Course: Fundamentals of Cartography

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Course title Fundamentals of Cartography
Course code KGG/ZKAR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Lehnert Michal, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Šimáček Petr, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Jurek Martin, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
The lectures deal with the following topics: mathematic and geodetic fundamentals of cartography, reference and projection surfaces, coordinate systems, cartographic projections, content of maps, classification of maps according to content, cartographic expression methods, representation of altimetry on maps, color in the content of maps, labelling and lettering of maps, map language and symbol key, cartographic generalization, the production work on maps, mental maps, fundamentals of thematic cartography, introduction to history of world cartography, old maps of our country,. In the tutorials, individual theoretical topics are applied in specific examples of reading and construction of maps.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Grafic and Art Activities
  • Attendace - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 10 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 40 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
One-semestr course of the cartography deals with the questions of the general theory of the cartography (content of the maps, visualization devices, cartographical generalization...), historical cartography.
Define the basic terms, describe main approaches, recall theoretical knowledge for solution of model problems of general and thematic cartography.
Knowledge within the scope of secondary-school level of geography and mathematics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Written exam

Active participation in tutorials, completion of assigned individual worktasks. For the examination, knowledge within the scope of lectures and literature.
Recommended literature
  • & Robinson, A. H. (1995). Elements of cartography. Hoboken, N.J: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Čapek, R. et al. (1992). Geografická kartografie. Praha: SPN.
  • Daniš, M., Hájek, M., Hojovec, V., & Veverka, B. (1987). Kartografie. Praha: Geodetický a kartografický podnik.
  • Murdych, Z., & Novák, V. (1988). Kartografie a topografie. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství.
  • Voženílek, V. (2001). Aplikovaná kartografie. I, Tematické mapy. Olomouc: Vydavatelství UP.
  • Voženílek, V., Kaňok, J., & Bláha, J. D. (2011). Metody tematické kartografie: vizualizace prostorových jevů. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Regional Geography (2015) Geography courses 1 Winter
Faculty of Science Geography (1) Geography courses 1 Winter