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Introduction to GIS using ArcGIS Desktop course


A GIS (Geographic Information System) is a powerful tool used for computerized mapping and spatial analysis. A GIS provides functionality to capture, store, query, analyze, display and output geographic information. This course introduces GIS concepts and ArcGIS tools used to visualize real-world features, discover patterns, and communicate information. Using ArcMap and ArcGIS Online, the participants will work with GIS maps, explore data, and analyze maps and data as you learn fundamental concepts that underlie GIS technology.

Course learning objectives

  • Find and organize geographic data and other content for a mapping project.
  • Display features on a GIS map and access information about them.
  • Perform spatial analysis to answer questions.
  • Share GIS maps and analysis results.

Who should apply?

  • New Users
  • Data Editors
  • GIS Database Designers
  • GIS Managers
  • Data Editors
  • GIS Analysts
  • Map Designers
  • GIS Technical leads
  • GIS Desktop Application Developers

Course duration

10 days


Experience with Windows-based software for basic file management and browsing.

Topics to be covered

MODULE 1: The ArcGIS platform
Lesson introduction
The ArcGIS platform
Getting to know the ArcGIS platform
Components used in this course
Lesson review

MODULE 2: The basics of GIS
Lesson introduction
Applications of GIS
ArcGIS online
Sign in to ArcGIS Online
Choose a base map
Add a data fie to your map
Save and share your map
Lesson review

MODULE 3: Understanding GIS data
Lesson introduction
Turning geographic information into GIS data
GIS data models
Explore GIS data models in ArcMap
Which data model is better?
Working with tables
Documenting your data
Open ArcMap and create a folder connection
View data in a GIS
Identify various fie types
View an item description
Correct an error in an item's metadata
Preview a dataset's geography and table
Add data to the map

Lesson review

MODULE 4: ArcGIS online

ArcGIS Online content
GIS services and web maps
Web mapping applications and mobile apps
Tools and data from ArcGIS Online
Explore GIS content using ArcGIS Online
Browse ArcGIS Online for web content
Browse ArcGIS Online for desktop content
View an item's details
Examine options for opening ArcGIS Online items
Lesson review

MODULE 5: The importance of coordinate systems
Lesson introduction
What is location?
How spatial data stores location
Geographic coordinate systems
Working with data in different geographic coordinate systems
Projected coordinate systems
Spatial properties and distortion
Understanding distortion
Work with coordinate systems
Identify the coordinate system for a dataset
Identify the coordinate system for another dataset
Identify a dataset with a different coordinate system
Identify a dataset with an unknown coordinate system
Assign a coordinate system to a dataset without a spatial reference
Change the coordinate system for a dataset
Lesson review

MODULE 6: Acquiring and selecting GIS data
Lesson introduction
Methods for obtaining GIS data
Accessing GIS data
Considerations for creating GIS data
Creating data
Considerations for choosing GIS data
Evaluating GIS data


Gather and evaluate GIS data
Consider the data you need
Examine the data you have
Add data from another organization
Add data from ArcGIS Online
Transfer files from one geodatabase to another
Import shapefiles into the geodatabase
Lesson review

MODULE 8: Interacting with a map
Lesson introduction
Symbology and visualization
Finding, identifying, and selecting features
Asking questions and getting answers
Getting information from a GIS map
Explore a map using ArcMap
Navigate the map
Modify symbology
Identify features
Find features
Export selected features from a fie to a geodatabase
Select features
Examine an attribute table
View data change over time
Explore a map using ArcGIS Online
Navigate the map
Modify symbology
Identify features
Locate addresses and features
Select features and view an attribute table
Lesson review

MODULE 9: Performing spatial analysis
Lesson introduction
The geographic approach revisited
Questions you can answer with GIS
What is spatial analysis?
Geoprocessing in analyses
Common analysis tasks
Perform spatial analysis with common analysis tools
Open ArcMap and examine the map document
Extract features in your area of interest
Identify vulnerable facilities in Lee County
Overlay the Cat3 layer with Lee County
Identify hospitals close to the storm surge inundation polygon
Lesson review

MODULE 10: Sharing results
Lesson introduction
The importance of sharing results
Sharing content through ArcMap
Sharing content through ArcGIS Online
Export the map as a PDF
Create a map package and upload it to ArcGIS Online
Create a web map
Customize map symbology and save the map
Create a web mapping application



The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).


The training will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments and lunch.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Mob: +254 715 077 817


This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817.

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Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B  18th November 2019

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Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 10 Days
Event Date 25-11-2019
Event End Date 06-12-2019
Cut off date 18-11-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 150,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,646
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,867
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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