geography project and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Project Proposals (due Feb 15)
Final Project Discussion Board Post (due Feb 28)
Final Project Write-up (due Mar 5)
PROPOSAL Exceeds Expectations (5/5) Meets Expectations (3/5) Below Expectations (1/5) None (0/5) TOTAL Research Question & Significance Research question(s) or objective(s) are clearly laid out. The reason you want to conduct the project and its potential impact is very clear and well justified with multiple outside (reputable) sources. Research question(s) or objective(s) are included but are lacking clarity. The project’s significance is discussed and has potential but more outside (reputable) sources could make the argument more compelling. No research questions are included OR significance is not clear OR is too far away from the work that you’re proposing to do OR does not use outside (reputable) sources to make the argument. Significance not addressed OR very poorly justified. /5 Methods Proposed methods go above the minimum of multiple satellite images and 2 remote sensing techniques with each component clearly contributing to the overall goal of the project. The tool to be used for the methods is clearly specified. Proposed methods meet the minimum of multiple satellite images and 2 remote sensing techniques with each component clearly contributing to the overall goal of the project. The tool to be used for the method is listed but lacking clarity. Proposed methods do not meet the minimum of multiple satellite images and 2 remote sensing techniques OR the components don’t clearly relate to the overall goal of the project OR no tool is listed. Several of the minimums requirements not met OR methods are highly unclear. Schedule a time to talk to me about possible methods. /5 Creativity The scope of the project branches outside of the familiar (i.e., uses techniques or imagery that we did not practice in the labs/activities). The project incorporates many of the same techniques and imagery we used in the lab activities but applies them to new areas or problems. The project too closely aligns with work that was assigned as part of the class. Need to pick a different topic, schedule a time to talk to me about possible options. /5 Sources & Reputability Two or more reputable sources were used, one of which was scholarly. Only one reputable source was used OR no sources were scholarly. Sources were used, but none were reputable. No sources were used. /5
Format Write-up is 300-500 words, citations are properly formatted, author/group member names are included, and it is submitted as a PDF (includes last name in document title) through the D2L submission folder. Submission does not follow 1 of the formatting guidelines. Submission does not follow 2 of the formatting guidelines. Submission does not follow 3+ of the formatting guidelines. /5 Proposal: /25
1 GEO 243: EARTH OBSERVATION Final Project | Proposal, Post, and Write-up Instructions In your final project, you will ask a research question and use remote sensing techniques in ArcGIS Pro to answer your question(s). If you would like to use Google Earth Engine (GEE) instead of ArcGIS Pro, please reach out to me. You can work in groups of up to three, but group work should go above the minimum requirements because of the greater number of people contributing. Your project must: • Employ multiple images. They can be images from the same satellite from different areas/dates or images from different satellites. • Implement at least two techniques that adds to the raw value of an image. For example, visualizing one image does not add any new information beyond what is stored in that one image, but creating time-series chart for multiple images or conducting a classification on one image does. The final project will have three graded components, which will be due at different times during the second half of the quarter: 1) Proposal 2) Presentation 3) Write-up See below for the requirements for each component. The creativity of your project will also factor into your grade, see the rubrics for more details. Proposal Instructions: Your proposal should be 300-500 words and organized with the following headings: 1) Proposed title and author name(s) 2) Research question(s) or objective(s) a. Include a brief explanation of the significances of the research you want to undertake. b. Justify the significance with two or more reputable outside sources. i. One of the sources needs to be scholarly. See below for information on assessing reputability and finding scholarly articles. ii. Do not directly quote from your sources, instead paraphrase and end the sentence with an in-text citation. c. Close by listing your research question/objective. 3) Methodology a. Imagery you plan on using (Which satellite? Which dates?). b. Brief description of the remote sensing methods you’d like to employ you will use for each method (include the name of the geoprocessing tool, if relevant). 4) Citations
