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URSĀ 6260. Practical Map Making. 1 Unit.

The course is organized around three smaller projects, and a final project which will draw on all of the skills gained in completing the first three projects. Each project includes online research into ways that cartographers represent data, discussion on the online forum, and the use of GIS and drawing software to represent geographic information. Through the course projects, students confront realistic problem scenarios that incorporate such skills and concepts as creating symbolization schemes, dealing with map projections, creating terrain representations, classification schemes, multivariate representation and representation of data uncertainty. Those who successfully complete the course are able to design and produce effective reference and thematic maps using GIS software, and can interpret and critique maps and related information graphics.