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GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook [Paperback]

Wilpen L. Gorr , Kristen S. Kurland
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September 15, 2010 158948259X 978-1589482593 Fourth Edition, New edition, for ArcGIS 10

Updated for ArcGIS Desktop 10, GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook provides effective GIS training in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format. By combining ArcGIS tutorials with self-study exercises intended to gradually build upon basic skills, the GIS Tutorial 1 is fully adaptable to individual needs, as well as the classroom setting. The tutorial demonstrates a range of GIS functionality, from creating maps and collecting data to using geoprocessing tools and models as well as ArcGIS 3D Analyst and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extensions for further analysis. GIS Tutorial 1 includes a data CD for working through the exercises and fully functioning 180-day trial DVD of ArcGIS Desktop10 software, making it the smart choice for GIS beginners.


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GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook is a top selling introductory text for learning ArcGIS for Desktop. This workbook presents a range of GIS tools and functionality, from querying interactive maps to collecting data and running geoprocessing tools. Its detailed exercises, ""Your Turn"" sections, and homework assignments can be adapted to learning GIS in a classroom or for independent study. Also included is an authorization code to download a 180-day trial version of ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 software and a DVD with data for working through the exercises. Instructor resources are available.

Wilpen L. Gorr is a professor of public policy and management information systems at the School of Public Policy and Management, H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches and researches GIS applications. He is also chairman of the school’s Master of Science in Public Policy and Management degree program.

Kristen S. Kurland is a professor of architecture, information systems, and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College and School of Architecture, where she teaches GIS, BIM, CAD, 3D visualization, and infrastructure management. Her research includes spatial analysis of health issues.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Wilpen L. Gorr is a professor of public policy and management information systems at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches and researches GIS applications.


Kristen S. Kurland holds a joint faculty appointment at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and School of Architecture, where she teaches GIS, CAD, 3D Visualization, and Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM).


Product Details

  • Series: GIS Tutorial
  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Esri Press; Fourth Edition, New edition, for ArcGIS 10 edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158948259X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589482593
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Version 10 workbook - well done! January 17, 2011
Format:Paperback
This is the update of the prior GIS Tutorial Workbook to include all the new ArcGIS version 10 stuff. Well written and easy to follow, my students work through this with great ease and are able to perform the exercise tasks on their own with a little guidance and a review through the text.

Each chapter has really good exercises to challeng you and see if you have grapsed the knowledge. So there's hand-holding when you need it, and the freedom to run with the concepts when you don't.

Very well suited for individual study as well as classroom use.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - excellent examples and assignments November 21, 2011
By Paul K.
Format:Paperback
I used this book in an Introduction to GIS class. It gave me a solid grasp of what GIS is and can do. The examples in the book are very clear, as there are step by step instructions with screenshots that insure you will not get lost.

The assignments in the book are very helpful and reflect what was taught in the chapter. Some assignments are on the easy side, but many are challenging and require a good deal of critical thinking.

Many of the examples and assignments that I learned from I applied to other concepts in GIS and other mapping software. I took a class using this book a year ago, and now I work full-time using different mapping software, but most of the concepts I learned from this book I still use.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets basic map principles right November 23, 2011
Format:Paperback
A reviewer criticized this book because chapter 2 uses population to symbolize polygons instead of a normalized population (for example, population density = persons per square mile) or a dot density map. However, whether to map population, population density, or some other normalization of population depends on the information needed from a map. Population provides information on the total demand for services, market potential, representation in the House of Representatives, persons needing health insurance, and so forth. So it's relevant (and good) to map population for such needs. The alternatives for population are a choropleth map or size-graduated point markers at the centroids of polygons. Both are commonly used, each has its own problems and potential for misunderstanding by the casual map reader, but both can be effective information sources.

