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.

At the bottom right side of any page on this site, you can hit the little icon to get back to this schedule and the little icon to get to your settings and learning dashboard. Your learning dashboard’s a great way to see and pick up where you left off on a topic. And you can also view the course content in a textbook or index-style view with this little icon.

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 spatial and geomatics networks.

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.Be in class.
Mon Sep 9 (Lec)No class today. Use the time to earn Mini-badge #1. Your class code is F19-419. 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.
Mon Sep 9 (Lab)No lab this first week.
Wed Sep 11 (Lec)Today we’ll have our first discussion-based lecture. 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
Fri Sep 13 (Lec)Today we’ll have our second discussion-based lecture and set things up for next week.
Homework
  • No homework explicitly, until the first lab and next mini-badge are due (keep an eye on D2L for an announcement).
  • That said, you can be working on your first "perfect set of lecture notes"
  • And you can can be reviewing the material from our earlier course - look to D2L for the key review links

This is our second week. We’ll get another discussion-based lecture under our belts in the first half of the week. And then we’ll shift our focus to the computer-based tools we’re going to use in the course and to the related Lab #1 which will be handed out and has been designed to make sure everyone is on the same page as we start the course.

Use this week to make sure you have the basics of the course down. We’re deliberately pacing ourselves and doing things in serial, but after this week we’re going to be focusing full time on the lectures and on the complementary labs at the same time.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Sep 16 (Lec)Today will be our third discussion-based lecture
Mon Sep 16 (Lab)Lab #1 will be handed out and discussed in the lab period today (link TBA here) and Mini-badge #2 and Mini-badge #3 will be introduced.
Wed Sep 18 (Lec)No class today. Use the time to work on Mini-badges #2 and #3 and on Lab #1
Fri Sep 20 (Lec)No class today. Use the time to work on Mini-badges #2 and #3 and on Lab #1Mini-badge #2 and Mini-badge #3 are due before midnight
HomeworkYou can be working on:
  • Your first "perfect set of lecture notes"
  • Lab #1
Optional reviewYou can also check out the following review topics. Make sure you’re fully up to speed before the end of this week. These are not required and I won’t be checking if you do them. They’re just there to help in case you need it:

Okay, let’s do it! You’ve got the review under your belt, including the work done in class together, in the mini-badges to get your feet under you, and in Lab #1.

In class this week we’re going to go a little deeper and dot some i’s and cross some t’s – so to speak. I’ll also be handing out your first set of self-assessment problems. These will set the stage for the upcoming Lab #2 and Quiz #1 and round out your foundation for the rest of the course.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Sep 23 (Lec)Today will begin our discussion-based lectures on Parametric Least Squares Adjustments and Estimation for Spatial Networks
Mon Sep 23 (Lab)This is a working period for Lab #1 which is due Friday
Wed Sep 25 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures continued.
Fri Sep 27 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures continued.Lab #1 due before midnight. Use the Dropbox folder on D2L to submit this.

This is our last week before the first quiz. We’ll finish the related material which will also set you up to begin Lab #2. Your first self-assessment submission is due. And we’ll begin our next topic!

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Sep 30 (Lec)Today we will finish our discussion-based lectures on Parametric Least Squares Adjustments and Estimation for Spatial Networks and solve the old quiz together. This completes the ini-class coverage of the material to be covered on Quiz 1. We may also begin our next topic.
Mon Sep 30 (Lab)Lab 2 will be handed out and discussed in the lab period today
Wed Oct 2 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures (continued).First set of self-assessments are due before midnight, including your "perfect set of lecture notes" and the first set of conceptual problems.
Fri Oct 3 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures continued. We’ll begin our work on Geodetic modeling and estimation for spatial networks
HomeworkYou can be:
  • Preparing for Quiz 1 which takes place in class next Monday
  • Working on Lab 2
  • 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 we’ll have our first quiz and then move into our topic on the geodetic model, why gravity matters, and the least squares parametric solution.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 7 (Lec)Quiz 1 in class
Mon Oct 7 (Lab)This will be an open lab period for working on Lab 2
Wed Oct 9 (Lec)Today we’ll continue our discussion-based lectures on the topic of Geodetic modeling and estimation for spatial networks
Fri Oct 11 (Lec)Today we’ll continue our discussion-based lectures

