Academic Catalog

GIST 59: CARTOGRAPHY, MAP PRESENTATION & DESIGN

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 1 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (48 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GEOG 59.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the applications of various map projections and coordinate systems as they apply to cartographic presentation
  • Create maps that demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of composition, color, and symbol selection at different scales.

Description

Map projections, geodes, coordinate systems. Map composition. Selection of colors and symbols.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. discuss the applications of various map projections
B. compare the applications of several coordinate systems
C. create maps that incorporate fundamentals of composition, color and symbol selection at different scales

Course Content

A. Map projections and coordinate systems
1. Types of map projections
2. Applications of map projections
3. Map interpretation
4. Coordinate systems and geodes
5. Applications of coordinate systems
B. Map composition, color and design
1. Parts of a map
2. Selecting a scale and layout
3. The use and meaning of color
4. Selecting a color scheme
5. Selecting a symbol set

Lab Content

Laboratory exercises consistent with objectives of the course. Students will design and critique maps within the context of course objectives:
A. Map projections and coordinate systems
1. Types of map projections
2. Applications of map projections
3. Map interpretation
4. Coordinate systems and geodes
5. Applications of coordinate systems
B. Map composition, color and design
1. Parts of a map
2. Selecting a scale and layout
3. The use and meaning of color
4. Selecting a color scheme
5. Selecting a symbol set

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. For practical exercises: PC computer facilities with ArcGIS GIS software (or equivalent) and Adobe Illustrator (or equivalent).
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and hardware; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. One one-hour examination
B. Individual project
C. Oral presentation
D. Exercises addressing areas A and B above

Method(s) of Instruction

Lecture presentations and classroom discussion. Demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Reading assignments.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Brewer, Cynthia. Designing Better Maps: A Guide for Users. ESRI Press, 2015.

 

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources.

B. Lecture: Weekly lecture covering subject matter from text assignment with extended topic information. Class discussion is encouraged.

C. Hands-on exercises and demonstrations: Weekly computer exercises. Each exercise covers assigned reading and lecture topics.

 

Discipline(s)

Geography, Drafting, Environmental Technologies, Forestry/Natural Resources