GEOG 588
Planning GIS for Emergency Management

Writing Assignment


Lesson 4 Writing Assignment Description

The chapter from your book is matched with two journal papers that focus on different GIS for emergency management situations that include preparedness components. Your written deliverable for this week’s lesson (beyond what you write for the class participation section) is to produce a brief (no more than 400 words) critical assessment of the paper by Amram and colleagues.

The critical assessment should begin with a one-two sentence summary of the authors’ goals in the project reported. Then, in 2-4 paragraphs, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the work reported. Consider the following issues:

  • The most important contribution that the paper makes to understanding the role of GIS in emergency management (what do we know now that we did not know before this work?)
  • Critical aspects of the methods applied and/or decisions made about those methods that make the work something that others should emulate (e.g., things that they considered that, if they had been ignored, would make the conclusions unreliable or invalid).
  • Flaws that you see in the work reported (these might be in methods developed, in the way they were applied, or in the interpretations that the authors make about applicability of their results).

Lesson 4 Writing Assignment Submission Instructions

Save your files in the following format:

L4_assign4_firstinitialLastName.doc (or .jpg or .pdf or .tiff).

For example, my file would be named "L4_assign4_rmbeaty.doc" - This naming convention is important, as it will help me make sure I match each submission with the right student.

Submit your assignment to the Lesson 4 Writing Assignment dropbox in Canvas. See our Canvas course calendar for specific due dates.

Lesson 4 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