Syllabus Entrance
Printer Friendly
Email Syllabus

GGP 330 Cartography
Fox, David P.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

GGP 330 Cartography

Semester

SP 2008 HO

Faculty

Fox, David P.

Title

Assistant Professor of Geography

Degrees/Certificates

(PhD student Geography, University of Kansas)
MA Geography, University of Missour-Columbia
BA Geography, University of Missour-Columbia

Office Location

Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 003B

Office Hours

MWF 9:00-10:00 AM and TR 10:00-11:30 AM

Daytime Phone

(816)584-6813

E-Mail

david.fox@park.edu

Semester Dates

Jan. 14 - May 9, 2008

Class Days

-M---F-

Class Time

11:00 - 12:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Cartography: Thematic Map Design (5th edition) by Borden Dent.  McGraw-Hill, 1999. 
ISBN: 978-0-697-38495-9.
 
Cartography with ArcView GIS Software & Map Projection Poster

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Recommended book:  Monmonier, Mark.  How to Lie with Maps.  University of Chicago Press, 1991.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

Adobe Illustrator Tutorials - http://www.adobeillustratortutorials.com/

Course Description:
The course is designed to prepare students for the basics of map compilation, design, and construction. Laboratory projects involving student learner use of computers will be required. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, and writings.  This class, in particular, will require you to apply the concepts being learned to hands-on development of maps.  My goal is to create a positive, interactive, challenging, engaging, lively, and even, at times, confusing (believe it or not) classroom environment.  But my success in doing so is largely dependent upon you--your willingness to engage in class discussion, to ask questions, to share your opinions and knowledge from other learning experiences.  I believe that education is most effective when approached as a process during which the teacher and students share equally in contributing to the learning that takes place.  Rather than being the "sage on the stage" or a "fountain of wisdom" (neither of which I am), I will attempt to guide, encourage, and facilitate your learning.  Therefore, you will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss, debate, reflect on, analyze, evaluate, and question the readings and other class material every bit as much as I am.  Put simply, I believe that you will get out of this class what you put into it.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret and evaluate maps.
  2. Construct a map using a variety of methods.
  3. Compare and contrast different types of maps.
  4. Evaluate the importance of map reading and design and it how these skills impact the regional and global community.


Class Assessment:
Homework Assignments - various assignments involving reading, interpretation, evaluation, and construction of maps and mapping techniques (details provided in class)
 
Exams - consisting of multiple choice, matching, true/false, short answer, and essay questions
 
Core Assessment - portfolio of 4 different types of maps and written map justifications (detailed instructions provided in class)

Grading:

Homework Assignments (4 @ 7.5% each) 30%
Exams (3 @ 15% each) 45%
Core Assessment 25%


Final grades will be based on the following scale:
A = 100-90%
B = 89-80%
C = 79-70%
D = 69-60%
F = 59-0%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments submitted at any time after the class period on the announced due date will be subject to 10% penalty for each day they are late.  If you have requested and been granted an excused absence by the instructor for a class period during which an assignment is due, then you must submit the work by the alternate date arranged with the instructor.  Failure to do so may also result in a 10% deduction per day after the alternate due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The following rules of conduct always apply:

1) Demonstrate respect for yourself, your classmates, and your instructor at all times--even if you do not agree with their ideas or opinions.

2) Contribute to an atmosphere conducive to learning by eliminating distractions, especially from electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, iPods, etc.--i.e., turn them OFF!) or off-topic conversations with others.

3) Attend class, participate in discussions and activities, and encourage others to do so as well.

4) Arrive on time for class and do not leave early unless you have notified the instructor; also, notify the instructor promptly if you intend to make a request for an excused absence.
 
5) Communicate early and often with the instructor about any questions, concerns, or problems related to the course.

6) Keep your sense of humor.

7) NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, plagiarize.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Tentative Schedule
 

Week

Date

Topics/Reading

Assignments

1

1/14

Syllabus/Introduction

1/18

Ch. 1: Intro to Thematic Mapping

2

1/21

NO CLASS - MLK Jr. Day

1/25

Ch. 1: Intro to Thematic Mapping

3

1/28

Ch. 4: Geographic Phenomena & Map Symbols

Homework #1 due

2/1

Ch. 4: Geographic Phenomena & Map Symbols

4

2/4

Ch. 5: Common Measures

2/8

Exam #1

Exam #1

5

2/11

Ch. 13: The Map Design Process

2/15

Ch. 13: The Map Design Process

6

2/18

NO CLASS - Presidents' Day

2/22

Ch. 2: Map Projections

Homework #2 due

7

2/25

Ch. 3: Thematic Base-Map Compilation

2/29

Ch. 15: Principles of Color

8

3/3

Ch. 14: Typographics

3/7

Exam #2

Exam #2

9

3/10

NO CLASS - Spring Recess

3/14

NO CLASS - Spring Recess

10

3/17

Ch. 7: Choropleth Maps

3/21

NO CLASS - Good Friday

11

3/24

Ch. 7: Choropleth Maps

3/28

Ch. 8: Dot Maps

Homework #3 due

12

3/31

Ch. 8: Dot Maps

4/4

Ch. 9: Proportional Symbol Maps

13

4/7

Ch. 9: Proportional Symbol Maps

4/11

Ch. 12: Flow Maps

14

4/14

Ch. 12: Flow Maps

Homework #4 due

4/18

Ch. 10: Isarithmic Maps

15

4/21

Ch. 10: Isarithmic Maps

4/25

Ch. 11: Cartograms

16

4/28

Ch. 11: Cartograms

5/2

Exam #3

Exam #3

17

5/5

Core Assessment Presentations (10:15-12:15)

Final CA due

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
ANY INSTANCE OF PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN A ZERO (NO CREDIT) FOR THE ASSIGNMENT ON WHICH IT OCCURS.  IF YOU ARE AT ALL UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU MAY BE COMMITTING PLAGIARISM AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO ASK THE INSTRUCTOR BEFORE SUBMITTING THE WORK FOR GRADING.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Copyright:

This material is protected by copyright and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:1/13/2008 4:13:16 PM