Geography 3053
Cartography I
Syllabus for Fall 1996

Professor Mark Kumler                   Teaching Assistant:  Tina Gayon
201C Guggenheim                                          312 Guggenheim
Office hours: W 4-5, F 10:30-12           Office hours: M&W 10:30-12:30
Phone: 492-5887                                       Phone: __________
E-mail:                E-mail:

Course Overview.

This course will introduce the fundamental geographic discipline of cartography: the science and art of designing and producing maps. In the lectures and readings we will examine established cartographic design principles, including page layout, scale and projection, generalization and simplification, symbolization and classification, tones and colors, and techniques for portraying surfaces. In the labs you will produce a series of maps that illustrate the design issues presented in the lectures, using modern digital techniques.

<b>Prerequisites.</b> There are no formal prerequisites for this class,

but you should have a bit of creativity. You need not have any familiarity with computers (Mac, DOS, or unix). You will receive much guidance on good map design, as well as detailed instructions on how to implement these ideas with a powerful computer illustration package, Macromedia's Freehand (version 5.5).

<b>Lectures.</b> Lectures will meet from 12:30-1:45 on Tuesdays and

Thursdays in Economics 117. Attendance, preparation, and participation are all strongly recommended. In particular, you should read the assigned material in the text before the lecture.

<b>Labs.</b> You must be enrolled in one of the three lab sessions. The

labs meet from 2-4:50 Wednesday and 9:30-12:20 Thursday. The labs will meet in Guggenheim Room 6, which houses the Geography Department's Ken Erickson Spatial Data Analysis Lab (KESDAL). You must attend the session for which you are enrolled unless special arrangements are made in advance with the Teaching Assistant.

In the labs for this course you will produce a series of maps with the Freehand illustration software. In a typical week the TA will present a brief overview of how you might approach the lab, and then you will spend the bulk of the lab time beginning the map production. The lab periods are intended for you to get a start on the assignment; most assignments will require an additional two to four hours on the computer, which you can put in whenever is convenient for you.

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, the KESDAL is open and Jim Robb, Staff Cartographer for the Geography Department, is available for limited help. You will be given a doorcode to the room for access during evening hours and weekends, and you may return to the lab whenever it is convenient for you. The Guggenheim building is open from 7 a.m. until at least 10 p.m. every day; if you are in the lab before the building is locked, you will not be asked to leave. Be warned that the lab is in heavy use this semester (by five other courses and numerous grad students), and access will be competitive. A schedule is posted on the lab door indicating when it is reserved for other courses.

The lab assignments will be due at the beginning of the following week's lab. Late labs will be penalized one point per day, without exception.

<b>Required Text.</b>

<i>Cartography - Thematic Map Design</i>, 4th. ed. (1996), by Borden Dent. This text will supplement the lectures and provide numerous examples of good map design. You should read the assigned chapters before the corresponding lectures.

<b>Supplemental readings.</b>

Several other books will be placed on reserve at the Earth Sciences library in Geology for this class. These books are intended as starting points for those of you who wish to learn more about certain aspects of map design. While you will not be tested on anything found only in these supplementary books, you might find their alternative presentation of similar materials quite valuable.

<i>Elements of Cartography</i>, 6th Edition (1995), by Robinson, Morrison, Muehrcke, Kimerling, and Guptill. <i>An Album of Map Projections</i> (1989), by John Snyder. Illustrations of over 100 different projections, with discussions of their properties.
<i>How to Lie with Maps</i> (1991), by Mark Monmonier. A popular witty brief on map distortions, inaccuracies, and errors. <i>The Visual Display of Quantitative Information</i> (1983), by Edward Tufte. A widely-respected compendium of guidelines the successful design of charts, graphs, and maps.


You will need to purchase several high-density 3.5■ floppy disks. Any high-density 3.5■ floppy disks will work ■ you will format them for our machines in the first lab period. You should also purchase, and use, a protective carrying case than can hold a few of your disks for safer transportation and storage; rain, sweat, magnetic fields (possible around any metal object), and stray electrons can wreak havoc with your hard work. You may be asked to turn in certain assignments on disk, so be prepared to part with your disks for several days (i.e. don■t keep your history papers, personal letters, etc. on the same disks as your maps). You might also budget several dollars for high-resolution color printouts and photocopies toward the end of the semester.

<b>Final Project.</b>

You will design, compile, and execute a map or series of maps as a final project. You will produce the map(s) for a local agency that has a need for such products. We will provide a list of several organizations for you to chose from. You will be responsible for meeting with the agency and producing a map or maps to meet its needs. If you produce a single map, it should be considerably more elaborate/complex than any of the assigned lab exercises. You might produce a series of maps, each one comparable to the lab assignments, or you might attempt a new mapping technique not introduced in a lab. By producing maps for such organizations, it is expected that you will experience the realities of producing a map for a client, while at the same time generating a useful product for a deserving organization. To minimize end-of-term crunches and crises, we will have several intermediate progress reports due in the last few weeks: a project description on Nov. 12th, a full-size rough draft on November 19th, and a final draft on November 26th. In lieu of a final exam, you will make a very brief (4-6 minute) presentation of your final project in class on either December 5th or 10th. All final projects will be due December 10th. You will be graded on the design, execution, and presentation of the final project map(s). <b>

Grading:</b>  Exam I           25%
          Exam II          25%
          Labs             35%
          Final Project    15%

<b>Tentative Lecture Schedule:</b>

   Date      Topic(s)                           Reading and/or chapters in Dent</b>
   Aug-27    Syllabus, labs, index cards        -
   Aug-29    Intro to Thematic Mapping          1
   Sep-03    Map Lettering/Elements of Type     14
   Sep-05    Digital Map Compilation            17
   Sep-10    Geographic Phenomena               4
   Sep-12    Generalization (B. Buttenfield)    Powers of Ten (Morrison)
   Sep-17    Map Design I                       12
   Sep-19    Projections I                      2
   Sep-24    Projections II                     3
   Sep-26    Projections III                    Snyder, ACA
   Oct-01    Map Design II                      13
   Oct-03    EXAM 1                   
   Oct-08    Dot-density mapping                7
   Oct-10    Proportional symbol mapping        8
   Oct-15    Color Theory                       15
   Oct-17    Using Color on Maps                15
   Oct-22    Choropleth Mapping                 6
   Oct-24    Prepress                           16
   Oct-29    Printing fundamentals              16
   Oct-31    Mapping Surfaces         
   Nov-05    DEMs                               9
   Nov-07    final project pitches?   
   Nov-12    Cartograms                         10

Nov-14 EXAM 2
Nov-19 GIS/LIS
Nov-21 GIS/LIS
Nov-26 work on final projects
Dec-03 FCQs, final project Q&A
Dec-05 final project presentations Dec-10 final project presentations

Tentative Lab Schedule:</b>

  Week  # Dates     Topics
     1    8/28-29   Introduction to Macintosh, Freehand, fetch, pine
     2    9/4-5     "Festa di Pasta", advanced Freehand
     3    9/11-12   Locator maps, cartographic symbols in Freehand
     4    9/18-19   continued                               
     5    9/25-26   Map projections, Geocart-produced base maps
     6    10/2-3    continued
     7    10/9-10   Dot-density maps
     8    10/16-17  Proportional symbol maps
     9    10/23-24  Choropleth maps

10 10/29-30 field trips to Universal Graphics, Johnson Printing 11 11/6-7 Surface maps with DEMs, Surface III 12-15 11/13-12/5work on final projects 13 11/20-21 field trips to USGS and/or GIS/LIS