GEOG 581 Cartographic Design

(Advanced GIS/Web-based Mapping Techniques)

Instructor: Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou

Office: Storm Hall 326


TEL: 619-5940205

Office Hour:

Monday 4:00pm-5:00pm,

Tuesday 11:00am-12:00am


Effective cartographic design is the key to a successful communication between map makers and map readers. This course will focus on computer-assisted map production techniques with emphasis on GIS mapping tools (ArcGIS and ArcIMS) and web-based cartographic design issues (Animation and Visualization). Geovisualization and communication will be the two major cartographic topics focused in lecture sessions. The lab exercises will introduce ArcGIS extensions (such as Maplex, PLTS and 3D tools) for the design of large-size professional paper maps. Web-based multimedia software (Flash) will also be used for the design of web-based interactive maps. The learning goals of this course are

bullet To learn advanced cartographic principles and theories.
bullet To establish hand-on experiences on cartographic techniques and software packages.
bullet To explore the future research topics in advanced cartography.

Required Textbooks:

MacEachren, Alan M. (2004). How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization, and Design. New York: The Guilford Press. (Paper Back Edition) ISBN: 157230040X.

Slocum, Terry A., McMaster, Robert B., Kesssler, Fritz C, and Howard, Hugh H. (2004). Thematic Cartography and Visualization. (Second Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0130351237.

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