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Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research

Introduction to ArcGIS

Dates: 25 May 2018
Time: 10am - 4:30pm
Instructor: Dr Jonny Huck
Level: Introductory
Fee: £195 (£140 for those from educational and charitable institutions). We offer up to five subsidised places at a reduced rate of £60 per course to research staff and students within Humanities at The University of Manchester. These places are awarded in order of application. In some instances, such as for unfunded PhD students, we may be able to offer free or bursary places


The course will explore the fundamentals of GIS through the analysis of real, recent crime data, straight from the Greater Manchester Police. Attendees will gain a good overview of the fundamentals of Geographical Information Science, gain experience in the analysis and representation of both vector and raster datasets, and learn how to turn their datasets into map figures (e.g. for use in publication.) 


The objectives of this course are to enable students to:

  • gain familiarity with ArcGIS;
  • understand the fundamental principles of GIS (e.g. coordinates, projection etc.);
  • understand how to acquire datasets from a variety of sources, for use in GIS;
  • understand how to handle and analyse both Raster and Vector datasets in GIS;
  • understand the pros and cons of a variety of different types of map, and how to choose the most appropriate one to eliminate bias;
  • understand how to use GIS data to produce map figures (e.g. for use in publication).



Recommended reading

  • Monmonier, M. (2014). How to lie with maps. 2nd edition. University of Chicago Press.
  • Heywood, I, Cornelius, S. and Carver, S. (2011). An introduction to geographical information systems. 4th edition. Pearson Education.

About the instructor

Dr Jonny Huck is a Lecturer in Geographical Information Science at the University of Manchester, specialising in geospatial software development. He has a BSc with First Class Honours in Geography from Lancaster University, a MSc with Distinction in Geographical Information Systems from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in Geographical Information Science from Lancaster University.

Jonny's areas of research interest include the representation of vague geographical entities in GIS, novel approaches to cartography, and the application of new technologies to geographical problems. Amongst other things, he maintains the freely available Map-Me PPGIS platform, the Polygon Divider plugin for QGIS and over 25 repositories of Open Source software on GitHub.

Prior to moving to academia, Jonny was the Technical Manager of a UK Wind Farm developer. He continues to operate his GIS consultancy Lune Geographic as well as maintaining business interests and partnerships in a variety of environmental companies, notably Roy Ferguson Consultancy Ltd. and Flying Turtle Ltd. Jonny is a fellow of Furness College at Lancaster University.

Jonny is the Lead of the Mapping: Culture and GIScience research group and GIS Lead for the interdisciplinary Digital Humanities group at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the GIS Research UK (GISRUK) National Steering Committee and was chair of the 25th GISRUK Conference, held on 18th-21st April 2017 at The University of Manchester.

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