The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following: lecture, labs, field work, slides/videos, individual and/or team projects and small group discussions.
elementary field surveying, interpretation of aerial photography and satellite imagery, cartographic methods and design, thematic mapping, and an introduction to computer mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
- Development of Cartography
- Basic geodesy
- Map projections
- Introduction to datum systems
- Concept of scale
- Coordinate systems
- Direction indicators
- Data and legend
- Types of terrain representation
- Contour interpretation
- Landform measurement, identification and interpretation
- Topographic profile construction
- Vertical exaggeration and gradient calculations
- Cultural features on topographic maps
- Use of the magnetic compass
- Location by three measured sides, intersection and resection
- Introductory triangulation and differential leveling
- Compass traverse
- Introduction to global positioning systems
- Electromagnetic radiation and methods of capturing spectral reflectance
- Types of air photos
- Introductory air photo interpretation and photogrammetry
- Polar orbiting and geostationary satellites
- Basics of satellite image interpretation
- Nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio data
- Qualitative and quantitative map symbols
- Effective graphing of geographic data
- Cartographic design process
- Generalization, selection and symbolization
- Potential impacts of the design
- Qualitative and quantitative thematic maps
- Types of quantitative thematic maps
- Construction and interpretation of thematic maps
- Concept of a GIS
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Describe the development of cartographic concepts and techniques over time.
- Explain the responsibility of a cartographer to represent data that is accurate and consistent with the original purpose of a map, as well as cite examples of map misuses.
- Analyze, interpret and make measurements from topographic and thematic maps, aerial photographs and satellite imagery.
- Create a map from three-leg compass traverse.
- Synthesize the concepts and techniques of cartography through the use of a formal cartographic design process to identify and collect relevant geographic data and design a thematic map to communicate these data effectively.
Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
Texts will be updated periodically. Typical examples are:
Slocum, T, McMaster,R, Kessler, F., & Howard H. (2008) Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.