Submissions (or a URL) should be emailed to LDECOLA@COMCAST.NET (not to UMBC) by midnight of the Tuesday before class.
Please conform to the following file naming rule as it makes it easy to keep track of your work. Submission files are to be named as follows:
|= first letter of your first name|
|= your last name|
|= assignment number|
|= file extension (|
All submissions must show a title, your name, class name, and date.
Any item you copy or refer to must be cited correctly (see the examples in the syllabus) but refer to 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 in some circumstances.
If you submit a spreadsheet, the worksheets and columns should be labeled meaningfully. Submit the data as well if possible so I can experiment with them. If you want to include a map, submit it as a graphics file (.gif, .jpg, etc.) in order to share your work.
A report writing guide from my website; please read and refer to this when writing!
A few places with time series data:
US Statistical Abstract
UN World Health Organization
IPCC Climate data
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
As always: please post questions, etc. on the BB discussion forum!
Develop an original project based on your professional or course work or some other interest. You're urged to share your ideas with me and others as you work on the project. Submit it by the usual deadline and be prepared to present it at our last meeting. This could be an elaboration of Assignment #2, but it will then have to be much more detailed.
It's always interesting to look deeper into data you're already familiar with from prior work; browse your computer and old reports and see what you can come up with. Work from concurrent classes is also acceptable provided you check with me first.
Do some searching using keywords of interest plus DATA, DATASET, DOWNLOAD, SPREADSHEET, etc...
2N eyes are better than 2, so please share ideas you find.