Course Syllabus


URP 6061 Planning Administration and Ethics

Fall 2021 Academic term

3 credits

Letter grading scheme

Prerequisite: none


W. Thomas Hawkins, JD, AICP

Program Director and Lecturer

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

College of Design, Construction, and Planning


Work: (352) 294-1483

Cell: (352) 377-3141



You may call me, send me email, or message me through Canvas during daytime hours (eastern standard time) seven days a week. If I am not immediately available, I will respond to your communication as soon as is practical. If you would like to meet personally, I am happy to schedule a time convenient to us both to meet in my office. In addition, I reserve the hours from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST every Wednesday to meet with students. You may schedule a meeting during these hours in advance. You may also meet with me in those hours unscheduled, though I will prioritize speaking with students who reserve time in advance.


Administration and management of public and private planning offices; ethics of planning profession.


1. Describe the planning process

2. Describe what being a professional planner means

3. Recall the history of the planning profession

4. Describe the American Planning Association

5. Describe a professional planners' responsibility to the public, to an employer, and to the profession

6. Evaluate whether hypothetical facts constitute a violation of ethical rules by applying AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

7. Recognize the procedure the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct affords professional planners

8. Explain your values as a planner


Levy, John M. Contemporary Urban Planning, 11th Edition (Routledge 2017) ISBN: 978-1-138-6638-2, or 978-1-138-6637-5.


Topic and number
Ethics 1 Introduction to ethics
Ethics 2 Aspirational principles
Ethics 3 Rules of conduct
Ethics 4 Rules of procedure

Administration 1

Planning profession and planning institutions--federal, state, regional
Administration 2 Planning institutions--local
Administration 3 Planning process
Administration 4 Planning administration

Administration 5

Program and project management
Administration 6

Implementation and evaluation



The course includes the following assignment categories. The grades you earn on assignments in each category will contribute to your course score in the following proportions. 

Assignment or assignment group
Weight toward final score
Discussions You will participate in class discussions
Case study assignments You will submit three assignments related to a case study you select. Each assignment will have its own instructions and grading rubric. 30%
Quizzes You will take several quizzes throughout the course. 10%
Ethics hypotheticals You will respond to ethics hypotheticals throughout the course. 30%
Final exam You will take a final exam. 20%



Letter grades and grade points correspond with these scores.

Grade Grade Points Score


LaTeX: \ge94%


LaTeX: \ge90% and LaTeX: <94%


LaTeX: \ge87% and LaTeX: <90%


LaTeX: \ge84% and LaTeX: <87%


LaTeX: \ge80% and LaTeX: <84%


LaTeX: \ge77% and LaTeX: <80%


LaTeX: \ge74% and LaTeX: <77%


LaTeX: \ge70% and LaTeX: <74%


LaTeX: \ge67% and LaTeX: <70%


LaTeX: \ge64% and LaTeX: <67%


LaTeX: \ge60% and LaTeX: <64%


LaTeX: <60%


Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found here

If you are enrolled in a residential section of the course, absence from more than 15% of classes will result in you earning no credit for class attendance. If you believe that a specific absence should be excused pursuant to university policies, retain your records related to that absence. If you exceed the permitted number of absences, you may request some absences be excused and may provide supporting documentation.

Consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, I expect you to wear a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth during class meetings. I will not record class attendance during any in-person class meeting time. To reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, do not attend class if you are experiencing symptoms or have had a close contact as defined here.


The learning management system contains additional course information, including assignment descriptions and details on how I will score individual assignments.


Excused absences must be consistent with university policies in the Graduate Catalog  and require appropriate documentation. Additional Information can be found here. 

More Information on UF grading policy may be found here. 

Students requiring accommodations
Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with the Disability Resource Center  (352-392-8565) by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodation letter which must be presented to the instructor when requesting accommodation. Students with disabilities should follow this procedure as early as possible in the semester.

Course evaluation
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 online. 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 this link. Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students here.

University Honesty Policy
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 or TAs in this class. 

Software use

All faculty, staff, and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. 

Student Privacy

Federal laws protect your privacy with regards to grades earned in courses and on individual assignments. More information is available here. 

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. 


     Health and Wellness

    • The Counseling and Wellness Center provides a variety of services, including mental health counseling. You can contact the Counseling and Wellness Center by telephone at 352-392-1575.
    • U Matter, We Care. If you or a friend is in distress, please contact or 352-392-1575 so that a team member can reach out to you.
    • You can contact the University Police Department at 352-392-1111 (or 911 in case of emergency).
    • Sexual Assault Recovery Services. You can contact the Student Health Care Center at 352-392-1161. 

     Academic Resources