GEOL6351 Mapping and Cartography

Course Description

This course covers the fundamentals of map use and interpretation map production using GIS and geospatial technology. The student will gain experience in the applications of map-based analysis in the fields of environment and natural resources management.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite for this course.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify ways in which maps and geo-visualizations are providing a common language and framework for communication and solving problems (CLO 1).
  • Apply cartographic design principles such as symbology, color, and classification methods to create, modify, and critically evaluate effective maps and visualizations (CLO 2).
  • Analyze data spatially with web GIS tools using a variety of techniques, including visualization, filtering, map overlay, routing, mean center, and proximity (CLO 3).
  • Demonstrate how to create maps and apps from spreadsheets, from GPS data, from field surveys, from joining data, and from pre-existing maps (CLO 4).
  • Identify ways in which society influences mapping, and how mapping influences society, through data availability, data quality, map projections, crowdsourcing, location privacy, the Internet of Things, and design (CLO 5).
  • Create multimedia 2D maps and 3D scenes that effectively communicate an issue, event, theme, or research results (CLO 6).
  • Discuss how the components of the biophysical environment affect the management of our natural resources.(CLO7)
  • Describe the principle of sustainable development and discuss the common tools used for scientific analysis, most notably GIS and Remote Sensing.(CLO 8)
  • Describe drivers of unsustainability (CLO 9)
  • Give examples of how ecosystem services are connected to human well-being (CLO 10)