Introduction to GIS using QGIS Training

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Attending this course entitles delegates to receive 4 CPD points towards their continual Professional Development under the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Chartered Geographer scheme.

We’d recommend using QGIS if you have a small number of GIS users in your organisation who need access to more complex functionality offered by a typical desktop GIS.This 2 day course introduces the use of GIS using the Open Source GIS solution, QGIS. QGIS is a free desktop GIS, and provides the same GIS functionality as commercial desktop GIS solutions such as ArcGIS or MapInfo. QGIS is completely free.

The course is taught by means of tutor-led teaching and hands-on exercises, and will quickly get you up to speed with GIS using QGIS. Attendees should have basic IT knowledge, but prior knowledge of GIS is not necessary.

This course is most suitable for:

People who are either completely new to GIS or those who already have some experience of using GIS software but are now looking to make the transition to an Open Source GIS system.

Course Outline – Day 1

Module 1: Introducing Open Source GIS

GIS concepts and the concept of Open Source.

Module 2: Getting started with QGIS

Opening QGISCreating a new QGIS ProjectAdding data and working through some starter exercises.

Module 3: Starting on Data

Data and data attribution.

Module 4: Symbology

Symbolising dataUsing symbology to make better maps.

Module 5: Selections

Selecting data (by location and /or attributes )Advanced query selections.

Module 6: Printing

Print composer toolDesigning a mapCopyright information and watermarks.

Course Outline – Day 2

Module 7: Editing

Creating new ShapefilesEditing using widgetsCreating Shapefiles from tablesEditing techniques (eg. merging and topological editing).

Module 8: Enhanced Symbology

Enhanced symbology in QGISCategorisation, graduation and rule-based symbology.

Module 9: Geoprocessing

Using QGIS to create data derived from other datasetsClip, difference, buffers and intersections + other items in the geoprocessing menu.

Module 10: Analysis

Spatial analysisSpatial joins and tabular joinsThe QGIS calculator.


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Book your place


Cost: £450 (exc VAT)

Duration: 2 days

Course Dates Stirling:

5th and 6th February 2018
10th and 11th May 2018
23rd and 24th August 2018
26th and 27th November 2018

Course Dates Manchester:

27th and 28th March 2018

CPD Points: 8