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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - URP6201

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): N/A
Comments: to GC for MURP Changes; GC approved 2/7/13, to USF Sys 2/20/13. to SCNS 2/28/13. Apprd eff 5/1/13. Nmbr 6236 apprd as 6201


  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2383 2010-10-12
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geography and Environmental Science and Policy AS 20791
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Ambe J. Njoh 8139747459 njoh@usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    URP 6201 Quantitative Analysis in Urban & Regional Planning

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 cr. C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Quant. Analysis in URP
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 100

    Prerequisites

    URP 6232

    Corequisites

    None

    Course Description

    Focuses on quantitative analysis techniques and their application in urban and regional planning. Prerequisite: URP 6232.


  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for accreditation

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    The course is required as part of the new program, Master of Urban & Regional Planning.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 2 times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. and a demonstrated ability to conduct empirically-based quantitative research. Such an ability is expected to have been demonstrated through an extensive quantitative research record.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To teach students how to collect, access, analyze and interpret quantitative data in urban and regional planning.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completing the course, students will be able to:

    1- read and understand quantitative research reports in peer-reviewed journals and cognate publications.

    2- Collect the data necessary for, and conduct, empirical research.

    3- Interpret and report the results of empirical research in urban planning in particular and the social sciences in general.

    C. Major Topics

    - Research methods and design in urban planning;

    - Descriptive statistics in planning;

    - Computer applications in urban & regional planning;

    - Multivariate analysis;

    - Forecasing and projecting for futurist planning.

    D. Textbooks

    1. Berman, E.M. (2010). Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts. Washington, DC: CQ Press.

    2. Berman, E.M. (2010). Exercising Essential Statistics. Washington, DC: CQ Press.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Online sources will comprise mainly web-base publications as allowed by copyright laws. Material of this nature will be posted as active links on Blackboard.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    - Homework assignments: 20%;

    - 2 written projects based on empirical research independently conducted by the student: (30% x 2): 60%;

    - Oral presentation of research: 15%;

    - Class attendance: 5%.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    COURSE OUTLINE:

    1. Introduction & Overview;

    2. Descriptive Statistics;

    3. Computers /electronic software in planning research;

    4. Reporting quantitative research results in planning;

    5. Techniques of data analysis;

    6. Empirical research and planning decisions;

    7. Multivariate analysis in planning research;

    8. Regression analysis in planning;

    9. Logistic analysis in planning;

    10. Forecasting/projecting in futuristic planning;

    11. Recapitulating and summarizing of semester's work.

    ASSIGNMENTS, EXAMS, & TESTS:

    There will be no in-class examinations or tests for the course. Each student will be required to complete 6 homework assignments of which 5 will count towards the student's final grade at 4 points a piece for a total of 20% of the course grade. The student will also be required to complete 2 empirical projects for a total of 60% of the course grade. In addition, each student will be required to make two oral presentations with the first one having a maximum 5% of the course grade, while the second one will account for a maximum of 10% of the course grade. Class attendance is mandatory with a perfect attendance record earning the student 5% of the course grade.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course attendance is mandatory and accounts for 5% of the student's final grade. Only one absence, which must be due to a documented emergency is permitted. An unauthorized absence, and/or up to two absences will result in the student earning no points for attendance. A total of more than two such absences will result in earning an 'F' for the course if dropping the course is not a possibility.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Each student shall be allowed one chance to re-do any assignment which he/she missed for an approved reason or for which he/she earned an unsatisfactory grade. Students are strongly advised to acquaint themselves with the University Policy on Academic Integrity. This narrative on this policy can be accessed electronically through the following lingk: http://www.grad.usf.edu/inc/linked-files/Integrity.pdf . The policy states that "Graduate students who are assigned an 'FF' grade will be academically discmissed from the University and shall not be eligible to apply for any graduate program at USF."

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Master of Urban & Regional Planning.


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    None



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