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 left 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, Lab)No class or lab today. Use the time to complete the Welcome and Setup mini-course to earn Mini-badge #1 (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 the topic 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.
Wed Sep 12 (Tut)We’ll meet for a short tutorial 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, continuing where we left off on Wednesday.
HomeworkNo homework explicitly, until the first problems sets are handed out this weekend (keep an eye on D2L for an announcement). But you should be working on your "perfect set of lecture notes" based on what we do in class. As we’ll discuss in class, these will be part of your first self-assessment assignment.

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 for the material covered so far. This is deliberate so you can focus not just on 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.

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 functional modeling.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.
Mon Sep 17 (Lab)We’ll begin using the lab periods today. This one will be for you to work on the self-assessments for the material covered up to this point. Recall that this means developing a perfect set of lecture notes + doing the conceptual problems + doing the application problems.
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.
Wed Sep 19 (Tut)Today’s tutorial will be for you to work on your "perfect set of lecture notes" and the first set of self-assessments.
Fri Sep 21 (Lec)No regular lecture today. Use the time to work on your "perfect set of lecture notes" and the first set of self-assessments.
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.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Sep 24 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures, digging deeper into 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. 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 left side of the screen.
Mon Sep 24 (Lab)This lab period is a drop in for you to work on the self-assessments for the material covered up to this point. Recall that this means developing a perfect set of lecture notes + doing the conceptual problems + doing the application problems.
Wed Sep 26 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures
Wed Sep 26 (Tut)Today’s tutorial will be for you to work on your "perfect set of lecture notes" and self-assessments
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 ready to do well on the related material?

October 1-7

This week we are going to round our discussions about the three key math models in geomatics engineering, with a focus on the Stochastic Model. It’s the last content that will be covered on Quiz 1 and for which you are responsible in the first self-assessment (including first “perfect set of lecture notes”).

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 1 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures, digging deeper into our topic on Some Fundamentals and the Three Key Math Models for Geomatics Applications. Our focus will be on the stochastic model.They’re due soon now, so 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 left side of the screen.
Mon Oct 1 (Lab)This lab period is a drop in for you to work on the self-assessments for the material covered up to this point. Recall that this means developing a perfect set of lecture notes + doing the conceptual problems + doing the application problems.
Wed Oct 3 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures, continuing our work on the stochastic model and related fundamental principles
Wed Oct 3 (Tut)Today’s tutorial will be for you to work on your "perfect set of lecture notes" and self-assessments
Fri Oct 5 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures and close out our discussions about stochastic modeling.
Sun Oct 7The first set of self-assessments (including the "perfect set of lecture notes" is due today. (This was moved from Oct 5.)
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. Remember the deliberate alignment between these and the quizzes, and, in turn later, the alignment between the quizzes and the final exam.

October 8-14

This week we’re going to transition from the fundamentals and the three key math models to new and exciting topics in statistics and probability. You’ll write your quiz on Wednesday and we’ll dive in with a discussion-based lecture on Friday.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 8No classes today due to Thanksgiving
Wed Oct 10 (Lec)Quiz 1 will be at the start of class today.Quiz 1!
Wed Oct 10 (Tut)Today’s tutorial will be an optional drop in for anyone who has any questions about the material in the first part of the course.
Fri Oct 12 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures and embark on the topic A Deeper Understanding of Data, Statistics, Probability, and Estimation
HomeworkYou can begin working on your second "perfect set of lecture notes" for this second portion of the course.

October 15-21

This week we’re going to keep going deeper with data, statistics, probability, and estimation.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 15 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures and embark on the topic Going Deeper with Data, Statistics, Probability, and EstimationNothing’s due or required this week. That said, you should be working on your second set of "perfect" lecture notes. And, once they come out, you can be working on the second set of self-assessments that are due soon.
Mon Oct 15 (Lab)There will be no lab today
Wed Oct 17 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures and embark on the topic A Deeper Understanding of Data, Statistics, Probability, and Estimation
Wed Oct 17 (Tut)Today’s tutorial will:
  • Be for us to return Quiz 1, and the audits of your self-assessments and "perfect set of lectures notes"
  • Also be the first Quality Circle meeting for the six people who have volunteered to represent you. See D2L for their names and don’t hesitate to provide any feedback you wish on the topic of: How can Alex help make this course the best experience possible for you?
Fri Oct 19 (Lec)Today we’ll debrief the Quality Circle meeting and continue with our discussion-based lectures to round out the topic we’ve been working on this week.
HomeworkYou can begin working on your second "perfect set of lecture notes" for this second portion of the course, and on the related self-assessment questions that will have been handed out by now.

October 22-28

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 22 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures to close out the topic of Going Deeper with Data, Statistics, Probability, and Estimation
Mon Oct 22 (Lab)Today will be a drop in lab for those working on the self-assessment problems
Wed Oct 24 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures and embark on the topic Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures. Our focus will be in measures of central tendency.
Wed Oct 24 (Tut)Today will be a drop-in tutorial for those working on the self-assessment problems
Fri Oct 26 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures on the topic of Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures. We’ll transition from measures of central tendency to measures of variation and we’ll discuss the important topic of standard errors.
HomeworkYou can be working on your second "perfect set of lecture notes" for this second portion of the course, and on the related self-assessment questions.

