Course Title: Multimedia Cartography and Geovisualization 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Multimedia Cartography and Geovisualization 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Mr Tim Hyland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2422

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.10.18

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students must have a thorough understanding of the theory related to multimedia cartography and geovisualization. In addition, students must have basic skills in HTML and web page design.

Course Description

This course provides a practical program that covers the use of interactive multimedia and the Web for the development of mapping products. Emphasis is placed on the development process and on equipping students with the necessary skills across a broad range of technologies and tools used to build interactive mapping applications. Students are required to adapt and use multimedia and web technologies, techniques and theory and to apply cartographic theory in order to design and deliver an effective product for the visualisation of geospatial information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Level
GC1.1/1.2 Knowledge - 2
GC 2.1/2.2 Technical - 2
GC 3.1/3.2 Critical Analysis & Problem Solving - 2
GC 4.1/4.2 Communication - 2
GC 5.1/5.2 Personal & Professional Awareness - 2
GC 6.1/6.2 Independent & Integrated Practice - 2

At the conclusion this course, you will able to:
• To develop knowledge about multimedia, the Web and the design of usable multimedia cartographic products.
• To be able to apply cartographic theory to the development of interactive multimedia and Web products.
• To be able to adapt and use interactive multimedia and web technologies and techniques.
• To develop an understanding of the scheduling, management and work flow processes associated with developing interactive multimedia products.
• To be able to present and discuss proposals, concepts and designs in a seminar-like setting.
• To be able to prepare professional written materials.
• To be able to work effectively as part of a multimedia development team.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is run as a series of lectures and studio sessions. A weekly lecture presents the design and development theory that students are expected to apply to the development of their major project – an interactive multimedia cartographic product. Attendance at lectures is essential to ensure that students are fully equipped for studio sessions. Two-hour studio sessions also run weekly. Sessions consist of a number of practical sessions involving the use of a range of multimedia and web development software tools  and sessions that focus on the development of the major project (applying material covered during the lecture program). Consultation sessions are also scheduled, designed for students to obtain design and usability feedback relating to their major project.

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed References:

• Cartwright, W.E., Peterson, M.P. and Gartner, G. (1999) Multimedia Cartography, Springer-Verlag: Heidelberg, Germany.
• Kraak, M. and Brown, A. (2001) Web Cartography, Taylor and Francis: London, UK.

Recommended References:

-Peterson, MP (ed.) 2003, Maps and the Internet, Elsevier Science, Oxford.
- Friedlein, A. (2001) Web Project Management, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers
- Nielsen, J. (2000) Designing Web Usability, New Riders Publishing: Indiana, USA.
- Professional journals, Geospatial, Cartography, web and multimedia magazines and videos.

Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed by a combination of Tutorial exercises, Assignments, and a Final Examination.