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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - URP6422
Tracking Number - 5394

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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 GCAPproved 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: 2016-02-19
  2. Department: School of Public Affairs
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 125600
  5. Contact Person: Mark R. Hafen
  6. Phone: 47982
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: URP
  9. Number: 6422
  10. Full Title: Environmental & Planning Issues in Coastal Communities
  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): Env. Plan. in Coastal. Comm.
  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: The content of this course will familiarize students with issues in environmental and urban planning unique to coastal communities, and explore the connections – current and potential – between the oceans and coastal urban areas.

  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? This course was first offered in Spring 2012 (11 enrolled), cross-listed as URP 6930/EVR 6937 Environmental & Planning Issues in Coastal Communities. It has since been offered again in Spring 2013 (9), Spring 2014 (15), Spring 2015 (9), and Spring 2016 (10).

    Besides Urban & Regional Planning, enrollments have come from a variety of departments/disciplines, including Geography, Environmental Science & Policy, Global Sustainability, and Civil & Environmental Engineering.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) A Ph.D. is required. The doctorate can be in Planning, Environmental Science/Policy, or other appropriate discipline. Other related doctoral disciplines with supporting academic and professional experience are also acceptable.
  29. Objectives: The primary objective of this course is to familiarize students with the unique environmental and urban planning issues faced by coastal communities, and the ways in which cities can exist sustainably with the coastal ocean. The course is offered so that students can learn:

    * the physical environmental context of coastal communities

    * the local- and macro-scale processes which affect cities and their development

    * the legal and regulatory frameworks which direct coastal city planning

    * the methods and techniques successfully used by planners to create resilient coastal communities.

  30. Learning Outcomes: • Students will understand the boundaries of the coastal zone.

    • Students will be familiar with variations in coastal morphology and coastal resources.

    • Students will understand the histories of human occupation of and development in coastal zones.

    • Students will be able to integrate planning and management frameworks for the coastal zone at local, state, regional, and federal levels.

    • Students will be able to identify short-term and long-term hazards facing coastal communities.

    • Students will explain planning adaptation and mitigation strategies that coastal communities can use to become resilient to hazards.

    • Students will apply urban and environmental planning principles for coastal zone resilience, within the context of global climate change and other large-scale processes affecting coastal communities.

  31. Major Topics: • Overview of coastal geomorphology

    • Climate change, coastal resilience

    • Integrated coastal zone management

    • Green Carbon, Blue Carbon Black Carbon

    • Coastal Resilience & the Vulnerability of Coastal Communities

    • The Urban-Ocean Connection & The Reach of Cities

    • Federal, state, and local/regional coastal management policy

    • Impacts of sea level rise, adaptation and mitigation strategies

    • Adapting the Built Environment to Climate Change and Growth in Coastal Areas

    • Natural and hybrid infrastructure for coastal protection

    • “Blue” parks and land uses

    • Important planning dimensions in the coastal zone

    • Politics and barriers to coastal zone planning

    • Principles of coastal resilience planning

    • Planning tools and techniques

    • New ideas for connecting oceans and cities

    • Ecosystem-based management options for coastal planning and policy

    • Forging a blue urban future

  32. Textbooks: 1. Planning for Coastal Resilience: Best Practices for Calamitous Times (2009)

    Author: Timothy Beatley

    Publisher: Island Press: Washington, DC

    ISBN: 9781597265621 (also available as an e-book)

    2. Blue Urbanism (2014)

    Author: Timothy Beatley

    Publisher: Island Press: Washington, DC

    ISBN: 9781610914055 (also available as an e-book)

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Additional outside readings will be assigned and made available on Canvas (myUSF).
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: There are a variety of assessments that will be used to determine your understanding and application of the concepts in the course:

    1. Critical thinking writing assignments: 3 @ 20 points each = 60 pts. (30%)

    2. Final research paper = 70 pts. (35%)

    3. Reflective writing assignments: 4 @ 10 points each = 40 pts. (20%)

    4. Participation/Leadership (in-class and Canvas) = 30 pts. (15%)

    Final Grades:

    Based on your total points (out of a possible 200), final grades will be assigned using the following scale:

    97% and above = A+

    93% - 96.99% = A

    90% - 92.99% = A-

    87% - 89.99% = B+

    83% - 86.99% = B

    80% - 82.99% = B-

    77% - 79.99% = C+

    73% - 76.99% = C

    70% - 72.99% = C-

    60% - 69.99% = D

    < 60% = F

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1. Critical Thinking Assignments: three short writing assignments (2-4 pages) based on readings and material discussed in class, in which you will be asked to provide evidence of comprehension, analysis, and additional research on a topic.

