GEOG 384: Cartography

Cartography

Professor: Dr. Geiger

Course Description:

Introduction to concepts and techniques of map making. Skills developed in compilation, layout and design, production and reproduction of maps in a computer environment. Prerequisite: Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 295).

Course Content:

  • Course Objectives:

      The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the principles, technologies and procedures used by cartographers in the designing and production of maps. Through a combination of studying published maps and using the mapping capabilities of GIS software to create your own maps, you will demonstrate your ability to:

    • Identify and explain every element of a map, and make judgments about their appearance and position in the map layout. This will be assessed via the portfolio, exams and class participation.
    • Identify all map types, and the information and steps required to produce them. This will be assessed via the portfolio, assignments, exams and class participation.
    • Assess a map's communication of information. This will be assessed via the portfolio, assignments, exams, the major project and class participation.
    • Expand your ability to use cartographic features of ArcGIS software. This will be assessed via assignments, the major project and class participation.
    • Produce publishable quality maps. This will be assessed via assignments and the major project.
    • Build a portfolio of quality maps produced by you. This will be assessed via assignments and the major project.
  • Session Topics:

    • Introduce Cartography and Technologies
    • Review ArcGIS Software
    • Review Map Basics
    • Map Compilation
    • Map Design / Layout
    • Use of Color
    • Lettering and Symbolization
    • Map Projections
    • Thematic Maps
    • Statistical Data and Data Classification
    • Choropleth and other "Classified"
      Thematic Maps
    • Dot Maps and Isoline Maps
    • "Unclassified" Thematic Maps
    • Other Cartographic Tools in ArcGIS
    • Map Reproduction
    • Presentations; Course Conclusions