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Course Timetables, Descriptions & Outlines

2014/15 Course Timetables

Fall Term - 2014 (160KB)
Winter Term - 2015 (152KB)

Course Descriptions & Outlines:

SURP-800 Research Proposal (35KB)

SURP-801 Survey Research Methods (62KB)
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-802 Special Topic (42KB)
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-803 Employment Analysis 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-804 Implementation
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-805 Negotiation
Learning materials approx. $20 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-806 Population Analysis (104KB)
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-807 Participation Techniques (130KB)
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-808 Transportation
Intermodal Activity
Project Options and Guidance
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-809 Special Topic - Public Lands Management (201KB)
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-810 Special Topic - Planning for Multiculturalism (45KB)
Techniques commonly used in planning practice will be presented in a four-week module.

SURP-812 Qualitative Methods in Planning (57KB)
This course is an introduction to qualitative methods. Theoretical issues regarding the nature and use of qualitative methods will be discussed and the methods commonly used by planners (individual and group interviews, participant observation, participatory action research, etc.) will be surveyed. Students will have opportunities to critically explore the development of a project from posing a research question through to the presentation of findings.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-815 Legal and Governmental Processes (354KB)
This course examines the relationships among planning processes and their legal, governmental and administrative contexts. Matters considered include the meaning and sources of law, the Canadian constitution, division of powers, the organization of government into legislative, executive and judicial branches, judicial review and governmental action, and the role of municipal government. From this context arise issues of power, the roles of the planner, the relationships between and among planners, citizens, elected officials and bureaucracy, and the processes and institutions of policy-making.. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-816 Land Use Law 
An intensive study of the Planning Act of Ontario including a close examination of the evolution of the Act, its purposes and its interpretation by the courts. The Act is considered for its effectiveness in providing a legal basis for controlling the use of land as a means of achieving community planning goals. Comparative approaches are also considered as a means of identifying inadequacies in Ontario law. A central issue in the course is the matter of insuring a high degree of justice and fairness among the interested parties in the resolution of land use control conflicts. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-817 An Intellectual History of Urban and Regional Planning (107KB)
This course will provide a thematic history of major ideas bearing on the planning of built environment on the one hand and on the development of socioeconomic organization of communities, cities and regions on the other. Ideas relevant to all three levels of settlements, namely, community, city and region, will be critically reviewed. The impact of globalization, megacities and emerging regionalism will be reviewed. A brief introduction to the ideas and concepts promoted by theorists and practitioners such as Geddes, Howard, LeCorbusier, Mumford, Perry, Hoyt, Gans, Friedmann, and Jacobs will be given. The application of these ideas in planning practice will be especially emphasized.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-818 Physical Planning (64KB)
This course introduces skills and techniques of observing, interpreting, and analyzing the built environment and conceptualizing physical planning solutions for development. The course also offers written and graphic communication and representation tools.  It provides a grounded, hands-on, physical planning experience through a series of individual and group assignments. The assignments are designed to help students recognize and appreciate how various elements of physical planning location, vehicular and pedestrian access, land uses, density and intensity, landscape, open spaces, parking, etc. perform. Learning materials approx. $50 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-819 Quantitative Methods (51KB)
This course introduces students to basic methods of quantitative analysis used by urban and regional planners. It introduces methods for exploring and presenting data, analyzing relationships between variables and testing hypotheses. Students will also become familiar with statistical software.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-823-826 Planning Projects: Studies of Practical Issues 
Groups of planning students work on projects, often connected with clients from the public or private sectors. Projects vary from year to year but all require a rigorous application of skills of problem and goal definition, generation of solutions, evaluation of alternative means of achieving goals, and presentation of results. An emphasis on processes of group work, communication skills, and project organization supplements the substantive, issue-oriented work particular to a given project. One of these courses must be taken by every student.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-823 Housing and Human Services (165KB)
Project Course (Social-oriented). Learning materials: $100-$200, depending upon funding, for transportation and course materials.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-824 Project Course (Land Use and Real Estate Development) (328KB)
Project Course (Physical-oriented). Learning Materials: $100-$200, depending upon funding, for transportation and course materials. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-825 Project Course (Environmental Services) 
Project Course (Environmental-oriented). Learning Materials: $100-$200, depending upon funding, for transportation and course materials. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-826 Project Course (Land Use and Real Estate Development) (50KB)
Project Course (Physical-oriented). Learning Materials: $100-$200, depending upon funding, for transportation and course materials. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-827 Project Course (International Planning) (97KB)
In this project course, students prepare a professional style planning report/proposal for an international client. The course includes an intensive two weeks international field trip.  Students learn from working under conditions that simulate professional practice, and gain exposure to planning practice outside North America. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-830 Affordable Housing (90KB)
This module provides an overview of programs and policies for affordable housing in Canada. It discusses current approaches to affordable housing and homelessness in a local planning context as well as the redevelopment of existing social housing. 1.0 credit units (four-week course module) PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor.

