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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - IDS6241

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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
    5290 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? N
    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 Strategies
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    U - Face-to-face, online, and blended (separate sections) 25





    Course Description

    Sustainability of coastal areas depends on effective planning at the local level. This course introduces sustainable community planning practices from around the world and provides strategies focusing on coastal areas to address the planetary boundaries.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    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?

    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. Sustainability of coastal areas depends on effective planning at the local level. This course introduces sustainable community planning practices from around the world and provides strategies focusing on coastal areas to address the planetary boundaries.

    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 has a strong design-oriented approach focusing on how to create Sustainable Coastal Plans and explaining each major step with examples from various localities. It links each step to current planning practice and to new theory in landscape ecology and sustainable development. The course will provide a framework of sustainable land use planning and proposes a model for preparing and implementing plans within a context of divergent priorities among competing stakeholders; it will show how to build sustainable planning support systems to assess current and future conditions, evaluate policy choices, create visions, and compare scenarios; and set forth a methodology for creating plans that will influence future land use change.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Be able to describe the primary drivers that influence growth and development patterns

    2. Be able to recognize social, environmental impacts and benefits of various development patterns

    3. Be able to assess the current state of growth and development in coastal communities

    4. Be able to employ “best practices” resources and tools, such as mapping and zoning techniques to further alternative sustainable planning and growth efforts in coastal areas

    5. Be able to communicate effectively about coastal planning and development

    C. Major Topics

    Key Environmental Issues for Sustainable Coastal Planning For Planetary Boundaries

    o Land Use

    o Climate Change

    o Water Conservation

    o Biodiversity

    o Chemical Pollution

    o Ocean Acidification

    o Biochemical flows - Nitrogen & Phosphates

    Understanding the Value of Our Coasts

    Impacts and Consequences of Climate Change on the Coast

    Increasing Air Temperature

    Rising Sea Levels

    Declining Lake Levels

    Storm Intensity and Frequency

    Changing Precipitation Patterns

    Ocean Acidification

    Planning Process

    Scope out Level of Effort and Responsibility

    Assess Resource Needs and Availability

    Assemble Planning Team and Establish Responsibilities

    Educate, Engage, and Involve the Community

    Vulnerability Assessment

    Identify Climate Change Phenomena

    Identify Climate Change Impacts and Consequences

    Assess Physical Characteristics and Exposure

    Socially Vulnerable Populations

    Vulnerable Ecosystems and Habitats

    Consider Adaptive Capacities

    Develop Scenarios and Simulate Change

    Climate Modeling

    Mapping and Visualization

    Summarize Vulnerability and Identify Focus Areas

    Coastal Planning Strategy and Implementation

    Set Goals

    Identify Actions

    Planning, Law Making, and Regulating

    Evaluate, Select, and Prioritize Actions

    Write Action Plans

    Adaptation Measure Descriptions

    Impact Identification and Assessment

    Awareness and Assistance

    Growth and Development Management

    Loss Reduction

    Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Management

    Water Resource Management and Protection

    Plan Implementation and Maintenance

    Adopt the Plan

    Implement the Plan

    Integrate Plan into Other Related Planning Efforts and Programs

    Track, Evaluate, and Communicate Plan Progress

    Update the Plan

    D. Textbooks

    Adapting To Climate Change: A Planning Guide For State Coastal Managers – NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

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

    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

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

    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.

    Planetary Boundaries 2.0 – new and improved

    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

    Coastal Sustainability Project 100 points

                                        Total    500 points





    299 and below=F



    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    There will be a minimum of one assignment, quiz, and discussion assignment for each module in 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

    This is one of the two required courses for the Coastal Sustainability Concentration

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    College of Marine Science

    Certificate Programs

    Masters of Global Sustainability

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