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Welcome to GEOG 1026: Visualizing Our Future

This course has been designed to serve as a road map for self-directed learning. We hope you will take this month as an opportunity to explore and experiment without concern for finding the “correct” way to analyze or present the data they are given. 


Course Structure

Over next month, we will use GIS and cartographic design principles to investigate case studies related to four local planning topics:

Agency & Access
Conservation & Recreation
Sustainable Development
Law & Social Justice.

Each topic will be covered in three phases beginning with a tutorial that introduces new GIS and cartographic design concepts or skills. Students should complete tutorials before the Wednesday discussion. Tutorial quizzes are due every week at midnight on Wednesday.

Once the tutorial is completed, we will begin the drafting phase. During the Wednesday discussion, students will be presented with a case study and assigned to a charrette team. Teams will make a series of draft cartographic deliverables that explore the case study. At the beginning of the drafting phase, charrette teams should coordinate so that each team member is in charge of analyzing a distinct part of the case study. Though they are part of a team, each student is responsible for producing their own deliverables for the Friday discussion.

As part of the drafting phase, students will be asked to complete a map review. Reviews should be less than 500 words and are due on Fridays at midnight.

On Friday, students will present their drafts and participate in map critiques where they will give and receive feedback to inform the final phase, revisions. During the revisions phase, charrette teams will come back together to compile a final deliverable. This final deliverable should addresses the questions introduced in the case study. During revisions, students are not necessarily expected to create new layouts (though, in some cases, an additional layout may be appropriate and worth considering). They should instead focus on revising existing deliverables and weaving their individual efforts into a cohesive narrative. Each charrette team is responsible for submitting one final deliverable by the Monday discussion (10 a.m. EST).

Note that during the final week, there will be no revision phase. Instead, one final draft for Topic D is due before the class meeting on Friday 2/12.


Daily Breakdown

TOPIC A: Agency & Access

Tuesday (1/19): Tutorial A Released
Wednesday (1/20): Tutorial A Discussion
          Class Meeting (10 a.m. EST)
          Tutorial A Quiz Due (midnight EST)
Friday (1/22): Topic A Draft Charrette
          Class Meeting (10 a.m. EST) & Topic A First Drafts Due (10 a.m. EST)
          Map Review Due (midnight EST)

Monday (1/25): Topic A Final Charrette
          Class Meeting, Topic A Final Deliverable Due (10 a.m. EST)
          Self & Peer Review Due (midnight EST)

TOPIC B: Conservation & Recreation

Tuesday (1/26): Tutorial B Released
Wednesday (1/27): Tutorial B Discussion
          Class Meeting (10 a.m. EST)
          Tutorial B Quiz Due (midnight EST)
Friday (1/29): Topic B Draft Charrette
          Class Meeting & Topic B First Drafts Due (10 a.m. EST)
          Map Review Due (midnight EST)
Monday (2/1): Topic B Final Charrette
          Class Meeting, Topic B Final Deliverable Due (10 a.m. EST)
          Self & Peer Review Due (midnight EST)

TOPIC C: Sustainable Development

Tuesday (2/2): Tutorial C Released
Wednesday (2/3): Tutorial C Discussion
          Class Meeting (10 a.m. EST)
          Tutorial C Quiz Due (midnight EST)
Friday (2/5): Topic C Draft Charrette
          Class Meeting & Topic C First Drafts Due (10 a.m. EST)
          Map Review Due (midnight EST)
Monday (2/8): Topic C Final Charrette
          Class Meeting, Topic C Final Deliverable Due (10 a.m. EST)
          Self & Peer Review Due (midnight EST)

TOPIC D: Law & Social Justice

Tuesday (2/2): Tutorial D Released
Wednesday (2/3): Tutorial D Discussion
          Class Meeting (10 a.m. EST)
          Tutorial D Quiz Due (midnight EST)
Friday (2/5): Topic D Final Charrette
         Class Meeting & Topic D Final Deliverable Due (10 a.m. EST)
         Map Review Due, Self & Peer Review Due, Course Evaluations Due (midnight EST)


