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Effective: Summer 2015

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GEOG 101A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: None
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Description -
Introduction to map reading and interpretation for practical purposes. Thematic map types and uses, use of maps in the field, and discussion of computerized mapping systems and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Course Objectives -
  1. Interpret maps
  2. Use maps in the field
  3. Discuss computerized maps
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Classroom with instructor computer, projector and internet connection. Access to a computer lab with internet connection and GIS software. Access to several class sets of maps, a class set of compasses and GPS units.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Interpret maps
    1. Identify and interpret thematic map forms
      1. Choropleth maps
      2. Isopleth maps
      3. Dot maps
      4. Proportional map symbols
      5. Value-by Area cartograms
    2. Identify coordinate systems
      1. Latitude and Longitude
      2. Universal Tran Mercator (UTM)
      3. State Plane
      4. Township and Range
    3. Interpret map elements
      1. North arrow
      2. Scale
        1. Apply map scale to calculate distances
      3. Legend
        1. Interpret map symbology
      4. Coordinate annotations
      5. Notes
  2. Use maps in the field
    1. Use a paper map to locate objects in the real world
      1. Navigation skills
      2. Using an compass
      3. Using a Global Positioning System (GPS)
    2. Identify real world locations on a paper map
      1. Navigation skills
      2. Using an compass
      3. Using a Global Positioning System (GPS)
  3. Discuss computerized maps
    1. Describe limitations of paper maps
    2. List limitations of computerized maps
    3. Define Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    4. Identify examples of computerized mapping systems
      1. Web based GIS
      2. Major GIS software
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Homework
  2. Final project or exam
Representative Text(s) -
Goode, John Paul, et al, Ed. Goodes World Atlas . 22nd ed., Skokie, IL: Rand McNally, 2009.

Disciplines -
Geography or Drafting or Environmental Technologies or Forestry/Natural Resources
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Field work, Demonstration.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Homework or in class exercises involving critical thinking that assesses the course Student Learning Outcomes.