Office: SS 201
Office Hours: 2-4pm T & Th
Course Description and Focus
This course will introduce you to cartographic principles and design techniques for map display and production using ArcGIS software. Topics covered in this course include layout, visual hierarchy, fonts, labeling, colors, symbols, generalization, and mapping quantitative & raster data. The course will also develop your ability to critically evaluate maps for effective design.
This course is taught in a computer lab and is largely lecture, lab, project, and critique-based. The lectures introduce or review cartographic concepts. The labs and projects are designed to assist in learning techniques for creating effective maps. There are a series of map critiques to assist in the revision of maps and continual improvement of maps. Additionally, all students will create a final portfolio of the maps created throughout the course.
The class is structured to be interactive and collaborative. All students are expected to come to class prepared to think, observe, and participate in discussions, critiques, and labs. Active participation enhances the learning process for all group members.
2| Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users, Cynthia Brewer (reference)
3| USB Flashdrive (Recommended 2GB minimum)
Assignments and Grading
Labs | 35% | a series of lab activities that focus on various topics in the course
Map Projects | 35% | a series of mapmaking projects
Map Porfolio | 15% | a final presentation of maps
Participation | 15% | active participation in map critiques, map showcase, and classroom discussions/activities
Final grades will be based on the following scale: A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), and F (below 60).
Backing Up Your Work
'How To' Submit an Assignment
2| Do not include any of the lab instructions in your document. Include only the question numbers and text, your answers, and any exported maps.
3| Submit a single document in PDF format. (If creating your document in MS Word, save as a PDF file.)
4| The subject line of your email should reflect the assignment name. For example: Lab1
Course Outline **Course schedule is subject to change and will be updated throughout the quarter.**
January 17 / 19
February 7 / 9
February 14 / 16
February 21 / 23
March 7 / 9
March 14 / 16
DUE. Cartography Portfolios / Presentations
Read. Words on Maps
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Students with Disabilities
PCC is committed to supporting all students. If you plan to use academic accommodations for this course, please contact your instructor as soon as possible to discuss your needs. Accommodation are not retroactive; they begin when the instructor receives the "Approved Academic Accommodations" letter from you (submitted in person for courses on campus; via email for DL courses). To request academic accommodations for a disability, please contact a disability services counselor on any PCC campus. Office locations, phone numbers, and additional information may be found at http://www.pcc.edu/resources/disability