GEOG 103G Mapping Our World

GEOG 103G | Open | Semester One and Two 2024 | City Campus | 15 points

Course description

An introduction to contemporary geospatial technologies such as web-mapping, GPS and tracking devices (such as your phone), Remote Sensing and GIS. Covers key concepts and principles behind these tools and their use, along with practical experiences through laboratories. Critical and theoretical perspectives on the tools, their use, and their social impacts will be discussed.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how and why public and private organizations produce and use geographic data, including topographic maps, remotely sensed imagery, and thematic maps. Students will be able to demonstrate disciplinary knowledge and practice based on material delivered through the lecture programme.
  2. Understand in overview how it is that geographical data are captured, stored, used and disseminated. Students should be able to use geospatial data to solve complex problems.
  3. Understand some of the characteristics, availability, limitations and potential pitfalls of geospatial information. Students should be able to evaluate information and spatial data critically. Students will be aware of the ethical implications of the collection and dissemination of geospatial data. Students should be aware of the social and environmental responsibilities surrounding the capture, analysis and dissemination of a range of geospatial data.
  4. Develop the ability to use, manage, present, and communicate geospatial information. Students should become effective communicators of geospatial information using cartographic and visualisation techniques in a clear and organised manner. 

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