The purpose of this course is to provide
an introduction to the basics of map reading and interpretation. Basic
concepts such as projections, coordinate systems, scale and direction
are introduced and reinforced through lab exercises and lecture material.
In addition the course looks at how maps can be used to communicate information
in a variety of ways. From professionally prepared cartographic data to
maps appearing almost daily in the newspapers and magazines, a variety
of map sources and types are used to illustrate how maps can speak a language
of their own.
One major project will be assigned for this
course using USGS topographic maps and aerial photographs. Knowledge of
basic internet skills and an understanding of GIS software and graphic
software packages will be used as a basis for mapping a variety of thematic
History of Geography 2840
This course was first offered at the University of Missouri in the late
seventies and was called Basic Map Interpretation and Remote Sensing.
At that time most maps were produced manually and pen and ink, rulers,
protractors and lettering templates were the "state-of-the art"
map making techniques. This course covered map basics, including air photo
interpretation and an introduction to remote sensing. The one semester
format allowed enough time to thoroughly cover the subject matter
The evolution of the computer as a mapping tool began in earnest in the
early 80's and as satellite imagery, geographic information systems, and
more complex spatial analysis began to expand the discipline, this course
had to mutate...or basically split into two distinct courses because of
the explosion of the subject matter. Geography 47, Mapping the Environment
is now the first course in a two course sequence. It is followed by Geography
2480, Introduction to Mapping Science.