aerial view of new york skyline

GIS Fundamentals: An Introduction

This first of a series of courses covering Geographic information Systems (GIS) will guide beginners interested in learning more about GIS, especially with the use of Esri's ArcGIS software.

  • Preview Course PREVIEW

Course Info

  • Duration 10 video lessons (56 Mins)
  • Published Published
Play Video

Preview Course Preview Course

Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. Getting Started (5 mins)
  • 3. Geographic Representation (7 mins)
  • 4. ArcMap Overview (6 mins)
  • 5. Data Discovery (9 mins)
  • 6. Working in Our New Map (4 mins)
  • 7. Metadata and ArcCatalog (6 mins)
  • 8. Identify and Labels (4 mins)
  • 9. Scale and North Arrow (5 mins)
  • 10. Finalizing Our Map (3 mins)

Course Description

This course is the first in the Geographic Information Systems Fundamentals series. The first course is designed for beginners interested in learning more about GIS and Esri's ArcGIS software. The course will introduce core concepts of ArcMap and GIS, such as geo-modeling and representation, and give a basic overview of Esri’s ArcGIS software. You’ll learn how to make a basic map of the five boroughs of New York City including labels, a scale bar, and a north arrow.

Learn these skills

  • Data Visualization
  • GIS
  • Mapping
  • Technology
  • ArcGIS


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is approved for 1 CNU-A credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Mike Ernst

Mike Ernst

Mike Ernst is an urban planner and designer whose work has focused on participatory planning, community outreach and innovative urban design through creative and engaging visual communication.

Read More

Thousands have used Planetizen Courses

Master Urban Planning Skills With A Planetizen Courses Subscription.

Get Started

High quality video lessons developed by experts.


Complete course work to receive a certificate from Planetizen.


Test your comprehension with course quizzes.


Access reading lists, articles, and other materials prepared by instructors.