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Cartographic Representation and Technologies

Code: MEG003     Acronym: RCT

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Geography

Instance: 2016/2017 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Geography
Course/CS Responsible: Teaching Geography in the 3rd cycle of Basic Education and in Secondary Education

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MEG 10 MEG - Study Plan 1 - 6 52 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Mário Gonçalves Fernandes

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,00
Tutorial Supervision: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 3,00
Mário Gonçalves Fernandes 3,00
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 1,00
Mário Gonçalves Fernandes 1,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2016-05-24.

Fields changed: Components of Evaluation and Contact Hours, Fórmula de cálculo da classificação final

Teaching language



The syllabus is based on the guidelines, programs and curricular goals established for the teaching of Geography in basic and secondary education. Within the accomplishment of the main purpose of complementing, reinforcing and strengthening the academic knowledge acquired by students during their basic course, it is intended to achieve the following objectives:

- Complementing, reinforcing and strengthening the basic academic education in Geography, focusing the necessary knowledge to the teacher training of Geography in basic and secondary education;

- Enhancing the localization and diversity of geographic distributions and the understanding of the multiscale spaces of spatial relationship;

- Selecting knowledge, methodologies and techniques of geographic localization and interpretation appropriate to the representation of space at different scales.

Learning outcomes and competences

This UC focus questions like the distinction of Geography as a subject that approaches territories in an integrating perspective between nature and societies, the critical application of knowledge and earth surface representation instruments, and the judicious selection of processes and localization elements among different elements and geographic themes

So with this UC is intended that students master basic content of geographical knowledge, underlying the teaching of Geography in basic and secondary education. The aim is that students develop the constant updating and application of knowledge and skills relating to the representation of the earth's surface and the location of elements of the earth's surface.

Working method



1. Representation of the Earth's surface

1.1. Concepts and forms of representation

1.2. Cartographic projections

1.3. Classification and use of cartographic representations

1.3.1. Branches of cartography and map types

1.3.2. Map elements

1.3.3. Scales, cartographic generalization and cartographic symbolization

1.3.4. The application of the scale to calculate distances

1.3.5. Maps and new technologies (GPS, GIS, Google maps)

2. The location of elements of the Earth's surface

2.1. Relative location and orientation processes

2.2. Absolute location and geometric elements of the terrestrial sphere

2.3. Coordinate systems

Mandatory literature

Fernandes, M. G.; Cartografia, programa, conteúdos e métodos de ensino, Porto, FLUP, policopiado, 2008
Gaspar, Joaquim Alves; Dicionário de ciências cartográficas. ISBN: 9727572367
Gaspar, Joaquim Alves; Cartas e projecções cartográficas. ISBN: 972-757-151-4
Robinson, A. H. et al, ; Elementos de Cartografía, Barcelona, Ediciones Omega, 1987. ISBN: 84-282-0768-2

Teaching methods and learning activities

The adopted methodologies satisfy the purpose expressed under art. 8 Decree Law (Decreto-Lei) 79-2014, that is, the reinforcement and strengthening of the acquired knowledge in the academic building in Geography by students is now approached by the teaching area of this 2nd cycle in a perspective of extra complementing knowledge on basis of a process between theoretical and critical reflection moments on themes defined in the curricular guidelines of basic and secondary education.

In this context, the teacher of the UC will conduct a coordinated management of the theoretical and practical sessions, ensuring the reinforcement of the learning processes and knowledge within Geography and Spatial Planning. Having in mind the activity of these future professionals in the teaching of Geography in basic and secondary education (EBS), therefore, the continuing need of training, updating and questioning on the contents they will teach, the sessions of this CU consist of moments dedicated to the exposition highly mediated by challenges for students to participate with the aim of developing their abilities to mobilize and strengthen theoretical and practical frameworks.


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Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Teste 40,00
Trabalho escrito 60,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 60,00
Frequência das aulas 52,00
Trabalho de investigação 50,00
Total: 162,00

Calculation formula of final grade

test (40 %) + written work (60%)
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