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.
**IMPORTANT: The final exam must be written at an approved Exam Centre only. See "How do I write my GIS online final exams?" at https://www.bcit.ca/construction/gisresources/faq/studentspt.shtml. Students must be accepted into the GIS program and completed the prerequisites prior to registration of this course. To receive approval, please email your BCIT Student ID to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about online courses at BCIT, please visit: www.bcit.ca/distance/foryou.shtml Students must check your my.bcit.ca 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 : www.bcitbookstore.ca/distance/ If no textbook is listed, course material will be provided via e-mail.
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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
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