GGP340 Environmental Planning

for F1J 2009

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GGP 340 Environmental Planning


F1J 2009 PV


Bowers, Bruce


Adjunct Faculty


MS Environmental Engineering/Toxicology
BS Civil Engineering
BS Mechanical Engineering Technology

Daytime Phone

(816) 935-1265


Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours


Environmental Land Use Planning and Management 653 p.p. Randolph, John; 2004, Island Press 

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Course Description:
GGP 340 Environmental Planning.
This course is designed to study and evaluate the air and water environments,
solid waste, noise pollution, and toxic wastes for the purpose of achieving
environmental quality. An emphasis will be placed on how urbanization is
impacting the environment and will be studied by interpretive maps, soil
surveys, remote sensors, and computers. 3:0:3. 

Educational Philosophy:

This course is an introduction to the integration of environmental science and engineering with politics and management to develop effective strategies for land development and conservation.  It is an nterdisciplinary course which borrows from the sciences of engineering, solid/hazardous waste, air quality, noise, water quality, hydrology, ecology, and geology.  The goal is to provide the student with a foundation of scientific principles necessary to understand engineering approaches necessary to mitigate impacts of land use practices and to understand natural land systems.
This subject matter of this course is highly interdisciplinary.  The facilitator will rely heavily on the required textbook and other assigned outside readings and resources, guest lectures, and internet tools as the primary means of instruction.  Attendance at all lectures is required (unless excused by the instructor).  Attendance will be taken regularly.  Open interaction with the facilitator is very much encouraged as this can lead to more interesting avenues of the topic under discussion.   Mastery of the course will be determied primarily through graded, closed-book exams. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine the components and historical evolution of human environments.
  2. Identify and analyze how places change and how humans can create quality controls in the environment
  3. Evaluate the processes and procedures of the planning system and how they impact the regional and global community.

Class Assessment:
There will be approximately three (3) to five (5) mini-class projects assigned as time permits.  These will require familiarity and mastery of several scientific, engineeering and internet tools related to environmental planning (i.e. air quality, water quality, noise, solid/toxic wastes and wetlands.  Homework assignments will be 25% of the overall grade assessment for the course.
Core Assessment 
The Core Assessment will be the last project of the term.  It will consist of an evaluation of a large, un-developed land parcel for a specified land-use.  The assesment will will require the student to use all the scientific, engineering and internet tools covered in the class to evaluate to desirability of the proposed land-use.  The assessment will also will include a narrative discussion in the context of the evolution of human environments, environmental quality controls to protect the environment, and the impacts at the regional (and global scale), if applicable.  The Core Assessment will be worth 25% of the course grade.


Two (2) exams 2 @ 100 points each or equivalent, which will account for 50% of the course grade

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions of homework, class projects or the Core Assessment is not acceptable, unless agreed upon in adavance with the Instructor

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 It is expected that students will have a professional demeanor during all class sessions.  Open discussions are highly encouraged and considered very favorable.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course:                                GGP 340 Environmental Planning and Land Management I

Semester:           FALL I 2009

Instructor:           Bruce Bowers

Topic #

Topic Description


Intro to Env Planning; Land Use Planning


Collaboration/Public Participation; Land Conservation


Principles of Sustainable Design; Smart Growth


Sensitive Lands Development; Natural Hazard Mitigation


Natural Hazard Mitigation (cont’d); Watershed Management


Watershed Management (cont’d)


Geospatial Data /GIS


Land Use: Soils/Topography; Land Use: Runoff Considerations


Land Use: Storm Water Management


Land Use: Groundwater


Land Use: Groundwater (cont’d)


Land Use: Wetlands


Land Use: Wildlife Management


Land Use Suitability


Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs)

The topics listed herein are the major substantive topics for a first course in Environmental Planning.  The number of lecture sessions spent on each topic will vary.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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