GGP340 Environmental Planning

for SP 2011

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GGP 340 Environmental Planning


SP 2011 HO


Roberts, Colene


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Geography
M.S. Environmental Studies

Office Hours

before and after class


Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Credit Hours


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

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Course Description:
GGP340 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:
Good reference materials, an active exchange of ideas and a willingness to participate fully are essential in education. Everyone must dive in with their questions, opinions and personal experiences. While it’s important to have a clear definition of the objectives of a course, it’s equally important to maintain flexibility and creativity.

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:
Assignments, final project, tests, final exam

Assignments (20-40 points each)         180 points

Tests (2 at 40 points each)                    80 points

Final project                                          60 points

Final exam                                            80 points (20% of final grade)

Total                                                  400 points

100-90% = A

89-80% = B

79-70% = C

69-60% = D

59-0%= F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments submitted within one week of the announced due date and time will be penalized 50% of the grade.  Assignments will not be accepted after one week past due.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Chapter 1, Introduction

Chapter 2, Environmental Planning

Chapter 3, Land Use Planning for Environmental Management


Chapter 4, Collaborative Environmental Management and Public Participation


Chapter 5, Land Conservation for Working Landscapes, Open Space, and Ecological Protection


Chapter 6, Design with Nature for People: Sustainable, Livable, and Smart Land Use Development


Chapter 7, Local Government Smart Growth Management

Chapter 8, Regional, State, and Federal Management of Environmentally Sensitive Lands


Chapter 9, Natural Hazard Mitigation



Chapter 11, Environmental Geospatial Data and GIS

Chapter 12, Soils, Topography and Land Use


Chapter 13, Land Use, Stream Flow, and Runoff Pollution



Chapter 14, Stormwater Management and Stream Restoration

Chapter 15, Land Use and Groundwater


Chapter 16, Landscape Ecology, Urban Forestry, and Wetlands

Chapter 17, Land Use, Wildlife Habitats, and Biodiversity

Final Project

Chapter 18, Integration Methods for Environmental Land Analysis



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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.

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