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Syllabus:

Applied Cartography, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Tillämpad kartografi

This syllabus is valid: 2020-06-08 and until further notice

Course code: 2KG602

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Human Geography: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, F Insufficient

Responsible department: Department of Geography

Revised by: Head of Department of Geography and Economic History, 2021-06-20

Contents

The focus of the course is applied, advanced cartography. This entails in-depth understanding of fonts, colour and symbols, as well as corresponding practical applications in GIS in terms of labelling techniques, colour choice and symbolization. Theoretical and critical views of GIS as a tool, as well as maps as conveyors of information, are also given attention. Furthermore, the course provides an introduction to the post-processing of maps in raster and vector graphics software (Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, respectively).

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
(1) Explain how fonts, colours and symbols are used in maps to convey information,
Competence and skills
(2) select and customize labels, colours and symbols based on the purpose and target audience of the map,
(3) utilize graphics software for post-processing of map content and design,
(4) design map layouts whose appearance and content are well suited to their purpose, and
Judgement and approach
(5) assess and relate to maps in terms of their function as conveyors of information.

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Required Knowledge

Univ: 120 ECTS, 60 ECTS of which in a major field of subject, including 15 ECTS in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
 

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6

Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures and exercises. The exercises - partly carried out under teacher supervision - constitutes an essential part of the course. The software used in the course are the GIS programs ArcGIS Desktop and QGIS and the graphics editors Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. The course is taught in English.

Examination modes

Examination is based on individual written/graphical accounts of exercises, a learning platform-based test and a take-home examination.  Grades cannot be appealed, i.e., re-evaluated by a higher authority, but the student may make comments on the grading or request that the examiner reconsider the decision. A student who has taken two examinations in a course or a part of a course without obtaining a passing grade is entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are special reasons to the contrary (6 Chap. 22 § Higher Education Ordinance). The student may submit a request for a different examiner to the Director of Studies.
 
Decisions about academic credit transfer are made on an individual basis.

ACADEMIC CREDIT TRANSFER
Credit transfer is always examined individually.

Literature

  • Valid from: 2021 week 25

    literature instructions

    parts of two of the books are compulsory literature, and these are provided as PDFs from department.

    Peterson Gretchen N.
    GIS cartography : a guide to effective map design
    Third edition : Boca Raton : CRC Press : [2021] : xvii, 318 pages :
    ISBN: 9780367857943
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Brewer Cynthia A.
    Designing better maps : a guide for GIS users
    Second edition : Redlands, California : ESRI Press : 2016 : xvii, 231 pages :
    ISBN: 9781589484405
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Additional literature can be included according to the teachers´ recommendations.

    Complementary literature

    Brewer Cynthia A.
    Designed maps : a sourcebook for GIS users
    1st ed. : Redlands, Calif. : ESRI Press : c2008 : xi, 170 p. :
    ISBN: 9781589481602
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Peterson Gretchen N.
    Cartographer's toolkit : colors, typography, patterns
    Fort Collins, Colo. : PetersonGIS : c2012. : xiv, 169 p. :
    ISBN: 9780615467948
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    (selected sections; provided by the Department of Geography)

  • Valid from: 2020 week 24

    literature instructions

    parts of three of the books are compulsory literature, and these are provided as PDFs from department.

    Peterson Gretchen N.
    GIS cartography : a guide to effective map design
    Third edition : Boca Raton : CRC Press : [2021] : xvii, 318 pages :
    ISBN: 9780367857943
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Brewer Cynthia A.
    Designing better maps : a guide for GIS users
    Second edition : Redlands, California : ESRI Press : 2016 : xvii, 231 pages :
    ISBN: 9781589484405
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Additional literature can be included according to the teachers´ recommendations.

    Complementary literature

    Brewer Cynthia A.
    Designed maps : a sourcebook for GIS users
    1st ed. : Redlands, Calif. : ESRI Press : c2008 : xi, 170 p. :
    ISBN: 9781589481602
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Peterson Gretchen N.
    Cartographer's toolkit : colors, typography, patterns
    Fort Collins, Colo. : PetersonGIS : c2012. : xiv, 169 p. :
    ISBN: 9780615467948
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    (selected sections; provided by the Department of Geography)