Thematic Cartography

Module Leader: Thomas Maloutas, Professor and Dr Kostas Dimitriou.


This course focuses on the theoretical framework, techniques and technologies that are related to Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization. It covers the design and construction of maps that effectively represent geographic data, revealing spatial patterns and enabling the interpretation of spatial processes. Students should acquire a deeper understanding of the theoretical framework that is related to cartography and visual perception.
At the end of the course students should be able to choose and apply relevant mapping techniques to develop thematic maps suitable for effectively revealing and communicating the spatial structure of particular phenomena.

Course Contents
Topics covered include:

  • Principles of Geographic visualization
  • Principles of Cartography
  • Principles of Thematic Presentation and Representation
  • Data Classification and Analysis

Teaching and
The course consists of lectures, computer
based map design exercises, and map reviews (3 hours per week). Practical exercises train students to produce meaningful professionalquality thematic maps.


The course is mainly assessed by the written examination (3 hours) at the end of the semester. It counts for 60% of the final grade and it can involve questions pertaining to any material covered in lectures, reading or discussion assignments and labs. An important assessment component is the final lab report that all students have to deliver before the final examination. The Lab report counts for 40% of the final grade.