Concept Map

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A concept map is a diagram showing the relationships among concepts. They are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge. This IA rendition is one of the most widely used ways to document the aspects and the key relationships that must be explored.

The conventions used are fairly informal. It is normal to draw each concept as a rectangle and the connections as lines.

One refinement is to modify the lines, for example adding arrowheads, varying the dash style, line thickness or colour or annotate them with text. Where appropriate UML conventions should be followed, however if the concepts of sub-types, parts-of and cardinalities are needed then a proper UML diagram form should be used rather than a simple concept map.

A more common refinement is to vary the boxes, using colour size and style to tie a concept map to other renditions. Once again a cautious approach should be taken, overloading the diagram will often make comprehension more difficult.

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