CCOG for GEO 170 Winter 2024
- Course Number:
- GEO 170
- Course Title:
- Maps and Geospatial Concepts
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Interpret maps as tools for communication, cultural artifacts, and models of the Earth.
- Apply underlying map concepts to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other geospatial technologies to communicate geospatial information.
- Analyze and interpret a wide range of maps.
- Apply mapping and geospatial terminology.
- Examine cultural and environmental issues using an understanding of maps.
Social Inquiry and Analysis
Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to apply methods of inquiry and analysis to examine social contexts and the diversity of human thought and experience.
General education philosophy statement
Geographic Techniques are embedded in a technological environment and focused on analyzing the world through a spatial context such as maps. Geospatial technologies and mapping challenge students to examine patterns of social, environmental, and cultural issues using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Students are required to know the difference between these different types of data in order to display it appropriately on a map and effectively communicate information. Students examine maps critically to understand their underlying biases, the potential misleading of information, and the impact of scale. By studying and creating maps, students learn about local and global issues, analyze patterns, and represent information visually.
Students gain an appreciation and love for maps, how they are used, and how they are created.
Course Activities and Design
The material in this course will be presented in a computer lab setting with classroom lecture, discussion, software demos, academic and popular article review, multimedia, and computer-based projects. Other methods may be implemented such as research, reflection papers and small group work.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of themes, concepts, issues, competencies and skills by any combination of the following:
In class activities, discussions, and small group work
Exam and quizzes
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts, Issues:
Types of maps
History of maps
Map design & elements
Global Positioning Systems
Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry
Geographic Information Systems
Competencies and Skills:
Critically examine maps and their intent
Use mapping software to create maps and spatial data
Identify purposes and distinguish characteristics of map projections
Understand geographic and projected coordinate systems
Recognize spatial data errors and (in)accuracies
Apply concepts of scale in digital landscapes