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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - URP6316

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

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2384 2010-10-15
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geography AS 20791
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Ambe J. Njoh 8139747459

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    URP 6316 Land Use 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 cred C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Land Use Planning
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 100


    Graduate standing.



    Course Description

    The course is designed to acquaint the student with the principles, theory and practice of land use planning. The course constitutes one of the required courses in the MURP degree.

  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 has already been taught (Spring 2010) under the 'special topics' designation. During that test run, it had very good enrollment (of more than a dozen students). It is slated to be taught again in Spring 2011.

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

    Yes, 3 or more times

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

    Ph.D.; JD.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To teach graduate students in Urban and Regional Planning, the theory, principles and practice of land use planning.

    Acquaint the student with major land cases that have been tried in the US.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the course students would have acquired:

    - sound knowledge of the principles and theory of land use planning;

    - working knowledge of land use law and relevant landmark decisions in land disputes in the United States;

    - a good understanding of competing interests in land in the US and a number of other countries around the world.

    C. Major Topics

    - concept and need for land use planning;

    - rationale of, and actors in, the land use planning process;

    - Land use policy tools;

    - the land use planning process;

    - Information for land use planning;

    - land for different uses (residential, commercial, industrial).

    D. Textbooks

    1. Berke, P.R.; Godschalk, D.R.; Kaiser, E.J.; & Rodriguez, D.A. (2006). Urban Land Use Planning (5th ed.). Champaign, Ill: University of Chicago Press. 2. Nolon, J.R. & Salkin, P.E. (2006). Land Use in a Nutshell. St. Paul, MN: Thomson-West.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    No lab. supplies, instruments, etc. Journal articles and other reading material will be prescribed and/or posted on Blackboard during the course of the semester.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Student participation will be graded based on the conventional letter system. Each student will be expected to complete:

    - 2 written group projects: 40%;

    - 2 group oral presentations: 30%;

    - 1 individual paper: 25%.

    Class attendance is mandatory and will account for 5% of the course grade.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests


    - the concept of land;

    - land use change and management;

    - land use planning information systems;

    - the political economy of land use planning;

    - land use planning in environmental perspectives;

    - land use planning and public infrastructure;

    - land classification planning;

    - land use law;

    - landmark land use cases.


    Each student will be expected to complete:

    - 2 written group projects: 40%;

    - 2 group oral presentations: 30%;

    - 1 individual paper: 25%.

    Class attendance is mandatory and will account for 5% of the course grade.

    H. Attendance Policy

    The course will respect and abide by the University policy on attendance and religious holidays observance. In addition, the course will maintain a strict attendance policy, which is intolerant of absenteeism. Only excused absences for documented emergencies or health reasons will be tolerated. Students with a perfect attendance record will be awarded as much as 5 percent of the course grade. Students with up to 2 absences during the course of the semester will lose all credits for attendance.

    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: . 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 (MURP).

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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