    2. Research Paper: a ~15 page research paper examining a relevant aspect of environmental policy/planning issues within urban/constructed environments. More specifics will be provided separately. There will be deadlines for submission of: A) paper topics; B) outlines with references; and C) the final paper itself.

    3. Reflective Assignments: throughout the semester, we will periodically complete short, reflective assignments during or outside of class time. Four of these are planned. These may involve writing, computation, and/or other activities related to weekly readings and discussions. 4. Participation/Leadership: you will be expected to make salient contributions both in

    class and on the Canvas discussion board. This will be through leading class discussions, suggesting topics, providing readings/research, and/or other methods which help us all to increase our knowledge in this discipline, and which demonstrate to me that you are exploring relevant topics outside of class requirements.

    * All students will be required to lead at least two, possibly three, in-class discussions based on book chapters or other readings. The “format” for this is entirely up to you: it can be a traditional presentation, or interpretive dance! However, you must, at a minimum:

    • present a summary of the reading(s) required

    • analyze and critique the contents of the readings for significant topics/issues

    • generate class discussion and/or deeper exploration of the topics through questions, exercises, or other methods

    I will use a rubric to provide you with feedback on your presentations. This is not a grade, per se, but an evaluation to help you improve your oral and graphic presentation skills.

    * All students are required to participate in the on-line discussion board on Canvas. You must, at a minimum:

    • post links/topics/additional readings on a regular basis, to show you are researching course themes and topics outside of class

    • contribute to existing discussions by responding with insights/debate/additional materials

    • demonstrate knowledge of course topics and themes via your contributions

    Thus, to earn all participation/leadership points available, students must be prepared for class by actively participating in and sharing research and analyses, both in class and on Canvas.

    IMPORTANT regarding all major written assignments and presentations:

    * Plagiarism: All work in this course must be completed by the individual student. You may not use other students' work as your own, nor can you copy-and-paste verbiage from reading material, from web sites, or from similar assignments that you completed in another course. No credit will be given for any duplicated or plagiarized work. Students who turn in work that is in violation of these requirements will be subject to review by the University's Policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism, which may result in a failing grade in this course. At the graduate level, my expectation is that you clearly understand the nature of plagiarism, and the requirement to submit original work in this course, and that this will not be an issue. Ever. However, if you need a refresher, please visit this link:

    TurnItIn: This course requires you to submit written work to a plagiarism detection site that will be identified by your instructor. In order to comply with Federal (FERPA) and state privacy laws, students are not required to include personal identifying information such as name, SSN, or U# in the body of the work or use such information in the file naming convention prior to submitting. Please follow carefully your instructor's instructions regarding what identifying information to include. Your submission will be placed in the course grade center in an account that can be accessed by the instructor and attributed to you.

    Writing Quality: My expectations are that students in this class can compose essays which are well-organized, clearly written, and demonstrate a student’s ability to not just summarize, but to synthesize and critically analyze as well. Students who feel their writing skills may not be at a level sufficient to meet these expectations should consult the Writing Center, located in the USF Library, for assistance.

  36. Attendance Policy: Missing class will negatively impact your grade in this course! To succeed in this course, you must commit to attending class, every week, and to arriving on time. You are responsible for contacting me if you are going to miss class.

    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: Makeup Policy:

    Make-up exams or assignments are provided for students only in special circumstances. These circumstances include:

    (1) death or illness in the student's family, or of a friend

    (2) illness or other medical issue of the student

    (3) participation in a university sponsored activity at the time of a scheduled exam/assignment

    (4) professional/work obligations

    Make-up work will not be granted for personal convenience or travel. Make-up work will be granted only if the circumstances (above) are documented. Advanced arrangements must be made for the situations described in (3) and (4) above. This should be arranged with me well ahead of any scheduled exam/assignment date.

    Late assignments will be accepted with penalties. Assignments submitted within 24 hours of their deadlines will receive a 15% deduction before being graded. Assignments submitted later than 24 hours, up to 48 hours past their deadline, will receive a 30% deduction before being graded. No assignments will be accepted more than 48 hours past their deadlines, except for documented reasons as noted in the Makeup Policy above.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Master of Urban & Regional Planning
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Environmental Science & Policy


    Global Sustainability

    Civil & Environmental Engineering

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