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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - URP6711
Tracking Number - 5320

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-08-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for MURP - to GC Approved 5/12/16 To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. apprd eff 8/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-11-05
  2. Department:
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 1256000
  5. Contact Person: Kim Lersch
  6. Phone: 47276
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: URP
  9. Number: 6711
  10. Full Title: Multimodal Transportation Planning
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  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): Multimodal Transport. Planning
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course focuses on multimodal transportation planning, including planning for roadways, public transportation, bicycling, pedestrians, and the movement of freight. Open to all majors.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  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? Transportation planning is a critical element of urban and regional planning. We have offered this course as a special topics course or directed our students to other programs. In order to meet national trends, we need our own course. Also, this course would be included as an option for a graduate certificate being proposed by the Patel College for Global Sustainability.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Because this course is being proposed for a professional degree program, at times we may hire an adjunct instructor with a masters degree in urban and regional planning, geography, civil engineering, or related discipline with appropriate professional experience to teach the course. Full time faculty would be required to hold a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Geography, or related discipline with 18 hours of graduate coursework related to transportation planning.
  29. Objectives: This course focuses on multimodal transportation planning, including planning for roadways, public transportation, bicycling, pedestrians, and the movement of freight. It addresses contemporary transportation planning from a multidisciplinary perspective, reviews the roles of various agencies and organizations in transportation planning, and emphasizes the relationship of transportation to land use and urban form. Related themes include the role of transportation planning in advancing sustainability and livability objectives. A goal of the course is to familiarize urban planning, engineering, and architecture/community design students with the diversity of contemporary transportation issues and multimodal planning best practices pertinent to these disciplines.

    Course Objectives:

    This course will address:

    1) The historical evolution of transportation planning, policy and practice in the U.S.;

    2) The social, economic and environmental implications of transportation, including the relationship between transportation modes, urban form and public health;

    3) The institutional, political, legal and financial considerations in transportation planning;

    4) Multimodal planning best practices in transportation and land use planning.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Student Learning Outcomes:

    At the end of this course students will be able to:

    1) Describe the evolution and history of transportation planning, policy and practice in the U.S.;

    2) Identify the social, economic and environmental implications of various modes of transportation, including the relationship between transportation, urban form and public health;

    3) Understand multimodal planning best practices in transportation and land use planning;

    4) Critique a local transportation plan from a multimodal perspective.

  31. Major Topics: • Historical and current context for transportation planning and policy

    • Contemporary issues in transportation

    • The governance of transportation, including the role of local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and state transportation agencies

    • Multimodal transportation planning concepts, process, and best practices

    • Transportation, land use and urban form

    • Travel patterns and behavior

    • Non-motorized transportation: walking and bicycling

    • Transit and land use planning

    • Freight and goods movement

    • Transportation demand management strategies

    • Funding multimodal transportation systems

    • Evaluating system performance

  32. Textbooks: Tumlin, J. (2012) Sustainable transportation planning: tools for creating vibrant, healthy, and resilient communities. Hoboken, N.J. Wiley. eBook available in library.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Boarnet, Marlon. “Transportation Infrastructure and Sustainable Development: New Planning Approaches for Urban Growth,” Access, No. 33, Fall 2008, pp. 27-33.

    Broward County Complete Streets Guidelines. (circa 2012) %20-%20Complete.pdf

    Committee for the Study on the Relationships Among Development Patterns, Vehicle Miles Traveled, and Energy Consumption. (2009) "Driving and the Built Environment: The Effects of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use, and CO2 Emissions." TRB Special Report 298.

    DRPT Multimodal System Design Guidelines (Vimeo)

    Ewing, R. and K. Barthlomew. “Pedestrian and Transit Oriented Design” (Appendices, Online)

    FHWA. (2011) “Environmental Justice: Emerging Trends and Best Practices Guidebook,” ICF.

    FHWA. (2013 Edition) Highway Functional Classification Concepts, Criteria and Procedures.

    Florida Department of Transportation. (2013) “Freight Mobility and Trade Plan Policy Element Executive Summary.”

    Florida Department of Transportation and Department of Community Affairs. (2011) “A Framework for TOD in Florida.” Renaissance Planning Group.

    Florida Department of Transportation. (2013) Mobility Review Guide and Checklist

    Hillsborough County MPO 2040 LRTP. [Online]

    Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation. (2012) Creating Walkable + Bikeble Communities: A user guide to developing pedestrian and bicycle master plans.

    Institute of Transportation Engineers. (2010). Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach, An ITE Recommended Practice.

    Litman, Todd. 2013. “Parking Management: Strategies, Evaluation, and Planning.” [Online]

    National Center for Transit Research. (2013) Multimodal Transportation Best Practices and Model Element. Prepared for the Florida Department of Transportation. rpt.pdf

    Rosenbloom, Sandra and Alan Beck. (2000) “Chapter 9: Transportation Planning,” in The Practice of Local Government Planning, 3rd edition. ICMA. (A pdf of this chapter from the USF library.)

