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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - IDS6240

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Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5289 2015-10-12
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Contact Person Phone Email
    David Randle 9747539

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? Y
    If repeatable, how many times? 1

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Sustainable Coastal Planning
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    U - Face-to-face, online, and blended (separate sections) 25





    Course Description

    Sustainability of coastal areas largely depends on effective and timely planning at the local level. This course introduces sustainable community planning as practiced around the world and in particular the United States, focusing on coastal areas.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    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?

    A new concentration is being offered in Coastal Sustainability in collaboration with the USF College of Marine Science.

    Populations and developed areas in coastal areas are growing rapidly, with over 55 percent of the U.S. population already living within 50 miles of the coasts. The environmental impacts of development impacts directly affect communities’ ability to balance natural resource protection with sustainable community growth. The sustainability of coastal areas largely depends on effective and timely planning at the local level.

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


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

    Masters of Urban & Regional Planning, Ph.D. Oceanography related field, Ed. D. Environmental Education related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The course provides an overview of land use planning, introduces sustainable/smart growth principles and provide specific development concepts for coastal and waterfront communities. The course will define and explain coastal resilience. It will introduce cover a holistic approach to what makes a community resilient, including such factors as social capital and sense of place. The course will also explore the societal context of land use planning and proposes a model for understanding and reconciling the divergent priorities among competing stakeholders; it explains how to build sustainable planning support systems to assess current and future conditions, evaluate policy choices, create visions, and compare scenarios; and it sets forth a methodology for creating plans that will influence future land use change.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Be familiar with the goals, principles, processes and application of land use planning.

    2. Understand the principles and concept of sustainable/smart growth for coastal communities

    3. Define and explain coastal resilience, and identify community resilience profiles.

    4. Understand and explain complex environmental issues, including climate change, and examine current sustainability efforts.

    5. Relate sustainable coastal planning and development to divergent development priorities among competing stakeholders.

    6. Understand how to build sustainable planning support systems to assess current and future conditions, evaluate policy choices, create visions, and compare scenarios for coastal communities.

    C. Major Topics

    • History of Land Use Planning and Smart Growth

    • Science Foundations for Coastal Planning, Policy & Management

    o Climate Change

    o Sustainable Fisheries

    o Ecosystems

    o Pollution Impacts


    • The Planning Essentials

    o Land Use

    o Transportation

    o Housing

    o Development Planning

    o Economic Development

    o Community/Urban Design

    • Principles of Sustainable/Smart Growth

    o Mix of land uses

    o Compact building design

    o Create a range of housing opportunities

    o Create walkable neighborhoods

    o Foster distinctive communities with a sense of place

    o Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas

    o Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities

    o Provide a variety of transportation choices

    o Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective

    o Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

    • Core Concepts of Sustainable Coastal Management

    o Cleaner Production systems

    o Eco-efficiency

    o Life Cycle Assessment

    o Energy use and supply

    o Water use, supply and Water conservation

    o Wastewater

    o Integrated water resource management, natural drainage systems and green infrastructure

    o Planning and design for sustainable coastal areas

    • Community Empowerment & community resilient profile Models

    • Future Trends for Sustainable Coastal Planning

    • Experiential learning in collecting and reporting on sustainable growth metrics.

    D. Textbooks

    The Practice of Local Government Planning / By Frank So, Charles Hoch, and Linda Dalton. Chicago: American Planning Association Press: 2000.

    The Public Participation Handbook: Making Better Decisions through Citizen Involvement / By James L. Creighton. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass: 2005.

    Coastal Planning and Management / By Robert Kay and Jacqueline Alder.New York: Taylor & Francis: 2005.

    Smart growth for coastal and waterfront communities [Washington, DC] : National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: 2009.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Planning for coastal resilience : best practices for calamitous times / By Timothy Beatley. Washington, DC : Island Press: 2009.

    The Ecology of Place: Planning for Environment, Economy and Community / By Timothy Beatley and Kristy Manning. Washington, D.C.: Island Press: 1997

    Smart growth for coastal and waterfront communities [Washington, DC] : National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: 2009.

