• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 2 months
    Duration
This GIS Data Acquisition and Map Design offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Toronto is part of the GIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis Specialization. 

About

In this GIS Data Acquisition and Map Design offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Toronto, you will learn how to find GIS data for your own projects, and how to create a well-designed map that effectively communicates your message. The first section focuses on the basic building blocks of GIS data, so that you know what types of GIS files exist, and the implications of choosing one type over another. 

Next, we'll discuss metadata (which is information about a data set) so you know how to evaluate a data set before you decide to use it, as well as preparing data by merging and clipping files as needed. 

We'll then talk about how to take non-GIS data, such as a list of addresses, and convert it into "mappable" data using geocoding. Finally, you'll learn about how to take data that you have found and design a map using cartographic principles. In the course project, you will find your own data and create your own quantitative map.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 2 months
    • Duration description
      Approx. 21 hours to complete
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • GIS File Types, Data Models, and Topology
  • Finding data and preparing it for your project
  • Geocoding addresses and postal codes
  • Map Design Principles
  • Mapping Quantitative Data

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Beginner Level

Funding

Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. 

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