Map Use and Interpretation

Map Use and Interpretation
Maps as tools for spatial analysis of problems in physical and cultural geography.
 Hours4.0 Credit, 4.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring
 ProgramsContaining GEOG 211
Course Outcomes

The Big Three

Identify each component of the "Big Three" when using or observing geographic technologies. The Big Three includes 1) Geographic Information Systems, 2) Global Positioning Systems, and 3) Remote Sensing.

Map Scale

Complete all typical map scale calculations related to land distance and area including unit conversions.

Datum and Coordinate Systems

Give and take coordinate references in UTM and lat / long and convert between the two.

select a datum and coordinate system appropriate for a given job-related task. Explain the logic of and give / take a reference in the PLSS


Configure a GPS receiver properly to use both with and without a map.

Lay-in and follow the course in a GPS receiver.

Topographic Maps

Measure elevation, distance, direction, slope, and aspect from digital or paper topographic maps.

Perform a simple statistical analysis of data on a USGS topographic map.

Thematic maps

When presented with a typical specimen, perform a simple interpretation of a thematic map (e.g. Choropleth, Isoline)