, clipping or extracting a feature from a raster

7

Using a GPS to map features, routes, converting GPS data to a usable format,
Camera with GPS – integrating, Hyperlinking Photos, documents and video to spots on the map. 

8

Using the US Census to download, prepare and map demographic data.
Density mapping of census features - dot mapping
Kernel density (John Snow cholera map), hot spot mapping.

9

ARC Publisher, ArcReader, Map Packages, USGS National Map Viewer, downloading DEMs, merging adjacent DEMs.

10

3D, ArcScene, SketchUp, elevation profiles,  making a sea level rise animation

11

iTree Tools

 12

LiDAR processing, Final Project.