Project Description

The final project constitutes a significant component of your mark in this course. For this reason, it is important to decide on your project topic as soon as you can.  Given the potential scope and workload involved in the project, it is recommended that you work in a team.

It will be important that everyone fully participates in a project. A formal (online) report will have to be produced, with the maps, tables, etc. prepared to professional standards. The report must also include citations to published papers that provide background and rationale for the methods used in conducting the spatial analysis. You should read this document that provides a very useful overview on how to prepare projects and prepare project presentations (taken from this MIT OpenCourseWare site: A workshop on GIS).

Part of your mark will be determined through a peer-evaluation process. Each student will be expected to provide a mark for themselves, plus all of the other project team members, at the end of the project. Project presentations will be given on Thursday, April 18, which will start at 10:00. The URLs for your projects must be emailed to me by 5:00 on Wed, April 24, along with the URLs for your course blogs.

Possible projects

We will talk about possible project topics during the first few weeks of the term.

A number of very useful reference documents can be found here--the Biosciences GIS Facility at the University of Alberta. You can use the UBC Library's Abacus system to look for spatial data. A listing of the top 10 free data providers (raster and vector; worldwide).

Software that might be useful in your projects:

Some projects ideas from ESRI's ArcUser magazine (and elsewhere):