British Columbia Institute of


GIST 7128 - ArcGIS 1: Introduction

Geographic Information Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

​Introduces the latest versions of the Esri Desktop GIS software family and data models. Students use Desktop GIS software to create and edit GIS data, and perform mapping, data management and geographic analysis. Successful completion of this course will give you a background in GIS concepts, help you to operate the basic components of the Esri Desktop GIS software, and assist you in planning and executing a GIS project.




$754.81 - $788.11 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Fall 2019

Below are two offerings of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 33962

Tue Sep 10 - Tue Nov 26 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 10 - Nov 26 Online


Carmen Heaver

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. **IMPORTANT: The final exam must be written at an approved Exam Centre only. Details will be emailed to you after registering for the course or visit for information. For more information about online courses at BCIT, please visit: Students must check your e-mail account for start-up instructions sent upon registration of this course. To be successful in our online courses, plan to spend 4-6 hours per course each week on your studies, starting Week 1. Our courses are highly interactive with participation requirements weekly. Most of our online learning courses require a textbook. You can search for your course textbook at : If no textbook is listed, course material will be provided via e-mail.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

CRN 33963

Mon Dec 09 - Fri Dec 13 5 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Dec 09 - Dec 13 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 17:30 BBY SW03 Rm. 2635


Tony Bonnici

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the essential components and architecture of commercial vector-based GIS software.
  • Describe the format and topological concepts of common Vector GIS data models.
  • Perform the steps for a successful GIS project, from planning to completion.
  • Construct a GIS database using spatial data in digital formats.
  • Create new spatial relationships by editing existing spatial data using a variety of tools.
  • Perform spatial analysis of geographic data, using buffering, spatial overlays and spatial update operations.
  • Perform a tabular analysis of geographic data by creating new attributes, designing selection sets and joining and relating tables.
  • Generate cartographic elements and symbology.
  • Design a map which will clearly outline the results of your analysis.

Effective as of Fall 2018

Related Programs

GIST 7128 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Geographic Information Systems
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  2. Geographic Information Systems
    Full-time   Advanced Diploma
  3. Geographic Information Systems
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Diploma
  4. Geographic Information Systems
    Full-time/Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Technology

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Fall 2019

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