GEOG 486
Cartography and Visualization

Submitting the Final Draft


Congratulations! You have reached the final set of deliverables for this course - and, for some of you, the last step in the GIS Certificate Program. This week is dedicated to revising your capstone project based on peer reviews (and completing the peer reviews if you haven't already done so). Once your map project has been thoroughly reviewed by at least two peers, and the instructor, revise or rework your map accordingly. You do not have to take all ideas or recommendations for changes from reviewers, for example, if you do not have the data, or do not agree with the recommendations. In addition to completing the map, you are also asked to write a review of your own map for the capstone project. In this document discuss the decisions behind making your map, what you changed from the draft as a result of the peer reviews, or if you did not incorporate recommendations, the reasons why. Also discuss strengths and weaknesses of map, and how the project may be improved, e.g. with more time or better data.

A. Goals

  • Finalize the design, symbolization, and layout of your map, including the marginal map elements (title, legend, text, scale, north arrow, etc...).
  • Critique your own map for strengths and weaknesses, and discuss changes made through the review and revision process.

B. Deliverables

The final capstone project is due at the conclusion of Week 10 and the course. See the Calendar in Canvas for the due date.

  • Capstone Map Project
    Create a PDF version of your map (with fonts embedded and marker symbols converted to polygons).
  • Written review of map project
    Include 1) a written description of what you changed as a result of peer feedback, or if you did not incorporate some recommendations, the reasons why. 2) strengths and weaknesses of your map, and 3) what you could or would have done differently under ideal circumstances or with more time. No more than one page, please.

    Submit these two documents into the Final Capstone Project Assignment in Canvas.

Reminder - Complete all of the Capstone Project tasks!

You have reached the end of the Capstone Project! Double-check the to-do list on the Capstone Project Overview page to make sure you have completed all of the tasks listed there.