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GIS Hybrid Certificate: Course 3: Advanced Applications


Saturdays, August 25 - November 17, 2018


Online with 3 meetings; September 16, October 14, November 18, 2017


CCSU Main Campus, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT


Thad Dymkowski



Contact Hours:

45 Hours per class


Social Sciences Hall



Course Description

This listing is for Course 3 of the Hybrid version of the GIS Certificate Program. The whole program includes 3 classes that are 45 hours each that are online with 8 weekend meetings. This certificate program will prepare the student for the Esri Technical certifications. If you enroll in all three courses, you will receive a ten percent discount overall on that will be taken off the GIS 3 class cost.  



On- Ground Meeting Dates

Payment Due Dates

GIS Essentials: February-May 


Saturday; February 10, March 3, April 14, May 12

Time: 9 am - 3 pm

 February 10

Practical Applications: May - August


Online; May 19 - August 4

Optional Meetings: May 19, June 16, July 14, August 4


 May 19

Advanced Applications: August - November

 Saturday; August 25, September 15, October 13, November 17

 Time: 9 am - 3 pm

 August 25




Who should consider this program?

Anyone looking to add new GIS skills to their professional portfolio or supplement existing skills in GIS. It is most beneficial to entry and immediate level GIS users who lack formal training and education in GIS. No previous work experience in geographic information technologies is required or necessary. Basic computer literacy is required.


The GIS Certificate Hybrid Program will cover the following information: 

  • Includes discussion of basic geographic principles such as direction, coordinate systems, spatial relationships, and geographic thought; introduction to what GIS is and how it works in general; introduction to the ArcGIS environment and ArcMap/ArcCatalog applications. It also includes discussion regarding cartography and GIS data and data types.  Students leave being able to navigate basic software tools including pan, zoom, querry, identify and measure and create shapefiles and shapefile data.


  • Discussion of practical applications of GIS in the real world using geoprocessing tools (buffer, clip, join) and an introduction to the geodatabase data structure. Discussion regarding GIS design, implementation and administration.  Students leave with basic geoprocessing skills, geocoding, georeferencing, and being able to create a geodatabase and associated data structure.


  • Discussion of advanced practical applications of GIS in the real world, including crime analysis, geostatistical analysis and spatial analysis.  Students accomplish a personal GIS project that incorporates database design and some sort of GIS analysis of their choosing.


  • Web GIS, GPS, Lidar and photogrammetry. Students will leave the course having created basic web GIS applications and exposure to using internet GIS data sources.

Instructor Information

Thad Dymkowski

Thad Dymkowski, MS, is a double alumnus of CCSU with GISP certification. His 13- plus years of GIS experience are spread between public and private sectors, as well as academia.


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