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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - URP6058

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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; need text. Emailed. Updated 2/20/13; GC apprd 2/20/13. to USF Sys 3/4/13. to SCNS 4/22/13. Apprd eff 6/1/13. Nmbr 6812 apprd as 6058


  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2387 2010-10-15
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geography AS 20791
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Ambe J. Njoh 8139747459 njoh@usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    URP 6058 Community Development 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 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Community Dev. Plan.
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 100

    Prerequisites

    Graduate standing.

    Corequisites

    None

    Course Description

    Course explores the process by which human communities emerge, grow, and sometimes decline and disappear. Also provides knowledge necessary to maximize use of communities' assets and minimize damage from natural or man-made features in their environment.


  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 being offered as a special topics this semester (spring 2012). It was first offered in spring 2011. Apart from the fact that it has had good enrollment numbers on both occasions, the course is a staple in urban and regional planning programs across the US and other parts of the world. The course promises to become more useful and popular as the nation embarks on a course towards economic recovery with local community infrastructure projects as its central component. Students who took or are enrolled in the course have come not only from urban planning but also real estate, civil engineering and public health. Conceivably, students from these programs, and others such as architecture and community design, sociology, social work, anthropology, public administration, environmental science and policy and geography will find utility in this course.

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

    Yes, 1 time

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

    Ph.D.; MURP & AICP with a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To arm students with the skills required to combine and mobilize a community’s strengths with a view to transforming the community into a stronger and independent entity.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

    - undertake a strength, weakness, opportunity, and threats (SWOT) analysis of any human community;

    - complete an individual report (written and oral) on a community's social, economic, political and cultural health of any given human community;

    - design and implement programs or projects that can resuscitate a declining human community.

    C. Major Topics

    - History of Community Development (CD), US perspective;

    - Relationship between CD & Economic Development (ED);

    - Major theories in CD;

    - The CD process;

    - Taking stock of a community’s assets (Asset mapping);

    - The importance of capital assets: social capital;

    - Accounting for & effectively using of human capital;

    - A community’s housing stock as its physical capital;

    - Financial viability: Accounting for financial capital;

    - Assessing community development and gauging a community’s economic health;

    - Sustainable CD and Environmental Concerns;

    - Political power and CD;

    - Promoting Local Economic Development;

    - The role of community-Based organizations;

    - Gauging CD and marketing communities;

    - Prospects and retrospectives: The future of CD.

    D. Textbooks

    Green, G. P. & Haines, A. (2007). Asset Building and Community Development. (2nd ed.), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. (ISBN-10: 1412951348; ISBN-13: 978-1412951340).

    Phillips, R. & Pittman, R.H. (eds.) (2009). An Introduction to Community Development. New York City, NY: Routledge. (ISBN-10: 0415773857; ISBN-13: 978-0415773850).

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Journal articles and online resources TBA.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Each student will be required to complete or contribute towards completing:

    - 2 Group projects reports (oral x 2): 20%;

    - 2 Group project reports (written x 2): 40%;

    - 1 individual paper: 30%.

    In addition, 10% of the course grade is set aside for attendance. Only students with a perfect attendance record will be able to receive all of these points.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    OUTLINE:

    - History of Community Development (CD), US perspective;

    - Relationship between CD & Economic Development (ED);

    - Major theories in CD;

    - The CD process;

    - Taking stock of a community’s assets (Asset mapping);

    - The importance of capital assets: social capital;

    - Accounting for & effectively using of human capital;

    - A community’s housing stock as its physical capital;

    - Financial viability: Accounting for financial capital;

    - Assessing community development and gauging a community’s economic health;

    - Sustainable CD and Environmental Concerns;

    - Political power and CD;

    - Promoting Local Economic Development;

    - The role of community-Based organizations;

    - Gauging CD and marketing communities;

    - Prospects and retrospectives: The future of CD.

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

    Group projects;

    Individual projects;

    Group written reports;

    Group oral reports;

    Mandatory class attendance.

    H. Attendance Policy

    The course will adhere to the general University policy on attendance. In addition, it will maintain a strict attendance code, which calls for no absences unless due to a documented emergency or illness. In this connection, only a maximum of 2 such absences are allowed. Students with up to 2 unexcused absences will earn none of the 10 points associated with attendance. Students with more than 2 such absences will be advised to withdraw from, or risk earning a failing grade for, the course.

    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 (MURP).


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    None.



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