Principles of Cartography & Thematic Design


Course Details

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

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About this Course

In this course, you’ll use cartography to develop foundational skills in spatial concepts and thinking that will prepare you for advanced study in geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic information management. You’ll delve into historical cartographic principles and key concepts that are the foundation of digital cartography and GIS. Related technologies like Global Positioning Systems (GPS), aerial surveying, photogrammetry and remote sensing depend on these foundations, as well as spatial procedures like land surveying, census surveying and others. You’ll produce digital maps by identifying and manipulating spatial data and work with related technologies for particular tasks. 

What You'll Learn

  • How to read and critically interpret thematic maps
  • An understanding of the data used to generate maps
  • Principles of cartography through the generation of maps
  • How to acquire and evaluate geographic data
  • The basic principles of visual communication through cartography
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