An introduction to GIS and QGIS
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An introduction to GIS and QGIS

Learn the fundamentals of GIS and get comfortable with QGIS interface.
4.3 (85 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
243 students enrolled
Created by Oliver Burdekin
Last updated 10/2016
English, Italian, 1 more
  • Spanish
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • understand the fundamental principles of GIS.
  • be familiar with GIS terminology.
  • use the basic functions of QGIS.
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  • Students need no prior knowledge of GIS or QGIS.
  • It is expected students will have downloaded and installed QGIS.

This course is complete introduction to GIS and QGIS. Starting at the beginner level we'll cover basic terminology and conventions, some of the fundamental principles of GIS, an overview of what QGIS is and then we'll get started with practical experience of using QGIS. All sample data is original and provided for you. 

The course will take around 2 hours to complete but playing around with the software is a great way to learn so don't worry if it takes you longer.

The course is structured a mixture of lectures, quizzes and we'll end with a practical to put into practice all the knowledge you've gained. The practical element is crucial and by all means try some new things out with the software. Doing is learning!

You should take this course if you need to learn the basics of QGIS quickly and if you'd like to sample QGIS before taking other courses. More advanced courses will be coming soon.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for students that have no (or little) prior knowledge of GIS and QGIS.
  • It is probably not for those looking for more advanced use of QGIS.
  • Those who want to switch from a different GIS program to QGIS will find this course useful.
Curriculum For This Course
Welcome and let's get started
1 Lecture 06:51

This is the first lecture in the course and here we'll just go over some of the standard terminology for GIS programs and make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to basic computer usage.

Preview 06:51

A quick quiz to keep you on your toes

Terminology and conventions
1 question
GIS concepts
1 Lecture 06:47

Here we'll look at some basic GIS concepts. The differences between rasters and vectors, properties and values, and the ways we can use GIS for analysis.

GIS concepts

Let's have a quick quiz on some fundamental GIS concepts

GIS concepts
2 questions
QGIS concepts
1 Lecture 07:05

Here we'll take a closer look at QGIS and explore some of the potential and how to get help.

QGIS concepts

What do you know about QGIS?

QGIS concepts
2 questions
QGIS practical
8 Lectures 36:17

This section explains how to download and unzip the data for use in the GIS and QGIS practical sessions.

Downloading data

Here we look at the QGIS interface, layers and zooming.

Layers and zooming

Symbology in GIS and QGIS is vital to allow users to understand  what our map is showing. We'll also look at how to view some attribute data using map tips.

Symbolising layers and map tips

See if you can use map tips to find the name of a lake.

Putting map tips into practice.
1 question

GIS and QGIS provide powerful ways to query data. Here we'll use some SQL to select by attributes.

Preview 03:20

Putting into practice what you've learned about writing queries try and answer the following questions.

These can be quite difficult but the answers are revealed in the next video if you get stuck.

Select by attributes
2 questions

Building on our previous SQL query we'll create a new query in QGIS to drill further down into the data. We'll also look at different ways to achieve the same goals through different selection methods.

More on selections

Chloropleth or thematic maps are a great way to convey information to the map user. Here we'll use classifications to show population by country in QGIS.

Making a thematic (chloropleth) map

Using what you've learned about symbology and styling layers so far, see if you can figure out how to classify our countries layer by population DENSITY.

As a hint as well as using a column for a classification you can also use an Expression. What would be the formula for population density and do we have a field in the attribute table that could be useful?

If you get stuck the answer is at the start of the next lecture.

Adding an expression
1 question

Getting more advanced in our classification now we'll look at population density.

Using expressions in symbology

Just a quickie as a reminder on data types.

Data types
1 question

In this final section we'll explore how to use print composer to output our map to different formats. Sharing GIS data is often required and QGIS allows us to save maps as images, .pdfs and more through print composer.

Using print composer
About the Instructor
Oliver Burdekin
4.3 Average rating
85 Reviews
244 Students
1 Course
GIS instructor and consultant

Through his work on tropical conservation expeditions since 2006, Oliver saw GIS to be a perfect opportunity to tie together his interests in conservation and all things map. With a background in environmental science, a masters in environment and enterprise and a post grad diploma in GIS, the launch of burdGIS was a natural

burdGIS have now worked in several countries worldwide on projects ranging from on the ground data capture in Honduras to Android app development in Northern Ireland. At the core of burdGIS is a desire and enthusiasm to share knowledge and ideas through training and collaboration.