    Saga City: Our Communities Facing Climate Change (Vimeo)

    “San Diego Transit Oriented Development Design Guidelines.” (1992)

    Seattle Urban Mobility Plan Briefing Book. (January 2008) “7- Best Practices in Transportation Demand Management” “9 - Best Practices in Transit” and “10 - Best Practices in Freight Movement: Freight Mobility.”

    Gallivan, F., E. Rose, R. Ewing, S. Hamidi and T. Brown. “TCRP 176: Quantifying Transit's Impact on GHG Emissions and Energy Use - the Land Use Component,” Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, 2015.

    Tomer, Adie , Elizabeth Kneebone, Robert Puentes, and Alan Berube. (May 2011) “Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America,” Brookings Institute [Online]

    Transportation Research Board (2013). Critical Issues in Transportation.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Points Due Date


    Assignment #1 10 points Week 2

    Assignment #2 10 points Various Deadlines

    Assignment #3 10 points Week 11

    Assignment #4 30 points Various Deadlines

    Attendance/ Participation 10 points

    Final Project:

    Presentation 10 points Weeks 13/14

    Final Report 20 points Week 14

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignment #1 – Understanding Equity and Environmental Justice

    Use the FHWA Environmental Justice Guidebook to write a short paper that summarizes the following:

    a) definition of environmental justice (EJ);

    b) key issues in transit, public involvement, livability, and road pricing;

    c) potential solutions for these issues.

    Papers should be between 4 and 5 pages, and students should be prepared to discuss the assignment in class.

    Assignment #2 – Technique Report

    Students will select a multimodal transportation planning or regulatory technique, programmatic option, analysis method or funding strategy of interest to them and provide the class with a PowerPoint presentation and short written summary of the technique, specifically how it works, and examples of where it has been applied. The technique report must be supported by specific references and handouts should be no longer than 4 pages. Presentations must be no longer than 10 minutes followed by appropriate time for discussion. To avoid redundancy, students must select from a list provided by the instructor on Canvas and may only select options that have not already been selected by another student. Students are also encouraged to suggest techniques or strategies not noted on the list. All topics for this assignment are due to the instructor for approval on or before Week 4.

    Assignment #3 – Walkability Assessment

    Review the walkability checklist your instructor has provided. Then choose a place to walk and use the checklist to document your findings. Summarize them in a brief report along with your ratings, any problem areas you identified, and provide some suggestions for improvement. Be prepared to discuss your findings in class. Students may collaborate during the assessment, but each must submit their own separate report. The final report should be between 8 and 10 pages.

    Assignment #4 – Reading Reflections

    Students will write brief reflective papers over the course of the semester for in-class discussion. The instructor will provide a discussion topic that relates to the module materials. Students will write a well thought out analysis of the topic using at least four sources, which may be a combination of assigned readings and outside material. The final product should be no longer than 4 pages, including references.

    Final Paper/Presentation – Critical Evaluation of a Multimodal Transportation Plan

    For the final project, students will use course materials, including the Mobility Review Guide and Multimodal Transportation Best Practices and Model Element, to evaluate a local government multimodal transportation element, “mobility plan”, multimodal district plan, or transportation corridor plan of their choice. Students should prepare a detailed report on the planning issues addressed and the relative strengths of the plan in addressing those issues, as well as recommendations for improvement. Plans must be from a jurisdiction within the state and students should consider current state transportation planning requirements in their evaluation. Students are encouraged to contact local government planning staff for further information (such as planning challenges, political context, etc.) relative to the plan they are evaluating. Students must also consider background materials, including documentation of the data and analysis methods used in developing the plan.

    Reports should:

    a) Clearly describe the approach and analysis methods used in developing the plan;

    b) Note key concepts, policies and implementation strategies identified in the plan including performance measures and funding strategies; and

    c) Evaluate the plan based on multimodal planning best practices and concepts as reflected in the literature and course materials. Draw upon the literature and body of practice to support your conclusions.

    Students shall communicate which plan they are evaluating no later than Week 8. Final reports should be 20 pages, including figures and tables, and include at least 10 references. Students will present their project to the class during the final weeks of the semester. Presentations must be conducted using PowerPoint or similar presentation software and shall not exceed 20 minutes.

  36. 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: All assignments, projects and exams are due on the specified due date, unless otherwise instructed. Class materials submitted late, but within 24 hours of the due date will receive a 20% deduction of points and those submitted later than 24 hours will receive 0 points. Exception of this policy will be made only in the case of severe illness, documented family emergency, or a similar problem.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  39. Course Concurrence Information: As the course is open to all majors, students from various programs and colleges may enroll (i.e., public administration, civil engineering, global sustainability, community design, etc.).

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