Office Hours: 10-11 MW (right after class) or by appt. in Guggenheim 102B, Phone: 303-492-6760, Email: email@example.com
Office Hours: TuTh, 9:30-10:30 AM in GUGG 301B or by appt., Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MWF, 9:00-9:50 AM in GUGG 205, Lab
meetings: Monday, 11-1:50 PM and Wednesday, 3-5:50 PM in
GUGG 6 (KESDA computer lab).
Note: In addition to attending lab every week,
you can also work on your assignments with ArcGIS in GUGG 8.
There are other accessible labs offering ArcGIS. Visit http://webdata.colorado.edu/labs/softwaresearch/
to find available labs.
I will also provide each student with a 1-year
license for ArcGIS software.
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Mapping a Changing World provides an overview of modern cartography and the important roles maps play in today's world. In the sciences, maps are vital to the exploration of spatial and environment patterns and processes from Anthropology to Zoology. Maps are essential to commerce and business for marketing, sales, distribution, locational analysis, and strategic planning. In government, maps are used for urban planning, infrastructure management, census-based demographic analysis, redistricting of political jurisdictions, and many other applications. Mapping a Changing World is organized to give you a hands-on appreciation of some of these many ways in which maps, geographic information systems, air photographs, and satellite imagery are used in contemporary society. By the end of the semester, you should be able:
1) To create maps for research and term papers and professional reports
2) To gather and analyze information from maps for study, research, and personal enjoyment
3) To master the digital skills needed to find, compile, edit, and create useful maps
Mapping a Changing World is organized around active-learning assignments and exams. The active-learning assignments emphasize ways that cartographers and other researchers use maps to address real-world research issues. The issues have been selected so that they raise a variety of technical and methodological problems related to the theory and practice of cartography. In this way, you will learn by experience how cartographers gather and weigh evidence about natural and human processes, employ maps and databases to represent and model real-life situations, analyze spatial, temporal, and functional relationships, and communicate findings cartographically and graphically and in written and spoken presentations. The assignments stress analytical reasoning and how such reasoning is supported by the use of maps, computers, and information technology.
Most of the course materials for Mapping a Changing World have been developed in hypermedia format as an on-line "electronic" textbook and lab manual in the Worldwide Web. The course does not assume previous experience with geographic information systems, mapping technologies or the Internet, though experience with Windows-based computers is valuable. The course is built around lectures, discussion and, of course, hands-on laboratory experience. The active-learning assignments make uses of popular software systems for mapping, graphics, and GIS. Practice with these systems will be of value in your future academic and professional work.
Your course grade will be based on six
active-learning projects (65% of your final grade), two exams
(each 15% of your final grade), and lab
attendance (5% of your final grade). The active-learning
All fractional point scores were rounded UP to next highest point.
Participation was based on percent lab attendance.Ranges of Final Grade: A (93 and above), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79), C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (60-69), D (55-59), D- (50-54), F (49 and below).
Attendance is required at all lab sessions.
One book is required for this course:
Brewer, Cynthia A.
2005. Designing better maps: A guide for GIS users.
Redlands, CA: Esri Press.
This book can be purchased through the bookstore. It can also be ordered, instead, directly from the publishers' Web pages (http://www.esri.com) or you may wish to comparison shop among Web bookstores such as http://www.amazon.com/ or http://www.barnesandnoble.com/Other study materials are online in the Web or will be distributed by email. The following are optional sources that you may wish to purchase if you find them useful:
During the course of the semester you will need to purchase about $20 in computer supplies for the laboratory exercises. You will need to buy one memory stick (at least 2 GB of free space) and 6-10 empty CDs or DVDs for backing up data and projects. These should be purchased immediately for use in lab.
You will be making extensive use of the
Geography Department's KESDA computer lab, the Internet, Worldwide
Web, and E-mail. Be sure that you have a valid CU Identikey password and working email
account. For more information see: 1) http://oit.colorado.edu/accounts/students
2) Getting Started with Campus Technology (http://oit.colorado.edu/getting-started)
The course requires you to spend time working in the department's KESDA computer lab on the ground floor of Guggenheim Hall. You should plan to spend at least 3-5 hours in the laboratory every week, in addition to your time in lab/recitation, or you can practice with the software at home if you load the free software. Please follow the rules for laboratory access posted in the lab and discussed in class. Violation of the rules can result in loss of laboratory privileges.
If you have a temporary medical condition or injury, see guidelines at http://www.colorado.edu/disabilityservices/go.cgi?select=temporary.html
Disability Services' letters for students
with disabilities indicate legally mandated reasonable
accommodations. The syllabus statements and answers to Frequently
Asked Questions can be found at http://www.colorado.edu/disabilityservices
Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance. In this class, please make arrangements with me at least ten days in advance of the observance so that plans can be made for your participation. See full details of CU policy at at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/fac_relig.html
Students and faculty each have
responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning
environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards
may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and
sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals
and topics dealing with differences of race, culture, religion,
politics, sexual orientation, gender, gender variance, and
nationalities. Class rosters are provided to the instructor
with the student's legal name. I will gladly honor your request to
address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise
me of this preference early in the semester so that I may make
appropriate changes to my records. See policies at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/classbehavior.html
and at http://www.colorado.edu/studentaffairs/judicialaffairs/code.html#student_code
The University of Colorado at Boulder policy on Discrimination and Harassment, the University of Colorado policy on Sexual Harassment and the University of Colorado policy on Amorous Relationships apply to all students, staff and faculty. Any student, staff or faculty member who believes s/he has been the subject of sexual harassment or discrimination or harassment based upon race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status should contact the Office of Discrimination and Harassment (ODH) at 303-492-2127 or the Office of Judicial Affairs at 303-492-5550. Information about the ODH, the above referenced policies and the campus resources available to assist individuals regarding discrimination or harassment can be obtained at http://www.colorado.edu/odh
Last revised 2012.8.19. KEF