Spatial data analysis - ASSIGNMENTS

Send submissions (or a URL) to LDECOLA@COMCAST.NET (not to NVCC) by 23:59 on the Monday before class.

For me to keep track of your work, submission files are to be named as follows:
  flname_n.ext, where
  f = first letter of your first name
  lname = your last name
  n = assignment number, and
  .ext = the file extension (e.g. .doc.pdf.ppt.zip, etc). 
You are welcome to create an HTML document and post in on the web, sending me the URL.

All submissions must show a title, your name, class name, and date.

Any item you copy or refer to must be cited correctly; use the examples in the syllabus, but see a style guide for details. Be sure to include the correct URL and exact references for any data you use.

I rarely print documents and generally view MSWord documents in 'web layout' mode, so don't spend much time trying to format them. The font should be readable at normal size.

Graphics should fill about 2/3 of the width of the screen; anything smaller is too small, anything larger is likely to 'bleed' off the screen.

You are invited to submit a sample or all of the data as well if possible so I can experiment with them. If you submit a spreadsheet, the worksheets and columns should be labeled meaningfully. Occasionally I receive ArcMap exhibits in the form of .mxd files. Without the associated data these are useless; and including the data often results in an unwieldy package. I therefore recommend exporting any map to a graphics file (.gif, .jpg, etc.) in order to share your work.

Useful information

  1. A report writing guide from my website. Read and refer to this when writing - I get unhappy when I have to remind people of my suggestions!

  2. My document on useful GIS information for helpful hints.

Assignment specifications - the report should include:


Assignment #1: Descriptive analysis of CA ozone data

Produce a brief report based on the week #2 in-class lab. The report should: be of no more than 1000 words, contain graphics, and include at least 3 properly formatted references, including one to the course text.

Use the 'report writing guide' and cover some of the following topics:

As always, refer to the instructions above as well as the 'useful information' links. Post any questions on Blackboard.


Assignment #2: Point pattern analysis

Produce a report based on the week #5 in-class lab. The course text covers this topic in several sections within chapters 2 through 6, but focus on discussions in Chapters 2, 3, and 5. The report should: be of no more than 1000 words, contain graphics, and include at least 3 properly formatted references, including one to the course text that reflects a point made there.

Use the 'report writing guide' and cover some of the following topics or items:

As always, refer to the instructions above as well as the 'useful information' links. Post any questions on Blackboard.


Assignment #3: Spatial autocorrelation

Use the script from the US climate data lab to research statistical interactions among the variables. Present quantitative results, visualizations, and a few finished maps to answer some of the discussion questions from the script, or others that may interest you. In particular, develop a few conclusions about how the environmental and climatic variables - and especially precipitation - vary over the contiguous US.

Some other ideas you may wish to explore:

See specifications above for the assignment content.


Assignment #4: Proposal for a final project

This assignment will prepare you for the final research project that will be written up as well as presented the last day of class.

Begin by studying the research report outline that I've developed for a typical research narrative, and pay particular attention to the items listed under Introduction, Methods, and Literature and sources.

Next, explore a few topics of interest to you, and consider the following:

Communicate on Blackboard: share your ideas with me and others as you work on the project. Post or submit it by the usual deadline.