Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome.
About the course
Enhance the performance of your measuring, mapping, modeling, and monitoring by tapping the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Learn the concepts that drive GIS, the basics of cartography, and the differences between various GIS packages.
Course at a glance
- Hands-on course based on active student participation; extensive in-class GIS demonstrations & utilization.
- Class dynamics also include lectures, readings, exercises, class discussion, and case studies.
- Aimed at individuals transitioning into the environmental field, as well as mid-level professionals in sectors involving environmental aspects, this course will also be of value to agrologists, biologists, engineers, industrial managers, foresters, technologists, and others who wish to update their skills and knowledge in this area.
- This course may be recognized as educational or continuing professional development credits by ECO Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB), the College of Alberta Professional Foresters (CAPF), the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA), and the Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals Of Alberta (ASET).
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Understand the basics of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
- Open and query geographic files.
- Determine what types of files can be loaded in a GIS.
- Understand how GPS can be used within a GIS environment.
- Locate geographic files for specific purposes.
- Understand discrepancies between NAD 27 and NAD 83.
- Operate a mapping program.
- Missing more than 25% of class hours may result in a failing grade.
- Pre-course instructions and materials are available on eClass one week prior to the course start date, and additional pre-course work may be required to prepare for first class; advanced registration is recommended for student success.
- Students are required to install QGIS before the first class. Instructions for downloading the software and required data are found in these videos: Download QGIS and Start QGIS.
- Laptops are required throughout the course and must be ready with QGIS and related documents, files, and resources listed on eClass.
- Assessment includes a final exam completed in-class at the end of the final day.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.