Geospatial Data Mapping with QGIS

Geospatial Data Mapping with QGIS

taught by Nick Bearman


Aim of Course:

For many years, the market for GIS software has been dominated by ArcGIS from ESRI.  In recent years, open-source Quantum GIS, or QGIS, has gained in popularity.    This course covers spatial data handling and mapping using QGIS software.  You will learn what you can expect to do with QGIS, and what not to expect.  You will also learn how to bring in data, join data from different sources, and how to edit data in QGIS.  The principles of good map design are covered, and you will produce and export your own maps.

This course may be taken individually (one-off) or as part of a certificate program.
Course Program:

WEEK 1: Overview and Introduction

  • Data basics
  • Viewing and presenting data    
  • What can we do with spatial data?
  • What can't we do with spatial data?

WEEK 2: Handling Spatial Data

  • Joining spatial and non-spatial data
  • Editing data
  • Performing simple calculations

WEEK 3: Creating Maps

  • How do we design a good map?
  • Classifying data on a choropleth map
  • Exporting your map

WEEK 4: Conclusion

  • Finding data
  • Overview of analysis in GIS
  • Next steps

Geospatial Data Mapping with QGIS

Who Should Take This Course:
Analysts new to GIS programs, who want to use the free, open-source QGIS program instead of ArcGIS and other expensive commercial products.  Also, geospatial analysts who are using ArcGIS and want to expand their tool-set to include QGIS.
Organization of the Course:

This course takes place online at the Institute for 4 weeks. During each course week, you participate at times of your own choosing - there are no set times when you must be online. Course participants will be given access to a private discussion board. In class discussions led by the instructor, you can post questions, seek clarification, and interact with your fellow students and the instructor.

At the beginning of each week, you receive the relevant material, in addition to answers to exercises from the previous session. During the week, you are expected to go over the course materials, work through exercises, and submit answers. Discussion among participants is encouraged. The instructor will provide answers and comments, and at the end of the week, you will receive individual feedback on your homework answers.

Time Requirement:
About 15 hours per week, at times of  your choosing.

Options for Credit and Recognition:Students come to the Institute for a variety of reasons. As you begin the course, you will be asked to specify your category:
  1. No credit - You may be interested only in learning the material presented, and not be concerned with grades or a record of completion.
  2. Certificate - You may be enrolled in PASS (Programs in Analytics and Statistical Studies) that requires demonstration of proficiency in the subject, in which case your work will be assessed for a grade.
  3. CEUs and/or proof of completion - You may require a "Record of Course Completion," along with professional development credit in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEU's).  For those successfully completing the course,  CEU's and a record of course completion will be issued by The Institute, upon request.
  4. Other options - Specializations, INFORMS CAP recognition, and academic (college) credit are available for some courses
Course Text:
There is no required text. Course materials and papers will be provided.
QGIS open-source software


February 22, 2019 to March 22, 2019

Geospatial Data Mapping with QGIS


February 22, 2019 to March 22, 2019

Course Fee: $549.00

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