Schedule

Geography 355: GIS Course Schedule

Spring 2014

Updated 3/4/14

[please include notes on all readings on your class blog]

I. Course Projects, GIS Analysis, and Learning ArcGIS

Week 1

M J 13: Introduction to Course, Course Projects and Course Blogs

Assign: Create personal course blog (in class) and email me your blog URL by wednesda (J 15) by noon. Read Schuurman ch. 1 (PDF) (create blog posting of notes, comments, questions on this reading), Google “GIS Application” & research one GIS application area of personal interest (create second blog posting with at least one map or image and 3-5 sources). Create a 3rd blog posting, a personal introduction. Review the links under “Exhibit B” about halfway down the blog posting for our M J 13 meeting (here) and also projects for Spring 2014.

W J 15: GIS and GIS Applications I

Discuss: Schuurman ch. 1 (Krygier presentation)
Present: Introduction (blob post) & GIS Applications you found (blob post).
Assign:  Read de Smith et al. “Introduction & Terminology” and “Conceptual Frameworks for Spatial Analysis” from Geospatial Analysis – A Comprehensive Guide (4th edition, web version). Create a new blog entry with comments, notes and questions on these readings. Create a blog posting summarizing and reviewing  the “Exhibit B” links and add your thoughts about projects for Spring 2014 (on Project tab above; what do you want to work on?)

Week 2

M J 20: No Class Meeting (MLK Day)

W J 22: GIS and GIS Applications II

Discuss: de Smith et al. “Introduction & Terminology” and “Conceptual Frameworks for Spatial Analysis.” Discuss and brainstorm ideas for course projects + working groups.
Assign: Mitchell ch. 1 (PDF) & refining ideas for the course project (including working groups, division of labor, etc.)

Week 3

M J 27: GIS and GIS Applications III

Review Mitchell chapter 1 (Krygier presentation)
Discuss: Mitchell ch. 1 & project ideas (get in groups, plan project proposal)

W J 29: Reading Presentations & Class Project Ideas & “I’m not sure where this all is going” Day

1. Determine groups for reading presentations:

Presenters: 20 minute overview of key GIS topics, concepts, applications in the readings

  • blog outline + relevant links, examples, illustrations
  • how readings may bear on potential projects

Non-presenters: blog summary and key issues from readings with links, questions, ideas concerning relevance to course project

  • three GIS concepts from readings / issues you think most relevant
Assign: Mitchell ch. 2 & 3 (Nilan & Simon)
2. Course Project Proposal: Progress

Due: Update on projects; Proposal draft on shared Google doc shared (full) with group  & Krygier & shared (read only) to anyone; linked to a project blog (for each group). 
Assign:
 Rough Draft of Proposal Due Next Meeting: brief presentation
Assign: Final Course project proposals due M F 17

Week 4

M F 3: GIS Analysis: Student Reading Presentations I & Course Project Developments

Discuss & Blog: Mitchell ch. 2 & 3
Due: Progress on Course Projects & Shared Folder & Start Project Blog
Assign: Read and blog on “Putting People in the Map” and “Global urban land-use trends and climate impacts” (emailed to you)

W F 5: GIS Analysis

Inclement precipitation event: no class meeting

Week 5

M F 10: Co-Meeting with Bio 344 Plant Communities and Ecosystems Course & Student Reading Presentations III

Discuss & Blog: “Putting People in the Map” & “Global urban land-use trends and climate impacts” (emailed to you)
Discuss:

  1. Sustainability Region Concept (Anderson)
  2. Discuss “Putting People…” and “Global Urban…” papers (questions emailed to you)
  3. Garlic Mustard project (Anderson)
  4. Each Geog 355 Group: brief explanation of course project
  5. Collaborative projects with Plant Communities class

Assign: Mitchell ch. 4 & 5 (Siefker, Smith & Kerns) and 6 & 7 (Henchy, Keen & Taylor)
Assign: Class Project Blogs w/overview of project, links, images; project updates: wait for login information for blogs.owu.edu

W F 12: GIS Analysis: Student Reading Presentations II & Course Projects

Discuss & Blog: Mitchell ch. 4 & 5
Due: Create Class Project Blogs w/overview of project, links, images; project updates
Do: Weather permitting, get out and scout project locations
Assign: Schuurman ch. 2 & 3 (Johnson & Sharma & Wattoo) and ch. 4 & 5 (Barnes, Cummings & Gehrke).

Week 6

M F 17: GIS Analysis: Student Reading Presentations III

Discuss & Blog: Mitchell ch. 6 & 7; Schuurman ch. 2 & 3 and 4 & 5
Assign: Getting to Know ArcGIS ch. 1, 2 (Wellener)

W F 19: Getting to Know ArcGIS: Tutorial

Discuss: Getting to Know ArcGIS ch. 1, 2 (Wellener) & make sure tutorial data is on computer & get going on tutorial.
Assign: Delaware Data Inventory
Due: 
Preliminary course project proposals on blog (email Krygier URL of project)
Complete & Blog: Tutorial ch. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Week 7

M F 24: Getting to Know ArcGIS: Tutorial (work in class)

Assign: Midterm Exam
Complete
 & Blog: Tutorial ch. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

W F 26: Getting to Know ArcGIS: Tutorial (work in class)

Complete & Blog: Tutorial ch. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Due:
 Delaware Data Inventory

Week 8

M M 3: Help with and work on Mid-semester Evaluation

W M 5: Help with and work on Mid-semester Evaluation

Due (at 5 pm) Friday March 7: Mid-semester Evaluation

Week 9

M M 10: Spring Break

W M 12: Spring Break

II. Project Development: Details TBA

Week 10: Monday March 17 and Wednesday March 19: Finalizing Project Plans

Week 11: Monday March 24 and Wednesday March 26

Week 12: Monday March 31 and Wednesday April 2

Due Wednesday April 2: Detailed project time-line (on blog) including details (research, data, analysis, events)

Week 13: Monday April 7 and Wednesday April 9

Week 14: Monday April 14 and Wednesday April 16

Week 15: Monday April 21 and Wednesday April 23

Week 16: Monday April 28 and Wednesday April 30: Project Presentations (20 minutes each)

Due Tuesday May 6: Project Report (PDF with images, graphs, data, similar to Geography 360 Projects, fall 2008) and project product (if a specific product – map, event, proposal to the University – is the outcome of the project)

Due Tuesday May 6 @ 12:43pm: Digital Portfolio (blog posting with links summarizing all of your work for the semester) and Personal Evaluation (PDF or Word Doc emailed to instructor).

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