Catalog Description: Display techniques for statistical and terrain data. Cartographic communication models, data models, algorithms, and symbol conventions. Techniques for assessing map design.
This term, I'd like us to consider the display of multi-dimensional data (perhaps including uncertainty), and to explore the possibilities and limitations that technology and human visual processing impose on it.
Readings: This term there is a required book: Cynthia Brewer's (2005) Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users and a suggested one: Michael Peterson's (2014) Mapping in the Cloud .
We will also use on-line reference materials, chapters, articles and books (see this list ) to set cartographic design and production in a longer context.
Grading: Grades will be based on completion and class presentation of approximately weekly mapping exercises (together 70%), a mid-term exam (essay format) (15%) and a term project (15%). Class participation and engagement are required. Each of these components must be completed to pass the course. The university policy on I-grades will hold. Labs will be graded for demonstrating that you have experimented with and mastered the programs and associated concepts from lecture and reading materials.