Introduction to ArcGIS


ArcGIS is the leading GIS Software and is used almost by 80 percent GIS community. The aim of the 5 day course is to introduce the participants to basic concepts of GIS and to implement these concepts in the environmental applications of ESRI’s ArcGIS software. Beginning with a discussion of general concepts and vocabulary, the course will move into teaching basic ArcGIS functionality. Each participant will have their own computer workstation to create, edit, display and analyze real world environmental data during numerous hands-on exercises. At the end of the course the participant is provided with all the sample data and exercise notes for future reference.


Overview of ArcMap, ArcCatalog
Exploring Spatial Data
Basic Statistical Analysis of Data
Spatial Data Management
Thematic Map Creation
Creating Layout
Intro to Basic Analysis Tools
Intro to Model Building
Intro to Spatial Analyst
Basic On-Screen Digitization


Apply a conceptual overview of GIS and spatial analysis to environmental data
Understand and utilize the fundamental capabilities ArcGIS 9
Conduct overlay analysis
Create intersects, buffers, unions and clips using the Geoprocessing Wizard
Measure spatial relationships between layers of geographic data
Perform complex relational database queries
Generate presentation-quality maps

Intended Audience:

This hands-on course is intended for professionals involved with the collection, interpretation, and presentation of spatially referenced data. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to utilize the capabilities of ArcGIS by working first-hand on scenarios. Previous GIS experience is not required.


Dr. Nitin K. Tripathi
Course Coordinator