Introduction to GIS Data Management (Individual Course)

Getting Started with ArcGIS Series

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enable users to visualize and analyze spatial information in a dynamic digital environment. This short course will introduce students to general GIS concepts and applications. Participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS Desktop 10 environment and will gain hands-on experience using ArcMap to create a GIS project utilizing a variety of data layers.


  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Projections and coordinate systems
    • GIS project examples
    • Web-based GIS applications
  • Datasets, sources, and formats
  • ArcGIS software
    • Opening a map document
    • Using the Tools toolbar for basic navigation
    • Arranging, symbolizing, and labeling data layers
    • Working with the attribute table
    • Creating selections
      • Select tool
      • Selecting in the attribute table
      • Select by attribute
      • Select by location
  • Exporting a selection into a new data layer
  • Creating choropleth (thematic color) maps
  • Creating a map layout
    • Setting up the layout, map frames
    • Inserting map objects (Legend, Scale bar, North arrow, Text)
    • Using the Layout toolbar for basic navigation
  • Saving and exporting a map layout

Dates for this Short Course

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Fondren Library B43A