Introduction to GIS and Maps

Required Readings, Winter 2020

All readings are available either online or on the data drive, 301_w_20 subdirectory (the data library drive in the GIS lab. Yes, you must be in the lab to access the files. I suggest you download the lot early.)

If possible, please read online and don't print the articles- one of my objectives is to save photocopying/printing costs - AND you get to view the images in color! Further, please do not print large jobs in the GIS lab - head over to one of the campus labs. Your tech fee money pays for printing in public labs, but not in the GIS Lab. Printing elsewhere saves geography money and, in these budget cut days, will let us stretch our money farther and maintain services. In other words, if y'all print too much, you won't have the printer available (a classic case of the Tragedy of the Commons).

All readings are due by Friday at 5:00 in the mailboxy thing outside my office door.


1. Google Maps/Earth (due 17 January)

2. Tracking (due 24 January)

3. Nature of GIS (due 31 January)

4. Visualization (due 7 February): Do the first two and one of the second two.

5. GIS Data (due 14 February)

6. Politics (due 21 February). Do the first two and one of the second two

7. Science (due 28 February) (do the first and two of the next three)

8. GPS/Ethics (due 6 March)

9. Story Maps (Due 13 March)


Writeup format

For EACH paper/video, do the following:
1. Outline the paper (in outline format, about 1/2 a page). Examples of outline format at 1, 2, 3.
2. Summarise the main points of the article (at least one paragraph, depending on the complexity of the paper) and how the info in the article might relate to other papers, lectures, other readings, your own experience, etc… In other words, show that you have thought about the article, not just rehashed the last paragraph or two. About half a page.

When grading outlines, I ask the question 'did the student read the paper.'

When grading summaries, I ask the question 'did the student think about the paper.' In short, if all the information in the summary is in the paper, I cannot give full credit.

Note: to be accepted, the writeups MUST be typed. They are due by 5:00 on the due date (in my mailbox next to my office door). Late writeups (or emailed submissions) will NOT be accepted.

Grading: Each set of readings will be worth 1% of your final grade.

Also note: information pulled from the readings will be on the midterm and final exams.

Sample writeup