GGP330 Cartography

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GGP 330 Cartography


SP 2012 HO


Fox, David P.


Assistant Professor of Geography


(PhD candidate [ABD], Geography, University of Kansas)
MA, Geography, University of Missouri (2001)
BA, Geography, University of Missouri (1993)

Office Location

Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC), Room 004

Office Hours

-MTWR-- 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (also available by appointment)

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

Jan. 16 - May 13

Class Days


Class Time

10:10-11:25 AM



Credit Hours



   Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization
, 3rd Edition
      By Terry A. Slocum, Robert B. McMaster, Fritz C. Kessler and Hugh H. Howard 
      Prentice Hall Publishing
      ISBN: 013229834
    Textbook website:

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

   Recommended book:  How to Lie with Maps. By Mark Monomonier. University of Chicago Press, 1991.
      Author's website:
   See Webliography page in the course eCompanion website:

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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:

"Education must, then, be not only a transmission of culture but also a provider of alternative views of the world and a strengthener of the will to explore them."
-- Jerome S. Bruner
"Education is the art of making [humans] ethical." -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
   My goal is to create a classroom environment that is positive, engaging, challenging, and even, at times, confusing (believe it or not).  My success in doing so, however, is largely dependent upon YOU.  Your willingness to engage with the class by reading, listening, asking questions, sharing your personal knowledge and opinions, and thinking critically about the course content is ultimately what will make this class a success.  You will be expected to come prepared to discuss, debate, reflect on, analyze, evaluate, and question the readings and other class material.  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:

- Three (3) homework assignments involving reading, interpretation, evaluation, and construction of maps.  Assignments will be due approximately two weeks from the day they are assigned in class.  Details about each assignment will be available in the
class eCompanion website.
   Discussions - Eight (8) written responses to material presented in class on unannounced occasions. 
   Quizzes - Seven (7) quizzes usually consisting of 15-20 multiple choice, matching, or true/false questions will be given approximately every other week.
   Core Assessment - A map design project, including a written justification and presentation, will be due by the Final Exam period on Tuesday, May 8.


   Composition of final course grades:
      33% - Assignments (3 @ 11% each)
      12% - Discussions (8 @ 1.5% each)
      35% - Quizzes (7 @ 5% each)
      20% - Core Assessment (Map project)

   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:

   Homework assignments are expected to be fully completed and submitted by the announced due date and time.  The instructor reserves the right to determine whether or not any late work may be accepted and how much of a grade reduction penalty is appropriate depending upon the rationale for the student's lateness and whether or not he/she appropriately notified the instructor in advance of the deadline (or as soon as reasonably possible in the event of an emergency/unforeseen circumstance) with any appropriate documentation that may be requested by the instructor for verification purposes..

   If you miss a discussion or quiz for ANY reason, you MUST contact the instructor BEFORE the next class meeting in order to have the possibility of being granted a make-up.  Only ONE make-up for each type of assessment (discussion or quiz) will be allowed for any unexcused absences.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

   Make class time your first priority.  Notify the instructor immediately if you are having difficulty accessing the lab or keeping up with the assigned schedule.

   You will be held accountable for any material presented or discussed in meeting sessions or through assigned readings
   You will be expected to use the eCollege website for the course: All assignments/assessments will be required to be submitted online.  Students are expected to notify the instructor in advance of the due date of any questions or concerns accessing or using this technology.
   You will be expected to use ESRI's ArcGIS for Desktop 10 software in order to complete all of the Assignments for this course.  This software is available in the GIS Lab (SC010) and the instructor will provide instruction in any of the technical skills needed.  You will be expected, however, to make all design cartographic design decisions according to the guidelines presented in the course.  Use of the GIS Lab outside of the regular classtime will be necessary in order to complete some of the course assessments.

   You are expected to be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of any technological problems that may be encountered.  Therefore, computer problems will NOT automatically be considered grounds for having late work excused.  Be sure to save copies of your work OFTEN and in multiple locations for backup purposes. 

   NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, plagiarize
.  Always respect the university's policies on academic honesty and freedom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

   A detailed schedule for the semester will be available in the Doc Sharing page of the course eCompanion website:

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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: .


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