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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - URP6126

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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 apprd 2/7/13; to USF Sys 2/20/13. to SCNS 2/28/13. Apprd eff 5/1/13. Nmbr 6538 apprd as 6126

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2385 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 6126 Zoning & Local Economic Development

    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)
    Zoning & Local Econ. Dev.
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 100


    Graduate Standing



    Course Description

    To familiarize students with the evolution and purpose of zoning as an instrument for regulating and controlling land use activities in the US. In addition, the course seeks to acquaint with the implications of zoning for local economic development.

  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?

    High. The course has already been offered as a 'special topics' course.

    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. JD.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To address the following questions:

    - How does impact local economic development?

    - What is the nature of the institutional framework within which zoning occurs?

    - Who are the main actors involved in the zoning process?

    - Who does what in the zoning process?

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student would have gained:

    - Hands-on knowledge on how to address real-life problems in zoning;

    - knowledge on how to write comprehensible reports on zoning case assessments;

    - knowledge on how to make verbal presentations on zoning subsequent to attending local Zoning Commission deliberations;

    - knowledge on reading and interpreting zoning and land use planning reports.

    C. Major Topics

    - History and evolution of zoning;

    - International perspectives on zoning;

    - Zoning in the USA;

    - Drivers of, and rationale for, zoning;

    - The zoning debate;

    - Zoning and local economic development.

    D. Textbooks

    1- Elliott, D.L. (2008). A Better Way to Zone: Ten Principles to Create More Livable Cities. Washington, DC: Island Press. ISBN-10: 1597261815; or ISBN: 13: 978-1597261814 (Available at

    2- Wolf, A.M. (2008). The Zoning of America: Euclid v. Ambler (Landmark Law Cases and American Society). Kansas City: University of Kansas Press.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    - Journal and online sources TBA.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    - Group project (oral presentations x 2): 30%;

    - Group Project (written report x 2): 30%;

    - Individual Paper: 30%.

    Attendance: 10%.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests


    - History and evolution of zoning;

    - International perspectives on zoning;

    - Zoning in the USA;

    - Drivers of, and rationale for, zoning;

    - The zoning debate;

    - Zoning and local economic development.


    2 written group reports;

    2 oral group presentations;

    1 individual paper.

    H. Attendance Policy

    The course policy on attendance is in accordance with that of the University of South Florida as a whole. In addition, students with a perfect attendance record will be awarded 10 percent of the course grade. Those missing up to 2 days of classes will earn no marks for attendance. Only excused absences due to documented emergencies or illnesses will be tolerated.

    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 link: . The policy states that "Graduate students who are assigned an 'FF' grade will be academically dismissed 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


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