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Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research

Introduction to ArcGIS

Dates: 9 May 2018
Time: 10am - 4:30pm
Instructor: Patrick Reynolds
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

Outline

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.)

Objectives

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).

Prerequisites

None

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

Patrick Reynolds, Gis And Remote Sensing Support Officer
patrick.reynolds@manchester.ac.uk

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