By Alex Bruton, PhD, PEng, MBA
Activity Schedule
If you’re learning this material in one of my inperson classes, then this is your teaching and learning Activity Schedule. 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.
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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 and what it’s like to take a class with me. There’s nothing formally due on the first day or so 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 probability, statistics, and estimation for spatial applications.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Fri Sep 6 (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 get started. We’ll even do our first little survey » to help with a future discussion.  Be in class. 
Mon Sep 9 (Lec)  No class today. Use the time to earn Minibadge #1. Your class code is F19319. This is intended to help you get your feet under you on the digital front, so we’re all ready to roll starting Wednesday when we being our discussionbased lectures.  
Wed Sep 11 (Lec)  Today we’ll begin our first discussionbased lecture on Some fundamentals first, from our "First Survey". Don’t miss it. We’ll also be discussing the course outline / structure and how you will be assessed.  Minibadge #1 is due before class today. 
Wed Sep 11 (Lab)  No lab this first week  
Thu Sep 12 (Tut)  No tutorial this first week.  
Fri Sep 13 (Lec)  Today we’ll pick up where we left off with our discussionbased lecture on Some Fundamentals First, from our "First Survey" and look ahead to next week. 
Homework  You can be working on the minibadges to make sure you have your feet under you. 
Welcome back! This is our second week together. The goals are to start getting some foundational concepts under our belts (in the discussionbased lectures), and to get familiar with the some key tools we’re going to use (via the second and third minibadges).
I strongly recommend staying on top of things right now. It’s the week to figure out these basics and get our help if you need it – next week we’re going to start building on all of this great stuff!
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Sep 16 (Lec)  Today we’ll have our third discussionbased lecture on Some fundamentals first, from our "First Survey".  
Wed Sep 18 (Lec)  No class today. Use the time to work on the selfassessments (found in the topic on Some fundamentals first, from our "First Survey") and Minibadge #2 and Minibadge #3.  
Wed Sep 18 (Lab)  We’ll begin using the lab periods today. This one will be for you to work on Minibadge #2, Minibadge #3, and the selfassessments for the material covered up to this point. Recall that the latter means developing a perfect set of lecture notes + doing the conceptual problems + doing the application problems.  
Thu Sep 19 (Tut)  We won’t use the tutorial period this week unless the class expresses the desire to do so. My thinking is that we’re still getting rolling and we can likely get the support done in the lab period this time.  
Fri Sep 20 (Lec)  No class today. Use the time to work on the selfassessments and Minibadge #2 and Minibadge #3.  Minibadge #2 and Minibadge #3 due before midnight 
Homework  You can be working on the "perfect set of lecture notes" and the conceptual and applied problems that will have been released by now for our current topic: 
Okay! It’s our third week together. You should be feeling like you’re starting to get a foundation down now with the work we’ve done in the minibadges, in class, and in the selfassessments.
This week we’re going to start building on this.
We’ll finish off our first topic and start the second, which covers the three key math models for spatial applications.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Sep 23 (Lec)  Today we’ll close out our discussionbased lectures for section 1 on Some fundamentals first, from our "First Survey". And begin section 2 on the topic of The three key math models for spatial applications.  
Wed Sep 25 (Lec)  Discussionbased lecture on The three key math models for spatial applications  
Wed Sep 25 (Lab)  Today’s lab will be an unfacilitated dropin for support with the first set of selfassessment problems (including your "perfect set of lecture notes"  
Thu Sep 25 (Tut)  TBA  
Fri Sep 27 (Lec)  Discussionbased lecture continued on The three key math models for spatial applications 
Homework  The following selfassessments (and the related "perfect set of lecture notes") are due next week: So that’s where your focus should be outside of class time. Keep in mind that these things have all been very deliberately designed to help you prepare for Quiz 1, which is coming soon after that. 
This is our last week before the first quiz. We’ll finish off the related material. Your first selfassessment submission is due. And we have a lab and a tutorial session scheduled to support you.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Sep 30 (Lec)  We’ll continue with our discussionbased lectures on the topic of The three key math models for spatial applications.  
Wed Oct 2 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures (continued)  
Wed Oct 2 (Lab)  The lecture and lab sessions are available this week for you to seek support for the conceptual and applied selfassessment problems, and/or for your "perfect set of lecture notes"  
Thu Oct 3 (Tut)  TBA  First set of selfassessments are due before midnight, including your "perfect set of lecture notes" and the first set of conceptual problems. 
Fri Oct 4 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures (continued) 
Homework  You can be working on:

This week you will write the first quiz and we’ll close out Section 2 of our discussions. We’ll also begin Section 3 on gaining a deeper understanding of statistics, probability, and estimation.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Oct 7 (Lec)  Quiz 1 in class  
Wed Sep 11 (Lec)  Today we’ll begin our lecturebased discussions on Section 3 which covers: A deeper understanding of statistics, probability, and estimation  
Wed Sep 11 (Lab)  You can be working on and get support for the final selfassessment problems in Section 2.  
