Geovisualisation: Design and Use of Maps GEOG4064

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Introduces the principles of map design and production and examines issues of map use.


  2 hours lectures + 2 hour lab weekly

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Fulfilment of entry requirements to Level 3 Geography

Excluded Courses



The first 6 weeks of practical sessions will introduce map design using graphic software, culminating in an assessed submission.

Practical work for the remainder of the semester will focus on a map design project.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To examine theoretical and practical aspects of map design and the visualisation of geographic information;

To describe modern map production processes and associated production control and quality assurance procedures;

To develop skills in processing and presenting geospatial data;

To give an introduction to the perception and use of maps;

To introduce the particular considerations in the design and production of a range of map types and mapping environments.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

  On completing this course students will be able to:

■ Explain the classification of, and relationship between, phenomena, data and representation methods

■ Explain the characteristics of colour, its measurement, description and use in cartography

■ Critically analyse methods of portraying different types of geospatial data

■ Describe the components of map generalisation and discuss the development of automated methods

■ Describe the particular problems of geographic names, typography and name arrangement in relation to maps

■ Design and produce maps using appropriate techniques

■ Explain the principles of visual perception in relation to maps

■ Discuss recent developments in cartographic visualisation, such as multi-media, animation, etc.

■ Discuss the particular design and production issues relating to certain types of mapping and mapping environments

Evaluate map design from the point of view of the map user

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Not applicable