Professional Development

Introduction to ArcGIS (Geographic Information Systems)


Instructors: December- Dr. Mark Salling, GISP / May- Dr. Beth Nagy, GISP

Course No: GIS1000
Course Credit: 12 contact hours
Session Date(s): To Be Determined
Session Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm each day

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Location: Levin College Computer Lab - UR40 Levin College of Urban Affairs, 1717 Euclid Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Course Fee: Standard Rate: $495 / CSU Student Rate: $295 / CSU Alumni Rate: $395 / Group Rate: $395
Payment Methods: Major credit cards, corporate checks, and staff development funds welcome. Read more. »

Workshop Overview

Introduction to ArcGIS introduces participants to ESRI ArcGIS mapping and analysis software. The workshop covers fundamental GIS concepts, geospatial data, and how to map and analyze data at the basic level. Participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS graphics user interface (GUI), local GIS data, frequently used GIS tools, and map layouts. Participants are provided with access to ESRI GIS software, a lab workbook, and a data storage device. Participants must be comfortable using a desktop computer, mouse, and the internet. 

Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. 


Participants learn how to use ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox and explore how these applications work together to provide a complete GIS software solution. In addition participants will gain practical experince with the following ArcGIS components:

  • ArcGIS Overview: Capabilities and applications; interacting with the interface; controlling the display characteristics of data layers.
  • Thematic Maps:  Types of themes available such as graduated color or symbol, dot density, or individual value with procedures to generate.
  • GIS Outputs: Produce presentation quality maps using map templates and layouts with elements of the title, legend, neatline, and logos.
  • Geodatabases: Create a personal geodatabase using ArcCatalog; populate the geodatabase from shapefiles, coverages and databases; join and relate data layers; analyze and display aggregated data from joined tables.
  • Importing Spatial and Attribute Data: Import spatial data from a coverage interchange file; define & change map projections; download spatial & attribute data from the US Government's Geospatial One-Stop and the Census Bureau's American Factfinder websites, then import to the GIS. 
  • Digitize and Edit Spatial Features:  Use “heads-up” digitizing tools to create new spatial features of points, lines, and polygons.  Edit existing spatial features georeferencing using an aerial photograph as a guide.
  • Geocode: Create x,y coordinate point locations based on the interpolation method using a street address database or by polygon method such as zip code.
  • Attribute Data Queries and Spatial Processing: Select features by attribute queries; add field and calculate or update field values; clip, dissolve and append layers.
  • Spatial Analysis: Query and select by location using spatial relationships of within, contain intersect, etc;buffer spatial features, then spatially query to locate features in the buffer zones.
  • Working with Local Datasets: Attendees can download GIS datasets for the Cleveland/Cuyahoga county area which will be used during the workshop and can be used outside of class for future endeavors.

This workshop is open to everyone.


There are no prerequisites for this workshop. No experience with desktop mapping or GIS technology is required, but registrants should know how to use Windows-based software.

Course Fee & Payment Methods

CSU’s Levin College offers a local, lower-cost alternative to the similar workshops offered elsewhere. The cost for each participant in the three-day workshop is $495. The following discounts rates are available: CSU Student Rate- $295, CSU Alumni- Rate: $395, Group Rate of 3 or more (from the same organization): $395 (per person).


  • Major credit cards accepted.
  • If you prefer to receive an invoice and pay via corporate check contact Sharon Bliss ( for registration information.
  • If you are a CSU employee fill out this form for faculty/staff development funds and send a copy via CSU mail to Sharon Bliss (UR32, Levin College of Urban Affairs) and to the Continuing Education office (UR141, Levin College of Urban Affairs). Also contact Sharon Bliss (at and let her know that you would like to attend this workshop. She will complete your registration in CampusCE).
Refund Policy

Refunds may be requested until the first day of the workshop if not able to attend. There will be a $50 materials charge for any refund.

Professional Development

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs offers a wide range of custom designed courses, workshops, and seminars. See the Professional Development Course Listing for this semester's schedule.