20825 001 9:45--11:15 Tuesday and Thursday 203 Martin Hall

Instructor: Dr. Miriam Helen Hill Office: 205 Martin Hall

Office Hours: Monday 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Wednesday 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
or by e-mail or WWW by appointment in the virtual classroom or AOL IM

E-mail or (Both go to AOL)
Telephone: (256) 782-8063 (e-mail is more efficient)

Prerequisites: GY208 and prior experience with ArcGIS 9.3 are required and essential.

Texts: Borden D. Dent, Jeffrey S. Torguson, and Thomas W. Hodler, Cartography: Thematic Map Design, Sixth Edition (Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2009) 978-0-07-294382-5.

JSU's CD Manual for Adobe Illustrator. (Available in class.)

Other materials required: Includes clipboard carryall, Engineer's scale, scissors, small dry cleaning pad, gum eraser, white out pen, multipurpose template such as Picket No. 1043I or Alvin No T-41 or Berol RapidDesign Master General Purpose R-18, protractor preferrably a circular one, erasing shield, transparent ruler, 10 inch 60 triangle, double pointed calligraphy pen (black only), eraser stick, mechanical pencil 0.5 mm, disposable technical pen set 4 or 5 pen sizes BLACK ONLY, divider, basic function calculator, masking tape or drafting tape. 256 M or larger USB key, blank writable CDs, and ear phones for the computer speakers will also be needed.

Optional: flexible ruler, small dusting brush, T-square, colored pencils, exacto knife, six inch or larger 45 triangle, mechanical pencil 0.7 mm, drawing compass, French curve

Other resources: Access to the World Wide Web is required and available through university facilities. Students are expected to be familiar with computers or at least willing to learn how to use e-mail, print and save files, access sites on the WWW, use various software packages.

Supplemental Texts: John Campbell, Map Use and Analysis, 4th or any edition, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2001, ISBN 0-07-303748-6 .

Phillip C. Muehrcke, Juliana O. Muehrcke & A. Jon Kimerling, Map Use: Reading, Analysis, and Interpretation, Revised Fourth Edition or any edition(JP Publications, P.O. Box 44173, Madison, Wisconsin 53744-4173).

Suzanne Sayegh Thomas, Using Illustrator 10: Getting the Most out of Adobe Illustrator! Clifton Park, NY: Thomson/Delmar, 2003. 0-7668-3474-3 (Disk) 498 pages.

Class homepage: The class homepage is at and also can be reached through the link on Dr. Hill's homepage at This syllabus will also be linked to the class homepage.

Grading: Daily Activities will count for 30% of the grade. Map and Graphic Production will count for 60% of the grade. A PowerPoint portfolio will count for 10%. Guaranteed percentage grades will be: above 90% A; 80-90% B; 70-80% C; 60-70% D; below 60% F. Papers without names or with illegible names may earn NO CREDIT.

Reading Assignments: Use the attached schedule to read the assignments BEFORE coming to class. The content of the chapters must be applied to the assignments.

Assignments are due at the beginning of the indicated class. Materials for any canceled class are due at the beginning of the next class session along with that day's assignments.

Late Submissions: Late work may be penalized 10% per class session that it is late. This begins with the class session on which it is due. The date of submission as registered by Blackboard is the official submission time. Check Tools/Gradebook to be sure that your work has been fully submitted.

Attendance and Daily Activities-Attendance is EXPECTED and the benefits are inherent. During each class session, a daily assignment will be submitted or a participation grade recorded. If the class is missed, an outline of a pertinent chapter from Muehrcke or Thomas may be substituted. Note, however, that the student is responsible for the material and activities covered during the missed session AND for SUBMITTING THE ASSIGNMENTS before the designated time.

Productions: A number of map and graphic assignments must be completed. These will be graded on a point basis with each equally weighted to the others. The mean score will be used in grade calculations. Late assignments may incur point penalties. Be sure to check the class web pages for instructions and the grading form. Using the grading form to check that all required elements are included can significantly enhance the score. It is important to keep up with the weekly activities and deadlines. Do not get behind on the assignments.

PowerPoint Portfolio: Completion of a PowerPoint portfolio displaying the productions and any other GIS work will culminate the semester.

Class membership: Class members are expected to answer and ask questions, be involved in activities, and to facilitate an educational academic atmosphere. Proper attitude and behavior are expected. At all times presence should facilitate a smooth flow of intellectual ideas, knowledge, and intelligent discussion. Failure to contribute or promote this important goal will risk grade penalties.

All materials presented in this class are done so with educational goals in mind and are not intended to cause distress of any nature. Please be aware that controversial materials, theories, exhibits, etc. will be presented in this class. If you are unwilling or unable to view these presentations in the educational light in which they are presented, then you need to reconsider your enrollment in this class.

Additional Comments: During class sessions, other bonus points might be offered. These are only available to the students in attendance that day. Bonus credit is possible for exceptional meritorious performance or behavior in all categories of grading. No individual extra credit papers, projects, or activities will be allowed.

Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty is defined to include any form of cheating or plagiarism. A discussion of the topic is set forth in the student handbook. Working and studying with classmates are beneficial and to be encouraged. Copying work is not to be confused with comparing work and discussing similarities and differences. You are responsible for both understanding answers submitted and the completion of the materials.

Disabilities: According to Public Law 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Jacksonville State University will provide reasonable access and appropriate accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled students. If you need such access or accommodations, please consult with Disability Support Services and your professor immediately.

You will need: Bring ALL of your texts, equipment, class notes, paper, pencil, ear phones, and other related materials to each class meeting.

Questions or problems: Please contact the professor. Asking questions is an extremely important part of the learning process.

Class Schedule: Use the outline provided to complete the assigned reading BEFORE class on the designated dates. Specific readings generally will not be announced in class. Note that weeks run from Wednesday through Tuesday.


weekprojectDent ChapterProject Due**
1 1 
2Calligraphy12 and 13 
3Birdwell2 and 4A Caligraphy
4Projections3B Birdwell
5Choropleth5 and 6C Projections
6Computer Dot Density7D Choropleth
7Dot Density15E Computer Dot Density
8Proportional Symbols8F Dot Density
9Isarithm9G Proportional Symbols
10Cartogram10H Isarithm
11Flow11I Cartogram
12BW/Color14J Flow
13Graphs17K BW/Color
14Portfolio16L Graphs and Portfolio
FinalTuesday, April 20 at 8-10 a.m.  

*Any major changes to this schedule will be announced in class.
**Projects are due on Tuesday of the indicated week.

All grades are final at noon CST on April 20, 2010.