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
August 23 Course logistics (Course instructions, management and resources) and Moodle site
August 27-31 1. Geospatial Data Introduction, getting started with open source GIS August 28
September 3-7 2.A Geospatial Data: Models September 18
September 10-14 2.B Geospatial Data: Display and visualization
Project pre-proposal (1 page), submit on Moodle site (PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Preproposal.pdf)
September 18
September 17-21 3.A Geospatial Analysis: Global, zonal and focal operations, map algebra October 2
September 24-28 3.B Geospatial Analysis: Buffers, cost surfaces, least cost path
Full project proposal (2 pages), submit on Moodle site (PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Proposal.pdf)
see Proposal instructions, project resources
October 2
October 1-3 4.A Spatial interpolation: methods October 16
October 4-5 Fall Break
October 8-12 4.B Spatial interpolation: splines
Work on the project: acquire data (see data providers), process into a consistent data set
October 16
October 15-19 5.A Geomorphometry: Terrain modeling
Work on the project: analyze and visualize data, start developing workflow
October 30
October 22-26 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, November 6
Project requirements
On-campus section lightning talks (3 minutes) about the projects on Thursday, Oct 25
October 30
October 29- Nov 2 6. Viewshed, solar energy potential analysis
Read info about upcoming midterm
Work on the project: Prepare project progress report
Fall 2018 project titles
November 6
November 5-9 Midterm and project progress report
  • Project progress report
    • Due November 6
    • Upload to Moodle a brief 1-2 page progress report on your project (see Moodle Project section), include what have you done and what is holding you back. Submit as a PDF file named LastnameFirstname_ProgressReport.pdf
  • Midterm exam
    • Both on-campus and DE section handled by Moodle, no on-campus presence needed
    • Questions are made available on Wednesday, November 7 around 9 am
    • Answers are due on Friday, November 9 at 11.45 pm, uploaded to Moodle (see Moodle Midterm section) as a PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Exam.pdf
November 12-16 7.A Flow routing, watershed analysis
Project: Complete preliminary results, evaluate what is missing or causing problems
November 27
November 19-20 7.B Introduction to GIS-based Modeling of Geospatial Processes, Hydrologic and Erosion modeling
Project: Work on results, visualization, statistical summaries, graphical output
Fall 2018 project titles
November 27
November 26-30 Work on the project and record project presentation
  • Fall 2018 project titles – final
  • Project presentation and paper requirements
  • DE section:
    • 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 November 29.
November 29
December 3 - 7 Finish project paper and post it on Moodle site as LastnameFirstname_Paper.pdf 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 instructors (HM, AP, VP).
December 7
December 12 If you missed the deadline, this is the very last day to submit your complete course work in a ZIP file, shared through Google drive, by 11pm December 12

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