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.
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