Introduction to GIS (Individual Course)

Getting Started with ArcGIS Series

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enable users to visualize and analyze spatial information in a dynamic digital environment. This short course will introduce students to general GIS concepts and applications. Participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS for Desktop 10 environment and will gain hands-on experience using ArcMap to create a GIS project utilizing a variety of data layers.


  • Fundamentals of GIS
    • GIS overview
    • GIS data structure
    • Projections and coordinate systems
    • Sample web-based GIS applications
  • ArcMap software
    • Opening a map document
    • Using the Tools toolbar for basic navigation, selection, identification, and measurements
    • Arranging, symbolizing, and labeling data layers
      • Creating thematic choropleth maps
    • Working with the attribute table
    • Creating selections
      • Manual selection from the map
      • Manual selection from the attribute table
      • Automated selection by attribute
      • Automated selection by location
      • Exporting a selection into a new data layer
    • Creating a map layout
      • Setting up the layout
      • Inserting map objects (legend, scale bar, north arrow, text)
      • Using the Layout toolbar for basic navigation
      • Saving and exporting a map layout

Dates for this Short Course

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Fondren Library B43A