If instead of a population map, the map designer were to provide a population density map, then the reader somehow would have to multiply the population density times area to get population, which is not practical. A dot density map is an alternative to normalizing by area. It provides a representation of density by the percentage of a polygon's area covered with dots. To get population the user would have to count the number of dots in a polygon and multiply by the number of persons represented by each dot, also not practical.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!! February 5, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book for learning GIS!!! I had this book assigned in a PhD level class and, despite most of the students came from different backgrounds (political science, sociology, public health, military), it worked as a great guide for most students that were beginners or intermediate level.
The tutorials and examples are very clear and useful to get a notion of all the things you can do using ArcGIS software!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book For Learning GIS November 21, 2011
Format:Paperback
Great book for learning GIS

I recently purchased GIS Tutorial 1 Basic Workbook to learn GIS, and it
was exactly what I needed! I already knew some GIS basics, and this
book helped expand my knowledge and fill in gaps. I'm now using GIS
for advanced spatial analysis projects at work. Compared to other
books, the tutorials are easy to follow and I like the straight
forward step-by-step instructions. Other books that I reviewed had way
too much unnecessary text that distracted from learning the core GIS
functions. This one gets you up to speed very quickly. I found the end
of chapter exercises challenging but just right to help me work on my
own projects. I also like the variety of real world examples and
later chapters that take you beyond the basics. I highly recommend
this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad if you want to teach yourself March 30, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a lab textbook for me but since we don't actually use it in lab... It is considered a homework book by our professor and we don't get any assistance from our lab instructor. Fortunately the book does a decent job walking you through the quite crazy ArcGIS Suite. My version is for 10 but I'm working with 10.1, doesn't seem to be too different to make that an issue. For someone that is adept at learning software this package will throw a curve ball at first but as with any new field and software more use means it becomes much easier and eventually intuitive. Which is great if you have the worst TA ever in lab. ;^)
If you want to understand what you're doing and why I think a formal course with this tutorial is best. If you're just learning new stuff because you haven't used ArcGIS since an older version it will serve the purpose. Bonus the book comes with a 1 year copy of ArcGIS (10 in this version). Can't beat that for the price of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Basic Workbook December 7, 2012
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This book covers so much and has some great exercises that take you through the core of Desktop ArcGIS. GISTutorial 1 got the concepts across and the exercises were well written. The assignments at the end of the chapters is where the rubber hits the road with no step by step help, which is the way it should be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very clear for beginer in use of arcgis, like the tutorial material. For test little confusing. Must for everyone who start arcgis.
Published 2 months ago by Dyan
1.0 out of 5 stars Discs Don't Work
I rented this GIS tutorial book, a month ago and just got around to using it. Both the discs included don't work (and of course I missed the opportunity to return the book by 1... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lo
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE PERFECT BOOK TO EXPLORE GIS
This is a great text for review, or getting started with GIS Fundamentals! All the exercises allowed hands on collection of data, map making, and learning about more tools than you... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paula C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as described..
Perfect copy! Defintely worth renting when the quality of the book is comparable to a new book. Would definitely rent again!
Published 3 months ago by JoLynn Pineda
5.0 out of 5 stars on time perfect condition
on time and in perfect condition with CD. super useful in this class where the book is basically the teacher
Published 4 months ago by Ben Albers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but can be improved
This book is really good for those who have no prior knowledge about GIS. Good introductory book. Always buy it with the software CD.
Published 4 months ago by Tenzin Jamyang
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow
Easy to follow tutorials. I'm a first time user of GIS and the book is definitely helpful in getting me familiar with the various functions of GIS.
Published 4 months ago by C. Corrales
4.0 out of 5 stars I have not worked with this book much myself...
It was purchased for access to the 180 day free trial of Arc GIS for a class I was taking but I've been told it is a great resource. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Highland Trade Co.
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad
The disk was missing. There were water marks, there were notes written inside it. Curse words as well. Really bad condition
Published 4 months ago by KallelCalo8
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Accessible!
I purchased this text for an intro class to GIS. I would definitely recommend this book and the accompanying software to anyone interested in learning to navigate ArcGIS. Read more
Published 5 months ago by erin kelly
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