Course Title: Cartography 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cartography 2

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
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 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Amy Griffin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2338

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 012.12.017

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisite:

GEOM2077 Cartography 1

Course Description

In this course you will learn professional mapmaking skills that will allow you to design convincing maps from a range of spatial data. The course advances your understanding of spatial data available in Victoria and issues concerning the creation and use of this data. It also advances your understanding of cartographic design principles, graphic layout and typography for maps at various scales and the selection and application of essential mapping methods..

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) and BH117 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (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.
1.5 Discern research directions and advances within the discipline.
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.
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.
5.1 Appreciate the environmental, social, legal and international aspects of actions and decisions in Surveying and the geospatial sciences.
5.3 Develop an understanding of the regulatory framework and the general professional environment graduates will encounter, including a commitment to continuing professional development and life-long learning

This course also contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcome 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. Create a range of usable map products.
  2. Apply essential thematic mapping methods.
  3. Identify and resolve issues associated with the creation and integration of geospatial data.
  4. Review and apply cartographic design principles, graphic layout and typography.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities you will be involved in are: 

Lectorials, where syllabus material will be presented and investigated through interactive exercises 

Industry guest speaker presentations focusing on spatial data and the products of spatial data 

Structured practical sessions enabling you to develop competency in mapping techniques. 

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

Note that:

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Early assessment task: Map projections assignment 

Weighting: 15%  

This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 3, 4    

Assessment task 2: Mapping and design practicals portfolio  

Weighting: 35%  

This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4    

Assessment task 3: Map design assignment  

Weighting 40%  

This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4    

Assessment task 4: Formative quizzes  

Weighting 10%  

This assessment task supports CLOs: 3, 4