By Alex Bruton, PhD, PEng, MBA

Activity Schedule

If you’re learning this material in one of my in-person 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.

DateActivities and topicsThings 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 Mini-badge #1. Your class code is F19-319. 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 discussion-based lectures.
Wed Sep 11 (Lec)Today we’ll begin our first discussion-based 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.Mini-badge #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 discussion-based lecture on Some Fundamentals First, from our "First Survey" and look ahead to next week.
HomeworkYou can be working on the mini-badges 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 discussion-based lectures), and to get familiar with the some key tools we’re going to use (via the second and third mini-badges).

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!

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Sep 16 (Lec)Today we’ll have our third discussion-based lecture on Some fundamentals first, from our "First Survey".
Wed Sep 18 (Lec)No class today. Use the time to work on the self-assessments (found in the topic on Some fundamentals first, from our "First Survey") and Mini-badge #2 and Mini-badge #3.
Wed Sep 18 (Lab)We’ll begin using the lab periods today. This one will be for you to work on Mini-badge #2, Mini-badge #3, and the self-assessments 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 self-assessments and Mini-badge #2 and Mini-badge #3.Mini-badge #2 and Mini-badge #3 due before midnight
HomeworkYou 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 mini-badges, in class, and in the self-assessments.

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.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Sep 23 (Lec)Today we’ll close out our discussion-based 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)Discussion-based lecture on The three key math models for spatial applications
Wed Sep 25 (Lab)Today’s lab will be an un-facilitated drop-in for support with the first set of self-assessment problems (including your "perfect set of lecture notes"
Thu Sep 25 (Tut)TBA
Fri Sep 27 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture continued on The three key math models for spatial applications
HomeworkThe following self-assessments (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 self-assessment submission is due. And we have a lab and a tutorial session scheduled to support you.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Sep 30 (Lec)We’ll continue with our discussion-based lectures on the topic of The three key math models for spatial applications.
Wed Oct 2 (Lec)Discussion-based 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 self-assessment problems, and/or for your "perfect set of lecture notes"
Thu Oct 3 (Tut)TBAFirst set of self-assessments are due before midnight, including your "perfect set of lecture notes" and the first set of conceptual problems.
Fri Oct 4 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures (continued)
HomeworkYou can be working on:
  • Preparing for Quiz 1 which takes place in class next Monday
  • Working on the next "perfect set of lecture notes" as well as any related self-assessment problems that may have been handed out by now

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.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 7 (Lec)Quiz 1 in class
Wed Sep 11 (Lec)Today we’ll begin our lecture-based 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 self-assessment problems in Section 2.
Thu Sep 12 (Tut)No tutorial this week
Fri Sep 13 (Lec)Lecture-based discussions (continued)
HomeworkTBA

This week begins with the Thanksgiving holiday and then we continue with our lecture-based discussions.

DateActivities and topicsThings 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 self-assessments.
Thu Sep 12 (Tut)No session is planned this morning.
Fri Sep 13 (Lec)We’ll continue our lecture-based discussions on Section 3: A deeper understanding of data, statistics, probability, and estimation

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 self-assessment questions for Section 3.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 21 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures continued on Section 3: A deeper understanding of data, statistics, probability, and estimation
Wed Oct 23 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures continued. We’ll begin our work on Section 4
Wed Oct 23 (Lab)Time for support with the self-assessment problems
Thu Oct 24 (Tut)Time for support with the self-assessment problems
Fri Oct 25 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures continued on the topic of Section 4: Summarizing data and estimating population parameters using descriptive measures

Quiz 2 will take place in class this week. We’ll be working on Section 4 and preparing for the quiz until then.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 28 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures continued on the topic of Section 4: Summarizing data and estimating population parameters using descriptive measures
Wed Oct 30 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures continued on the topic of Section 4: Summarizing data and estimating population parameters using descriptive measures
Wed Oct 30 (Lab)Support for the self-assessment problemsSecond set of self-assessments 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

This week we will focus on Section 4: Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Nov 4 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture on Section 4: Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures
Wed Nov 6 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture on Section 4: Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures
Wed Nov 6 (Lab)Drop-in support for the open self-assessment questions
Thu Nov 7 (Tut)Drop-in support for the open self-assessment questions
Fri Nov 7 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture on Section 4: Summarizing Data and Estimating Population Parameters Using Descriptive Measures

This week we will continue our discussion-based lectures on Section 5: Better understanding continuous PDFs and stochastic modeling by getting to know the normal distribution.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Nov 18 (Lec)Discussion-based 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)Drop-in session for support with the self-assessment problemsThird submission due for the self-assessments (remaining problems from Section 4 + those from Mini-badges #4 and #5) and perfect set of lecture notes.
Thu Nov 21 (Tut)Drop-in session for support with preparing for the quiz
Fri Nov 22 (Lec)Quiz 3 will take place in class.This covers the materials from Mini-badges #4 and #5 as linked in detail from the textbook view of the course and the earlier homework sections

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!

Other info

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

DateActivity
Sep 6First day of class!
Sep 9First mini-badge to be released
Sep 11Mini-badge #1 due before class
Sep 20Mini-badge #2 and Mini-badge #3 due before midnight
Oct 3First set of self-assessments due before midnight
Oct 7Quiz 1 in class
Oct 30Second set of self-assessments due before midnight
Nov 1Quiz 2 in class
Nov 20Third set of self-assessments due before midnight
Nov 22Quiz 3 in class
Dec 4Third set of self-assessments due before midnight
Dec 6Quiz 4 in class
TBAFinal exam

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

Note: Some mini-badge 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.