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Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Researchers

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This two day course is designed to introduce researchers to the industry leading GIS software – ArcGIS. Participants will learn about data management, spatial analysis (including proximity analysis) and data presentation. No previous experience of using GIS is required.


The course covers:


  • Introduction to GIS theory
  • ArcGIS – ArcMap and ArcCatalog
  • Data Management
  • Spatial analysis
  • Data editing
  • Data presentation – creating maps


By the end of the course participants will:


  • Understand the fundamental concepts of GIS
  • Be able to carry out basic spatial analysis
  • Be able to create and edit spatial data
  • Be able to create a map layout – including North Arrow, Scale bar etc
  • Be able to use some basic geoprocessing tools


The course is designed for those who have little or no GIS knowledge and have never used ArcGIS but who wish to develop skills in using ArcGIS for spatial analysis and mapping. It is for users from all disciplines who are interesting in learning how to get the most out of their data by mapping and spatial analysis.

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Course Dates

4th October 2017 – 5th October 2017

Places Available

Course Leader

Gemma Gubbins
Course Description

Further details to follow:


Day 1

GIS theory and applications

ArcGIS – ArcMap and ArcCatalog

Using tables


Day 2

Querying data and spatial analysis

Creating new data and editing existing data

Creating a map (to include north arrow, scale bar etc.)

Using common geoprocessing tools (buffer, dissolve etc)

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