20 Hours


In the “Mastering GIS Basics with ArcGIS” course, learners will acquire a deep understanding of fundamental geographic data and GIS technology principles. This meticulously crafted microcredential course immerses learners in the world of GIS maps, allowing them to access and explore real-world features seamlessly. Beyond visualization, the course delves into sophisticated data analysis methods for extracting valuable insights and emphasizes the skill of sharing maps, data, and essential resources within organizational contexts. This encompasses critical GIS workflows, tools, and techniques, facilitating hands-on learning through practical exercises.

Course Outline

Module 1: The Basics of GIS

Module 2: Understanding Geographic Data

Module 3: Visualizing Data

Module 4: Labeling Features

Module 5: Working with Tabular Data

Module 6: Creating and Editing Data

Module 7: Evaluating Data for Analysis

Module 8: Solving Spatial Problems

Module 9: Designing Map Layouts

Module 10: Sharing Geographic Information

Required Resources

i-series or equivalent processor, 8GB RAM, 1GB video card, 500GB available hard disk, 15” monitor or dual display (Hardware); Windows 10 or higher (Software); Internet connection of speed 5 Mbps or faster (Network)


Completion of at least secondary education, and familiarity with the Windows Desktop Operating System


In this Basic GIS MCP course, there will be:

  • Two (2) formative assessments:
    • A knowledge-based quiz, conducted synchronously. This traditional test type allows learners to participate either online or on-site.
    • A performance-based practical quiz conducted asynchronously and available for learners online.
  • One (1) performance-based summative assessment, conducted synchronously. Learners are required to participate on-site.

Credit and Recognition

Upon completing the Mastering GIS Basics with ArcGIS course, learners will receive a Certificate of Completion and a badge. These serve both as a recognition of acquired GIS expertise and a foundational step toward more advanced studies in said field.

This course was co-developed and is co-delivered in collaboration with Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc., a premier provider of smart mapping and spatial analytics solutions in the Philippines and the exclusive Esri distributor in the Philippines. To ensure the quality of this microcredential, continuous feedback loops with students, instructors, and industry practitioners are maintained to improve content, delivery, and assessment methods continuously.

Learning Pathways

This Basic GIS course is stackable and is a prerequisite for the Advanced GIS Microcredential Program where you are expected to delve into more intricate and specialized aspects of GIS technology and spatial analysis.

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