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Effective: Summer 2013
GIST 59CARTOGRAPHY, MAP PRESENTATION & DESIGN2 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GEOG 59.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Create maps that demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of composition, color, and symbol selection at different scales.
Description -
Map projections, geodes, coordinate systems. Map composition. Selection of colors and symbols.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. discuss the applications of various map projections
  2. compare the applications of several coordinate systems
  3. create maps that incorporate fundamentals of composition, color and symbol selection at different scales.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
For practical exercises: PC Computer facilities with ArcGIS GIS software (or equivalent) and Adobe Illustrator (or equivalent).

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Map Projections and Coordinate Systems
    1. Types of map projections
    2. Applications of map projections
    3. Map interpretation
    4. Coordinate systems and geodes
    5. Applications of coordinate systems
  2. Map composition, color and design
    1. Parts of a map
    2. Selecting a scale and layout
    3. The use and meaning of color
    4. Selecting a color scheme
    5. Selecting a symbol set
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. One one-hour examination
  2. Individual project
  3. Oral presentation
  4. Exercises addressing areas A and B above
Representative Text(s) -
Slocum, Terry, Robert B McMaster, Fritz C Kessler, and Hugh H Howard, Thematic Cartography and GeoVisualization, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall, 2008.

Disciplines -
Geography or Drafting or Environmental Technologies or Forestry/Natural Resources
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations and classroom discussion. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Reading assignments.
 
Lab Content -
Laboratory exercises consistent with objectives of the course. Students will design and critique maps within the context of course objectives:
  1. Map Projections and Coordinate Systems
    1. Types of map projections
    2. Applications of map projections
    3. Map interpretation
    4. Coordinate systems and geodes
    5. Applications of coordinate systems
  2. Map composition, color and design
    1. Parts of a map
    2. Selecting a scale and layout
    3. The use and meaning of color
    4. Selecting a color scheme
    5. Selecting a symbol set
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources.
  2. Lecture: Weekly lecture covering subject matter from text assignment with extended topic information. Class discussion is encouraged.
  3. Hands on Exercises and demonstrations: Weekly computer exercises. Each exercise covers assigned reading and lecture topics.