Satisfies School of Education requirement as a "geography" course.
Topics selected are tailored to needs of students from the School of Education, based on the "five themes" approach.
This course is suitable for elementary and secondary certification candidates at both the undergraduate and masters (MAC) levels.
Students will see how maps may be used to help us make decisions (policy) at various scales, AND, how the decisions we make influence the maps we create--hence, the interactive feedback between maps and decisions.
Students will work on projects in which they acquire mapping and GIS skills.
Oral midterm presentation of progress on project--15%
Weekly map quizzes on place recognition--10%
Final project--50%--written web site including text, graphs, and possibly interactive features.
Required books to purchase:
Mark Monmonier, How to Lie with Maps, University of Chicago Press
A current world atlas.
Content split into four units, each 1 to 4 weeks in length:
1. Maps and Decisions:
Uses Geography's Five Themes on maps of Ann Arbor and information involving Planning. The five themes are: location, place, population-environment interaction, movement patterns, regions and methods of classification.
2. Maps and Decisions:
As above, this unit uses the five themes on base maps from SEMCOG and the Census (from ESRI).
3. Maps and Decisions:
As above, this unit uses the five themes on U.S. national maps based on Census data.
4. Maps and Decisions:
As above, this unit uses the five themes on ESRI maps and data and Digital Chart of the World data.