Urban Graphics 7: Urban Mapping in GIS

  • 10 to 20 hours
  • No start date. Work at your own pace.


This free online course introduces you the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping.

You'll look at the functionality of GIS by producing a series of publication-ready maps

The course is designed to be applied and practical in order to get you get up and running with your own maps as quickly as possible. 

Course content

Urban Graphics 7 - urban mapping in GIS logo

You'll be introduced to the basic GIS functions including:

  • subsetting data such as colour selection
  • refining maps 
  • using Ordnance Survey data

The first two exercises - Introduction to GIS, and Data for GIS - provide the foundations for the remaining four exercises.

You'll complete the exercises using the free QGIS software platform (for Windows and Mac).

You'll cover the complete workflow from downloading data to the final map.

The data used is freely available for personal and commercial use outside of the course.

By the end of the course you'll:

  • have produced a series of publication-ready maps
  • be able to directly apply the skills taught to your own projects

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for:

  • students seeking a career in the built environment
  • professionals working in the built environment who aren’t familiar with urban graphics but would like to expand their skillset

It covers some of the essential skills you'll need before you start a course that involves design and planning.


You don’t need any design, graphics or urban analytical experience, thought it will be beneficial to have completed:

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you'll:

  • have an understanding of basic GIS functions including subsetting data such as colour selection, refining maps and using Ordnance Survey data
  • have produced a series of publication-ready maps
Course team

James Cheshire

James is a lecturer at the UCL Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). His research interests include the use of GIS techniques in the analysis of population datasets, innovative ways of visualising spatial datasets and the use of big data. He has taught GIS for 4 years.

Alistair Leak

Alistair is a PhD student at the UCL Department of Geography. He is researching the use of social media datasets for social science and has a masters in Spatial Analysis and Visualisation from UCL.

Course information last modified: 17 Nov 2016, 15:19