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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
A. Map concepts
The reduction of the real world to the symbolic, history of maps, data sources used to create maps, scale, grid, direction, elevation and projection. Raster, vector, hard copy and digital maps.
B. Hong Kong map systems
Topographic series (1:1000, 1:5000, 1:20000, 1:50000 & 1:100000), countryside series, geological series, map indexing system.
C. The concept of map scale
The concept of scale, its representation, influence of scale on map detail, map generalisation.
D. Creation of a simple plan / large-scale topographic map
Identify primary data sources (land surveying and GPS) and secondary
data sources (aerial photos and remote sensing imagery), including both terrain and ground features
E. Map symbol systems and symbol perception
Principles, conventions, map layout, conventional symbols used in Hong Kong topographic maps.
F. Representation of relief, natural and cultural features
Terrain interpretation from spot height, contour, hypsometric colouring, hill shading, hydrographic features, vegetation, boundary, built-up areas, transportation.
G. Map projections
The Earth’s geometry, planar and spherical coordinates, transformations, properties of projections and applications, examples from cylindrical, conical and azimuthal groups, UTM grid, Hong Kong Grid, transformation between different coordinate systems.
H. SDI and BIM
Basic concepts of SDI and BIM, importance of SDI and BIM for modern urban development and construction
1. In-class practicals 40%
2. Phase Test 10%
3. Examination 50%
Students need to pass both continuous assessment and examination in order to pass the whole subject.
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Map. This subject without a very good focus unlike cartography mainly focus on thematic mapping, but it equip you with enough information for future.
Lab, MC phase test and exam.
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