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.
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4.4 (547 ratings)
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Created by Oliver Burdekin
Last updated 6/2020
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • understand the fundamental principles of GIS.
  • be familiar with GIS terminology.
  • use the basic functions of QGIS.
Requirements
  • Students need no prior knowledge of GIS or QGIS.
  • It is expected students will have downloaded and installed QGIS.
Description

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 this course is for:
  • 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.
Course content
Expand all 16 lectures 01:17:14
+ Welcome and let's get started
2 lectures 12:19

This is the first lecture in the course. Here we'll get straight into the practical side of things and install QGIS 3.x

Preview 06:07

In this short video 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. This is a beginner course and for some students this can be really important. If you think you're okay with all this then you might be able to skip this video (shhhhh! don't tell anyone I said that :-) )

Some terminology
06:12

A quick quiz to keep you on your toes

Terminology and conventions
1 question
+ GIS concepts
2 lectures 10:04

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

Data download
02:10

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
07:54

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

GIS concepts
2 questions
+ QGIS concepts
2 lectures 07:16

Here we'll just check that our practical data is working.

Preview 01:57

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

QGIS Concepts
05:19

What do you know about QGIS?

QGIS concepts
2 questions
+ QGIS practical
9 lectures 40:30

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

Opening a project file
01:18

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

Layers and zooming
06:54

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
06:48

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 04:17

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
04:36

Choropleth 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 (choropleth) map
02:28

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
02:14

Just a quickie as a reminder on data types.

Data types
1 question

So far we've looked at vector data. Here we explore raster data.

Raster data
01:45

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 layout.

Using print layout
10:10