Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer-based tool that uses spatial data to analyze and solve real-world problems. This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles and techniques of GIS with as objective to develop an understanding of geographic space and how maps represent geographic space. A student will be able to read maps, as well as write about and discuss information gleamed from maps. By the end of the course, students will be creating maps from sources both graphical and tabular using ArcGIS. Student will also develop graphs and write about information learned from maps. Students will be able to use geographic information systems (GIS) to build maps using data they collected during program.



1.  Introduction to GIS

  • An overview of GIS
  • Concept of Vector and Raster
  • Feature model and example of features
  • How GIS data are captured, stored, retrieved, analyzed & displayed

2.  Introduction to ArcMap

  • How to use ArcMap
  • Introduction to shapefiles
  • Importing remote sensing data/images

3.  Data analysis and mapping

  • Editing data layers
  • Analyzing data
  • Mapping the data

4. GIS project

  • Selection of GIS project
  • Searching GIS data for project
  • Creating/importing data
  • Data relate/join
  • Data plotting

5. GIS project

  • Analysis/plotting of GIS data
  • Presentation of GIS data

The Course Curriculum for Summer 2016 is available  “HIRES_syllabus


The Course Curriculum for Summer 2015 is available “HIRES_syllabus

The Course Curriculum for Summer 2014 is available “HIRES_syllabus