'Learning Ace makes it easier for me focus on what I want to learn and not what the average search engine suggests I should learn.' Wade ArcGIS Desktop II: Tools and Functionality Page 1 ArcGIS Desktop II: Tools and Functionality Overview This introductory 3-day course provides the foundation for becoming a successful ArcView®, ArcEditor™, or ArcInfo™ user. The course covers a wide range of functionality available in ArcGIS, including the essential tools for visualizing, creating, managing, and analyzing geographic data. Hands-on course exercises emphasize practice with ArcMap and ArcCatalog (the primary applications included with ArcGIS Desktop software) to perform common GIS tasks and workflows. The tools for creating and managing geographic data, displaying data on maps in different ways, and combining and analyzing data to discover patterns and relationships are highlighted. By the end of the course, you will be prepared to start working with the software on your own. Audience This course is for those who are new to geographic information systems, those who are new to ArcGIS, and those wish to learn the software changes specific to ArcGIS 9.x. Goals Students completing this course will be able to: List common GIS tasks and identify which ArcGIS Desktop application is used for each task. Understand what the geodatabase offers for GIS data storage. Create and edit geodatabase features. Control the appearance and display of data layers in ArcMap. Classify and symbolize map data. Label map features. Change the coordinate system and map projection used to display a dataset. Access feature information in tables and control table display properties. Query and analyze GIS data. Create presentation-quality maps and graphs. Topics Investigating geographic data How geographic data is stored, vector and raster data, geodatabase basics and advantages, shapefiles, coverages, CAD data, managing data in ArcCatalog, displaying data in ArcMap, ArcMap basics, data and layers. Managing map layers Zooming to layers, bookmarks, display windows, scale ranges, group layers, selection layers, layer files, and creating hyperlinks. Symbolizing categorical data Symbology, choosing symbology, types of symbols (marker, line, fill), and creating symbols. Symbolizing quantitative data Symbology options: graduated colors, graduated symbols, proportional symbols, dot density, and charts. Classification methods: natural breaks, equal interval, quantile, and manual. Excluding data from a classification, and rendering raster data. Labeling map features Label placement for different feature types (points, lines, polygons), label symbology, controlling label display using scale range and SQL query, label classes, label expressions, label ranks and weights. What is annotation? Geodatabase and map annotation. Using coordinate systems and map projections What is a coordinate system? Geographic coordinate systems and datums. Projected coordinate systems and map projections. Feature classes and coordinate systems, and data frames and coordinate systems. Geographic transformations. Working with an unknown coordinate system, projecting data, and defining a projection. Making a map layout Working in layout view, tools for arranging map elements, data frame properties for layouts, adding legends, scale bars, and other map elements, exporting maps, and working with map templates. Managing tables Table structure, layer attribute tables, nonspatial tables, getting information from tables, field properties, table appearance, creating graphs and reports, connecting tables using joins and relates, and cardinality. Editing features and attributes Reasons to edit data, working with the editor toolbar, and edit sketches. Common editing tools, edit tasks, Learning Ace is a 100% student-focused web destination that leverages our proprietary adaptive search and recommendation technologies and our instructor/publisher relationships to develop an insanely valuable resource to students at each learning point of their coursework. Discover, Browse and Learn. Source.