October 29 - November 4

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 29 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures on the topic of Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures. We’ll work an example together on the importance of standard errors and then move on to measures of position.Nothing’s due or required this week. That said, you should be working on your second set of "perfect" lecture notes. And, once they come out, you can be working on the second set of self-assessments that are due soon.
Mon Oct 29 (Lab)This will be a drop in lab for those working on the self-assessment problems
Wed Oct 31 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures on Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures. Our focus will be on measures of shape.The second set of self-assessments and perfect set of lecture notes are due today at 11:59 pm.
Wed Oct 31 (Tut)There may be some discussion in this tutorial. And the rest of the time will be a drop-in tutorial for those working on the self-assessment problems.
Fri Nov 2 (Lec)Quiz 2 will be at the start of class today.Quiz 2
HomeworkYou can be working on your third "perfect set of lecture notes" for this second portion of the course, and on the related self-assessment questions.

November 5-18 (includes mid-term break)

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Nov 5 (Lec)Today we’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures. The topic will be Better Understanding Continuous PDFs and Stochastic Modeling by Getting to Know the Normal Distribution. (We’ll pick up this topic again after the break, during which time I want you to focus on the mini-badges described below.)Nothing’s due or required this week. That said, you should be working on your next "perfect" lecture notes. And, once they come out, you can be working on the next set of self-assessments too.
Wed Nov 7 - Fri Nov 9There will be no regular classes on these dates. Instead, I will start releasing the following mini-badges (including conceptual self-assessments) for you to work through on the topics of:
Mon Nov 13 to Fri Nov 16No regular classes during this period due to the mid-term break. Use the time to earn the above-mentioned mini-badges.
HomeworkYou can be working on your "perfect set of lecture notes" for this portion of the course, and on the related self-assessment questions which will be released through the mini-badges and announced on D2L.

November 19-25

We’re coming into our last three weeks and starting what I call “Operation Final Exam (OFE)”. I know that my course has been structured pretty deliberately all along to help you prepare for the final exam, but I like calling these last three weeks Operation Final Exam because it keeps our focus there. I want to help you focus on, prepare for, and do as well as possible on the final exam.

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. I want you to walk out of Quiz 3 and then Quiz 4 on the last day completely ready for the final, needing only, perhaps, to review the material a little from the first two quizzes.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Nov 19 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture. We’ll pick up again with our topic on Better Understanding Continuous PDFs and Stochastic Modeling by Getting to Know the Normal Distribution
Mon Nov 19 (Lab)Today I will facilitate part of the lab to cover a few of the key topics in Mini-badges #2 and #3. I have a few questions I want to cover with you - just to make sure you have them down. And I’m pleased to take your questions too. You will also get your perfect set of lecture notes and self-assessment audits back by this afternoon.
Wed Nov 21 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture continuing Monday’s topic and beginning our work on the next section about Better Understanding Statistical Inference by Estimating the Mean
Wed Nov 21 (Tut)There may be some facilitation today. And the rest of the time will be a drop-in tutorial for those working on the self-assessment problems.The third set of self-assessments and perfect set of lecture notes are due today at 11:59 pm. This includes the questions from Mini-badges #2 and #3.
Fri Nov 23 (Lec)Quiz 3 will be at the start of class today. It will cover the material in Mini-badges #2 and #3, i.e. the video-based lectures and self-assessments on functional modeling and linearization linked above.Quiz 3
HomeworkYou can be working on your last perfect set of lecture notes (we’ll have been covering the content all week in class) and, once they’re out, the related self-assessment questions.

November 26 - December 2

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Nov 26 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture. We’ll continue our work on Better Understanding Statistical Inference by Estimating the Mean and Confidence Intervals
Mon Nov 26 (Lab)This will be a drop-in session for working on the self-assessment problems. You’ll also get your quizzes back.
Wed Nov 28 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture. We’ll continue our work on Better Understanding Statistical Inference by Estimating the Mean and Confidence Intervals. By email today, I’ll also hand out: Mini-badge #4: Introduction to Least Squares Estimation and Error Propagation
Wed Nov 28 (Tut)This will be a drop-in session for working on the self-assessment problems.
Fri Nov 30 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture to close out Better Understanding Statistical Inference by Estimating the Mean and Confidence Intervals
HomeworkYou can be working on your last perfect set of lecture notes (we’ll have been covering the content all week in class) and the related self-assessment questions.

December 2-9

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Dec 3 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture on our last topic: Introduction to Hypothesis Testing by Example for Geospatial Contexts
Mon Dec 3 (Lab)Today will be a drop-in session.
Wed Dec 5 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture on our last topic: Introduction to Hypothesis Testing by Example for Geospatial Contexts
Wed Dec 5 (Tut)Today will be a drop-in session.The fourth set of self-assessments and perfect set of lecture notes are due today at 11:59 pm.
Fri Dec 7 (Lec)Quiz 4 in class. This quiz will be on all the topics covered since Quiz 3.Quiz 4
HomeworkYou can be working on your last perfect set of lecture notes (we’ll have been covering the content all week in class) and the related self-assessment questions.

December 13 - Final exam

December 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.

Welcome!

At a glance

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 due today
Oct 7First set of self-assessments and perfect set of lectures notes due at 11:59 pm
Oct 10Quiz 1 at the start of class
Oct 31Second set of self-assessments and perfect set of lectures notes due at 11:59 pm
Nov 2Quiz 2 at the start of the tutorial
Nov 21Third set of self-assessments and perfect set of lectures notes due at 11:59 pm
Nov 23Quiz 3 at the start of class
Dec 5Fourth set of self-assessments and perfect set of lectures notes due at 11:59 pm
Dec 7Quiz 4 at the start of class
Dec 13Final exam at 12:00 pm

Note: I will be posting the key due dates soon for the rest of the course. Please stay tuned.

Note: Final exam schedule information posted here is just for convenience – the official schedule should be deemed correct in case of disagreement.

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