GIS Activities


The answers posted below are SAMPLES of possible answers for the GIS activities. Various changes may have been made in the questions and the data. Additionally, variations in the questions may now be in use. On some questions, the answer may vary depending upon your system or its configuration. Grading may consider these windows of variation. For example, when mapping a feature representative of nominal data on a choropleth map it may be red, blue, green, or whatever color; and when making a choropleth map of ordinal, interval or ratio data, any appropriate cartographically defined color ramp (as distinct from ESRI color ramp) is appropriate. Incorrect applications of colors will be penalized. Again, these are examples of answers, and they should be improved upon and varied to better complete the activity.

Plagiarism is copying from someone else without giving them credit. Any time that you use sentences, phrases, words, or even IDEAS that were not originally your own, you must give credit to the source. If you look something up, you must cite your source to provide the documentation and to give credit professionally to that source. If you use an idea that goes back to an original author, that person/publication/source must be acknowledged. Failure to do so can result in penalties from loss of credit to dismissal from the university, depending on the severity of the infringement.

Finally, although sample answers are posted here, you MUST do your own work. These answers are to help you to judge whether you are on the right track. They are to help you to avoid common mistakes and to see a sample of a completed project. If all you do is copy the map design presented, you are doing yourself a tremendous disservice. You are not developing the essential skills of map design that you will need. Just as in writing an essay, no two submissions should be identical. Some maps are better than others, and these sample answers are only samples, not necessarily the best map. Develop your own style and in doing this, you will be learning to apply cartographic standards. If you just copy these samples, you will not explore the tremendous variations of style and you certainly will not internalize cartographic license.

Do your own work. Compare your work with the sample answers, and consider whether you have satisfactorily completed the work. Revise with your own work where necessary, and then submit your assignment. GIS always involves evaluating whether or not the results are reasonable, correct, and professionally represented, but that latter has an infinite range of acceptability.

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