GEOG 381

Computerized Map Design (Fall 2017)
(Maps and Graphic Methods)

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Instructor:    Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou

Lectures: Tue. / Thur. 8:00am - 8:50am,  Storm Hall 316

Lab Section: Tue / Thur. 9:00am - 10:20 am, Storm Hall 324 (SAL Lab)



Cartography is a synthesis of science, techniques, and art. This course introduces students to cartographic design and principles. The lectures will emphasize the construction of maps with modern methods by using computers and GIS software. The map construction includes scale, projections, generalization, symbols, classification, color scheme, and visualization. The lab exercises will provide hands-on experiences and equip students with the fundamental skills for advanced GIS courses and computer mapping. Besides the basic training in cartographic techniques, the major goals of this class are to:

  1. Understand the principles of cartographic design and map construction.
  2. Generate maps with appropriate cartographic skills.
  3. Encourage students to explore on advanced cartographic issues, such as visualization, on-line mapping, and cognitive science.

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This Website is updated for Fall 2017 Semester.

By courtesy of Dr. Barbara Buttenfield (University of Colorado) for providing the lecture/lab contents of her Cartography Design course and the Web materials.


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Last updated: August 24, 2017.