Course Title: Cartography and Visualisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cartography and Visualisation

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GEOM2069

City Campus

Postgraduate

145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010

GEOM2069

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Prof. Matt Duckham

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0966

Course Coordinator Email: matt.duckham@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 12.11.3


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course introduces students to the basic principles of cartography and visualisation. It begins with the fundamentals of map design and data graphics and then introduces the principles of interaction design and geospatial information visualisation. The course will be of interest to students who wish to gain a solid grounding in the design of cartographic interfaces, whether traditional static maps or interactive or exploratory computer interfaces to geospatial data.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Identify what makes cartography and visualisation of geospatial information different from graphic design and information visualisation;
2. Critically evaluate the designs of maps and user interfaces for spatial data; and
3. Use common and industry standard computer-based software for static map production, as well as systems for the development of interactive mapping and visualisation.


This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC058 Master of Applied Science (Geospatial Information):

1.1 Describe the fundamental and applied scientific knowledge that underpins the geospatial sciences.
1.3 Identify and elaborate specialist bodies of knowledge in geospatial science.
2.3 Be proficient in the recording, storage, management and reporting of spatial information.
3.1 Design and implement creative solutions to complex problems.
3.2 Interpret and critically analyse results and make informed judgments on the appropriateness of solutions.
3.3 Apply critical and analytical skills in a scientific and professional manner.
4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical presentations to peers and a wider audience
6.1 Be self-motivated and personally responsible for your actions and learning.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be actively engaged in a series of weekly sessions, which include a mix of lectures, library and self-directed work, class discussions, and student presentations.

Teacher Guided Hours: 24 per semester
Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to extensive learning resources provided in the school and the RMIT Library, in addition to course-specific resources such as particular library books, journal articles, videos and web resources on the Learning Hub. The course is supported using the Blackboard learning management system. Additional support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides: http://rmit.libguides.com/geospatial
A recommended reading list will be provided.
 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be by written assignment, class quizzes, and final examination.

Note that:

 ☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment task 1: Class quizzes including early assessment task
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment task 2: Static mapping assignment.
Weighting: 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1, 2, 3

Assessment task 3: Dynamic mapping assignment.
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1, 2, 3

Assessment task 4: Final examination. 
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1, 2