This course introduces the methods, techniques and considerations behind geographic data visualization and Web based mapping. We will explore constructing narratives using maps with Esri's ArcGIS Story Map platform. It focuses upon data science, scientific communication, and the cartographic process, and in particular, considerations surrounding cartographic data visualization strategies.

Starting at $1,800.00
As few as 10 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Knowledge of how data classification methods and color schemes can be employed in thematic mapping
  • Techniques to create data visualizations linking maps and other non-geographic data visualizations
  • Communicate effectively using maps and cartographic data visualization
  • Learn key principles related to cartographic layout and structure
  • Identify essential concepts of cartographic representation

About this course:

This course introduces the methods, techniques, and considerations behind geographic data visualization and GIS mapping. The first and most significant portion of the course covers best practices for cartographic design, including topics and techniques related to generalization, representation, typography, classification, color, and symbology. Students engage with the full extent of the cartographic design process in a practical context using ArcGIS, the leading commercial desktop GIS platform, by completing weekly projects that incorporate application of best practices of cartographic design. The second part of the course focuses on Web mapping and Web presentation of cartography, with a particular emphasis on cloud-based GIS and mapping platforms as well as cloud-based Web design and development essentials. Practical applications are provided throughout the course. Students will be earning transferable UCLA course credit for all courses in the certificate program. This course is accredited and approved by the UCLA Academic Senate as a credit-bearing course. It carries lower-division undergraduate credit. Weekly activities include reviewing video lectures, technical screencasts, and readings. Completing practical assignments involve the use of GIS methods to address real-world scenarios; Self-assessment using automated non-graded quizzes; and more.

Winter 2023 Schedule

Date & Time
This section has no set meeting times.
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ENROLL BY: Jan 16, 2023
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Required course in the GIS & Geospatial Technology Certificate program.

This is an online course, wherein all course content is delivered online and all interaction among the instructor and the participants will take place online; additional requirements include microphone, headphones/speakers, and webcam.

Technical requirements: Students are responsible for providing a personal computer with a minimum of 4GB of RAM that is capable of running Windows 10. Apple hardware running macOS can be used provided that Windows 10 is installed either using Boot Camp or virtualization (VirtualBox, Parallels, etc.) with at least 4GB of RAM allocated to Windows. Hardware specifications in excess of these minimum requirements will offer better performance and a better student experience. Students will be provided with a student license for ArcGIS as long as they are enrolled in program courses for which ArcGIS is required.

Enrollment limited to 50 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 23, 2023
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials

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