Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Business and Social Sciences Division
GIST 59CARTOGRAPHY, MAP PRESENTATION & DESIGNSummer 2013
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 07/01/2004;1/26/11

1. Description -
Map projections, geodes, coordinate systems. Map composition. Selection of colors and symbols.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GEOG 59.

2. 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.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
For practical exercises: PC Computer facilities with ArcGIS GIS software (or equivalent) and Adobe Illustrator (or equivalent).

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. One one-hour examination
  2. Individual project
  3. Oral presentation
  4. Exercises addressing areas A and B above
7. Representative Text(s) -
Slocum, Terry, Robert B McMaster, Fritz C Kessler, and Hugh H Howard, Thematic Cartography and GeoVisualization, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall, 2008.

8. Disciplines -
Geography or Drafting or Environmental Technologies or Forestry/Natural Resources
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture presentations and classroom discussion. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Reading assignments.
 
10. 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
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. 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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the Certificate of Achievement in Geographic Information Systems Analyst.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-12-02 12:29:04


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines