This three day core course touches on many of the key components and functions within a GIS, including methods of project conceptualization, data acquisition and manipulation, spatial analysis, and cartographic display. The course content focuses on best practices in the use of GIS, as these practices are applied in completing a coordinated GIS project. A variety of practical tools and functions are investigated to demonstrate how to use critical thinking skills with GIS tools in order to organize and conduct a complete GIS project. Two days of instruction and guided exercises are followed by a personalized project developed and pursued by each student. Students are required to have a working knowledge of ArcGIS Desktop.