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 spatial and geomatics networks.
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.  Be in class. 
Mon Sep 9 (Lec)  No class today. Use the time to earn Minibadge #1. Your class code is F19419. 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.  
Mon Sep 9 (Lab)  No lab this first week.  
Wed Sep 11 (Lec)  Today we’ll have our first discussionbased lecture. 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 
Fri Sep 13 (Lec)  Today we’ll have our second discussionbased lecture and set things up for next week. 
Homework 

This is our second week. We’ll get another discussionbased lecture under our belts in the first half of the week. And then we’ll shift our focus to the computerbased 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.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Sep 16 (Lec)  Today will be our third discussionbased lecture  
Mon Sep 16 (Lab)  Lab #1 will be handed out and discussed in the lab period today (link TBA here) and Minibadge #2 and Minibadge #3 will be introduced.  
Wed Sep 18 (Lec)  No class today. Use the time to work on Minibadges #2 and #3 and on Lab #1  
Fri Sep 20 (Lec)  No class today. Use the time to work on Minibadges #2 and #3 and on Lab #1  Minibadge #2 and Minibadge #3 are due before midnight 
Homework  You can be working on:

Optional review  You 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 minibadges 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 selfassessment 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.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Sep 23 (Lec)  Today will begin our discussionbased 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)  Discussionbased lectures continued.  
Fri Sep 27 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures continued.  Lab #1 due before midnight. Use the Dropbox folder on D2L to submit this. 
Homework  You can be working on the first set of selfassessment questions linked below: 
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 selfassessment submission is due. And we’ll begin our next topic!
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Sep 30 (Lec)  Today we will finish our discussionbased lectures on Parametric Least Squares Adjustments and Estimation for Spatial Networks and solve the old quiz together. This completes the iniclass 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)  Discussionbased lectures (continued).  First set of selfassessments are due before midnight, including your "perfect set of lecture notes" and the first set of conceptual problems. 
Fri Oct 3 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures continued. We’ll begin our work on Geodetic modeling and estimation for spatial networks 
Homework  You can be:

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.
Date  Activities and topics  Things 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 discussionbased lectures on the topic of Geodetic modeling and estimation for spatial networks  
Fri Oct 11 (Lec)  Today we’ll continue our discussionbased lectures 
Homework  You can be working on Lab 2 and on the selfassessment questions linked from the topic on Modeling and estimation for spatial networks 
This week we will continue with our discussionbased lectures and move into the topic on Measures of Precision and Accuracy of Coordinates in Spatial Networks.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Oct 14  No lecture or lab today due to the Thanksgiving holiday  
Wed Oct 16 (Lec)  Discussionbased lecture on the topic of Section 4: Measures of Precision and Accuracy of Coordinates in Spatial Networks  
Thu Oct 17  The due date for Lab 2 was moved to be tonight before midnight  
Fri Oct 18 (Lec) 

Homework  You can be working on Lab 3. And on the selfassessment questions linked from Section 3, our topic on Modeling and estimation for spatial networks 
This week we will continue our work on measures of precision and accuracy in support of Lab 3.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Oct 21 (Lec)  Discussionbased 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)  Discussionbased lecture on the topic of Section 4: Measures of Precision and Accuracy of Coordinates in Spatial Networks  
Fri Oct 25 (Lec)  Discussionbased lecture on the topic of Section 4: Measures of Precision and Accuracy of Coordinates in Spatial Networks 
Homework  You can be working on Lab 3. And on the selfassessment questions linked from Section 3, our topic on Modeling and estimation for spatial networks And on the selfassessment 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 selfassessments, and preparing for Quiz 2.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Oct 28 (Lec)  Discussionbased 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)  Discussionbased lectures (cont.)  
Fri Nov 1 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures (cont.) 
Homework  You can be working on Lab 3.
And on the selfassessment questions linked from Section 3, our topic on Modeling and estimation for spatial networks

This week we will begin Lab #4. We will continue our discussionbased lectures on gross error detection. And you will write Quiz 2 which covers:
 The selfassessment questions linked from Section 3, our topic on Modeling and estimation for spatial networks
 And on the selfassessment problems from Section 4, our topic on Measures of precision and accuracy of coordinates:
 And on the selfassessment problems from Section 5, our topic on Reductions of observations:
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Nov 4 (Lec)  Our discussionbased 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 discussionbased 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 
Homework  You can be working on:

There are no classes this week due to Remembrance Day and the midterm break.
Homework  You 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 selfassessment problems which are the best way to study for the final.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Nov 18 (Lec)  Today we’ll finish our discussionbased 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 dropin designed for you to work on the selfassessment questions in Section 6.  You can be working on:

Wed Nov 20 (Lec)  We’ll begin our discussionbased lectures of Section 7 on Network Quality by Measures of Precision  
Fri Nov 22 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures (cont.) 
Homework  Current homework includes:

This is our second last week! The best things you can be doing this week are focusing on the inclass discussions and example and doing the selfassessment problems.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Nov 25 (Lec)  Today we’ll finish our discussionbased lectures of Section 7 on Network Quality by Measures of Precision, and begin them for Section 8 on Network Quality by Measures of Reliability  
Mon Nov 25 (Lab)  This afternoon will be a dropin session for support with the selfassessment problems  
Wed Nov 27 (Lec)  Today we’ll begin our discussionbased lectures for for Section 8 on Network Quality by Measures of Reliability  The Class Project is due before midnight tonight 
Fri Nov 29 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures (cont.) 
Homework  Current homework includes:

This is our last week. I’ll be posting the last set of selfassessment problems. Keep up. Push through to being prepared for the Lab Quiz and Quiz 3, and you’ll be in great shape for the final exam.
Date  Activities and topics  Things due or required 
Mon Dec 2 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures on Datums and Network Design  
Mon Dec 2 (Lab)  The Lab Quiz will take place in the lab today  not in our usual room (see D2L for details)  
Wed Dec 4 (Lec)  Discussionbased lectures Discussionbased lectures on Datums and Network Design (cont.)  
Fri Dec 6 (Lec)  Quiz 4 will take place in class  The third set of selfassessments and notes are due before class today 
Homework  Current 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 hourbyhour content as we go.
Other info
The table below summarizes the key dates. See the Activity Schedule on the left 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 
Sep 27  Lab #1 due before midnight 
Oct 2  Selfassessments #1 due by midnight 
Oct 7  Quiz 1 in class 
Oct 17  Lab #2 due at midnight 
Nov 3  Selfassessments #2 due by midnight 
Nov 4  Lab #3 due at the start of the lab session 
Nov 8  Quiz 2 in class 
Nov 18  Lab #4 due before 2 pm 
Nov 27  Class Project due before midnight 
Dec 2  Your Lab Quiz will be in the the lab period today 
Dec 6  Quiz 3 in class and selfassessments #3 due before class 
Dec 19  Final exam at 3:30 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.