Thu Sep 12 (Tut)  No tutorial this week  
Fri Sep 13 (Lec)  Lecturebased discussions (continued) 
Homework  TBA 
This week begins with the Thanksgiving holiday and then we continue with our lecturebased discussions.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Oct 14 (Lec)  No classes due to the Thanksgiving holiday  
Wed Sep 11 (Lec) 
 
Wed Sep 11 (Lab)  In this session you will receive the feedback and marking rubrics for the first set of selfassessments.  
Thu Sep 12 (Tut)  No session is planned this morning.  
Fri Sep 13 (Lec)  We’ll continue our lecturebased discussions on Section 3: A deeper understanding of data, statistics, probability, and estimation 
Homework  You can be working on these selfassessment problems from Section 3: 
This week we will continue our work on Section 3: A deeper understanding of statistics, probability, and estimation. You will get Quiz 1 back. And I will post the selfassessment questions for Section 3.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Oct 21 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures continued on Section 3: A deeper understanding of data, statistics, probability, and estimation  
Wed Oct 23 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures continued. We’ll begin our work on Section 4  
Wed Oct 23 (Lab)  Time for support with the selfassessment problems  
Thu Oct 24 (Tut)  Time for support with the selfassessment problems  
Fri Oct 25 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures continued on the topic of Section 4: Summarizing data and estimating population parameters using descriptive measures 
Homework  You can be working on these selfassessment problems from Section 3: And these from Section 4: And don’t forget there are still a few from Section 2 that are required for submissioni this time around (see D2L). 
Quiz 2 will take place in class this week. We’ll be working on Section 4 and preparing for the quiz until then.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Oct 28 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures continued on the topic of Section 4: Summarizing data and estimating population parameters using descriptive measures  
Wed Oct 30 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures continued on the topic of Section 4: Summarizing data and estimating population parameters using descriptive measures  
Wed Oct 30 (Lab)  Support for the selfassessment problems  Second set of selfassessments are due before midnight, including your "perfect set of lecture notes" and the second set of conceptual problems. 
Thu Oct 31 (Tut)  Support for your Quiz 2 preparations  
Fri Nov 1 (Lec)  Quiz 2 will take place at the start of class today 
Homework  You can be working on these selfassessment problems from Section 3: And these from Section 4: And don’t forget there are still a few from Section 2 that are required for submission this time around (see D2L). 
This week we will focus on Section 4: Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Nov 4 (Lec)  Discussionbased lecture on Section 4: Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures  
Wed Nov 6 (Lec)  Discussionbased lecture on Section 4: Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures  
Wed Nov 6 (Lab)  Dropin support for the open selfassessment questions  
Thu Nov 7 (Tut)  Dropin support for the open selfassessment questions  
Fri Nov 7 (Lec)  Discussionbased lecture on Section 4: Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures 
Homework  You can be working on these selfassessment problems from Section 4: 
This is the midterm break. You can be working on the remaining selfassessments for Section 4 and on those associated with Minibadges #4 and 5.
This week we will continue our discussionbased lectures on Section 5: Better understanding continuous PDFs and stochastic modeling by getting to know the normal distribution.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Nov 18 (Lec)  Discussionbased lecture on Section 5: Better understanding continuous PDFs and stochastic modeling by getting to know the normal distribution  
Wed Nov 20 (Lec)  More on on Section 5: Better understanding continuous PDFs and stochastic modeling by getting to know the normal distribution  
Wed Nov 20 (Lab)  Dropin session for support with the selfassessment problems  Third submission due for the selfassessments (remaining problems from Section 4 + those from Minibadges #4 and #5) and perfect set of lecture notes. 
Thu Nov 21 (Tut)  Dropin session for support with preparing for the quiz  
Fri Nov 22 (Lec)  Quiz 3 will take place in class.  This covers the materials from Minibadges #4 and #5 as linked in detail from the textbook view of the course and the earlier homework sections 
Homework  Before next week, you can be working on the selfassessments from Section 5: 
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 hourbyhour content as we go.
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The table below summarizes the key dates. See the Activity Schedule for full details.
Date  Activity 
Sep 6  First day of class! 
Sep 9  First minibadge to be released 
Sep 11  Minibadge #1 due before class 
Sep 20  Minibadge #2 and Minibadge #3 due before midnight 
Oct 3  First set of selfassessments due before midnight 
Oct 7  Quiz 1 in class 
Oct 30  Second set of selfassessments due before midnight 
Nov 1  Quiz 2 in class 
Nov 20  Third set of selfassessments due before midnight 
Nov 22  Quiz 3 in class 
Dec 4  Third set of selfassessments due before midnight 
Dec 6  Quiz 4 in class 
TBA  Final exam 
Note: We will discuss these dates in class and any required changes will be discussed and announced ahead of time.
Note: Some minibadge due dates have yet to be announced.
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.