GEOG 281: Map Interpretation and Analysis

Map

Professor: Dr. Geiger

Course Description:

Introduction to spatial analytical techniques of geography. Map measurement and interpretation, air photo interpretation and basic data analysis are examined in the context of geographic research methods.

Map

Course Content:

  • Course Objectives:

      Upon completion of this course students will demonstrate the ability to:

    • Use commonly available topographic maps for such basic map reading skills as determining locations and direction, making distance and area measurements, and interpreting symbols. These applied skills will be assessed via assignments and objective exam questions.
    • Presented with any map, identify the type of map it is and the nature of the information that went into its construction. This knowledge will be assessed via objective exam questions.
    • Presented with any map, infer its limitations from scale, projection and symbolization characteristics. You will perform such an analysis in objective and essay exam questions.
    • Interpret all of the text information given on any U.S. Geological Survey topographic map, and most of the information given on maps from other sources. This understanding will be assessed via essay and objective exam questions.
    • Use large-scale topographic maps to interpret the general physiographic and settlement history of any place or area in North America. This understanding will be assessed via assignments and essay exam questions.
    • Use large-scale topographic maps to illustrate certain products of physiographic or human landscape development. This ability to apply knowledge and skills will be assessed via objective exam questions.
    • Given spatial data for presentation, construct a correct type of thematic map to display the information. This applied geographic skill will be assessed via assignments.
  • Session Topics:

      -- Map Reading --

    • Introduction to Geography and Course
    • Types of Maps and Images
    • Basic Mapping Processes
    • Map Projections
    • Map Scales, Measurements
    • Direction and Way-finding
    • Locational Systems
    • Terrain Representation
    • Drawing Contour Maps
    • Reading Contour Maps, Map Profiles
    • -- Map Interpretation --

    • Landform Building Processes
    • Glacial and Hydrologic Landscapes
    • Fluvial & Vegetation Patterns
    • Coasts
    • Cultural Landscape: Roads
    • Cultural Landscape: Development
    • Human Economies & Culture
    • Human Changes to the Landscape
    • -- Map Analysis --

    • Computer Representation of Maps
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Geographic Research
    • Basic Geographic Data Analysis
    • Types of Thematic Maps
    • Cartographic Principles
    • Spatial Data Analysis
    • Course Conclusions