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GIS Digital Mapping and Cartography GIST 8107

Geographic Information Systems Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

Examines sources of digital mapping data, elevation extraction and derived product creation for mapping, and an introduction to cartographic principles. Map composition, typography, thematic mapping and symbolization, colour and pattern are reviewed as part of cartographic principles.




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Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of photogrammetry and stereo viewing.
  • Explain the requirements necessary to view images in stereo.
  • Demonstrate the geometry of a stereo-model using CAD.
  • Measure elevations and identify objects using a 3D software environment.
  • Collect elevation points and derive a digital elevation model using a 3D software environment.
  • Process a LiDAR point cloud dataset to produce a digital elevation model and contours.
  • Understand the variety of sensors used in point cloud data capture for mapping.
  • 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
  • Generate an effective single map layout.
  • Properly use annotation (typography) in maps and understand the components of typography.

Effective as of Winter 2021

Related Programs

GIS Digital Mapping and Cartography (GIST 8107) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Geographic Information Systems
    Advanced Diploma Full-time
  2. Geographic Information Systems
    Bachelor of Technology Full-time/Part-time


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