Fall 2023 - GEOG 351 D100

Multimedia Cartography (4)

Class Number: 3631

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Oct 6, 2023: Tue, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

    Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Suzana Dragicevic
    1 778 782-4621
    Office: RCB 6233
    Office Hours: TBD
  • 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 Description: The course focuses on elements of cartographic analysis, design, and visualization, with an emphasis on digital and internet mapping. Practical foundation about the current developments and applications in the expanding fields of multimedia cartography and web GIS 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 none or minimal computer programming that enables communication, analysis and decision-making. The topics will include: fundamental cartographic principles, web and mobile GIS deployment, multimedia cartography design, open geoportals and atlases, storymaps, social media and citizen science, multi-dimensional cartography and spatial simulations.

Lectures: Students will learn theoretical and applied multimedia cartography principles through formal lectures, computer labs, individual assignments and a final project. GIS, mapping and data analysis software will be used to explore real-world solutions using open geospatial data. There will be a strong emphasis on problem-based and interactive learning. There is no textbook, but selected readings will be made available to enhance and extend understanding of the materials presented in the class lectures.

Computer Labs: The computer labs will use GIS software, geospatial data, and mapping software to reinforce the concepts and methods presented in the class lectures, and to progressively develop practical competence in the design and development of multimedia cartographic solutions for spatial problems.

Format: In-Person delivery for both the lectures and computer labs. The course begins on Tuesday September 12th.


  • The assessment categories are subject to change on short notice depending on the number of students enrolled, available resources and any changing circumstances during the term.
  • This course may be applied towards the GIS Certificate Program and the GIS Minor.


  • assignments 45%
  • quizzes 30%
  • final project 25%


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


Requirements for In-Person Learning: For work outside the GIS computer laboratory, students can use a modern Windows computer and reliable internet connection to progress their work. Mac computers may not be compatible with the GIS software used.



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