DESKTOP GIS SYLLABUS
PACE UNIVERSITY
(Peggy Minnis, Instructor)  MMinnis@Pace.edu
Delivered on Google Classroom
Code
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Enrollment begins August 2, 2021
Class starts August 30, 2021

Week

Topics      Lessons using ArcMAP

(How to do the same operations in both QGIS and ArcGIS Pro are included for people who wish to focus on those platforms.)

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. 

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. How to add data to your map.
Base maps, 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, 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

Map Packages, USGS National Map Viewer, downloading DEMs, merging adjacent DEMs. ArcGIS Online uploading.

10

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

11

iTree Tools, Your town's canopy analysis

 12

LiDAR processing, Final Project.

 

 Frequently asked questions:

1.      Does this course cost anything?  No

2.      What version of ArcGIS should we use?  I use 10.8.1 now, but anything from 10.3 is good.

3.      Do I need to know anything about GIS before I start this?  No.

4.      How much time should I expect to spend each week on the work?  About 2 hours, unless you get stuck.

5.      Can I use QGIS to follow the course?  There are instructional videos for all, up to 3D.

6.      Do I have to be a college student to take this course?  No.

7.      Is enrollment limited to Pace students.  No

8.      Is the course limited to people in the USA?  No

9.      Who grades my work?  A Pace graduate who took GIS with me, in person.

10.  Is all my work for each week due on Sunday night at 11:59?  Yes

11.  Can I get a future week’s assignments in advance?  No.

12.  Can I submit late work?  You can, but you have to email me so I can grade it myself.

13.  What is this course equivalent to, in college credits?  3

14.  Can I submit evidence of completion of my work for CEUs in my organization?  Yes

15.  How do I get help? Put a request on the stream, with your question and email address.

16.  How can I get the program?  ESRI makes a 1-year trial version for $100.  This is different in every country, so you have to check.

17.  Can I use my organization’s GIS to do my work?  Ask them. They will install it on your computer if they have a license.

18.  What percentage of people who begin work in the first week finish the course?  40%

19. Will you cover ArcGIS Pro? There are instructional videos for Pro to match the lessons for Desktop and QGIS.