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Courses - Spring 2018
URSP
Urban Studies and Planning
URSP399I
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
URSP600
Research Design and Application
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Formerly: URSP602.
Techniques in urban research, policy analysis, and planning. Survey of descriptive and normative models. Objective and subjective measurements. Emphasis on assumptions of research.
URSP604
The Planning Process
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: URSP604, URBS656, or URBS604.
Formerly: URBS604.
Legal framework for U.S. planning; approaches to the planning process; tools and technology; systems thinking; defining problems and issues; soliciting goals and values; developing and making good presentations; public participation; developing and evaluating alternatives and scenarios; plan evaluation; developing RFPs.
URSP606
Planning Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must not have completed URSP630.
Credit only granted for: URSP606, URBS606, or URBS630.
Formerly: URBS606.
Resource allocation in a market economy, the nature of market failures, and the justifications for public sector intervention. The limits and possibilities for planning in a market economy.
URSP631
(Perm Req)
Transportation and Land Use
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: URSP631 or URSP688L.
Formerly: URSP688L.
The interrelationship between transportation and land use. What are the impacts of various transportation modes on land use patterns, and how can land use solutions influence travel demand. The integration of transportation into master planning and site impact analysis. Using quantitative methods to understand the land use and transportation linkage.
URSP640
Growth Management and Environmental Planning
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Topics associated with growth management, defined as policies and strategies by which governments attempted to control the amount, location, pace, pattern and quality of development within their jurisdictions.
URSP661
City and Regional Economic Development Planning
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: URSP606 or URSP660.
Credit only granted for: URSP661, URBS440, or URBS661.
Formerly: URBS661.
Spatial patterns of employment and populations, and models of urban and regional growth and decline. Focus on application of economic theory and urban planning techniques to issues of local economic development and planning.
URSP664
Real Estate Development for Planners
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: URSP606.
Credit only granted for: URSP664 or URSP688F.
Formerly: URSP688F.
Planning, Architectural and Public Policy students are introduced to the real estate development process primarily from the point of view of the private entrepreneurial developer. It will include the steps in undertaking a real estate development from the initial concept to the property management and final disposition, the basic financial and tax concepts underlying real estate development, a review of national housing policy,including public-private partnerships, and solving specific real estate development problems using financial spread-sheets.
URSP673
Community Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Examines and identifies planning approaches and methods that can help communities - particularly low income communities - become stronger, more cohesive, and more capable of serving their interests. Examines urban poverty; urban politics; history, concepts and practice of community development; and community development approaches and methods.
URSP688A
Recent Developments in Urban Studies; Community Resilience: Hazard Mitigation, Adaptation, and Disaster Recovery Planning
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course will provide introduction to the concept of resilience, particularly as it relates to supporting community resilience through hazard mitigation, adaption, and disaster recovery planning. This course will explore, through a multihazard approach, the necessary connection between recovery and mitigation. This course will highlight the concept of social vulnerability and the insidious ways in which some groups are disadvantaged in their ability to resist, adapt to, respond to, and recover from natural hazards and environmental threats.
URSP688O
Recent Developments in Urban Studies; US Housing Policy & Planning
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
URSP688Y
Recent Developments in Urban Studies; Smart Cities and Urban Data Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as URSP688Y. Credit granted for URSP688Y or INST728G.

The proliferation of data, technology and new analytical methods are changing cities in rapid and dramatic fashion. These changes have implications for the look and feel of cities, the behavior patterns of the people who inhabit them, and the decisions made by people who govern them. As cities become smarter, our understanding of them must evolve in a similar fashion. This course will introduce students to the concept of Smart Cities and their implications for the current and future development of urban areas. Students will learn about the history of urban development and when cities gained their sentience, how cities learn and grow their intelligence, and how these trends shape the lives of urban and rural dwellers alike. The course begins by introducing the "components" of the smart city: new and novel data sources (embedded sensor networks, crowdsourcing), new methods of (connected devices, machine learning, data science), and new ways of modeling, simulating, and visualizing urban phenomena. The second half of the course discusses how these components are changing the performance and experience of different aspects of urban life inareas like transportation, public health, criminal justice, and social equity.
URSP709
Field Instruction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequistes: URSP600, URSP604, URSP605 or permission of the department.
URSP788
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Urban Studies and Planning
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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URSP798
(Perm Req)
Readings in Urban Studies and Planning
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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URSP799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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URSP805
Seminar in Research Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: URSP804 and URSP810.
Addresses fundamental aspects of research desing for Ph.D students in urban planning and policy-related fields. Topics include principles of research design, formulating a feasible hypothesis and identifying appropriate methodology for testing hypotheses eg. qualitative methods, quantitative methods, survey research. Writing of proposals and dissertation. Publication, presentation, and funding.
URSP898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: S-F
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URSP899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
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