Urban and Regional Planning (URP)

Urban and Regional Planning (URP) Courses

URP 5213. Social Justice in the City. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Examines spatial inequality particularly in distressed communities. Emphasis is placed on residential segregation, the deconcentration of poverty, and policies and programs that perpetuate spatial inequalities and promote the geographies of opportunity.

URP 5223. Community Development Finance. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Provides a general understanding of economic development and real estate finance. Students learn about a developer’s pro forma income and expense statement, calculating debt service and the return on investment, discounted cash flow analysis, underwriting practices, deal structuring, and financing project gaps. Programs such as CDBG, new market tax credits, the low-income housing tax credit program, and historic rehabilitation tax credits are introduced. Real world case studies are explored throughout the course to understand how federal, state, and local government funding sources can be used with private sector resources to finance community-based projects.

URP 5233. GIS for Urban Studies. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Provides a basic understanding of spatial analysis using geographic information systems. Emphasis is placed on analyzing urban issues with GIS tools. Topics include mapping density and change, measuring geographic distributions, and analyzing patterns and clusters.

URP 5313. Urban Housing Policy and Analysis. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. An examination of the evolution of housing and neighborhood design and planning with emphasis on sustainable planning and design methods, and solutions. (Formerly ARC 5313. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5313 and ARC 5313. Formerly titled “Housing Design and Neighborhood Planning”).

URP 5323. Community and Regional Planning. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. A study of sustainable design, planning, economic, financial, and environmental issues that shape multicultural communities, regions and borders. (Formerly ARC 5323 and ARC 6233. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: URP 5323, ARC 5323 or ARC 6233. Formerly titled "Community Planning and Design").

URP 5333. Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. An introduction to planning for human needs as related to the physical layout and spatial design of communities and regions. (Formerly ARC 5333. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5333 and ARC 5333).

URP 5343. History and Theory of Urban and Regional Planning. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. A survey of the history and theories of urban and regional planning. Includes consideration of the values and ethics of the planning profession and methods of participation. (Formerly ARC 5343. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5343 and ARC 5343).

URP 5353. Structure and Function of Cities and Regions. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. A study of the social, political, economic, and changing physical design, form, and infrastructure of cities and regions. (Formerly ARC 5353. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5353 and ARC 5353).

URP 5363. Urban Planning Methods I. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Introduction to research tools and methods used in planning. Topics include: demographic and employment analysis and forecasting, visualization, database graphics, and GIS for applications in urban and regional planning. (Formerly ARC 5363. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5363 and ARC 5363.) (Formerly titled “Intermediate Urban Planning Methods”).

URP 5373. Planning and Design of Suburbs. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. A survey of the historical evolution and relationship between suburbs and central cities, contemporary trends in suburban planning, and sustainable development options. (Formerly ARC 5373. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5373 and ARC 5373).

URP 5383. Planning and Housing for Rural Communities. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. A survey of the comprehensive planning of small towns and housing in rural areas. Includes consideration of growth management techniques. (Formerly ARC 5383. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5383 and ARC 5383).

URP 5393. Urban Planning Methods II. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Advanced use of geographic information systems (GIS) and other planning modeling systems to analyze real-world problems or issues requiring spatial data analysis and modeling. (Formerly titled “Advanced Urban Planning Methods”).

URP 5413. Planning Practice and Ethics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. This course covers the fundamentals of the administrative and legal aspects of regulating land use at various levels of government. Participants will gain an understanding of the changing legal framework of regulations, such as zoning, urban renewal, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, landmark preservation, growth management, and environmental laws. The course describes the institutions that undertake planning and the roles and practices planners employ in them. Key ethical and moral considerations that planners face in applying these laws and practicing community and environmental planning are also addressed. (Same as PAD 5103. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5413 and PAD 5103).

URP 5423. Graphic Communication for Planners. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. This course is designed for graduate students in urban planning who are interested in graphic communications. The course goal is to obtain skills in graphic production that enable planners to communicate their ideas and plans to the public.

URP 5433. Transportation Planning. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Seminar on urban transportation systems and policies, trends, economics, and land use and transportation interactions and evaluation techniques.

URP 5443. Community Development. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Introduction to contemporary trends in urban development and redevelopment, focusing on planning and development techniques used to develop or revitalize urban and regional areas.

URP 5453. Urban and Regional Sustainability. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Seminar on the main challenges involved in the global planning and developing of sustainable cities and regions. Issues covered include land use, transportation, housing and infrastructure, economic and social equity.

URP 5463. Environmental Planning and Assessment. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Analysis of environmental issues and planning problems that impact metropolitan areas; air and water quality, solid waste, habitat conservation; and techniques for planning assessment and remediation.

URP 5473. Introduction to Health Planning. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to fundamental concepts, principles, and methods of health planning aimed at the provision of health services, health-supportive facilities and the design of healthy communities.

URP 5483. Planning Workshop. (2-2) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. A seminar/workshop involving an application of theory and practice relating to an urban or regional scale project. May be repeated for credit.

URP 5493. Planning and Economic Development. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. An introduction to economic development as a critical element of neighborhood, community, regional, and national planning. The course addresses current economic development practices and theory.

URP 6933. Planning Professional Report. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: URP 6943 and approval of the urban and regional planning Graduate Advisor of Record. The directed planning research course is offered only for nonthesis option students who have completed URP 6943 Professional Internship. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the Master’s degree.

URP 6943. Professional Internship. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing, 18 semester credit hours of graduate work, and consent of instructor. Supervised professional practice experience with public agencies or private firms. Individual conferences and written reports required. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

URP 6951. Independent Study. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor of Record. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member, for students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

URP 6952. Independent Study. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor of Record. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member, for students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

URP 6953. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor of Record. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member, for students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

URP 6961. Comprehensive Examination. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the urban and regional planning Graduate Advisor of Record to take the comprehensive examination. Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination). Credit earned in URP 6961 may not be counted toward the Master of Science degree. May be repeated once.

URP 6973. Special Topics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Topic courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of URP 6973 or 12 hours of URP 6976 will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

URP 6976. Special Topics. (6-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Topic courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of URP 6973 or 12 hours of URP 6976 will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

URP 6981. Master’s Thesis. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the urban and regional planning Graduate Advisor of Record. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

URP 6983. Master’s Thesis. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the urban and regional planning Graduate Advisor of Record. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.