Course Code GEOG 181
Course Title Designing Effective Maps
Online Offers
  • Winter 2022 (tentative) (Instructor: TBA)
  • Fall 2021 (tentative) (Instructor: Peter Deadman)
Course Location Online
Credit Weight 0.5
Course Description

Focus is on the issues and foundations of modern digital cartography. Topics covered include geographic coordinate systems, map projections, mapping quantitative data, developing online maps, and the impact of maps on society. Students will learn computer techniques to produce effective maps based on established principles of cartographic design. [Also offered online]

Typical terms may not reflect online offerings.

Course Work and Exam Spring 2021 course outline (note 2)
Author(s) Peter Deadman, Peter Johnson, Scott MacFarlane
  • Antirequisite: GEOG 165
  • Software: Assignments in this course require that you use QGIS software. You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a Windows, MacOS X, or Linux operating system where you can install QGIS software. It is highly recommended that you confirm that you can successfully install QGIS on your computer before enrolling in this course. Refer to the QGIS website ( for download and installation instructions.
System Requirements
  • A computer with Internet access is required for all online and multimodal courses. Please see the System Requirements.
Taught in English
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