    Waterfronts: Cities Reclaim Their Edge / By Ann Breen and Dick Rigby.Washington, D.C.: The Waterfront Press: 1997.

    Catastrophe in the making: the engineering of Katrina and the disasters of tomorrow / By William R. Freudenburg. Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books: 2009.

    Evaluating smart growth : state and local policy outcomes / By Gregory K. Ingram and Yu-hung Hong. Cambridge, MA : Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: 2009.

    Urban transformation: understanding city design and form / By Peter Bosselmann. Washington, DC : Island Press: 2008.


    Resilient cities : responding to peak oil and climate change / By Peter Newman, Timothy Beatley, and Heather Boyer. Washington, DC : Island Press: 2009

    Urban planning tools for climate change mitigation / By Patrick M. Condon.Cambridge, MA : Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: 2009.

    An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management / By Timothy Beatley, David J. Brower, and Anna K. Schwab. Washington, D.C.: Island Press: 2002.

    Marine and Coastal Protected Areas: A Guide for Planners and Managers / By Rodney V. Salm, John R. Clark, and Erkki Siirila. Washington, D.C.: Island Press: 2000.

    Coastal Planning and Management / By Robert Kay and Jacqueline Alder.New York: Taylor & Francis: 2005.

    Ecological Riverfront Design: Restoring Rivers, Connecting Communities / By Betsy Otto, Kathleen McCormick, and Michael Leccese. Chicago: American Planning Association: 2004.

    Protecting coastal investments : examples of regulations for Wisconsin’s coastal communities / By Brian W. Ohm. [Madison] : Sea Grant, University of Wisconsin ; UW Extension: 2008.

    Regional and urban GIS : a decision support approach / By Timothy L. Nyerges and Piotr Jankowski. New York : Guilford Press: 2010.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy


    Scale: 97 - 100% = A+ or 4.00; 94 - 96% = A or 4.00; 90 - 93% = A- or 3.67

    87 - 89% = B+ or 3.33; 84 -86% = B or 3.00; 80 - 83% = B- or 2.67

    77 - 79% = C+ or 2.33; 74 -76% = C or 2.00; 70 -73% = C- or 1.67

    69% and below - forget about it! (Same declining percentages apply.)

    NOTE: Graded materials will not be stored indefinitely. If you need to raise a question about your grade or contest your final grade, you must do so within two weeks from the date final grades were due per the USF registrar’s office.

    Your grade is comprised of the following components: (Specifics for all assignments can be

    found in the “DO” window of each module, as well as in the individual module “Sequence and

    Calendar” documents.)

    Amendments: This syllabus may be amended or changed at any time by the instructor.


    Grade breakdown: 


    Individual Assignments                  100 points

    Quizzes                                  100 points

    Class Project & Presentation 100 points

    Student Interaction & Communication 100 points

    Smart Growth Project 100 points

                                        Total    500 points





    299 and below=F



    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    There will be one assignment, and quiz for each module of the course.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work


    Academic Integrity and Honor Code: All students are expected to demonstrate and practice personal and professional integrity at all times. This includes, but is not limited to, refusing to engage in lying, cheating or misrepresentation of any kind. Upon the demonstration or discovery of such behavior I will award the grade of “FF” and request that said student be removed from my class. To do any less dishonors the efforts of honest students and damages the reputation of our programs. All students are

    bound by the USF rules pertaining to Academic Dishonesty. A lack of familiarity with these rules is not excused. Therefore all students should access the resource tools provided by the university.

    Websites & Tools regarding Academic Dishonesty, Plagiarism, Etc:

    USF Honor Code: – Student Code of Conduct – Student Rights & Responsibilities – USF Commitment to Honor -- USF Academic Integrity Tutorial

    USF Plagiarism Tools: - USF general site - Excellent! Take tutorial and pay particular attention to

    « Examples and Tips”.

    Misc: Office of General Counsel –academic disruption


    The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted to me as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to Safe Assignment. Assignments are compared automatically with a huge database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student’s paper was plagiarized.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Coastal Sustainability Concentration

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    College of Marine Science

    Certificate Programs

    Masters of Global Sustainability

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