An introduction to GIS and QGIS
- 1.5 hours on-demand video
- 2 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- understand the fundamental principles of GIS.
- be familiar with GIS terminology.
- use the basic functions of QGIS.
- 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.
- 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.
This is the first lecture in the course. Here we'll get straight into the practical side of things and install QGIS 3.x
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 :-) )
GIS and QGIS provide powerful ways to query data. Here we'll use some SQL to select by attributes.
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.