Course Title: Cartography 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cartography 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Amy Griffin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252338

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 12, Level 12, Room 17

Course Coordinator Availability: appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Cartography is a complex, ever-changing field but at the centre of it is the map-making process This course introduces you to the basic principles involved in cartography. It includes a study of map resources and use of contemporary mapping products. You will examine methods of transforming the physical environment into a map product as well as the key elements of map design.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes in BH116 (Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours):

1.2 Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the spatial models and mathematical methods used in contemporary practice.
1.3 Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in surveying and geospatial science.
2.3 Be proficient in the recording, storage, management and reporting of spatial information.
2.4 Use cartographic design skills for the visualisation and representation of information
4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical presentations to peers and a wider audience.


This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes in BH117 (Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours):

1.4 Understand models of cartographic communication.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the nature of maps and the history of mapping
  2. Use a variety of contemporary map products
  3. Interpret maps - on both quantitative and qualitative levels
  4. Apply cartographic design principles involved in map design and use graphics software for mapping purposes.
  5. Recognise available map resources
  6. Identify the principles involved in the map production process

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through a series of lectorials, take home tutorials and practical sessions. The take home tutorial exercises complement and reinforce theory covered in lectorials and will engage you further. You will also complete a series of practical exercises in which you will learn to use graphics software for mapping purposes. 


Total study hours

Teacher Guided Hours: 40 per semester
Learner Directed Hours: 50 per semester  

Overview of Learning Resources

As a student enrolled in this course at RMIT University you can access the extensive learning resources provided in the school and in the RMIT Library, such as books, journals and other course-related materials (electronic and paper-based). Our library offers extensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully. Furthermore we will recommend to you specific text books, websites covering course content plus recommendations for further readings and engage you in discussion board. Computer Labs with the required software are also available for your study.

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks:

Assessment task 1: Tutorial assessment tasks
Weighting: 25%
These assessment tasks support CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Assessment task 2: Practical assessment tasks: Map design assignments.
Weighting: 40%
These assessment tasks support CLOs: 4, 5, 6

Assessment task 3: quizzes
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6

Assessment task 4: Design Critique
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 4 and 6