Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Digital Cartography and Design - 2nd semester



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Geografia e Planeamento Regional



Teacher in charge

Jorge Ricardo Ferreira, Nuno Pires Soares

Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language



a) To develop practices and procedures of acquiring information and cartographic design in multidisciplinary context;
b) To deepen knowledge of graphic semiology;
c) to be able to assess, scientifically and technically, information structures in a perspective of sustainable land management;
d) To apply the design as a methodology for the conceptualization of cartography;
e) To develop skills for autonomous learning of mapping and GIS software;
f) To be able to conceptualize solutions for representing multi-scale analysis using the software for computer aided design and geographic information systems;
g) To develop critical skills in the selection, acquisition and cartographic editing for different audiences.



Subject matter

1) Image, mapping and communication;
2) Concepts and applications of advanced cartographic language and semiotics;
3) The cartographic process: design, production and validation;
4) Fundamentals of projections and coordinate systems: Definition of geographic coordinate system (GCS) and projection of a shapefile over a GCS;
5) Acquiring and editing information in vector data model: Attributes of graphic elements. Using layouts in different scales;
6) Digital mapping validation and GIS standards for quality control;
7) Catalog of objects from the Portuguese Geographic Institute and for mapping.


Béguin, M. & Pumain, D. (2010). La Representation des données gógraphiques. Statistic et Cartographie (3e éd.). Paris: Armand Colin.
Bertin, J. (2005). Sémiologie Graphique. Les diagrammes, les réseaux, les cartes (4e éd.). Paris: EHESS,
Dodge, M. & Kitcnin, R. (2001). Atlas of Cyberspace. Harlow, England: Adisson-Wesley, Pearson Education.
ESRI (2011). GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook (4th Ed.). New York: ESRI Press.
Robinson, A.H. (1995). Elements of Cartography (6th ed.). New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Teaching method

Expository and participatory classes. The teaching methods are based on theoretical / practical classes where emphasis is placed on the conceptual explanation and analysis of case studies. In terms of teaching methodologies it is given great importance to good and bad examples of cartography.

Evaluation method

Regarding the evaluation, this includes:
- Reading of selected texts whose contents are discussed; [20%]
- Individual work followed by teachers, based on the resolution of practical cases, where it is expected the application of concepts, methods and techniques of cartography, both in the analogue environment, whether digital. Elaboration of a layout with an oral presentation. [80%]

[According to the FCSH Assessment Standards, the proposed evaluation elements to introduce students in the first class may suffer readjustments, particularly in the percentage of each element.]