Grading

Students will be graded based on their performance in four categories:

Participation (36pts, 9pts/wk)

Planning is, by nature, a participatory process. Participation in group work will be gauged by self-evaluation (3pts/wk), peer-evaluation (3pts/wk), and instructor evaluation (3pts/wk). Evaluation forms for weeks 1-3 are due by midnight on the following Monday (1/25, 2/1, and 2/8). Week 4 evaluations are due on the last day of class (2/12) at midnight. Evaluations will be graded in the following manner:

✓+ (3pts) very engaged, indispensable teammate, contributed ideas, and hourly effort
(2pts) contributed fair share of work, but did little to be proactive or helpful
✓- (1pts) did not contribute much to the team, but showed up
0 (0pts) did not contribute

Students are also expected to participate in all Zoom meetings. Any unexcused absence will result in a 3 point reduction of the participation grade for each absence. More than four unexcused absences will result in an “incomplete” for the course.

Time expectation per week: ½ hour (Evals), 4-5 hours class time (Zoom)

Map Review (12pts, 3pts/wk)

Every week, students will be required to submit a “Review” of an assigned map and/or article with cartographic content. The review should be less than 500 words and submitted no later than Friday at midnight. These will be graded by instructors with the following guidelines:

✓+ (3pts) very good comprehension, fully engaged with the subject
(2pts) somewhat engaged with reading material
✓- (1pts) misunderstood reading material or didn’t read carefully 
0 (0pts) nothing submitted

Time expectation per week: 1-2 hours to write a concise map review

Quizzes (12pts, 3pts/wk)

Each student may watch reference and tutorial videos at their own discretion and on their own time. There will be no “testing” of specific videos, but weekly quizzes will require comprehension of the content found throughout the videos and readings. Each quiz will be worth 3 points for the course; each of the 24 question points will count as ⅛th of a point toward your final grade. The quizzes should be taken alone under the honor code, but they will be “open-book” and posted on Mondays with submissions due Wednesday at midnight.

Time expectation per week: 4-5 hours reviewing content (Readings, YouTube Tutorials)

Charrette Work, Individual Drafting Phase (20pts, 5pts/wk)

Charrette topics will be introduced weekly on Wednesday. Between Wednesday and Friday, students are responsible for drafting a series of deliverables that address the charrette topic/questions. Student work during this phase will be graded individually but students should coordinate with their charrette team members so that draft layouts can be revised and used to build a cohesive narrative during the revisions phase. Here is the rubric:

1 Very little effort. Student provided deliverables, but they lack thought/effort.
2 Misplaced effort. Student made an effort, but class concepts were not implemented.
3 A decent effort but work has several sizable flaws that require significant revisions.
4 Very good. A solid draft with some minor flaws.
5 Outstanding effort. Novel/creative layout with some minor flaws.

Time expectation per week: 15 hours

Charrette Work, Group Revision Phase (20pts, 5pts/wk)

From Friday to Monday, students will work as part of a 3 person team. During this phase, they will work together to build a final deliverable (document or presentation) that addresses the charette topic/questions. Students are not necessarily expected to create new layouts during this phase (though, in some cases, an additional layout may be appropriate and worth considering). They should instead focus on revising existing deliverables and weaving their individual efforts into a cohesive narrative. Final deliverables are due before class on Monday (10 a.m. EST). Here is the rubric:

1 Very little effort. Team provided deliverables, but they lack cohesive thought/effort.
2 Misplaced effort. Team made an effort, but class concepts were not implemented.
3 Decent effort but with one or two sizable flaws. Drafts improved but not markedly.
4 Very good. Clear planning/teamwork. Solid product with minor flaws.
5 Outstanding. Concepts and revisions executed in a novel way, very few if any flaws.

Time expectation per week: 5 hours

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