Mona GIS Training: Introduction


This course Introduction to GIS is designed to introduce the professional or student to the abilities of the technology in order to conduct data collection exercises, detailed quantitative analyses of environmental data, and the production of high-quality output (graphs, tables, maps, etc). The participant is required to have a fair amount of understanding and awareness of computer technology and concepts, as well as an awareness of events and components of the digital world.

 The participant, at the end of the course, will receive a certificate of participation conditional upon completion of all practicals and satisfactory coursework.


Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks. Each training session lasts for 3 hours and is conducted twice per week, totaling 36 hours for the entire course - all at a reasonable cost.

The individual rate is reduced by 6% if a group of 5 registers. UWI students and staff receive 15% discount and this rate is further reduced if a group of 5 registers. Flexible payment plan available - conditions apply.

Special/Customized programs, Software-Specific and Project-Specific courses, are available by appointment. Courses are customized for groups of at least 5 participants.

Registration is currently taking place.

Current Schedule for Introductory Training

For further information, please apply online here, or contact Media Milford at MonaGIS by email at or call (876) 977-3161-2.

Participants will need:

  • A Jump Drive (128 MB or greater).
  • A small notebook with pen or pencil.
  • An active e-mail account.

Manuals and work stations are provided at the Institute for non-customized training



1)       Introduction to ArcGIS 10

2)       Cartography

3)       Manipulating Data, Georeferencing & Digitizing.

4)       GPS Mapping

5)       Reprojecting & Plotting GPS data

6)       2D & 3D Spatial Modeling & Analysis  

7)       GIS Project Concepts

8)       Data & Spatial Diagnostics

9)       Web-Based Sources of GIS (expanded!)

1)      Introduction to GIS – Part 1

2)      Introduction to GIS – Part 2

3)      Cartographic Concepts I: Aesthetics

4)      Cartographic Concepts II: Technical

5)      Georefencing and Digitizing

6)      Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Systems

7)      Spatial Analysis

8)      GIS Project Design


  1. Introduction to ArcGIS (Arc10) – Part 1

Getting started in ArcGIS and familiarization with the GUI, and beginning to display, manipulate and present data. Working with data: Familiarization with different types of data, geoprocessing and digitizing (creating) data. Attribute-tagging, geometric measurement (temporary and permanent). Introduction to Cartographic Concepts.

  1. Introduction to ArcGIS (Arc10) – Part 2

Continuing to explore components of ArcGIS including data management and additional tools options; creating and working with your own data in ArcMap.

  1. Cartography

Designing maps for different cartographic functions.

  1. Georeferencing, Digitizing and Manipulating Data

Working with your own data – georeferencing, digitizing, tagging and symbolizing data. Saving your data and Project Management.

  1. GPS GIS: Fieldwork

Global Positioning Systems. Uses and Applications of GPS. GPS Technology explained. Working with GPS Equipment – understanding the technology and terminology. GPS Survey of environs.

  1. GPS GIS: GIS Integration

Plotting GPS points from Survey data. Integrating with other existing data. Tagging GPS points with field notes.

  1. GPS GIS: Coordinate Systems Reprojections

Working amongst different coordinate systems. Defining and projecting data in varying formats.

  1. Spatial Analysis and Modeling in GIS

Modeling: going further with the data – use data to make predictions based on known variables. Terrain and hydrological analyses. Site suitability analyses. Hazard and risk analyses. Query Operations and Map Algebra.

Creating 3-D terrain data. Identifying at-risk areas based on derived or user-defined parameters.

  1. Data and Spatial Diagnostics

A vital skill to have in GIS is the ability to detect errors in your dataset and know how to correct these or prevent them in the first place. Participants are put through a series of exercises to test their comprehension of how to treat the different data types and errors they will more than likely experience in basic GIS applications.

  1.  Internet Mapping Resources

Participants will utilize a few mapping tools available through internet-based open-source software, thereby introducing them to other freely available applications that facilitate data display, overlay, coverages, measurements and queries.


  1. GIS Project Design

Participants will design simple GIS projects utilizing tools and analyses learned from previous labs. The project methodology will be represented as a flow chart of inputs, processes and outputs, to be presented by the participant to the rest of the class as a PowerPoint presentation during the final lab session.