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GIST 8140 - Mapping & Cartography

Geographic Information Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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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)

GIST 7100

Credits

3.0

Cost

$785.22

Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 88651

Fri Jan 14 - Fri Apr 01 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 14 - Apr 01 Online

Instructor

Tony Bonnici

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$785.22

Notes

  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. **IMPORTANT: The final exam must be written at an approved Exam Centre only. Details will be emailed to you after registering for the course. 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.
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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

GIST 8140 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Geographic Information Systems
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate

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