General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Introduction to map design with GIS
Language English
Module lecturer dr Edyta Bąkowska-Waldmann
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt (assistant professor)
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30


The course will take place in winter semester. Classes will be preferably 2 x 1,5 hours each week through the first half of the semester. The classes will take place in a computer lab. The timetable will be provided at the start of semester.

Location: Collegium Geographicum, Bogumiła Krygowskiego 10, Faculty of Human Geography and Planning

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Module aim (aims)

The course is designed to provide students, regardless of their academic backgrounds, with a foundational understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its practical applications in map design. It will equip students with the skills necessary to create visually compelling and informative maps using various GIS tools and techniques. The course will focus on developing proficiency in visualizing socio-spatial data and effectively presenting information through map design. Creative thinking in map design, allowing students to express diverse information and perspectives graphically, will be encouraged. The importance of cartography as a means of communication and data analysis will be highlighted. Practical learning will be a core aspect, with exercises and projects enabling students to apply map design skills in real-world scenarios. These objectives will guide students as they gain a solid foundation and practical skills in map design and GIS, making it accessible to students from diverse academic disciplines.


Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

To participate effectively in the course, it is expected that students have a level of proficiency in the English language that enables them to comfortably use software and resources available in English. This requirement is essential as the course materials and GIS software are primarily available in English. No GIS skills are required.


Week 1: Introduction to GIS and cartography

Week 2: Critical cartography

Week 3: Basics of map design

Week 4: Mapping socio-economic phenomena

Week 5: PPGIS and mapping experiential knowledge

Week 6: Maps in storytelling

Week 7: Presentations of students’ projects


Reading list

The reading list will be presented at the first meeting.