Mapping the Midlands will introduce students to cartographic basics and the use of GIS for computer mapping through a series of projects looking at the human geography of the Midlands.
A series of formal lectures will outline the principles:
- History of mapping
- Projections and coordinate systems, integration with GPS
- The Map Communication Model and modes of representationVector & raster data basics
Students will complete three projects, supported through six weeks of lab classes following the four weeks of lectures.
Formal training in the use of lab-based GIS will give a good foundation for students to undertake exercises in the use of field-based GIS as part of 106B Physical Environments of Birmingham.
- 4 hours of lectures
- 20 hours of computer lab drop-in sessions
- Mapping two self-selected variables from the census dataset. (Formative)Description of urban change post-1870 for a selected area of the West Midlands, 1000 words with illustrations (50%)
- Two maps based on a house condition survey of Selly Oak with 1000 word critical commentary (50%)
- Basic choropleth mapping using census data for Birmingham
- Overlay and analysis of historical maps
- Mapping of data collected as part of a field survey of house condition within Selly Oak
- Understand the basic principles underlying map making
- Use of number of different mapping techniques within ArcGIS
- Acquire data from a variety of online sources
- Apply these skills in a series of independent projects