LAST RITES (450/99)

Q & A (Take-Home)
Project- and Feedback related Q & A 's on the Discussion Page

Please respond to both Part I and Part II (as the take-home component of this Final Examination)

I (40%) Please submit on (Non-Virtual) Paper.

The major thrust of this part relates to your ability to connect concepts from the readings and class discussions of the second part of 450 (i.e. the assigned Hayter chapters, other assigned readings, and the post-classical class discussions which were not covered by the readings) to your project interests.


To what extent are (at least three, not more than six) specific ideas: i.e., (for example),
  • theoretical points of view or interpretations,
  • conceptual distinctions,
  • approaches involving sequential solutions,
  • analogies or metaphors,
useful as alternative or complementary
  • perspectives,
  • conceptual constructs (frameworks) or
  • theoretical propositions
to the ("Blue-List") locational issues which you have tackled in your class project?

In your response, keep in mind that your instructor is singularly interested in the depth of your understanding of selected concepts and your ability to propose and argue for their applicability. Thus, at least in this location-theoretical context, your instructor is not interested in the 'real-world' object of your red-list topic as such. He needs to know details only in so far as they support your theoretical/ explanatory arguments. You may refer to your project (and project resources), but, please, avoid redundancies. Should you come to the conclusion that the concepts in question are not applicable, or only limitedly so, you need to elaborate in as much detail why you feel that way. In other words, you would have to justify your judgement in a way which gives me as much insight into your understanding of these concepts as their successful application would.

All readily available sources/ resources can be used -- in fact, are expected to be used. All rules concerning academic honesty and proper documentation apply. Your answer should be typewritten, proofread and on paper (i.e. not faxed, emailed or "attached"). Suggested length: 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 type-written pages (250-300 words per page).

II (30%) Submit via your Webpage!

As you recall, your instructor supplied you with a couple of Webpages as collections of seed resources for your project. These pages -- while they have taken a lot of time to create -- could use improvements. Thus, please try to contribute to the effort of this implied "learning community" by either

  1. taking one of your instructor's pages related to your project and trying to improve it, or
  2. taking your own "Resource Page" and converting it into the page which YOU would have liked to have access to at the beginning of your project (In this case, feel free to "borrow" as much from any of my pages as you consider appropriate). This educational Webmaster promises that he will make every effort to incorporate your page into his system with your name attached to the page/giving credit to you on that page.

Final Points:

NOTE: Inquiries for clarifications related to this Take-Home Examination and my responses will (whenever appropriate) be posted on the "Week 12 Page".

III (30%) In-Class Component (closed-book): Classical, Neo-Classical and Post-Classical Location Concepts (from Class and Readings). Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, 4:30-5:15 in Smith 415.

Q & A:

Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999 08:10:14 -0800 (PST)
From: Gunter Krumme
Subject: Re: Questions regarding wordage in final

I have tried to answer your questions in your text:

On Fri, 10 Dec 1999, you wrote:

> Hi, I had some questions regarding QUESTION 1 for the final. In this > question you state, "to what extent are specific ideas: i.e., > - theoretical points of view or interpretations,

This is what the class was all about: ideas, theories, explanatory propositions, interpretations! Please use Webster or another dictionary to find the meanings of these terms. Or see below.

> -conceptual distinctions (?- between these theories?, contrasts in > theories relating to our locational issues ?)


> -approaches involving sequential solutions (?- theories that build off of > each other?, or more "real life" solutions?)

approaches which we have discussed in class (many times, both in the classical and post-classical contexts) or have been discussed in the readings (or which YOU suggest) which lend themselves to a sequential application to 'complex' location decision problems: what is usually referred to as a "decision-'process'" involving more than one stage. This does not necessarily mean that this is the way a decision-maker ought to behave, but could also refer to "explanatory" or "interpretive" approaches or generalizations based on empirical findings. (Check your class notes!)

> -analogies or metaphors (?- do you think you could give an example where > this is used ? )

Again: Check with dictionary!
analogy: industry life cycle
metaphor: information superhighway

> then I was wondering if you could clarify "theoretical propositions"

Please review the basic objectives of this class!
Look under "theory" here: (and other glossaries and/or dictionaries (as well as your class notes!)
ALSO: Reread Hayter, chapter I, especially pp.5ff!

> > Thanks so much,

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