MOOC on Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

GIS (Geographical Information Systems) is everywhere. From your smartphone to your tablet, location enabled devices are present in almost every household. With over 80% of all data having some type of spatial (or geographical) component, GIS and the principles of geographic data have relevancy everywhere. This course will introduce students to GIS and the principles of spatial data in their personal life as well as applications of GIS across various industries. Major components of the course include computer representation of geographic information, the basics of GIS databases, spatial analysis with GIS, and application areas of GIS. At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of elementary GIS theory and examples of GIS-based solutions in the world around them.

University of Western Florida offering Massively Open Online Course (MOOC): Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
May 18 - June 29, 2015
Cost per enrollment: Free

Topics include:
Week 1: Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Week 2: Layers, Scales of Measurement, Map Design
Week 3: Inside A GIS
Week 4: Earth Measurements, Coordinate Systems and Projections
Week 5: GIS Editing, Geoprocessing, and Programming
Week 6: GIS Data and Analysis in GIS

Intended Audience: Professionals and students exploring a potential career with GIS

Time to complete the course: 2-3 hours per week

Certificate or digital badge for completing the course: Certificate

Format: Instructor-led
Instructor feedback: None
Peer feedback: Yes, through discussions
Group work: None
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Materials: None

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