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GIS III: Geodatabase Design

As with all types of data, without a way to organize large sets of geographic or spatial data, it can become increasingly difficult to extract useful information from the data. A geodatabase offers a reliable way to create an organized collection of geographic datasets.

In this course, you will continue to expand your knowledge of geographic information systems by focusing on the creation and design of databases. You will learn how to create a database by integrating spatial data from varied sources for use in GIS, as well as explore metadata and the ESRI Geodatabase format.

Topics include:

  • Map packages
  • Story maps
  • Geodatabases and map models
  • Creating and viewing metadata
  • Schema
  • Subtypes
  • Coordinate geometry and domains
  • Topologies

Practical experience:

  • Multiple hands-on assignments using ArcGIS

Course typically offered: Online in Fall and Spring

Software: Students will use ArcGIS by ESRI in this course; the instructor will provide license information on the start date of the course and there is no additional cost. 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 II: Spatial Analysis required.

Next steps: Upon completion of this course, consider taking GIS IV: 3-D Display and Analysis of Spatial Data to continue learning.

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


  • COURSE NUMBER  ECE-40247
  • CREDIT  3.00 unit(s)


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