GEOG 486
Cartography and Visualization

GEOG 486 Syllabus

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GEOG 486 Syllabus: Spring 1 2020

Course Overview

Description: Cartographic design projects emphasizing effective visual thinking and visual communication with geographic information systems

Prerequisites: GEOG 484

This course covers design principles and techniques for creating maps with contemporary mapping tools.
Symbolization
Exploration
Design

Meet the Instructor
Fritz Kessler

Learn more about my background and interests in this short video.

#coursegoals

Successful completion of this course will signify mastery in map production for communication and research; students will be practiced in making, analyzing, critiquing, and sharing high-quality maps.

Create professional and aesthetically pleasing maps through thoughtful application of cartographic conventions;
Select and combine appropriate visual variables to clearly represent geospatial data and communicate map content;
Classify and generalize data, apply principles of color and contrast, and choose projections and scales for maps of varying purpose;
Discuss current trends in cartographic science & technology, including virtual reality, open-source web tools, and geovisual analytics;
Demonstrate mastery in map production for communication and research; analyze, critique, and share high-quality maps.

Assignments and Grading

A  | 90-100% 
A- | 87.5-89.9%
B+ | 85-87.4%
B  | 80-84.9%
B- | 77.5-79.9%
C+ | 75-77.4%
C  | 70-74.9%
D  | 60-69.9%
F  |  <60%
X | Unsatisfactory (student did not participate)

FAQs

1

What should I do if something in my life prevents me from completing my work for this class?

Discuss any upcoming or ongoing challenges (medical issues, work conflicts, personal problems, etc.) with me privately so we can work something out.
2

Why are course labs so heavily weighted?

The primary objective of this class is to learn how to make great maps. While this includes learning cartographic design theory, most important is the practical application of this knowledge.
3

Do you offer make-up assignments or extra credit?

I do not offer make-up assignments or extra credit. Try your best on all assigned work!