Principles of Cartography & Thematic Design

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Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

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Develops conceptual foundations in spatial concepts, spatial thinking, and mapping to prepare students for advanced study of geographic information systems and management. The course addresses the cartographic legacy and key concepts that underlie geographic information science and provides an overview of geospatial information and technologies, including the global positioning system, land surveys, aerial surveys and photogrammetry, topographic mapping, censuses and other social surveys and satellite imagery.

Upon completion, students are able to specify data requirements for basic GIS tasks, research data availability and formats, identify the technologies necessary to produce data for particular tasks and understand the following:

  • Uses and limitations of maps
  • Map analysis and interpretation
  • Map content, design and evaluation
  • Data discovery and evaluation
  • Software, data and service sectors of the GIS industry

Requires use of ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop 10 software package; a free 1-year license is provided to students  

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Geographic Information Systems.