SURP-831 International Urban Planning
This course will introduce students to the urban issues and planning processes/methods in non-Western countries, with special emphasis on their cultural contexts. Each module will focus on a particular country. These may include, but are not limited to China, India, Indonesia, and other Asia-Pacific countries. 1.0 credit units (four-week course module) PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor.

SURP-840 Land Use Planning (189KB)
Survey of theories and concepts in land-use planning at both urban and regional scale; examination of institutional framework and practice; formats and contents of plans; land-use principles and standards; and instruments for implementation. Learning materials plus lab fees approx. $100. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-841 Real Estate Decision Making (282KB)
This course is an introduction to the concepts, planning principles and analytical methods involved in making key decisions regarding commercial real estate. Designed to complement SURP-844*, the emphasis is on evaluating the investment merits of large, existing income-generating properties spanning key asset classes. Teaching methods include case studies, group exercises, guest speakers from industry and student analysis of real properties. Learning materials approx. $25
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-842 Economics of Land Development and Planning (367KB)
This course examines the forces that shape cities. It examines the factors that determine land value and land uses. It presents models of urban spatial structure and discusses issues in land development, planning and taxation.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-844 Real Estate Planning and Development (412KB)
This course examines real estate market research, project planning finance and development techniques. Residential, retail and office market analysis and development are studied through lectures and case study discussions.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-848 Community Design (744KB)
PowerPoint Presentation
This course examines analytic techniques and design approaches used in physical planning (topography, activity, circulation, etc.). The application of these techniques and methods will be demonstrated through specific community design projects such as subdivision design, re-zoning and visual images. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor
Chatham CCIP Guidelines 
Presentations - SURP-848-1; SURP-848-2; SURP-848-3

SURP-849 Public-Private Partnerships for Urban Redevelopment (261KB)
This course examines how the public and non-profit sectors can implement projects in an era of abruptly reduced funding from taxpayers. It considers redevelopment of public lands by requests for proposals by private developers. Case studies and group projects are set in waterfronts, downtowns and suburbs of North American and European cities. (Normally offered in alternate years. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-851 Environmental Policy
This course will examine environmental policies in urban and regional contexts. Tools used by policy makers (e.g. risk assessment and management, quality indices, evaluation, impact assessment, mitigation and compensation) and the constraints they encounter (e.g. uncertainty, legal and administrative constraints and financial costs) will be reviewed. Substantive areas to be examined will be focused on the relationship between the built environment and the quality of air and water as well as the use of land resources. Specific cases will vary from year to year. The scope of policies and readings will range from local to global; integration will be stressed. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-853 Environmental Services (20KB)
This course will focus on the relationships between environmental services and quality of life in cities and regions. It includes a critical examination of the development, delivery and evaluation of environmental technologies and services. There is an emphasis on water, open space, and solid waste. Case studies and field trips will supplement a lecture/seminar format. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-855 Environmental Planning and Management 
This course examines planning and management issues and tools in environmental services, such as inventory management, needs assessment, demand management, and investment decisions. The emphasis is on planning, management and financing options and their relationship to land use and urban form.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP 856 Environmental Assessment 
This course will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of environmental assessment processes. The focus will be on project level environmental assessment including biophysical, social and cumulative effects assessment along with public consultation. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

SURP-858 Heritage Conservation
Concepts and issues of heritage conservation, together with policies and strategies for achieving a balanced heritage conservation program are discussed. Methods for identification of heritage buildings and techniques for preservation and restoration will be explored.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-861 Healthy Community Planning (461KB)
This course will introduce students to links between urban planning and public health, with a focus on the North American context. Various dimensions of communities and cities, such as urban form and sprawl, transportation, community design, and housing, will be interrogated for their health-promoting and impeding qualities; while students will gain important skills in planning for healthy communities. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-865 Urban Transportation and Health  (36KB)
This course provides an understanding of the association between urban transportation, environment, and public health. Emphasis will be placed on the role of built environment in shaping travel behavior and its subsequent impact on environment and health outcomes. The course also examines planning and policy interventions to address the key issues. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-866 Urban Transportation Policy (  KB)


SURP-870 Health and Social Planning  (82KB)
This course will explore the planning, management and delivery of human services such as health, social assistance, job creation and housing. It will review planning and budgetary processes, institutional arrangements and management practices. The course will emphasize Canadian services but comparative studies of other countries will be encouraged. Alternative means of delivering services will be of particular interest. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-871 Social Planning (264KB)
This course focuses on social policies and programs relating to the provision of housing and human services within the broad scope of urban and regional planning. The quality of life in cities and regions as influenced by land use policies, community design as well as service strategies will be analyzed. Public policies and programs will be examined in the perspective of meeting needs of divergent populations identified by attributes such as class, race, gender and culture. Public, private and community-based modes of service delivery will be reviewed both in Canadian and comparative perspectives. Specific topics in the course will vary from year to year. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-874 Housing Policy  (42KB)
This course assesses housing policy options and the contributions planners can make to the supply of affordable, adequate and appropriate housing. It presents the many factors influencing the housing market and analyzes public and private initiatives affecting the provision of housing. It shows the interdependence between housing and social service planning and analyzes issues regarding the choices among housing and other social policies. Current policies targeted at specific groups in need of assistance will be reviewed. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-875 Community Practicum in Service Delivery (141KB)
This course is meant to develop an understanding of policy and program delivery mechanisms for community services. The focus of the course is on how individuals and communities as clients of these programs experience their effects. The course will be structured around individualized field placements in public and non-profit agencies. The observations and experiences of the field assignment in concert with faculty supervision will be the primary mode of learning in this course. 
PREREQUISITE: at least two related graduate courses or equivalent and permission of Instructor. (Offered contingent upon finding an appropriate supervisor).

SURP-881 GIS in Urban Planning  (44KB)
This course is provided for students with little or no prior knowledge of GIS software. It will explore the basic concepts and techniques of GIS software required to create effective maps for urban planning purposes. Specific components include: how to interpret graphic and tabular data, geocoding, using queries and browsing, displaying maps, creating thematic maps and editing attribute and graphical data. (Normally offered in alternate years.) Learning Materials: approx. $80 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-882 Land Development and Planning Using CAD Software (134KB)
This course will explore the principles of land development and planning by using computer aided design software. The application of computer aided design software for graphic presentation and analysis of regional plans, subdivisions and a variety of other planning exercises is the primary goal of this course. (Normally offered in alternate years)
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-883 Planning Practices in the Third World: Lessons for North America 
A critical examination of urban and regional development efforts in selected developing countries through case studies. The course will have a comparative perspective and it will attempt to identify transferable experience from various developing to developed countries, particularly bearing on problems of economically poor and ethnically distinct regions. The emphasis will be on exploring assumptions, contents and implementation of various planning strategies with the objective of finding out the conditions necessary for successful planning. Special attention will be given to the planning approaches employed in dealing with problems of urban growth, infrastructure developments, housing, land markets, and regional inequalities.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-884 Urban Transportation
This course provides an introduction to some of the key planning and policy issues in urban transportation. Urban transportation is examined in the context of general economic, social and spatial trends. Particular focus is placed on 1) the role the built environment in explaining travel behavior; and 2) policy tools for addressing transportation problems. The aim of this course is to provide some understanding of the nature of the "urban transportation problem," and why transportation problems are so difficult to solve.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-886 Functional Planning: Negotiation, Mediation and Facilitation in Public Disputes (296KB)
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-887 Functional Planning: Urban Policy
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-888 Advanced Social Planning and Programming
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-889 Advanced Seminar in Regional Policy Analysis (Sustainable Transportation)  (337KB)
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-890 Topics in Research Methods 
Critical review of research methods and strategies applicable to specific topics in planning and policy making. The choice of fields or topics will be determined by the student's interests. Case studies of research strategies in similar projects will be carried out. Students will prepare a research design related to their master's thesis or report. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-891/892 Directed Study in Advanced Aspects of Urban and Regional Planning 
(Offered contingent upon finding an appropriate supervisor).
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-893 Internship 
This non-credit course allows students to combine their formal academic studies with on-the-job experience, normally through a four-month placement with a government department or other organization. The internship is scheduled following a student's completion of at least two terms of academic study and open only to students registered in the M.PL. full-time program. 
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-898 Master's Report 

SURP-899 Master's Thesis