Geography 207 - Final Take-Home Examination & Assignment (Winter 2001)

(http://faculty.washington.edu/~krumme/207/01/conclusions.html)

PART I:
Please use this opportunity to complete and integrate the various tasks and assignments associated with the class project: Examples for particularly suitable improvements are listed in the table below. To make life easier for your instructor, please identify (on paper) what changes you have made after March 8th.

TASKS OR ASSIGNMENTSNATURE OF CHANGE
  • Did your original "Introduction" comply with the guidelines?
  • How would you now, after completion of your project, expand or change your introduction so that it can be linked to your project as an introduction of the author?
  • In light of the original "Review" guidelines, did you review an appropriate literature item?
  • In light of your subsequent research which item would you review now? If you have not provided an annotation for this item in your resource page, would you please provide it now.
  • Update of "Location Quotients"?
  • If you could redo this exercise in light of your subsequent project research what kinds of location quotients would be more meaningful? What approximate size of these LQs would you expect? How would you interpret these quotients?
  • Completion of "Resource Page"
  • Should your Resource Page still be only a list of incomplete references, directories or URLs, please consider completing this page by
    1. categorizing your resources by topical focus.
    2. correcting or completing the references by providing full and appropriate information as is done by a major academic journal in geography.
    3. providing more information than merely the URL and making the URL or the title clickable
    4. providing at least the minimum number of references and annotations
    5. by adding a sufficient number of references to individual substantive resources so that the directories on your list do not have to count
    Corrections of Final Statement: Since this statement is the most important component of your project, you want to make sure that it complies with the guidelines:
    1. It should have a topic which includes a reference to your topical area
    2. It should have at least three subheadings (nobody wants to read 600 word statements on the screen without identifiable subsections)
    3. All sources you used (and not merely for factual information) should be identified (cited) in the text.
    4. All references to Internet sources should be "clickable".
    AddendumTHE ONLY "ADDITIONAL" WRITING I ASK YOU TO DO AS PART OF THIS TAKE-HOME EXAMINATION IS TO WRITE 1/2 PAGE (150 WORDS) AS AN ADDENDUM OR CONCLUSION TO YOUR PROJECT STATEMENT ADDRESSING THE FOLLOWING POINTS: (if you have not done that already as part of your statement)
    • insights you have gained while you were pursuing your research,
    • conceptual or analytical links you have been able to draw between specific content of the class or text and the topical focus of your research.
  • Fifth Hour / Service Learning
  • If you have not done so yet, please explain in a separate file in your 207 subdirectory how you have benefited from the 5th hour or service learning experience


    PART II
    Research and write up a statement in response to ONE of the following topics (Suggested length: 450-600 words). Two of these questions intentionally overlap questions from the last in-class examination. Select a question which overlapped your answer only if you feel that you did an unsatisfactory job earlier and that you can significantly add to your own insights by selecting this topic.

    Discuss the nature, causes and geographic significance of

    1. employment shifts within and between the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.

    2. scale or scope economies occurring internally or externally to the individual firm or facility

    3. uncertainty and flexibility in investment decision-making.

    4. rapid expansion of the information technology sector

    5. Michael Porter's "Competitive Advantage" (week 10 readings)

    6. of the growth of "third sector" (according to Jeremy Rifkin)
    Final Note:
    It is totally admissible, indeed highly encouraged to use (and cite!) sources (including your text) for this last open-book writing opportunity.

    Due: March 15, 2001, 10:30-12:20 in Smith 415C (Collaboratory), or earlier. If you submit it earlier (i.e. on the 14th or earlier) to my box or under the door, be sure you notify me by Email that you have done so. Also be sure that you keep a copy of your examination for your own files.