1.1: Google Earth
One of the goals of this course is to get you to become skilled in geospatial analysis, specifically with satellite and aerial-based imagery. In order to meet this aim, this course will be using ArcGIS (see other assignment) and Google Earth. If you don’t have Google Earth, click here and download the latest version. If you already have Google Earth installed on your computer, it is recommended you have the latest version.
Within the quiz are a series of multiple choice questions that have you explore your physical and cultural world. Even though it appears like a quiz, you are not timed.
1.2: Getting Started with GIS
This course will help you understand what a geographic information system is and why organizations around the world rely on GIS technology. You will learn how GIS maps are different from other types of paper and digital maps, what makes the data used in a GIS unique, and how to use GIS software to obtain information and create meaningful maps. In course exercises and activities, you will work with ArcGIS software and see how a GIS supports problem solving in many different contexts. A student who completes this module will be able to:
- Display data on a GIS map.
- Query a GIS database to gain information and locate features on a map.
- Understand different types of spatial relationships among real-world features.
- Use analysis tools to create new data.
- Apply a standard approach to solving geographic problems.
What problems did you encounter in completing the signature assignment? How did you troubleshoot them, if you did?
Certificate of Completion
Overall, I did not encounter too many problems throughout this course module. I found the instructions, simulations, and hands-on work to be quite intuitive. That said, I did notice that throughout all three modules, some of the example dialog boxes paired with their instructions did not align with the actual hands-on experience. For example, the ArcMap “legend properties” window did not match ArcMap’s example of what the same property’s dialog box looked like. I was still able to navigate through the operations and complete the tasks successfully, but because the details were did not always line up throughout the modules, the entire process took a little bit longer than I anticipated.
Although I felt like the majority of this virtual program went really well in teaching me the basics of GIS and then allowing me ample opportunities to test my new knowledge, I did wind up having a few setbacks with the very last map in Module 3. For some reason, when I went to perform the two final overlay operations, the intersection failed. I attempted to delete the data that I had saved so when I went back a couple of steps, I could still use the same file name, but that did not work at all. In the end, I scratched everything I created and started over with a fresh map of “WilsonCity2.” Finally, when it was time to save the files, I simply saved them as I should, but added the number “2” at the end of the file name.
I really enjoyed getting into the basics of GIS, and I noticed that as I grew comfortable with some of the instructions, I just started attempting to complete the tasks without reading every single step. For the most part, I was successful; that or I performed the function in a different way but with the same result since there are a couple of different approaches to the same tasks.