Mastering ArcGIS


years yet, and we anticipate keeping the seventh edition of Mastering ArcGIS in print as long as needed for those continuing to use them. Previous experience 

This book assumes that the reader is comfortable using Windows"' to carry out basic tasks such as copying files, moving directories, opening documents, exploring folders, and editing text and word processing documents. Previous experience with maps and map data is also helpful. No previous GIS experience or training is necessary to use this book.

Elements of the package 

This learning system includes a textbook and web site, including Fourteen chapters on the most important capabilities of ArcGIS Comprehensive tutorials in every chapter to learn the skills, with each step demonstrated in a video clip A set of exercises, map documents, and data for practicing skills independently

Reference sections on skills with video clips demonstrating each one This book assumes that the student has access to ArcGIS Desktop Basic (formerly ArcView). A few optional topics are introduced that require an ArcGIS Desktop Standard (formerly ArcEditor) license. The Spatial Analyst extension is required for Chapter I l. 


This text reflects the author's personal philosophies and prejudices developed from 20 years of teaching GIS at an engineering school. The main goal is not to train geographers but to provide students in any field with GIS skills and knowledge. It is assumed that most students using this book already have a background of discipline-specific knowledge and skills upon which to draw and are seeking to apply geospatial techniques within their own knowledge domains. GIS is best learned by doing it, not by studying it. The laboratory is THE critical component of the book, and theory is introduced sparingly and integrated with experience. Hence, this book is heavy on experience and lighter on theory. Independent work and projects are critical to learning GIS. This book includes a wealth of exercises in which the student must find solutions independently without a cookbook recipe of steps. A wise instructor will also require students to develop an independent project.

Chapter sequence

The book contains an introduction and 14 chapters. Each chapter includes roughly one week's work for a three-credit semester course. This book intentionally contams more material than the average GIS class can cover during a single semester; instructors may choose what to emphasize. An introductory chapter describes GIS and gives some examples of how it is used. It also provides an overview of GIS project management and how to develop a project. Chapters I—I I follow a roughly project-based sequence: data compilation, data exploration and mapping, tables and basic editing, and analysis. These chapters are the core of an introductory GIS class and, by viii 

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