This week we will continue with our discussion-based lectures and move into the topic on Measures of Precision and Accuracy of Coordinates in Spatial Networks.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 14No lecture or lab today due to the Thanksgiving holiday
Wed Oct 16 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture on the topic of Section 4: Measures of Precision and Accuracy of Coordinates in Spatial Networks
Thu Oct 17The due date for Lab 2 was moved to be tonight before midnight
Fri Oct 18 (Lec)
  • Discussion-based lecture on the topic of Measures of Precision and Accuracy of Coordinates in Spatial Networks
  • We will also discuss Lab 3 today
  • And debrief the Quality Circle meeting

This week we will continue our work on measures of precision and accuracy in support of Lab 3.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 21 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture on the topic of Section 4: Measures of Precision and Accuracy of Coordinates in Spatial Networks
Mon Oct 21 (Lab)Today will be a drop in lab session in support of Lab #3 .
Wed Oct 23 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture on the topic of Section 4: Measures of Precision and Accuracy of Coordinates in Spatial Networks
Fri Oct 25 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture on the topic of Section 4: Measures of Precision and Accuracy of Coordinates in Spatial Networks
HomeworkYou can be working on Lab 3. And on the self-assessment questions linked from Section 3, our topic on Modeling and estimation for spatial networks And on the self-assessment problems from Section 4, our topic on Measures of precision and accuracy of coordinates:

This week we will begin our work on Section 5: Geometric reductions for geospatial networks. You can be working on Lab 3, doing the self-assessments, and preparing for Quiz 2.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Oct 28 (Lec)Discussion-based lecture on the topic of Section 5: Geometric reductions for geospatial networks
Mon Oct 28 (Lab)Today will be a drop in lab session in support of Lab #3 .
Wed Oct 30 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures (cont.)
Fri Nov 1 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures (cont.)
HomeworkYou can be working on Lab 3. And on the self-assessment questions linked from Section 3, our topic on Modeling and estimation for spatial networks And on the self-assessment problems from Section 4, our topic on Measures of precision and accuracy of coordinates: And on the self-assessment problems from Section 5, our topic on Reductions of observations:

This week we will begin Lab #4. We will continue our discussion-based lectures on gross error detection. And you will write Quiz 2 which covers:

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Nov 4 (Lec)Our discussion-based lectures will continue on the topic of detecting gross errors
Mon Nov 4 (Lab)Lab #4 will be handed out and discussed.Lab #3 is due today before the start of the lab session.
Wed Nov 6 (Lec)Our discussion-based lectures will continue on the topic of detecting gross errors. I also plan to hand out and discuss the Class Project.
Fri Nov 8 (Lec)Quiz 2 will take place in class today
HomeworkYou can be working on:

There are no classes this week due to Remembrance Day and the mid-term break.

HomeworkYou can be working on:

Welcome back from the break. This week we’ll finish of our topic on gross error detection and begin our work on network quality assessment (by measures of precision and reliability). As you’ll have seen, the focus on the remaining lab periods is on the self-assessment problems which are the best way to study for the final.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Nov 18 (Lec)Today we’ll finish our discussion-based lectures of Section 6 on Gross Error Detection.Lab #4 is due at the start of the lab period
Mon Nov 18 (Lab)This lab period is a drop-in designed for you to work on the self-assessment questions in Section 6.You can be working on:
Wed Nov 20 (Lec)We’ll begin our discussion-based lectures of Section 7 on Network Quality by Measures of Precision
Fri Nov 22 (Lec)Discussion-based lectures (cont.)
HomeworkCurrent homework includes:

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 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
Sep 27Lab #1 due before midnight
Oct 2Self-assessments #1 due by midnight
Oct 7Quiz 1 in class
Oct 13
Oct 17
Lab #2 due at midnight
Nov 3Self-assessments #2 due by midnight
Oct 27
Nov 4
Lab #3 due at the start of the lab session
Nov 8Quiz 2 in class
Nov 10
Nov 18
Lab #4 due before 2 pm
Nov 27Class Project due before midnight
Dec 2Your "Lab Quiz" will be in the the lab period today
Dec 6Quiz 3 in class and self-assessments #3 due before class
TBAFinal exam

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.