GEOG 588
Planning GIS for Emergency Management

Writing Assignment


Lesson 1 Writing Assignment Description

This week, I'd like you to write responses to the two items below:

Based on this week's readings, what do you consider to be the one or two key challenges facing the application of GIS to Emergency Management in (a) temporally short, geographically local events versus (b) temporally extended, geographically regional events?

Make clear how your response relates to the readings.

This response should be between 200 - 300 words in length. It is worth 15 points toward the writing assignment portion of the course grade.

Lesson 1 Writing Assignment Submission Instructions

Save your files in the following format:


For example, my file would be named "L1_assign1_arobinson.doc" - This naming convention is important, as it will help me make sure I match each submission up with the right student.

Submit your assignment to the Lesson 1 Writing Assignment dropbox in Canvas. See our Canvas Course Calendar for specific due dates.

Lesson 1 Writing Assignment Grading Criteria

For this assignment, I will assign grades with the following rubric. For each of the three main 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. I define "Content" as the level of understanding and knowledge of relevant topics you demonstrate with your writing. I define "Clarity" as the readability and organization of your writing (including formatting and appropriate graphic design where applicable).

Impact, Content, Clarity: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Satisfactory, 2 = Poor, 1 = Very Poor