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Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI)

Introduction to ArcGIS

Dates: 9 May 2018
Time: 10am - 4:30pm
Instructor: Patrick Reynolds
Level: Introductory
Fee: £195 (£140 for those from educational and charitable institutions). 

CMI offers up to five subsidised places at a reduced rate of £60 per course day to research staff and students within Humanities at The University of Manchester. These places are awarded in order of application. 

Humanities PGR students at The University of Manchester can apply for a methods@manchester bursary to help cover their costs. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and applicants will be required to provide a supporting statement from their supervisor.

Please contact Joshua Edgar (email: for a Bursary application form for any general course enquires please contact

Please note: this is not guaranteed and is considered on a case by case basis. Please contact us for more information.


The course will explore the fundamentals of GIS through the analysis of real, recent crime data, straight from the Greater Manchester Police. Attendees will gain a good overview of the fundamentals of Geographical Information Science, gain experience in the analysis and representation of both vector and raster datasets, and learn how to turn their datasets into map figures (e.g. for use in publication).


The objectives of this course are to enable students to:

  • gain familiarity with ArcGIS;
  • understand the fundamental principles of GIS (e.g. coordinates, projection etc.);
  • understand how to acquire datasets from a variety of sources, for use in GIS;
  • understand how to handle and analyse both Raster and Vector datasets in GIS;
  • understand the pros and cons of a variety of different types of map, and how to choose the most appropriate one to eliminate bias;
  • understand how to use GIS data to produce map figures (e.g. for use in publication).



Recommended reading

  • Monmonier, M. (2014). How to lie with maps. 2nd edition. University of Chicago Press.
  • Heywood, I, Cornelius, S. and Carver, S. (2011). An introduction to geographical information systems. 4th edition. Pearson Education.

About the instructor

Patrick Reynolds, Gis And Remote Sensing Support Officer