Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Wilfrid Laurier University GG351 Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization Course Outline

Instructor: Office: Office Hours: Lectures Labs James Hamilton, ext 2061 Arts Rm. 2E11 MW12:30 - 1:20 MW 1:30 - 2:20, Room 1C16 M 2:30- 4:20; 4:30 - 6:20 Rm 2E8 Winter 2013

Calendar Description An elaboration on cartographic principles with an emphasis given to designing thematic maps as part of a communication system. Topics will include map visualization and communication, treatment and exploration of cartographic data, elements of thematic map design, terrain models, ethics and uncertainty, map animation and virtual mapping. Course Introduction Cartography is the art and science of making maps and communicating information through maps. A map provides a means to visually display spatial data and is fundamental to depicting and understanding geographic phenomena. Thematic maps are often used to illustrate spatial distributions, or a geographic pattern of a given phenomena, feature, theme or attribute. Reference maps and other styles of maps can also communicate geographic information. There are many types of thematic maps and a range of potential designs for reference and other styles of maps. This course is a comprehensive treatment of the use of thematic maps to illustrate spatial distributions and patterns in geographic data. The central theme in this course is effective map design and communication. The effectiveness of cartography as a tool in communication is influenced by several variables, such as map design and layout, map type and projection, use of symbols and visual hierarchy, use of colour, typography, data quality, and use of spatial statistics. This course reviews how we can design maps to be effective. Given a cartographic problem, success is achieved when the cartographer selects appropriate data, graphic elements, colour, type and layout, such that the user is able to interpret the information on the map with little difficulty. In many cases, the mapping process can be a passive activity where the user interprets a map prepared by the cartographer. Alternatively, we may pass into the realm of geovisualization, wherein the user may participate in the exploration and analyses of the data and in the manner in which the data are portrayed cartographically. In such cases the cartographer must select the appropriate interface and make the appropriate design decisions to improve the users experience.

dot density. CorelDraw (or InkScape or Adobe Illustrator) and a variety of web-based mapping applications. readings.There are many examples where maps do not achieve a measure of success. McMaster. proportional symbols. 3rd Edition. Text The recommended text for the course is: Slocum. materials are covered through a combination of lectures. R. cartograms. This is a rapidly changing field and we must be open to engaging in new software and techniques as the field evolves. and H.. Student learning is distributed throughout these components.C. the appropriate treatment of these data. including: • choropleth.. including techniques of classification the use of the primary design or graphic elements (visual variables) in thematic maps map layout and design issues and common errors in design techniques used to achieve an appropriate visual hierarchy the effective use of colour and colour models the effective use of type alternatives for the presentation of quantitative data in map form the use of data sources such as remote sensing imagery and GIS databases in cartography the subject area of geographic visualization (geovisualization). We assume that at the outset of this course. Prentice-Hall. students should be able to recognize good and poor map design and outline potential improvements to any mapping project.H. including • map animation • representation of terrain (topography) including DEMs and Hillshading • cartography as a tool in data exploration • online mapping and web maps cartographic ethics and uncertainty • • • • • • • • • • Be aware. F. assignments. Through this course students we will become familiar with the following: • • a general model of cartographic communication the main types of thematic maps. Howard (2009) Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization. multivariate maps the types of data that are needed to generate these maps.A.B. At the conclusion of this course. N. dasymetric. flow.J. and group activities. . In GG351. isarithmic. Learning Objectives This course builds on materials that are introduced in GG251 (Cartography). students have a working knowledge of cartographic basics. Kessler. as part of the course we must use a variety of software including ArcGIS. T.

Students are required to attend the lab session each week. Lab Exercises (Assignments) and Group Project The lectures are supplemented by a weekly two hour lab. The weekly lab exercises will be graded. . B. B. There will also be a variety of online resources that are used. The final project will give students the opportunity to explore a range of techniques that we cannot deal with in detail due to the time constraints of the lecture and lab setting. and approved by the instructor. In addition. and then developing a methodology to generate an appropriate mapping output. Dent. a major group project will be undertaken that will link many of the course concepts.S. Evaluation This course will include laboratory exercises. one mid-term examination. Torguson. (2009) Cartography: Thematic Map Design. 6th edition. The final examination must be written at the scheduled time. 5th Edition..W.D. a term project. J. T. Some course materials will be placed on the X-Drive.D..In addition we will access materials from: Dent. McGraw-Hill. There are copies of Slocum et al (2009) available for purchase in the bookstore. The mid-term examination will take place during the lecture period and comprise 15% of the course grade. (1999) Cartography. The group project will involve taking on a mapping problem selected by the students. The labs are designed to complement lecture concepts and illustrate techniques and methods. posters. projected images and animations. The final examination is scheduled by the Registrar's Office during the April examination period. Mapping output will be produced in a variety of formats. and Hodler. and a final examination. Students should also be aware that there will be charges when producing printed output. Students may find it necessary to invest some time outside of the regular lab periods to become familiar with the computer programs that we will be using (mainly ArcMap and Corel Draw and other components of ArcGIS such as 3D Analyst and ArcScene). Thematic Map Design. The final projects may be presented in a variety of formats including printed maps. The laboratory exercises are worth a total of 40% of the course grade. WCB/McGraw-Hill. The term project will be worth 15% and the final examination 30%.

. Isarithmic. Balance. Map Composition Effective Use of Type Principles of Colour Colour and Layout Colour Schemes in Thematic Mapping Mid-Term Examination Dasymetric. Choropleth Mapping Abstraction. Please note that the instructor reserves the right to make changes in the schedule. Ethics and Cartography Lab No Lab Introduction to ArcMap. Flow Maps and other Techniques Map Animation and Data Exploration Uncertainty in Mapping Cartographic Futures. Visual Hierarchies Figure Ground Relationships.Lecture and Lab Schedule GG351 Winter 2013 Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 Lecture Topics Course Introduction Review of Thematic Maps Cartographic Communication Communication and Visualization Symbolizing Spatial Data: Dimensions Symbolizing Spatial Data: Symbolization Data Levels and Classification Classification Methods. Proportional Symbols. Dot Mapping Terrain in Cartography Terrain Representations Terrain Representations Cartograms. Vector Graphics. Generalization Map Layout and Design. Hierarchy. Scale. and Map Output Symbolization. Layout Colour Plans for Choropleth and Similar Maps Bivariate Thematic Maps and External Data * Bivariate Thematic Maps and External Data * Terrain Representation* Group Project Work Terrain Representation* Group Project Work Group Project Presentations 7 8 9 10 11 12 * Two Week Lab. example of Proportional Symbol Maps* Data Classification and Choropleth Maps Effective Thematic Map Design: Type. example of Proportional Symbol Maps* Symbolization.

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