I was asked to teach an Intro to GIS class tonight for a professor who is unable to make the class. I think this is great. Much better than ripping these students off, and cutting them out of a class when the class only meets once a week. It's also not too bad for me as I taught this course last spring and summer.
The class is going over chapters 4 and 5 in the Getting to Know ArcGIS book. It's tough to just jump in for one class, but I want today's lesson to work well nonetheless.
So here are my ideas: Chapter 4 is 'Exploring ArcCatalog' and chapter 5 is 'Symbolizing Features and Rasters'. Not very exciting stuff on the face of it, but it's my job to amend that, right? I think we will go through the geoprocessing version 'Where to Open a New Pizzeria in the D/FW Metroplex' workshop that I devised a couple of years ago. This is a nice exercise that contains all of the new material in these two chapters.
Here is an overview of the steps we will complete:
- Download and extract the personal geodatabase (data must be extracted to C:\ drive)
- Explore the feature classes in ArcCatalog
- Add the feature classes to ArcMap, playing around with symbology
- Run first geoprocessing model (created using the Model Builder)
- This model first calculate euclidean distance and convert features to raster.
- Explore raster grids, playing around with symbology
- Run second geoprocessing model
- This model presents the users with a simple interface to enter weights and reclassification schemes for each variable considered. The model then ranks the suitability of each raster cell.