By Alex Bruton, PhD

Activity Schedule

This is your teaching and learning Activity Schedule for the semester. Think of it as the definitive reference for what we’ll be doing / did every day. Collapse / or expand each date range for details. Check it daily to stay current. The same material can be accessed in a ‘textbook’ layout using the black tab on the right side of the screen.

September 7-16

Welcome! This is our first week together. We’ll be getting to know each other a little, and you’ll learn what the course is all about. There’s nothing formally due yet but don’t miss it – we’ll be covering some pretty important stuff, you’ll have some work to do to get your feet under you, and we’ll formally begin our learning about geomatics networks.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Fri Sep 7 (Lec)Welcome and introduction. This is an important first lecture in which we will get to know each other and the course. I will have some handouts for you. And we’ll do our first "survey" »Be in class.
Mon Sep 10 (Lec)No class today. Use the time to complete the Welcome and Setup mini-course (and earn your first mini-badge in the process). It’s due before next class.
Wed Sep 12 (Lec)We’ll have our first lecture-based discussion today during which we’ll begin a review topic called Some Fundamentals and the Three Key Math Models for Geomatics Applications. The material we’ll begin covering in class will be in your first self-assessment assignment and on Quiz 1.Be sure you’ve earned Mini-badge 1 before coming to class today.
Thu Sep 13 (Lab)We’ll meet for a short lab period today to discuss the course outline, best practices, and how you’ll be assessed. I’ll also run some things by you that I think will help you learn and get the marks you want.
Fri Sep 14 (Lec)We’ll have our second lecture-based discussion today on the topic we began on Wednesday.
HomeworkNo homework explicitly, until the first problems sets are handed out this weekend (keep an eye on D2L for an announcement).

September 17-23

This is our second week together! We’ll be covering a little new content, but you’ll also be asked (and given time) to focus on the first self-assessment questions for the material covered so far. And on the lab. This is deliberate so you can focus not just on class material but also on your process of learning in this course. Take it seriously. Get your habits built, along with a great start to your first self-assessment and lab.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Sep 17 (Lec)Today we’ll have our third discussion-based lecture, continuing our topic on Some Fundamentals and the Three Key Math Models for Geomatics Applications. Our focus will be on the functional and measurement models.They’re not due until later, but you should be working hard on your first self-assessments throughout this week for the material and problems covered so far.
Wed Sep 19 (Lec)No regular lecture today. Use the time to work on your "perfect set of lecture notes" and the first set of self-assessments. The self-assessments are linked above through the topic we’ve been working on and through the course navigation tab.
Thu Sep 20 (Lab)Lab 1 will be handed out and discussed today: Basics of C++, Eigen, and Matlab for Geomatics Networks. You will also learn about the required report format and how to submit your lab work. The rest of the time will be yours to begin the lab. See D2L for the lab report template and the marking rubric for this lab.
Fri Sep 21 (Lec)No regular lecture today. Use the time to work on your notes, self-assessments, and Lab 1.Lab 1 is not due yet but you should be using the time available to you today to get a start on it.
HomeworkMake sure you get the first set of self-assessments done as well as you can. The questions you ask yourself should be: 1) Will I be ready for an audit of my "perfect set of lecture notes" and my self-assessment solutions? And could I walk into Quiz 1 or the Final Exam ready to do well on the related material?

September 24-30

This is our third week and ends our slightly slower and more deliberate approach where you were able to work on the lectures and self-assessments separately. Time to pick up the pace, do both of these learning modes together, and start digging more deeply into the material. It’s also where we’ll stop with the foundational review material and dive into the more advanced topic of functional modeling for geomatics networks.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Sep 24 (Lec)This week we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures on the topic of Some Fundamentals and the Three Key Math Models for Geomatics Applications. We’ll wrap up the measurement model and cover the stochastic model.They’re not due until later, but you should be working hard on your first self-assessments throughout this week for the material and problems covered so far. Don’t forget that you can access those and all the course content as it rolls out through the little black navigation tab on the right side of the screen.
Wed Sep 26 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures
Thu Sep 27 (Lab)You got Lab 1 last week: Basics of C++, Eigen, and Matlab for Geomatics Networks. This lab period will be yours to work on it. You can also drop in to ask your TA for support with the self-assessment problems.Lab 1 is due this weekend
Fri Sep 28 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures
HomeworkMake sure you get the first set of self-assessments done as well as you can. The questions you ask yourself should be: 1) Will I be ready for an audit of my "perfect set of lecture notes" and my self-assessment solutions? And could I walk into Quiz 1 or the Final Exam ready to do well on the related material?

