Attention Business and Social Science Majors
Looking for an online elective course that's different?
Consider enrolling in GPHY 111 Cartography (Section EZWWW1 Spring 2009)
The use of all kinds of maps for business and community planning is accelerating because of the new computer tools for creating and using mapped data. Many users of the new map software programs are not information technology professionals. And there's a lot more to computer mapping than MapQuest and Google Earth. Learning about kinds of maps and their use will benefit anyone who will use data and make decisions.
What is Cartography?
It's the study of the design and craft of constructing maps. It has a long history which has most recently included new computer software that makes and uses maps for a variety of functions.
What sorts of things are in the course?
It's a textbook-based course that will use a variety of online resources for examining and using maps. You'll learn about the various kinds of maps and their purposes, the different technical features of maps, and when a particular type of map is more suited to a purpose than another. Here are a few examples: Why do some maps show the same things like continents and countries in ways that make them appear different? Where can source materials for maps be found? How can maps show more than just where things are? How can businesses and communities use them in new ways?
Is special software required?
Since this course is online and focused of the principles of cartography, there is no special software required on students' computers. Many web sites will provide basic tools for creating and using maps. However, students will have the option to use professional GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software in on-campus labs if they choose. This is the same software required for other courses in LCCC's GIS program.
What will I have to do in the course?
- Read, study, learn from the text and take quizzes on this material.
- Complete assignments involving maps that will be accessible online.
- Each student will choose a topic of personal interest related to maps and mapping and conduct a short research project for that topic.
- Complete a final exam on the course material.
- Everything will be done online. There is no requirement for on-campus activities.