GEOG 885
Advanced Analytic Methods for the GEOINT Professional



There is no structured seminar for this lesson. Use this time to accomplish the analysis and prepare the presentation. Questions may be emailed to the instructor or posted in the discussion area. One-on-one meetings (phone calls) can be arranged during this lesson on an as-needed basis.

As previously stated, the project will culminate in an end of course powerpoint briefing to your instructor; refer to the calendar for general briefing dates. Here is the hypothetical set up for the project. Your instructor has just been appointed as Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. Upon review of "cold cases", the Luna case concerns him after being told that the geospatial aspects of the case were never considered. As such, he hired consultants (student teams) to perform a geospatial assessment. Each team will investigate the case and present a geospatial argument to either 1) reopen the case, or 2) let it be. If you determine that the case needs to be reopened, please present specific action items to be addressed.

Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate your ability to apply the Structured Geospatial Analytic Method to a geospatial problem.

The Course Roadmap is intended to help you understand where we are in the overall learning process and to place our dual case study and project focus into context.

Figure 1: Course Roadmap
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The Course Roadmap highlights where students are within the course. For Lesson 9 your team will prepare for the Luna team project due at the end of Lesson Ten.

Lesson 9 is one week in length. (See the Calendar in Canvas for specific due dates.) To finish this lesson, you must complete the activities listed below. You may find it useful to print this page out first so that you can follow along with the directions.

Steps to Completing Lesson 9
Step Activity Access/Directions
1 Read the Lesson Overview and Checklist. You are in the Lesson 09 online content now. Click on the "Next Page" link to continue.
  • Read and review online content as appropriate.
There are three different styles of reading that are referred to in the lessons:
  • Scan: Do not deal with all of the content, but search through the material for a specific purpose or a specific word (or its synonym). Scanning is used for such purposes as finding the answer to a particular question.
  • Skim: To skim, read a page by reading the headings and first sentences of each paragraph or section.
  • Read: The purpose of this style is to understand the concepts and arguments that the text contains, and it should be preceded by the Skim reading style.
3 Continue your work on Capstone Project.  
4 Read Lesson Summary. You are in the Lesson 9 online content now.


If you have any questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them to the GEOG 885 - General Discussion Forum. (That forum can be accessed at any time in Canvas by clicking on the Modules tab. The General Discussion forum is listed under the Orientation Section.)