By Alex Bruton, PhD, PEng, MBA

Activity schedule

If you’re learning this material in one of my university 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. Refer to it for links to the online textbook materials. Collapse or expand each date range for details. Check it daily to stay current.

Tentative schedule and guidance for a typical week

This is a template schedule for a typical week. I’m sharing it for discussion on our first day, and as general guidance after that.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon
(self-paced)
In a typical week we won’t be meeting during the Monday and Friday lecture periods. They are self-paced work days.

Being self-paced means that the content of the online materials is designed so that it’s always available and you can cover it at any time of day that works for you. It replaces a stereotypical lecture where you get into a room and the teacher shows you stuff on PowerPoint slides while you copy things down.

You should use this time to go through the learning goals, review and learn from the course material, and work on any self-assessment problems that have been published.

You’re responsible for covering that content and for using it to build your own set of notes and model problem solutions that you can refer to in our Wednesday sessions and, in turn, to help you ace the quizzes and do well on the labs.

Consult the activity schedule for details about what’s been assigned and what to be working on.
Your goal on Mondays should be to cover the assigned content before Wednesday’s in-person session.
Wed at 9
(Lec)
Discussion-based lecture: On Wednesdays we will normally meet together (online). The invitation to the video call will come via D2L.

The agenda for these sessions will vary but expect it to be something like the following: 1) Welcome back + housekeeping + check-in; 2) Instructor-led discussions, examples, and/or mini-lectures; 3) Clarifying questions; 4) Look-ahead to what’s coming.

This isn’t a stereotypical PowerPoint slide show either. It’s meant to help us bring things up a level and to reinforce the content already made available online that you should have covered before the session.
Attend class. Be fully caught up and prepared ahead of time for our discussions.
Fri
(self-paced)
New cycle begins: The next cycle of content will normally be made available on or before Fridays.

Fridays are self-paced work days.

Use the time to go through and learn the course materials and to work on the related self-assessment problems.
By now you should be finished everything that was published in the last cycle.

Your goal should be to make a plan for the work you’ll do before the next Wednesday.

Our quizzes also take place on some Fridays (see the activity schedule).
Fri at 2
(Lab)
These sessions are for our labs. Generally each lab runs for 2-3 weeks. It’s handed out and discussed in the first of those sessions and then supported by your TA in the subsequent sessions.Labs are due on some Fridays (see the activity schedule)
Summary of the self-paced work to do before next Wednesday
Areas in which you should focus each week will be summarized in this space.

Sep 8-15: Welcome and getting our feet under us

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
Wed Sep 9
(Lec)
This is our first class! We’ll spend some time to get introduced to this course, to help you get to know what it’s like to take a course from me. and to discuss how we’ll work together through a combination of remote and in-person sessions.

I’ll also want to hear from you on how best to support your learning.
Nothing’s due yet, but be sure not to miss it.
Fri Sep 11
(self-paced)
First cycle begins: By today I will release the first set of self-paced work for you to work on between now and our session next Wednesday. See the table below for details.Get started ASAP.
Fri Sep 11 (Lab)No lab this first week
Mon Sep 14 (self-paced)Use today to continue working and to get yourself ready for the upcoming sessions.
Summary of the self-paced work to tackle before next Wednesday
Review the course outline in detail.
Sign into this course website and get access to our online textbook materials. Be sure to use the directions I sent to you via D2L. You can check that you’ve done this correctly by making sure that you’re enrolled in this setup module.
Watch / listen to at least one episode of this podcast, which introduces you to some leaders in our field and the kind of work they do.
If you haven’t had me as a teacher before, then watch the video at the bottom of the same page to get bit of an introduction to me and our field.
Review the following two modules, the contents of which you should already be familiar with from earlier courses. If you’re up to speed on these then you should be in good shape for our first lab which will be released in the next learning cycle: Intro to using spreadsheets as a sandbox tool for spatial applications and Intro to browser-based coding as a sandbox tool for spatial applications

Sep 16-22: Lab 1 and some review

Welcome back! This week will bring our first full learning cycle to an end and launch the second one. Be engaged. Get the pattern down. Ask questions if you have any. Get and stay on top of things. Look at the review materials if you need to. Jump on the lab as soon as it comes out.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Wed Sep 16
(Lec)
We’ll meet together today with the following goals: 1) Welcome back + housekeeping + check-in; 2) Instructor-facilitated discussion about how the labs will work and how they will be marked; 3) Clarifying questions; 4) Look-ahead to what’s coming.

