GEOG 583
Geospatial System Analysis and Design

Term Project - Final Version


This week provides you with your last opportunity to finish revising your term project paper. Make sure you have addressed the issues I pointed out in my review of your first draft. If you have questions about your changes that you'd like me to answer, make sure you ask soon so I have time to get back to you before the due date. Remember, there is a strict 2,500 word limit for this paper. This limit includes the main body text and does not apply to abstract, figure captions, table headers, and references.

Once you have made it through the edits I suggest, consider the following ideas for enhancing your final project:

  • Remember that you are the expert with this project idea. Your reader is not the expert. Your task is to explain to the reader in simple enough terms to make them understand the scope and purpose of your project.
  • Include images, links to multimedia, and other content that would help a decision-maker understand the context of your report.
  • Make sure that the formatting of your report is consistent and elegant - make it look professional.
  • Ask a classmate, colleague at work, or someone else who would be reasonably familiar with the content to read your report and provide feedback.

Final Draft Submission Instructions

  1. When you're finished with this assignment, submit your final paper to the Lesson 10 Final Term Project dropbox I've created for it in Canvas.
  2. Save your files in the following format: L10_tp_firstinitialLastName.doc (or .jpg or .pdf or .tiff). For example, my file would be named "L10_tp_arobinson.doc" - This naming convention is important, as it will help me make sure I match each submission up with the right student.
  3. Submit your assignment to the Lesson 10 Final Term Project dropbox I've created for it in Canvas. See our Canvas Course Calendar for specific due dates.

Grading Criteria

Assignment Guidelines

Your term project should meet the following guidelines:

  • Final text is no longer than 2,500 words (not including references)
  • Includes images and graphics where relevant
  • Cites sources using a consistent citation format
  • Applies consistent formatting across the sections of your paper (hint: use MS word styles)
  • Presents clear and organized arguments to support your project goals
  • Matches the spirit and goals associated with the project option you have chosen

Grading Rubric

Your grade will be based on the content, clarity, impact, and the degree to which your submission satisfies assignment guidelines. For each of the four criteria I will assign points on a scale from 1-5, with 5 being excellent and 1 being very poor.

I define "Impact" as the strength and logic of the arguments and analytical insights you provide with your writing. In other words, present a clear argument to the reader as to why your topic/idea/approach is important.

I define "Content" as the level of understanding and knowledge of relevant topics you demonstrate with your writing. Here, demonstrate to the reader that you are knowledgeable about the topic/idea/approach by communicating what you are planning to do and how you will do it.

I define "Clarity" as the readability and organization of your writing (including formatting and appropriate graphic design where applicable). Your writing should be clear, concise, and unambiguous. By all means proofread your writing so as to avoid errors. As a suggestion, ask someone else to read your writing.

I define "Meets Criteria" as whether or not you have met the overall goals of this assignment.

Term Project Rubric
IMPACT 5 4 3 2 1
CONTENT 5 4 3 2 1
CLARITY 5 4 3 2 1
Meets Criteria 5 4 3 2 1