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GIST 8140 - Mapping & Cartography

Geographic Information Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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

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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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