Visualisation & Map Use GEOG5026

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines theoretical and practical aspects of applied map design and the visualisation of geographic information, and an introduction to aspects of map use. It builds further practical skills in applying map design to various topics.


Classes will be held on one day of the week during the second 1/2 of semester 2, normally Tuesdays.

Requirements of Entry

Visiting students must have completed a course in cartographic design equivalent to GEOG5018 Principles of Cartographic Design and Production.

Excluded Courses

GEOG5081 Cartographic Design, Geovisualisation & Map Use


GEOG5018 Principles Of Cartographic Design & Production, or equivalent


Course project report and presentation 70% 

Examination 30%

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. 


The oral presentation cannot be re-assessed.

Course Aims

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

To further develop skills in processing and presenting geospatial data.
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.

To introduce modern visualisation techniques(eg augmented and virtual reality) to geospatial data

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completing this unit students will be able to:

■ Explain the principles of visual perception in relation to maps

■ Critically analyse methods of portraying different types of geospatial data

■ Describe and critically assess recent developments in cartographic visualisation, such as multi-media, animation, etc.

■ Explain 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

■ Design and produce maps using appropriate techniques

■ Give presentations and contribute to oral discussion on map design and cartographic issues.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Attendance at all practical classes and tutorials