This two-day course is designed to first introduce the history and concepts of mapping, along with the most basic ways of producing your own maps, before then moving on to a second day focusing use of QGIS, a cross-platform open-source mapping package which is rapidly growing in popularity.
The course is focused on using maps and GIS as tools in spatial analysis of other primary sources, not simply on drawing maps. Advanced skills in using spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel is essential (i.e. you must be confident using formulae and functions in Excel), and experience of using relational databases such as Microsoft Access is strongly recommended.
The two days are designed as one course, and most students will wish to take them together (for the full fee of £80).
The charge for attending only the first or only the second day is £45. Select your option of choice when ordering.
- You might want to attend only Day 1 if you want a “taster”.
- You might want to attend only Day 2 if you have already experimented with GIS software on your own or in other contexts, or if you have previously studied Geography.
Otherwise all students are strongly encouraged to attend both days.
As this workshop will be taught online via Zoom, all participants should ensure that they have a desktop or laptop computer that they are able to install their own software on (i.e. Windows or Mac – not a Chromebook or iPad etc – and not locked down by security settings that would prevent you from installing QGIS). QGIS can be downloaded for free at https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html