AG2412 Geovisualisation 7.5 credits


Advanced cartography and visualisation, symbolization of analogue and digital maps, graphical signal system, 3D graphics, VRML. Interactive and dynamic web publishing of spatial data. Scripting and automation of map layout and symbolization.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

- Map symbols
- Visual variables: spacing, size, orientation, shape, arrangement, height, hue, value, saturation.
- Data classification
- Topographic and thematic map design and symbolization
- Map design for presentation, synthesis, analysis and exploration of spatial data
- Exploratory data analysis, graphical data analysis techniques
- 2D, 2.5D, and 3D data and their representation
- Temporal data and their representation

Intended learning outcomes *

The major objective of this course is to learn principles of cartography and techniques for effective visualization of geographic data. On the completion of this course, students should be able to design analogue and digital cartographic products using an existing geographic information system, and to gain critical thinking skills essential to avoid being misled by cartographic products.

Course Disposition

Lectures 20h
Laboration 40h
Written examination

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

For admitted students to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Urban Management (CSAMH) or the Master of Science in Transport and Geoinformation Technology (TTGTM), there are no additional requirements.

For other students:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, urban planning, geomatics, geography, engineering physics, computer science, statistics, economics, and/or mathematics
  • At least one course on GIS or a relevant subject
  • Documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B

Recommended prerequisites

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Terry A. Slocum, Robert B. McMaster, Fritz C. Kessler, and Hugh H. Howard, 2008, Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB2 - Laboratory Work, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Written exam (TEN1; 3,0 cr) (A/B/C/D/E/FX/F)
Approved laboration (LAB1; 3.0 cr) (P/F)
Project (PRO1; 1,5 cr) (P/F)

Participation in study visit and final presentation sessions

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

No opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination


Takeshi Shirabe

Further information

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Main field of study *

Built Environment

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

AG 2421  A GIS Project


Takeshi Shirabe,

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.