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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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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AG2412 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

Lectures 20h
Laboration 40h
Written examination

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.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

A completed bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, urban planning, geomatics, geography, engineering physics, computer science, statistics, economics, and/or mathematics, including at least 3 university credits in each of the following or their equivalents: Programming, Linear Algebra, Calculus in One Variable, and Probability & Statistics together with Eng B.

Eng B/6 according to the Swedish upper secondary school system.

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

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • 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


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.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

AG 2421  A GIS Project


Takeshi Shirabe,