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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - URP6126
Tracking Number - 2385

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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

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2010-10-15
  2. Department: Geography
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 20791
  5. Contact Person: Ambe J. Njoh
  6. Phone: 8139747459
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: URP
  9. Number: 6126
  10. Full Title: Zoning & Local Economic Development
  11. Credit Hours: 3 cred
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Zoning & Local Econ. Dev.
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 100
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. 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.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for accreditation
  26. 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.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. JD.
  29. 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?

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: - Journal and online sources TBA.
  34. 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%.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: OUTLINE:

    - 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.

  36. 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.
  37. 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."
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master of Urban & Regional Planning.
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None.

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