GEOG 588
Planning GIS for Emergency Management

Term Project - Finish Your First Draft


Term Project - First Draft

This week, you need to finish the first draft of your term project. Your goal should be to make the first draft as high-quality as possible, with the idea that doing so will mean you have less work ahead of you to complete your second (and final) draft.

I have designed the timing of this assignment so that I have time to read your full drafts, offer feedback and editing suggestions, and return them to you with enough time left in the course so that you can revise your work before submitting a final version.

Here are my expectations for your first draft:

  • Your draft should be complete (what you wrote about in your abstract and outline is covered).
  • It should be well-written using correct grammar & spelling.
  • Your draft should not exceed the 2500 word limit (citations & figure captions do not count toward the word limit).
  • The format of your document should be consistent and elegant.
  • You should use a common citation format and apply it consistently. If you don't know which one to use, Chicago Author-Date style is a good default.

Term Project - First Draft Submission Instructions

When you're finished with this assignment, submit your outline to the dropbox I've created for it in Canvas.

Save your files in the following format:

L6_tp_firstinitialLastName.doc (or .jpg or .pdf or .tiff).

For example, my file would be named "L6_tp_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 6 Term Project First Draft dropbox in Canvas. See our Canvas Course Calendar for specific due dates.

Term Project - First Draft 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 = Excel., 4 = VG, 3 = Satis., 2 = Poor, 1 = V. Poor