Lab 1 will be released today, i.e. a few days earlier than our upcoming Friday session.
By today you should aim to finish all of the self-paced work from last week and be ready to move to closing out your notes before we begin our next cycle on Friday.
Fri Sep 18
(self-paced)
Second cycle begins: Focus on the second set of self-paced work between now and next Friday. See the table below for details.Get started ASAP.
Fri Sep 18 (Lab)This session will be a drop-in led by our TA for any support you need as you get started on the lab.
Mon Sep 21 (self-paced)Use today to continue working on the self-paced work below and to get yourself ready for the upcoming sessions.
Summary of the self-paced work to tackle before next Wednesday
Your main focus this cycle should be on Lab 1: Some tools and fundamentals for geomatics and spatial networks
Here are the review topics some of you requested. They are optional but meant to help if you’re looking to refresh: Some review topics coming into Spatial Networks

Sep 23-29: Our first few networks + least squares for spatial network applications

This week we’ll close out the second learning cycle by finishing Lab 1 and any of the review you chose to dig into. And we will start our second learning cycle where the focus is on starting to apply what you should know about parametric least squares to the networks context. We’ll also begin digging into the content of this course and how our key modeling and estimation framework compares to the one you were introduced to back in probability, statistics and estimation.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Wed Sep 23 8 am
(Lec)
Today our TA will run an extra session for those who might be interested, covering: 1) Template forking; 2) Team space guidelines; 3) Drop-in support.
Wed Sep 23 9 am
(Lec)
We’ll meet together today with the following goals: 1) Check in + housekeeping; 2) Instructor-facilitated discussion about how the labs will work and how they will be marked; 3) Clarifying questions; 4) Look-ahead to what’s coming.

I will speak about the lab schedule for the course and about how Lab 2 is designed to tie into and support the content we will be learning in the coming cycle.
By today you should aim to finish all of the self-paced work from last week and be ready to move to closing out your notes before we begin our next cycle on Friday.
Thu Sep 24Lab 1 is due by 11:59 pm via D2L dropbox.
Fri Sep 25
(self-paced)
Third cycle begins: Turn your focus to the self-paced work found in the table below.Get started ASAP.
Fri Sep 25 (Lab)This lab session will be a drop-in session for anyone still needing support from our TA, e.g. if you have chosen to use a grace day for Lab 1 or if you have other questions you want to explore with him.

This preview of Lab 2 is available to you but the lab won’t be formally launched or discussed until next week. You can use this time to have a look at it though and to dig into the self-paced work.
Mon Sep 28 (self-paced)Use today to continue working on the self-paced work below and to get yourself ready for the upcoming sessions.
Summary of the self-paced work to tackle before next Wednesday
Here’s the first self-paced module for this learning cycle: A geodetic modeling and estimation framework for spatial networks
Here’s the second self-paced module for this cycle: Our first few networks and a review of parametric least squares for spatial networks
And here’s a preview of Lab 2 which ties closely to the material you’re studying in this cycle. As we’ll discuss next week, different parts of this lab are due on different dates which are posted on this page under “Key dates”.

Sep 30 – Oct 6: Going deeper with the content and Lab 2

Your focus this week should be on the self-paced modules handed out last week (and shared again below) and on Part 1 of Lab 2. These will help you meet the deadlines for that lab and prepare for Quiz 1.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Wed Sep 30
(Lec)
You’ve had a preview of Lab 2 since last week but today I will speak about it and how it will be assessed. We’ll also do our regular check-in, clarifying questions and look-ahead.You should be working through the self-paced work from last week and working on Part 1 of Lab 2
Fri Oct 2
(self-paced)
Third cycle begins: Continue with the self-paced work found in the table below.
Fri Oct 2 (Lab)This lab session will be a drop-in for Part 1 of Lab 2.
Mon Oct 5 (self-paced)Use today to continue working on the self-paced work below which aims to get you ready for the upcoming Quiz.
Summary of the self-paced work to tackle before next Wednesday
Continue with this self-paced module: A geodetic modeling and estimation framework for spatial networks
Continue with this self-paced module: Our first few networks and a review of parametric least squares for spatial networks
Work on Part 1 of Lab 2 which ties closely to that material.

Watch this spot for the rest of the schedule to roll out and for links to the rest of the online textbook materials as they are released.

Welcome!

Key dates

DateActivity
Sep 9First day of class!
Sep 24Lab 1 due by 11:59 pm
Oct 8Part 1 of Lab 2 due by 11:59 pm
Oct 2 Oct 9Quiz 1
Oct 18Parts 2 and 3 of Lab 2 due by 11:59 pm
Oct 23 Oct 30Quiz 2
Nov 5Lab 3 due by 11:59 pm
Nov 20Quiz 3
Nov 26Lab 4 due by 11:59 pm
Dec 9Quiz 4
TBA

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

Note: All times and dates are in the mountain time zone.