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Course Description, Objectives, and Learning Outcomes
An overview of the comprehensive planning process designed for undergraduates who may be considering a career in urban and regional planning or who may be pursuing studies where some knowledge of the planning process is desirable.
Planning is a collaborative act in which people come together to build safe, healthy, sustainable communities that enrich people’s lives. Planning is a “big picture” discipline in which planners examine the interactions of the built environment, the natural environment, economic systems, health, and social, cultural, and behavioral systems in cities, counties, and regions. The planning process asks us to learn from the past, understand the present, and prepare for the future.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the major concepts and issues in urban and regional planning. We will study the social, economic, environmental, structural, demographic, legal, cultural, and political problems that cities face today. We will also engage in planning activities, such as data collection, demographics, mapping, SWOT analysis, fieldwork, public engagement, and attending a public planning meeting.
These objectives will be accomplished through:
- Examination of class readings and materials.
- Evaluation and analysis of planning processes and techniques.
- Communication of concepts, expressions, and representations of planning clearly and effectively in written and oral form as stated in the rubrics of the course.
At the end of the course, students will be expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes in content, critical thinking, communication, and connection:
- Content: Demonstrate competence in the terminology, concepts, methodologies, and theories used within the discipline
- Critical Thinking: Analyze information carefully and logically from multiple perspectives, using discipline specific methods, and develop reasoned solutions to problems.
- Communication: Communicate knowledge, ideas, and reasoning clearing and effectively in written or oral forms appropriate to the discipline.
This course will be taught in a HyFlex format combining a face-to-face classroom section with a synchronous online section via Zoom.
This course is based on lectures, discussion of assigned readings, viewing of multi-media materials, activities during and outside of class, and student research and writing outside of class. Students should take notes for lectures, readings, videos, etc., as use of this material will be incorporated into class assignments. My lecture slides will be posted in the corresponding weekly modules on Canvas. Students are expected to take adequate class notes.
Students with disabilities who experience learning barriers and would like to request academic accommodations should connect with the Disability Resource Center by visiting https://disability.ufl.edu/students/get-started/. It is important for students to share their accommodation letter with their instructor and discuss their access needs, as early as possible in the semester.
Readings and Works
All required course materials are provided via Course Reserves or within the course modules.
Course Readings and Works
You can find the required readings by going to the weekly modules. For your convenience, a list of course readings and works is also provided below.
Kelly: Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2
Kelly: Chapters 22 and 23
AICP Code of Ethics
First, Fifth, and Fourteenth (Section 1) Amendments
Levy, Chapter 5 (course reserves)
Forgey, M. & Brookes, R. (2017). The Difference between a Legislative and a Quasi-Judicial Land Use Action and Why it Matters: A Layperson’s Summary.
Kelly: Chapters 3, 4, and 5
Kelly: Chapter 6
Arnstein, S. (1969). Ladder of Citizen Participation
Morley, D. (2019). Inclusive Planning Process. PAS QuickNotes
Madill, H., Lennertz, B., Beyea, W. (2018). Crafting Charrettes that Transform Communities. PAS Memo.
Podgers, M. (2020). 7 Emerging Tips for Equitable Digital Engagement. Planning, June 2020.
LaGro Chapters 3 – 7
Daniels, T.L. (2009). A Trail Across Time. Journal of the American Planning Association, 75(2), 178-192.
Kelly: Chapter 19
Putnam, Bowling Alone, Ch. 1
ProPublica Report on Houston, TX
Majora Carter. TEDTalk. Greening the Ghetto.
APA, Smart Cities and Sustainability Initiative
Shank, TEDTalk, Think small: using data to help small towns.
Course Assignments and Requirements*
Planning Meeting Report - 150 points
Reading Worksheets - 40 points
Discussion Board Posts - 240 points
Midterm Exam - 150
Comprehensive Plan Assignment - 150 points
Final Exam - 150 points
Attendance - 100 points
Introduction & Reflections - 15 points
*Dates and Deadlines for all assignments can be found in Course Summary at the bottom of the Syllabus Page and in Assignments.
Grade Scale and Grading Policies
|Grade Range||Grade Points||Grade Range||Grade Points|
|A = 94–100%||A = 4.00||C = 74–76%||C = 2.00|
|A- = 90–93%||A- = 3.67||C- = 70–73%||C- = 1.67|
|B+ = 87–89%||B+ = 3.33||D+ = 67–69%||D+ = 1.33|
|B = 84-86%||B = 3.00||D = 64–66%||D = 1.00|
|B- = 79-83%||B- = 2.67||D- = 60–63%||D- = 0.67|
|C+ = 77–79%||C+ = 2.33||E <60%||E = 0.00|
UF Grading Policies: A minimum grade of C is required for general education credit. Courses intended to satisfy the general education requirement cannot be taken S-U. More information on UF grades and grading policies is available in the Undergraduate Catalog.
UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, "We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: 'On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment'.” The Honor Code specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions. Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor of this class.
Our class sessions may be audio visually recorded for students in the class to refer back and for enrolled students who are unable to attend live. Students who participate with their camera engaged or utilize a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image recorded. If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded. If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the "chat" feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live. The chat will not be recorded or shared. As in all courses, unauthorized recording and unauthorized sharing of recorded materials is prohibited.
Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies: https://catalog.ufl.edu/UGRD/academic-regulations/attendance-policies/
Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available at https://gatorevals.aa.ufl.edu/students/. Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive from GatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, or via https://ufl.bluera.com/ufl/. Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students at https://gatorevals.aa.ufl.edu/public-results/.
Counseling, Tutoring, and Other Services
Students experiencing either health or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to seek assistance through the university’s health care and counseling centers. Resources are also available on campus for students who wish to explore their career options.
- Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, shcc.ufl.edu
- University Counseling and Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 392-1575, counseling.ufl.edu
- U Matter We Care, 294-care, umatter.ufl.edu
- The Teaching Center, https://teachingcenter.ufl.edu/
- Knack Tutoring, https://studentsuccess.ufl.edu/knack-tutoring/
- The UF Writing Studio, https://writing.ufl.edu/writing-studio/
- Career Connections Center, Suite 1300 J. Wayne Reitz Union, 392-1601, career.ufl.edu
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