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Cartography and GeoVisualization GIST 8117

Geographic Information Systems Course

Course details

The course starts by examining the field of Cartography and the relationship between Cartographer, Map and End User. Map composition, balance, typography, thematic mapping, and colour are reviewed. Students learn how to communicate well through cartographic principles. Further topics are undertaken for Enhanced Data Analysis and maps visualizations using web applications. The students are exposed to producing maps with an advanced visualization point of view.


  • 50% in GIST 7108
  • Course registration is restricted to current students registered in a BCIT GIS program.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of GIST 8117 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 49374


Thu Sep 14 - Wed Dec 06 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 49374
  • $817.82
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 14 - Dec 06 N/A N/A Online

Tony Bonnici

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. Students must be accepted into the GIS program and completed the prerequisite prior to registration of this course. To receive approval, please email your BCIT Student ID to For more information about online courses at BCIT, please visit: Students must check your e-mail account for start-up instructions sent upon registration of this course. To be successful in our online courses, plan to spend 4-6 hours per course each week on your studies, starting Week 1. Our courses are highly interactive with participation requirements weekly. Most of our online learning courses require a textbook. You can search for your course textbook at: If no textbook is listed, course material will be provided via e-mail.

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the problems that can exist in map communication.
  • Know when / how to symbolize Points, Lines and Polygons.
  • Properly employ colour and pattern in maps.
  • Properly use annotation (typography) in maps and understand components of typography.
  • Generate an effective single map layout and how to produce a map series.
  • Know how/where to access source map data, such as TRIM.
  • Undertake Enhanced Data Analysis (How to investigate data for spatial patterns).
  • Use advanced Visualization methods with maps (e.g. 3D perspective views).
  • Map Visualizations Using Web Applications.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2011

Related Programs

Cartography and GeoVisualization (GIST 8117) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Geographic Information Systems
    Advanced Diploma Part-time


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