This course aims to introduce the basic functions of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This includes gaining an understanding of basic map-making skills and analysis. The course will cover geo-referencing, coordinate systems, working with and collecting quantitative and qualitative data, using both vector and raster datasets, and visualization and interpretation of collected data. Specific applications and case studies will be explored through thematic mapping and spatial statistics. The analysis will cover a range of data types. Practical work will be introduced and completed using ESRI ArcGIS software and open-source QGIS.