Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Business and Social Sciences Division
1 hour lecture.1 Unit

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

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: InactiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Stand Alone Course
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: NoneValidation: 12/14/10;1/26/11

1. 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).
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GEOG 101A.

2. Course Objectives -
  1. Interpret maps
  2. Use maps in the field
  3. Discuss computerized maps
3. 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.

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Homework
  2. Final project or exam
7. Representative Text(s) -
Goode, John Paul, et al, Ed. Goodes World Atlas . 22nd ed., Skokie, IL: Rand McNally, 2009.

8. Disciplines -
Geography or Drafting or Environmental Technologies or Forestry/Natural Resources
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Field work, Demonstration.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
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. Homework or in class exercises involving critical thinking that assesses the course Student Learning Outcomes.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is part of a four course series that provides for remedial instruction for those in need of it in conjunction with the school districts, as well as support services which help students succeed at the postsecondary level. This class was created as part of a grant funded project to further the 2+2 high school to college pathways for career technical students.

Course status: Inactive
Last updated: 2015-03-03 10:45:26

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines