Two Year Plan of Course Offerings

The Department’s Two Year Plan features course offerings for two academic years.

Two Year Plan

URBDP 200 Introduction to Urbanization: Planning and Designing Alternative Urban Futures(5)

URBDP 200 Introduction to Urbanization: Planning and Designing Alternative Urban Futures (5)Introduces how cities work and explores alternative ways of planning and designing urban futures. Explores the economic, cultural, political, and social aspects of cities and how we might change them for the better. Also examines numerous case studies from the Global North and South.

URBDP 200 Syllabus

URBDP 300 Introduction to Urban Planning (5)

Principles and theories of urban structure and institutions. Concepts and logic of planning as a community process and a professional activity. Evolution of planning ideas in response to changing social, economic, and environmental conditions within the American political framework. Complementary nature of public and private responsibilities. Major procedures used by planners.
Syllabus URBDP 300

URBDP 404 Introduction to GIS (3)

A lecture and lab-based course designed to provide students with introductory practical knowledge of Geographical Information Systems and Science for current and future coursework in urban planning. At the end of this course, all students should be functional in basic GIS skills in the ArcGIS software Package. URBDP 504 is the graduate level section for this course.
URBDP 404 Syllabus

URBDP 422 Urban and Regional Geospatial Analysis (5)

Principles of GIS applied to problems in urban design and planning, landscape architecture, and environmental and resource studies. Practical problem-solving approaches using contemporary desktop mapping packages and vector and raster GIS systems. Siting, environmental evaluation and inventories, and modeling. URBDP 522 is the graduate level section for this course
URBDP 422

URBDP 424 Site Planning: Issues and Techniques (3)

Introduction to site planning; how it is regulated; why it is important to know; and how to carry out its key tasks, including residential subdivision and mixed-use development layout; basic topographical and hydrological analysis and manipulation; roadways, parking and hierarchies of circulation, and site design detail.URBDP 524 is the graduate level section for this course.
URBDP 424 Syllabus

URBDP 446 Practical Experience (4, max. 8)

Off-campus internship under academic supervision in situations useful to the education of planners, such as public/private planning and design offices, projects related to the environment, cross-cultural matters, and decision making. Assistance in identifying appropriate projects.
URBDP 446 Syllabus

URBDP 450 Introduction to Land Use, Growth Management, and Environmental Planning (3)

Provides an understanding of contemporary land use issues (including sprawl, smart growth, new urbanism, transit-oriented development, and Washington’s Growth Management Act) and examines their environmental impact and social welfare implications. Analyzes best-practice techniques of growth management.
URBDP 450 Syllabus

URBDP 466 Infrastructure Planning and Local Finance(4)

This course is focused on infrastructure planning and finance and, more generally, on the relationship between planning and budgeting.We explore basic concepts, legal frameworks, politics, and processes used in the systems studied, including techniques in infrastructure planning aimed at estimating demand and predicting the effects of infrastructure projects on land use.
URBDP 466 Syllabus

URBDP 470 Introduction to Urban Design (3)

Definitions and examples of urban design; heritage of urban design; theories of city building; the role of urban design in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning.
URBDP 470 -Syllabus 

URBDP 479 The Urban Form (3)

Analyzes elements, patterns, and the evolution of urban form, looking at historical and contemporary forces that shape cities. Course will introduce key methods of urban morphological analysis related to urban design and planning practices
URBDP 479 Syllabus

URBDP 480 Planning as a Profession (1)

Provides students interested in the planning profession an opportunity to understand the different pathways and career choices within the profession. Introduces students to guest professionals in various planning careers and highlight key issues, skills used, and tips to entering the field. Focuses on professional practice rather than analytical methods or theory. Credit/no-credit only.
URBDP480 syllabus

URBDP 498 Special Topics (1-9, max. 15)

Systematic study of specialized subject matter. Topics for each quarter vary, depending upon current interest and needs, and are announced in the preceding quarter.
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URBDP 499 Special Projects (1-12, max. 12)

Independent/tutorial study for undergraduates. Individual reading, research, fieldwork, or other special project, outlined in advance, approved by, and under the direction of, the faculty adviser most appropriate for the project proposed.

URBDP 500 Survey of Urban Planning (4)

Explores foundational concepts and logics of planning as a professional activity. Course examines the evolution of guiding ideas in relation to changing social, economic, and environmental conditions within the American political framework; major procedures used by planners; and critical appraisal of contemporary planning practices.

URBDP 500 Syllabus

URBDP 501 Comprehensive Planning and Implementation (3)

Introduces comprehensive planning as a core method for shaping and managing metropolitan growth. Examines federal and state statutes affecting local comprehensive plans, and reviews local government land use regulations and development processes. Concentrates on tools to shape land use and development patterns and their effectiveness in creating outcomes specified in comprehensive plans.

URBDP 501 Syllabus

URBDP 503 Communication and Analysis (3)

Develops essential communication skills within the planning and design process. Emphasis is on skills and methods of communication as a design process with mental, visual, oral, written, and kinesthetic elements.
URBDP 503 Syllabus

URBDP 506 Studio Prep(3)

Introduces students to the planning studio and plan-making process, with an emphasis on group collaboration, background research, issue identification, public involvement, and preliminary analysis.

URBDP 506 syllabus

URBDP 507 General Urban Planning Laboratory (5)

Studio/field project in applied professional planning. Draws on a local study area to examine the realities of problem solving in situations of functional and normative disagreement. Includes the analysis, programming, implementation, and presentation phases of the planning process.

URBDP 507 Syllabus

URBDP 508 Specialized Planning Laboratory (5)

Studio/field project on a specialized planning problem. Several options are offered each year, such as regional-environmental planning, housing, metropolitan planning, and urban design.

URBDP 508|Urban Design Studio AUT 2016|Community Design, Planning, and Development in the Bajo Lempa, El Savaldor

URBDP 508 |Urban Design Syllabus Aut 2015 |Pike/Pine

URBDP 508 |URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAB STUDIO

URBDP 510 Theories and Methodologies of Planning I (4)

Survey of the philosophy, methods, and analytical techniques used in planning, public actions, and policies, with an emphasis on the logic and assumptions upon which these are based.

URBDP 510 Syllabus

URBDP 512 Research Seminar (3)

Introduces techniques and approaches to planning, designing, and undertaking applied research in an urban setting, including how to frame, critically assess, manage, and present research. Reviews conceptual modeling of causal relationships, choice among experimental and quasi-experimental designs, and ethical and political implications of urban research. Exercises lead to a complete research design appropriate for the thesis requirement of the MUP degree.
URBDP 512 syllabus

URBDP 519 Qualitative Research Methods (3)

Qualitative research methods covering both the theoretical foundations and practical methodologies of traditional and contemporary approaches, including cognitive mapping, open-ended interviews, ethnographic observation, hermeneutics, phenomenology, critical theory, communicative action, grass-roots empowerment, post-structuralism, and self organization.

URBDP 519 Syllabus

URBDP 520 Quantitative Methods in Urban Design and Planning (4)

Methods of statistical and mathematical analysis in design and planning. Emphasizes the use of computer packages for analyzing urban data, through regression analysis, matrix methods, cohort-survival population models, or other standard forms of quantitative data analysis.

UDP 520 syllabus

URBDP 522 Urban and Regional Geospatial Analysis (5)

Principles of GIS applied to problems in urban design and planning, landscape architecture, and environmental and resource studies. Practical problem-solving approaches using contemporary desktop mapping packages and vector and raster GIS systems. Includes overview of siting, environmental evaluation and inventories, and modeling techniques.

URBDP 522 Syllabus

URBDP 524 Site Planning: Issues and Techniques (3)

Provides a comprehensive overview of site planning, including residential subdivision and mixed-use development layout; basic topographical and hydrological analysis and manipulation; roadways, parking and hierarchies of circulation, and site design detail.

URBDP 524 Syllabus

URBDP 536 Health Impact Assessment (2)

Examines the use of Health Impact Assessment as a public health tool for informing decision-makers about the potential health impacts of proposed projects and policies. Students learn the steps for conducting HIAs, review case studies, and conduct an HIA of a current local proposed project. Offered: jointly with ENV H 536.

URBDP 536 Syllabus

URBDP 538 Public Health and the Built Environment (2)

Examines how the design of communities and land use and transportation decision have positive and adverse effects on health. Considers built environment impacts on physical activity, obesity, air quality, injuries, mental health, social capital, and environmental justice; and explores interventions to promote healthy community design. Offered: jointly with ENV H 538.

URBDP 538 Syllabus

URBDP 549 Hazard Mitigation Planning (3)

A survey of the field of planning for managing risks of natural hazards-earthquakes, floods, coastal/meteorological hazards, and human-caused technological hazards/terrorism. Covers pre-event mitigation through building and land-use controls; disaster preparedness; post-even response, recovery, and mitigation of future hazards. Emphasizes hazard mitigation as a long-term strategy for achieving sustainability of communities.

URBDP 549 Syllabus

URBDP 550 Introduction to Real Estate Economics/Market Analysis (4)

Introduces students to the urban land market in which sites and properties are embedded Covers five areas: basic economic concepts critical in the understanding of real estate markets; urban economy; land rent theory; locational analysis and decision making; and market analysis. Offered: jointly with RE 516

URBDP 551 Real Estate Asset Management (3)

Focuses on the fundamentals and structure of asset management from a value improvement perspective. Students are educated on the proactive manner asset managers need to respond to changing tenant needs and competitive market condition, while focusing on the asset appreciation throughout the ownership cycle (acquisition, leasing and disposition). Offered: jointly with R E 517

URBDP 552 Introduction to Real Estate (3)

Provides a basic overview of the participants, processes, workings of different components of the real estate industry (including a variety of uses spanning from residential, office, retail and industrial to specialized) as well as the quantitative components of the real estate decision-making. Additionally, students are introduced to an overview of construction management, sustainability, corporate services, property law and ethics. Offered: jointly with R E 510

URBDP 553 Urban Land Economics (4)

Introduces urban economics, land markets, and locational decision making; and examines urban spatial structure and the economic, political, social, technological, and historical forces that shape land values and uses. Uses applied spatial analytical tools including geographic information systems and geogemographic software. Offered: jointly with R E 553

URBDP 554 Real Estate Finance and Investment (4)

Introduces students to basic real estate finance and institutional analysis allowing them to quantify the financial implications of real estate decisions. Topics include: basic time value of money, financial leverage, discounted cash flow analysis (properties and institutional portfolios), assessment of various real estate investment classes and distribution of proceeds to investors. Prerequisite: R E 552/URBDP 552. Offered: jointly with R E 513

URBDP 555 Real Estate Appraisal (3)

Discusses valuation theory and the mechanics underlying real estate appraisal practices. Explores the unique market within which property interests are created, allocated or transferred, the dynamic nature of real estate values, and the valuation impacts of various external factors. Offered: jointly with R E 511

URBDP 556 Real Estate Investment (4)

Focuses on direct real estate investment based on the productive capacity of the total property, debt, and equity components and their impact on the cash returns in the form of positive returns to the property, tax savings potential, alternative leverage effects, and the gains at sale. Offered: jointly with R E 556

URBDP 557 Real Estate Law (3)

Focuses on the legal principles and issues essential to understanding the workings of the real estate industry, including the fundamentals of real estate transactions and development projects. Offered: jointly with R E 515

URBDP 558 Real Estate Market Analysis (4)

Prepares students to conduct and interpret market studies to cover a range of real estate decisions. Exposes students to the market analysis process and various tools and techniques that can be used to analyze and forecast supply, demand, and rental rates. Offered: jointly with R E 558

URBDP 559 Real Estate Portfolio Management (5)

Students develop formal portfolio management strategies that draw on their in-depth understanding of real estate fundamentals, strategic planning and portfolio theory. Working in teams, students prepare cutting-edge portfolio strategies including the policies and procedures for implementation and portfolio management. Offered: jointly with R E 569

URBDP 560 Inequality, Governance, and Policy in the Metropolitan Region (3/4)

Explores national/local urban policy concerning the major problems confronting cities and metropolitan regions today. Economic globalization, income inequality, and metropolitan decentralization shape the urban agenda, the context for urban policy, and the analytic focus of the course. A project allows the exploration of strategies for intervention. Offered: jointly with PB AF 560.

URBDP 560 Syllabus

URBDP 561 Urban Economics and Public Policy (3/4, max. 12)

Examines the rationale for and consequences of public intervention in urban land, housing, and transportation markets through land use regulations such as zoning and urban growth boundaries, infrastructure investments, and fiscal policies to manage urban development and traffic. Prerequisite: PB AF 516 or equivalent. Offered: jointly with PB AF 561.

URBDP 561 Syllabus

URBDP 564 Planning History, Theory, and Ethics (3)

Examines major historical landmarks since the Civil War (urban, suburban, and rural, physical and social-economic); theoretical alternatives (rationalism, pluralism-advocacy, critical theory, bio-regionalism, dissipative models); and ethical issues (such as distributive justice and principles of professional conduct).

URBDP 564 Syllabus

URBDP 565 American Urban History (3)

Intensive lecture/seminar designed to provide students the opportunity for immersion in historical scholarship that addresses social, economic, political, technological, and cultural forces that have shaped the development of American cities.

URBDP 565 Syllabus

URBDP 568 Real Estate Feasibility (4)

Applies critical thinking needed to understand the drivers of value of the major property types which covers the “user in search of a site” and “investor in search of involvement’ feasibility questions. Applies a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis to target markets. Offered: jointly with
R E 560

URBDP 569 Real Estate Capital Markets (4)

Studies capital markets, investigating the agents and institutions that channel money from the array of sources of savings to investment projects. Identifies the sources of available capital and uses investment and portfolio tools employed by conduits and intermediaries matches the capital to projects and asset classes. Offered: jointly with R E 561

URBDP 573 Digital Design (4)

Uses digital technologies for mapping, drafting, modeling, and communication. Includes real-world case study projects that focus on urban design and planning issues.

URBDP 573 Syllabus

URBDP 577 Real Estate Project Finance (3)

Introduces financing real property projects developed by public, community, and private entities with a primary emphasis on interim (acquisition/development/construction) and take-out lending for new real estate projects. Offered: jointly with R E 570

URBDP 578 Real Estate Development (4)

Introduction and survey of processes and people involved in developing real estate, including issues of site control, public/private approvals, feasibility analysis, project financing, design/construction, marketing, and asset management. Prerequisite: R E 552/URBDP 552. Offered: jointly with R E 550

URBDP 579 Real Estate Capital Markets (3)

Analyses capital flows (global and national) and emerging capital market trends that affect the industry. Pays special attention to securitized real estate, including Real Estate Investment Trusts, and Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities. Offered: jointly with R E 541

URBDP 580 Legal and Administrative Framework for Planning (3)

Political, legal, and administrative institutions closely related to the planning process. Issues of devolution of authority and public representation and participation. Legal basis for planning and associated regulation.

URBDP 580 Syllabus

URBDP 585 Introduction to Historic Preservation Planning (3)

Theories, methods, and practices associated with historic preservation planning. Overview of preservation planning programs at federal, state, and local levels. Introduction to tools and methods needed to identify, document, evaluate, and plan for protection of historic properties. Provides opportunity to learn fundamentals of preservation planning through practical experience.

URBDP 586 Implementation in Preservation Planning (4)

Practical experience in identifying, documenting, evaluating and developing strategies for protection of historic resources, building on introductory theories, methods, and practices. Develops skills critical to preservation planning via research, fieldwork, and writing. Prerequisite: introductory course in preservation.

URBDP 586 syllabus

URBDP 590 Real Estate Forum I (1)

Provides an opportunity for students to learn about the interdisciplinary nature of real estate from industry leaders. Discusses current issues and opportunities in the industry as well as what it takes to develop a sustainable career path. Offered: jointly with R E 590

URBDP 591 Doctoral Seminar I (4-)

Researchable issues and research methodology. Discussion and critique of selected pieces of recent research work. Presentation and critique of research proposed by members of the seminar. Prerequisite: master’s degree or equivalent in a planning discipline.

URBDP 592 Doctoral Seminar II (-4-)

Researchable issues and research methodology. Discussion and critique of selected pieces of recent research work. Presentation and critique of research proposed by members of the seminar. Prerequisite: master’s degree or equivalent in a planning discipline.

URBDP 593 Doctoral Seminar III (-4)

Researchable issues and research methodology. Discussion and critique of selected pieces of recent research work. Presentation and critique of research proposed by members of the seminar. Prerequisite: master’s degree or equivalent in a planning discipline.

URBDP 598 Special Topics (1-6, max. 15)

Systematic study of specialized subject matter. Topics vary for each quarter, depending upon current interest and needs, and are announced in the preceding quarter. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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