Fall 2021 - GEOG 351 D100

Multimedia Cartography (4)

Class Number: 4305

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Instructor:

    Shivanand Balram
    1 778 782-2003
    Office: RCBH 6143
  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 255.



Elements of cartographic analysis, design and visualization, with an emphasis on digital mapping, animation techniques, cartographic software and internet mapping. Quantitative.


Course Details: The course focuses on elements of cartographic analysis, design and visualization, with an emphasis on digital mapping, animation techniques, cartographic software and internet mapping. Practical foundation about the current developments and applications in the expanding fields of web GIS and multimedia cartography will be addressed. Students will combine digital mapping principles and spatial information design methods to construct and implement high quality mapping applications for use on the web, mobile and other platforms. The focus is to create engaging GIS mapping solutions with little or no computer programming for communication, analysis and decision-making purposes. The topics will involve: Web and mobile GIS, multimedia cartography design, interactive mapping services and platforms, social media and volunteered geographic information, citizen science, spatiotemporal animations, open geoportals and atlases, and spatial simulation systems.

Format: Remote synchronous delivery. Lectures, labs and office hours begin in the first week.

Lectures: The lectures will be synchronous with video recordings available to those unable to attend. Students will learn about and practice multimedia cartography principles through formal lectures, computer labs, individual assignments, and analysis of public geospatial data. GIS, mapping and data analysis software will be used to explore real-world solutions. There will be a strong emphasis on problem-based and interactive learning. The selected readings will enhance and extend understanding of the materials presented in the lectures.

Computer Labs: The computer labs will be synchronous with video recordings available to those unable to attend. The sessions will use sample and full data sets as well as mapping software to reinforce the theoretical concepts and methods presented in the lectures.

This course may be applied towards the SIS Certificate Program.
The content is subject to changes depending on the number of students, class progress, and available resources.


  • class participation 5%
  • laboratory assignments 45%
  • mid-term test 20%
  • final project 30%


There is no final exam. All marks in the course are absolute and not scaled or assigned based on a curve.



Technology needs: Windows/Mac computer, camera, microphone, and reliable internet connection.

Software will be made available.


Reading materials will be made available.

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.