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Mapping & Cartography GIST 8140

Geographic Information Systems Course

Course details

The course starts through basic background in mapping, which includes understanding the origins and uses of datums and associated coordinate systems, the differences between accuracy, precision and error, map types and map scales, characteristics and uses of common B.C. and Canadian map projections, and the basic theory of GPS. The course continues 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. The students are exposed to producing maps with an advanced visualization point of view.

Prerequisite(s)

  • 50% in GIST 7100
  • Course registration is restricted to current students registered in a BCIT GIS program.

Credits

3.0

Cost

$800.99

Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of GIST 8140 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 88651

Duration

Fri Jan 13 - Fri Mar 31 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88651
  • $800.99
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 13 - Mar 31 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Tony Bonnici

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$800.99

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 have completed the prerequisites prior to receiving approval for this course. To request approval, please email your BCIT Student ID to gis@bcit.ca. Students must check your my.bcit.ca email 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 online courses require a textbook. You can search for your course textbook at: www.bcitbookstore.ca/distance/ If no textbook is listed, course material will be provided via the Learning Hub or email.
Status

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Differentiate the origins and uses of datums and associated coordinate systems.
  • Describe the differences between accuracy, precision and error.
  • List the accuracies associated with field observations.
  • Map types and map scales.
  • Describe the principles of map projections.
  • Describe characteristics and uses of common B.C. and Canadian map projections.
  • Describe the basic theory of GPS.
  • Recognize the problems that can exist in map communication.
  • Apply appropriate symbolization to 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.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

Mapping & Cartography (GIST 8140) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Geographic Information Systems
    Advanced Certificate Part-time

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