103-0214-AAL  Cartography Fundamentals

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersL. Hurni
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.


AbstractBasic knowledge about communication with spatial information by using plans and maps, about the most important design rules and production methods for map graphics.
ObjectiveAcquire basic knowhow about communication with spatial information by using plans and maps, about the most important design rules and production methods for map graphics. Ability to assess existing products with respect to their content-related and design quality. Ability to design proper plans and well designed legends for basic maps.
ContentDefinitions "map" and "cartography"
Map types
Current tasks and situation of cartography
Map history
Spatial reference systems
Map projections
Map concepts and workflow planning
Map design
Topographic maps
Analogous and digital map production technology
Prepress technology
Printing technology
Map critics
Lecture notesA specific programme for students with "additional requirements" will be provided. Please contact the supervisors.
LiteratureLinks to references and other materials will be provided by the supervisors.