NCSU GIS/MEA582:
Geospatial Modeling and Analysis

Schedule and links to material for the Distance Education section

Schedule will be adjusted as needed during the semester. Assignments, which are due at the same date, should be delivered in a single report.

Week Lecture/Assignment Topic and Project Tasks Assignment due date
January 7-9 Introduction to the Course (Course instructions, management and resources)
1. Geospatial Data Introduction, getting started with open source GIS
January 14
January 14-16 2.A Geospatial Data: Models January 28
January 21-23 2.B Geospatial Data: Display and visualization
Project pre-proposal (1 page), submit on Moodle site (PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Preproposal.pdf)
January 28
January 28-30 3.A Geospatial Analysis: Global, zonal and focal operations, map algebra February 11
February 4-6 3.B Geospatial Analysis: Buffers, cost surfaces, least cost path February 11
February 11-13 4.A Spatial interpolation: methods
Full project proposal (2 pages), submit on Moodle site (PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Proposal.pdf)
see Proposal instructions, project resources
proposal February 18, assignment February 25
February 18-20 4.B Spatial interpolation: splines
Work on the project: acquire data (see data providers), process into a consistent data set
February 25
February 25-27 5.A Geomorphometry: Terrain modeling
Work on the project: analyze and visualize data, start developing workflow
March 24
March 3-5 5.B Geomorphometry: Spatial and temporal terrain analysis
Work on the project: Develop and test workflow for your analysis/modeling, identify missing data or tools
Heads up: interim project report will be due during the Midterm exam week, on March 25
Project requirements
March 24
March 9-20 Spring Break
March 24-26 6. Viewshed, solar energy potential analysis
Read info about upcoming midterm
Work on the project: Prepare project progress report (DE) or presentation(on-campus)
Spring 2020 project titles
March 31
March 31 - April 2 Midterm and project progress report
  • Project progress report
    • Due Wednesday, April 1
    • Upload to Moodle a project progress report (see Moodle Project section) following the Project progress report instructions, Submit as a PDF file named LastnameFirstname_ProgressReport.pdf
  • Midterm exam
    • Both on-campus and DE section is handled by Moodle, no on-campus presence is needed
    • Questions are made available on Thursday, April 2 around 9 am
    • Answers are due on Saturday, April 4 at 11.45 pm, uploaded to Moodle (see Moodle Midterm section) as a PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Exam.pdf
April 1 report

April 4 exam
April 7 - April 9 7.A Flow routing, watershed analysis
Project: Complete preliminary results, evaluate what is missing or causing problems
April 21
April 14-16 OPTIONAL: 7.B Introduction to GIS-based Modeling of Geospatial Processes, Hydrologic and Erosion modeling
Project: Work on results, visualization, statistical summaries, graphical output
Spring 2020 project titles
April 21
April 21-23 Work on the project and record project presentation
  • Spring 2020 project titles – final
  • Project presentation and paper requirements
  • The project presentation is OPTIONAL:
    • To record your presentation, use Open Broadcaster Software (tutorial), Screencastify, MS Powerpoint, Libre Office, or any other software with similar recording functionality. Do NOT submit recordings in SWF format (it's not supported on many systems for security reasons).
    • Post the presentation on Moodle site, or, if the file is too big, upload your file to Google drive and share it with the instructors. Keep the presentation to 10 minutes and name your file LastnameFirstname_Presentation.mp4, LastnameFirstname_Presentation.pptx (or whatever format you use).
    • Recorded presentations are due April 28.
April 28
April 28 - 30
Finish project paper and post it on Moodle site as LastnameFirstname_Paper.pdf May 1 by 11pm
and submit your complete course work in a ZIP file
  • the ZIP file should include: project paper, presentation slides and all homework papers
  • Upload your work as a single ZIP file LastnameFirstname.zip to the Google drive and share it with the instructor (HM).
May 1
May 4 If you missed the May 1 deadline, this is the very last day to submit your complete course work in a ZIP file, shared through Google drive, by 11pm May 7

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