2 a. Include the citations used in your research question/objective section as well as the citations for the data you plan on using. b. For full credit, at least 2 reputable sources must be used. One of which is scholarly. c. See below for how to determine of your source is scholarly and how to format citations. Discussion Post Instructions: As an intermediary step before the whole final project is due, each student/group will post one figure from their final project to the discussion. The discussion post contains full instructions but along with your figures, the post should include: 1) Your research question/objective 2) A brief description of the methods and tools 3) The results and interpretation of the figure Think of this as a very short and asynchronous final project presentation. It’s a great chance to see all the different Earth Observation applications your classmates are working on. Write-up Instructions: During finals, a 2-3 page single spaced executive summary of your project is due (~500-1000 words). Your executive summary should be a high-level summary and contain the following sections (include section headers for each): 1) Title – Short but descriptive 2) Author – You name (and group member names if applicable) 3) Importance – Why is the topic you investigated important? a. Include external source to justify the importance of your topic b. Similar to the proposal, do not directly quote from your sources, instead paraphrase and end the sentence with an in-text citation. 4) Methodology – What imagery and remote sensing techniques did you use? Keep this very general, a list of the data and the steps you took in sequential order is sufficient. 5) Results and Significance – What are the major findings from your analysis? What are the implications of your findings? a. 2+ figure (maps/graphs/etc.) i. 2 is the minimum, but including more than 2 figures has the potential to improve your grade because your grade will be derived from the 2 best figures. See rubric for more details. b. Every figure needs a figure caption and a couple of sentences interpreting what the figure shows. 6) Citations – Include the full citation of anything you cite in the write-up. A minimum of 3 reputable sources (with at least 2 scholarly sources) is required. See the information on assessing reputability and citation styles below. 7) ArcGIS Pro Project Package – Without this component, a final grade will not be given.
3 a. Follow these instructions to create a project package. Be sure to check the “Share outside of organization”. b. Upload the project packages as separate submission file from your report (you may need to put the package in a zipped folder for D2L to accept the file format). Write your executive summary for someone like a politician or an NGO worker—an audience that knows very little about remote sensing but is interested in your results and their implications. The write-up and your project package should stand on their own (i.e., assume your audience will only interact with these final products) without additional explanation from you. Citation Formats: You may use any of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences citation formats (Turabian, Chicago, APA) as long as you use them consistently. APA is commonly employed in geography, below are a couple of key style elements: In-text citation, two authors = (Wegner & Petty, 2007) In-text citation, more than two authors = (Sanchez et al., 1994) Multiple in-text citations, one author = (Farah, 2020; Adegoke, 2017) Reference style, two authors, article = Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number (issue number), pages. https://doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyy Reference style, one author, book = Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher Name. You will need to check the APA style guide for further details. Assessing Reputability: It is important to make sure the research you are citing is reputable. The easiest way to ensure this is to only cite scholarly works (published books and peer reviewed articles). Peer review is the process in which an academic work is evaluated by one or more qualified researchers that do not know the original author(s). Peer review is used to determine an article’s suitability for publication. The DePaul LibrarySearch makes it easy to tell if an article is peer reviewed (#1) or to search for only peer reviewed journals (#2).
4 There is, however, lots of reputable research that is not peer-reviewed. Often it is more applied (i.e., city planning documents) but examples of applied work may be particularly useful for this class. You can include non-peer reviewed documents in your background research but think critically about the source. Local, regional, or national governments often have internal mechanisms for checking quality similar to peer review and can be very reliable. The same may be the case for some large NGOs (non-governmental organization, i.e., Doctors Without Borders). Avoid citing work from unknown sources, corporations, or partisan think-tanks because they may be bias. Submission: Both the proposal and the write-up will be submitted through D2L (in the “final project” folder). Submit both documents as pdfs, include your last name somewhere in the document title, and follow all page and formatting requirements for full credit. Be sure to turn in the ArcGIS Pro Project package to the designated folder. Without this component, a final grade will not be given. #1 #2
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