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GIS II: Spatial Analysis

GIS spatial analysis allows us to understand better the spaces around us, and how those spaces relate to one another. Whether defining a location, measuring size or shape, quantifying the relationships between places, determining the best path or location, or detecting patterns to make predictions, visualizing and understanding data through spatial analysis is a crucial skill for all GIS analysts.

In this course, you will build upon the foundational skills learned in GIS I and learn the skills necessary for effective spatial data analysis with GIS. Through multiple hands-on projects, you will master various GIS spatial analysis techniques, such as interpolation, contours, data intersections, and overlay analysis. Upon completion of this course, you will have the ability to analyze spatial data using ArcGIS.

Topics include:

  • Spatial data and analysis
  • Data types and attributes
  • Classifying spatial data within a GIS
  • Interpolation methods
  • Displaying surfaces and contours
  • Mapping density
  • Overlay analysis for site selection
  • Analyzing differences in datasets
  • Buffers and distance analysis

Practical experience:
Multiple hands-on assignments using ArcGIS, covering:

  • Visual analysis
  • Classification
  • Interpolation and contours
  • Density
  • Overlay analysis
  • Change detection projections
  • Buffers and distance analysis

Course typically offered: Online in Winter and Summer

Software: Students will use ArcGIS by ESRI in this course, and a license for this software is included with purchase of the required textbook. A computer with a native Windows operating system is required to run ArcGIS; the software will not work properly on a Mac computer, even if you have configured your system to dual-boot or otherwise run Windows.

Prerequisites: Completion of GIS I: Introduction to GIS required.

Next steps: Upon completion of this course, consider taking GIS III: Geodatabase Design to continue learning.

Contact: For more information about this course, please contact unex-techdata@ucsd.edu.


  • COURSE NUMBER  ECE-40246
  • CREDIT  3.00 unit(s)


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