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PACE University, New York, USA is offering  ArcGIS free training. The course is named as “Desktop GIS Fall 2018”.

The course is designed for new users of ArcGIS, who wants to learn the basics of the software package. The course begins on August 27 and will end on November 18. Classes are delivered as video recordings/ Screencast which explains the step by step processes.

There will be assignments to complete, every week assignments are issued to submit PDF maps, Videos or KMZ files for Google earth etc.

The 12-week course is divided into 3 units

  1. The first 4-week unit covers basic principles of mapping, projections, sourcing data online, converting data to a different format and making an easy-to-understand map
  2. The second unit shows how to create new data, find addresses make selections, create, use GPS data, integrated photos and do density mapping.
  3. The third unit will use some of the common extensions: 3D, Spatial Analyst, and Publisher. It will also show how GIS feeds into other programs, especially i-Tree from the USFS.

Badges are awarded when milestones are met. When the work for each unit is completed successfully badges will be issued ( Bronze, Silver, Gold). In the end, students are certified on the basis of earned points on submitted Maps, Videos, and other assignment works.

The syllabus, of course, is as below.

GIS Desktop
The order may change if new topics emerge
18/27Setting up your computer and installing the program
Downloading Census data, Unzipping and storing data 
ArcCatalog and how it differs from the ArcMap catalog
Different ways to add data to your map
29/3Shapefiles and Geodatabases,the attribute table, adding a new field, zooming in, out, pan
Clipping features to show just one area 
Base maps using ArcGIS  
Layouts , switching from Layout to Map views
Creating meaningful marginalia
Making PDFs with layers 
39/10Changing the projection of a shapefile
Comparing projected and geographic maps
Symbolizing data – colors, symbols, effects
Measuring features
Labeling, setting extents for labels to show
Labels as annotation
Importing shapefiles into a geodatabase
Making a map with an inset of the larger area
Finding data from other sources
Measuring Distances and area
Making halos around labels
49/17Geocoding addresses in the program
Batch Geocoding via web services
Using Lat/Lon to locate places on a map
Make lines from spots to a central point
Making a two-line label
Making a video of time-related data
Clip a raster
59/24Creating new shapefiles – point, polygon, line
Adding fields, calculating geometry
Editing features
Creating a field with lat/lon for point data
Creating a polyline from a polygon and vice versa
Exporting files to Google Earth
610/1Selection – how features interact with each other features
Spatial queries
Creating buffers zones
Georeferencing, converting a paper map to a feature. 
Saving an aerial view for offline use.
Clipping or extracting a feature from a raster
710/8Using a GPS to map features, routes
Converting GPS data to useable format
Camera with GPS – integrating
Hyperlinking Photos, documents and video to spots on the map. 
810/15Using the US Census to download, prepare and map demographic data.
Density mapping of census features – dot mapping
910/22Publisher, ArcReader, Map Packages, USGS National Map Viewer, downloading DEMs
1010/293D, ArcScene, SketchUp, Elevation Profiles
Flood animation
1111/5iTree Tools
1211/12LiDAR processing, New Ideas, Final Project.

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Jean joy

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  • Myo Hein Tun · August 10, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I want to apply geospatial technologies in geological research.

      Jean joy · August 11, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      There are lots of applications.

      Ajithkumar · August 11, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Can you tell what do you want to do exactly ?

  • muhammed naseef · August 11, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    This syllabus seems perfect. This free course will be a wonderful opportunity… dont miss it

  • Usman Mohammed · August 17, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    I can’t afford to miss this training.

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