Map Design and Geovisualisation GEOG4098
- Academic Session: 2022-23
- School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
- Credits: 10
- Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
Introduces the principles of map design and production, with an initial focus on aspects that apply to the design of all types of maps followed by the visualisation of various types of spatial information. It will develop practical skills in designing maps using GIS.
2 hours of lectures and 1 2-hour practical per week for 5-6 weeks, normally in semester 1
Requirements of Entry
Fulfilment of entry requirements to Level 3 Geography or Environmental Geoscience , including a basic knowledge of GIS, preferably QGIS.
GEOG5081 Cartographic Design, Geovisualisation & Map Use
GEOG5018 Principles of Cartographic Design & Production
Final examination: 40%; series of small map design exercises: 20%; topographic map design project 40%
Main Assessment In: April/May
Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No
Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.
For non-honours students the examination and topographic map design exercise may be repeated, but not the series of small exercises (20%)
To examine theoretical and practical aspects of map design and the visualisation of geographic information;
To develop skills in processing and presenting geospatial data.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Describe the map design process
■ Explain the classification of, and relationship between, phenomena, data and representation methods
■ Critically analyse methods of portraying different types of geospatial data
■ Explain the characteristics of colour, its measurement, description and use in cartography
■ Describe the elements 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
■ Assess and apply relief depiction methods
■ Design and produce maps using appropriate techniques
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.
Attendance at all practical sessions.