October 1-7

This week we’re going to leave our studies of the fundamentals behind and begin building on them with topics including Functional Modeling and Linearization for Geomatics Networks.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 1 (Lec)Today we’ll leave behind / build upon the fundamental topics we’ve been covering so far and continue with our discussion-based lectures. This time we’ll be looking at the topic of Functional modeling for geomatics networksThey’re not due until later, but you should be working hard on your first self-assessments throughout this week for the material and problems covered so far. Don’t forget that you can access those and all the course content as it rolls out through the little black navigation tab on the right side of the screen.
Wed Oct 3 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures with more on the functional modeling for geomatics networks
Thu Oct 4 (Lab)Lab 1 will be returned and discussed. And Part 1 of Lab 2: Functional models and their linearization will be handed out and discussed today. The balance of the lab period will be yours to work on it. You can also ask your TA for support with the self-assessment problems.
Fri Oct 5 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures. We’ll finish up functional modeling and we may start with linearization for geomatics networks applications, our next topic.The first set of self-assessments (including "perfect set of lecture notes") is due today at 11:59 pm via D2L
HomeworkThe main homework this weekend is preparing for Quiz 1 which takes place next week. Use your own perfect set of lecture notes and the self-assessment questions as the basis for your preparation.

October 8-14

We’ve finished covering all the basics and our treatment of functional modeling for network applications. This week is for you to get your head around the linearization tasks in Part 1 of Lab 2. We’ll take it up in the lab period and in class, and it’s the main task you should be focused on so you can master the linearized models required for that part of the lab (and for much of the rest of the course, really).

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 8 (Lec)No class today due to Thanksgiving.
Wed Oct 10 (Lec)Quiz 1 will take place in class today.Quiz 1!
Thu Oct 11 (Lab)Today in the lab period we’ll have a discussion-based lecture on the topic of linearization for geomatics networks. The focus is on preparing you for Part 1 of Lab 2: Functional models and their linearization that was handed out last week and which is due this weekend.
Fri Oct 12 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures. We’ll be focused on the topic of linearization. Because we pushed through the material in the lab Thursday, we decided as a class that today’s lecture wasn’t needed. See you Monday!They’re not due until later, but you’re responsible for the self-assessments related to functional modeling and linearization (and some others by then) in time for Quiz 2. No reason not to start on those now.
HomeworkThe main homework this weekend is getting Part 1 of Lab 2 done and submitted. It’s due at 11:59 pm on Sunday the 14th (an extension from the original due date of Oct 11).

October 15-21

Okay! By now we have covered the fundamentals and everyone should be up to speed on what they might not have been coming into the course. And we have looked at functional modeling and linearization specifically for geomatics networks applications. Now it’s time to look at Geodetic Modeling and Estimation, and begin our discussion on Stochastic Modeling for geomatics networks.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 15 (Lec)Today we’ll continue our discussion-based lecture on Geodetic Modeling and Estimation, and begin our discussion on Stochastic Modeling for geomatics networks. Also today, I will release my solution to Part 1 of Lab 2 at noon so you have it to check your work as it relates to doing the coding in Part 2 of Lab 2.They’re not due until later, but you’re responsible for the self-assessments related to functional modeling, linearization, geodetic modeling (and some others) in time for Quiz 2. No reason not to start on those now.
Wed Oct 17 (Lec)We’ll continue our discussion-based lectures
Thu Oct 18 (Lab)Today in the lab period we’ll do a few things:
  1. Hand back and discuss Quiz 1
  2. Hand back and discuss the audits of your self-assessment problems and your "perfect set of lecture notes"
  3. Support you in any way possible on Part 2 of Lab 2: Functional models and their linearization that you should already be working on.
Fri Oct 19 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures.
HomeworkThe main homework this weekend is getting Part 2 of Lab 2 done and submitted. It’s due at 11:59 pm on Monday the 22nd 1:59 pm on Thursday the 25th. You can also be working on your perfect set of lecture notes and self-assessment problems.

October 22-28

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 22 (Lec)No class today. Use the time to work on Lab 2, do the Geodetic Modeling readings, and do the self-assessment questions.They’re not due until later, but you’re responsible for the self-assessments related to functional modeling, linearization, geodetic modeling (and some others) in time for Quiz 2. No reason not to start on those now.
Wed Oct 24 (Lec)We’ll continue our discussion-based lectures and round out the Geodetic Modeling and Estimation topic so you have what you need for Lab 3
Thu Oct 25 (Lab)Today in the lab period we’ll do a few things:
  1. Hand back and discuss the audits of your self-assessment problems and Part 1 of Lab 2
  2. Hand out Lab 3: Preanalysis and design of a trilateration network
Part 2 of Lab 2 is due at 1:59 pm today
Fri Oct 26 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures and transition into the topic on: Measures of Precision and Accuracy of Coordinates in Geomatics Networks
HomeworkYou can be working on Lab 3, your perfect set of lecture notes, and your self-assessment problems.

October 29 - November 4

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 29 (Lec)Today we’ll continue our discussion-based lectures to begin talking about 2D measures of precision and, in particular, some things you’ll need for Lab 3
Wed Oct 31 (Lec)We’ll continue our discussion-based lectures and round out 2D measures of precision
Thu Nov 1 (Lab)Today will be a drop in session for Lab 3: Preanalysis and design of a trilateration network
Fri Nov 2 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures to round our 3D measures of precision. I will also assign and discuss the Class Project and its due date.The second set of self-assessments and the perfect set of lecture notes are due at 11:59 pm today
HomeworkYou can be working on Lab 3, your perfect set of lecture notes, and your self-assessment problems.

