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Before choosing course

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AG2429 (Autumn 2014–)

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 20 h
Laboration 40 h
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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M.-J. Kraak & F. Ormeling, Cartography – Visualization of Geospatial Data, Prentice Hall, 2nd edition, 2003.

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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Exercises, 2,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project Report, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2,5 hp, betygsskala: 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

Aproved laboration, LAB1, 2.5 hp, grade scale P, F
Aproved project, PRO1, 1.0 hp, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Written examination, TEN1, 2.5 hp, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AG2429

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Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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