Lecture Materials

This page contains all information relevant to the topics covered in lecture. Here you will find: (1) materials presented in lecture, (2) required readings for the class from the text and (3) links to additional readings and other web resources that illustrate topics covered in lectures.

Required Text

Dent, B.D., Torguson, J.S. and Holder, T.W. 2009. Cartography: Thematic Map Design. 6th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill Higher Education. 336 pp.

With Additional Readings from other sources including
Berggren, J.L. and Jones, A. 2000. Ptolemy’s Geography: An Annotated Translation of the Theoretical Chapters. Princeton. Princeton University Press.
Monmonier, M. 1996. How to Lie with Maps. Chicago. The University of Chicago Press.
Sobel, D. 1995. Longitude. New York. Penguin Books

And Cartographic Production Accomplished using
ArcGIS™, Adobe Illustrator® and InkScape

In class, I use computer aided presentations. I will place versions of my lecture notes on this page. These materials will be provided as Adobe Portable Document Format files which can be read using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Some of the files may be password protected.
All materials and are for your personal use only and as stated in the syllabus they may not be copied nor distributed without my permission.

Iinformation about the topics will be added as they are compiled. I will attempt to place lecture materials before class so you can bring them to lecture if you wish. However, simply printing out the materials is NO substitute for taking your own copious notes during lecture and lab.

I am not making these materials available as an excuse to skip class. There will be information presented in class that is not on the slides. On the exams, I will except an understanding of the material that goes beyond the bulleted information presented on the slides and all exams will incorporate material taken from the required text.

My expectation all students will be active learners and part of this is that all students are expected to take notes during lecture.
If you feel your note taking skills could be improved, Dartmouth College has a good page with resources on successful note taking strategies.

There are links to other readings outside of the textbooks. These are required readings just like the textbook and material from these books/articles is fair game on the examinations.

The materials presented in this course are aligned to the GIS&T Body of Knowlege which is a comprehensive Body of Knowledge (BOK) that specifies what aspiring geospatial professionals need to know and be able to do." This course also endeavors to provide students with the competancies required of Geospatial Technology professionals that have codified in the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM). If you plan on pursuing career in geospatial technologies you should probably take the time to examine these materials. The specfic competencies and BOK knowledge areas addressed in each topic and lecture will be identified.

If the headings for topics below are grayed out it means the final versions of the information may not be on the website yet so proceed carefully.


Topic 1 - Introduction to Thematic Cartography

Topic 2 - Introduction to Spatial Thinking

Topic 3 - A Brief History of Cartography

Topic 4 - Map Scale and the Shape of the Earth

Topic 5 - an Introduction to Map Projections

Topic 6 - Basics of Map Design

Topic 7 - Basics of Map Organization

Topic 8 - Geographic Phenomena, Measurement and the Basics of Map Symbolization

Topic 9 - Color for Cartographers

Topic 10 - Typography for Cartographers

Topic 11 - Choropleth Maps

Topic 12 - Dot Maps

Topic 13 - Proportional Circle Maps

Topic 14 - Isarithmatic Maps

Topic 15 - Flow Maps

Topic 16 - Cartograms

Topic 17 - Journalistic Maps

Topic 18 - How to Lie with Maps

Topic 19 - The Dark Art and Modern Science of Gerrymandering