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ArcGIS Essentials

3 Day ArcGIS Course  – Visualize, analyze, and interpret location information in your data

What is ArcGIS ?

ArcGIS is a platform for organizations to create, manage, share, and analyze spatial data. It consists of server components, mobile and desktop applications, and developer tools.

Come enjoy the motivating atmosphere, learning with your peers while you discover the possibilities of ArcGIS

Audience: Data Analysts, Geologists, Researchers, Project Coordinators, Biologists, GIS Database Designers, GIS Managers, Data Editors

Recommended Prerequisites: Participants must be confident in the use of the Windows operating system functions such as copying, deleting & moving files, navigating to a file or folder, use of Mouse and Keyboard.

Course Schedule: 3 Days, 24 Academic Hours

About the course


Day 1

Introduction to GIS

  • What is GIS?
  • Applications and uses of Geographic Information Systems
  • Database and GIS Theory
  • Basic GIS Concepts
  • Coordinate Systems
  • Data Types and Potential sources
  • What is Spatial GIS

Introduction to ArcGIS

  • ArcGIS History
  • What is Spatial GIS
  • Understanding ArcGIS versions
  • The ArcGIS Platform
  • Getting to know the ArcGIS Platform
  • Intro to ArcCatalog
  • Intro to ArcMap
  • Intro ArcToolBox
  • Intro to ArcScene
  • Intro to ArcGlobe
  • ArcGIS online
  • Signing into ArcGIS Online

Getting started with ArcMap

  • Expressions, Function and Variables
  • Working with Expression Editor
  • Using Functions in Charts
  • Using Variables in Expressions
  • Set Analysis and Set Expressions
  • Working with Master Items

Getting started with ArcMap

  • The ArcMap Interface
  • Spatial Bookmarks
  • Data Frame Properties
  • Data views and Layout views
  • Menus and Toolbars
  • Layer Files and map documents
  • Layer Tables
  • Layer Properties

Getting started with ArcCatalog

  • Overview of ArcCatalog
  • Connecting to data sources
  • Viewing and Modifying metadata

Understanding GIS Data

  • Turning geographic information into GIS data
  • GIS Data Models
  • Working with Tables
  • Table Types
  • Adding fields and records
  • Editing Values in a table
  • Selecting and sorting Table records
  • Joining and relating tables
  • Documenting your data
  • View Data in GIS
  • Add data to the map

Day 2

Selecting GIS data

  • Methods for obtaining GIS data
  • Making Selections
  • Selecting with SQL
  • Selections based on Location

Interacting with the Map

  • Symbology and visualisation
  • Getting information from a GIS Map
  • Exploring the map using ArcGIS
  • Navigate the map
  • Changing symbology
  • Identify features
  • Exporting selected features from a file to a geodatabase
  • Explore a map using ArcGIS Online
  • Navigate the map
  • Locate addresses and features
  • Select features and view an attribute table


  • What is Georeferencing?
  • Georeferencing an image
  • Georeferencing of Images, Layers and CAD files


  • Extract Toolset
  • Overlay Toolset
  • Creating a Geoprocessing tool
  • Creating a Geoprocessing tool

Day 3

Spatial Analysis

  • Spatial Analysis Explained
  • Common Analysis tasks
  • Geoprocessing in analysis
  • How to perform spatial analysis with common analysis tools

Completing the Map

  • Introduction to the Map Layout view
  • Layout Toolbar
  • Changing layout style
  • Adding Layout components
  • How to add map annotation
  • How to add data timeframes
  • Using data frame properties
  • Previewing, printing & exporting
  • Layout templates

Sharing results

  • Importance of sharing results
  • Sharing content via ArcMap
  • Sharing your content via ArcGIS
  • Export the map as a PDF
  • Create a map package and upload it to ArcGIS Online


Your Trainer

Our international certified trainers are highly experienced ArcGIS practitioners who have real-world expertise.

Key Information

I – All course material including a copy of The ArcGIS book.

II – Laptops will be provided for all candidates with pre-installed ARCGIS.

III – Our training venue is based in Lagos (Specific venue will be emailed on confirmation of place on the course).

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ARC GIS Essentials Course

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