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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 Pro

Course typically offered: Online in Fall and Spring

Software: Students will use ArcGIS Pro by ESRI in this course. The license for this software is included with purchase of the program textbooks. NOTE - a computer with a native Windows operating system is highly recommended.

If you are a Mac user, Esri provides information on installing ArcGIS software natively on a Windows partition using Boot Camp here.

Please visit this page for information on installing Esri software in a virtual environment.

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

Course Number: ECE-40247
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Geographic Information Systems

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