November 5-18 (includes mid-term break)

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Nov 5 (Lec)Today will be Quiz 2, right at the start of class
Tue Nov 6 (2-4 pm)In lieu of the regularly schedule lectures on Wed and Fri Nov 7 and 9, there will be an extra drop in session today from 2-4 pm in the Microlab. This is to help you focus on and advance your work on Lab 3: Preanalysis and design of a trilateration network
Thu Nov 8 (Lab)Today will be a drop in session for Lab 3: Preanalysis and design of a trilateration network
Mon Nov 13 to Fri Nov 16No regular classes in this period due to the mid-term break. Use the time to work on the Class Project.
HomeworkLab 3 and the Class Project are the areas of focus in this period.

November 19 - 25

We’re coming into our last three weeks and starting what I call “Operation Final Exam (OFE)”. I take this approach at this time every year to try and help you focus on, prepare for, and do as well as possible on the final exam.

You’ll see that the coming three weeks are organized into much shorter cycles each with less content, designed to help you keep focused on just what you need to do to prepare. Think of being in class and completing the remaining assignments as studying for the final exam itself – that’s the way I’ve designed things.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Nov 19 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture and the start of "Operation Final Exam (OFE)". We’ll be finishing our work on Reductions of ObservationsWe’ll begin the material today that will be on the third set of self-assessments and Quiz 3
Wed Nov 21 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture. We’ll begin Pre-analysis by Screening for Gross Errors.
Thu Nov 22 (Lab)Lab 4 will be handed out today. You’ll also get back the self-assessments and notes audits, and your Lab 3 marks.
Fri Nov 23 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture. We’ll finish off Pre-analysis by Screening for Gross Errors.
HomeworkYou can be working on your submission of perfect lecture notes and self-assessment problems (now due Dec 5). After Thursday’s lab, you can also be working on Lab 4 which is shorter than previous labs.

November 26 - December 2

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Nov 26 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture. Today we’ll be covering Network Quality Assessment and Measures of Precision
Tue Nov 27
Wed Nov 28 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture
Thu Nov 29 (Lab)Quiz 3 will take place at the start of the lab period today and Lab 5 will be handed out. We may use some time to discuss course content, since Lab 5 is essentially a final exam prep guide disguised as a lab.Quiz 3
Fri Nov 30 (Lec)Discussion-based lectureWe’ll begin the material today that will be on the last set of self-assessments and Quiz 4
HomeworkYou can be working on your perfect set of lecture notes and self-assessment problems. After Thursday’s lab, you can also be working on Lab 5 which is really a final exam review disguised as a lab.

December 3 - December 9

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Dec 3 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture
Wed Dec 5 (Lec)Discussion-based lectureFourth self-assessments and lectures notes due at 11:59 pm. This should get you completely prepared for Quiz 4.
Thu Dec 6 (Lab)Today will be a drop in period for Lab 5. We may use some time to discuss course content, since Lab 5 is essentially a final exam prep guide disguised as a lab.
Fri Dec 7 (Lec)Today will start with Quiz 4. It’s also our last class so we’ll wrap things up.
HomeworkYou can be working on Lab 5 which is really a final exam review disguised as a lab.

December 13 - Final exam

Dec 13I understand that our final exam will be today at 12:00. Please check the formally published schedule to confirm and for details.

Click on the weeks above to expand the details. The rest of the course schedule will be announced here – key dates in advance and full hour-by-hour content as we go.

Other info

The table below summarizes the key dates. See the Activity Schedule on the left for full details.

DateActivity
Sep 7First day of class!
Sep 12Mini-badge 1 is due
Sep 30Lab 1 due at 11:59 pm
Oct 5First self-assessments and perfect set of lectures notes due at 11:59 pm
Oct 10Quiz 1 at the start of class
Oct 11 Oct 14Part 1 of Lab 2 due at 11:59 pm
Oct 22 Oct 25Part 2 of Lab 2 due at 1:59 pm, i.e. right before the lab period
Nov 2Second self-assessments and perfect set of lectures notes due at 11:59 pm
Nov 5Quiz 2 at the start of class
Nov 7
Nov 10
Lab 3 due at 11:59 pm
Nov 27Third self-assessments and perfect set of lectures notes due at 11:59 pm At the suggestion of the class, the third and fourth self-assessment and notes submissions will be submitted together on Dec 5.
Nov 29Quiz 3 at the start of lab period
Nov 30Class Project is due at 11:59 pm (this date is tentative until we’ve discussed it in class)
Dec 2Lab 4 due at 11:59 pm
Dec 5All remaining self-assessments and perfect set of lectures notes due at 11:59 pm.
Dec 7Quiz 4 in class - This is our last class
Dec 9Lab 5 due at 11:59 pm
Dec 13Final exam at 12:00 pm

Note: We will discuss these dates in class and any required changes will be discussed and announced ahead of time.

Note: The final exam date to be posted here is for convenience – the official schedule should be deemed correct in case of disagreement or changes.

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