GGP345 Land Use Planning

for S1J 2012

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GGP 345 Land Use Planning


S1J 2012 PV


Smith, Dustin T.


Adjunct Instructor


Master of Urban Planning; University of Kansas (1996)
Bachelor of Arts in Geography; Pittsburg State University (1993)
Certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); 2001

Daytime Phone

(816) 695-7440


Semester Dates

January 16 - March 11

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Berke, Philip R. and David R. Godschalk.  Urban Land Use Planning - 5th Edition. University of Illinois Press, 2006.
ISBN - 978-0-252-03079-6.

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Course Description:
GGP345 Land Use Planning: An examination and application of the methods associated with land use planning, especially in the small town and rural context. Emphasis is placed upon the tools and techniques associated with land use planning such as interpretive maps, soil surveys, remote sensors, and computers. A major focus will be the use of the land planning process in community planning. Also included is an introduction to state and local land use law in community development. 

Educational Philosophy:
Higher education is a collaborative effort, the success of which depends greatly on the disciplined student functioning as part of a larger group that is facilitated by the instructor. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine the cultural, historical and legal perspectives which control land use.
  2. Identify and analyze how places change and how humans can create quality controls in the environment with respect to cost and legal issues.
  3. Evaluate environmental and legal factors which are used in land planning and how they impact the regional and global community.

The course will consist of two exams; a mid-term and a final.  Homework will be assigned throughout the course and will relate to the course readings and lectures.
Grading will be based on the number of points accumlated by the student out of a total number of points possible.  Opportunities for extra credit may be provided, so it may be possible to exceed the maximum points.    
The grading scale will be as follows:
100%-90% = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% - 69% = D
Below 60% = F  

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments and other course work must be comleted no later than the beginning of class on the specified due dates.  Exams will be given on the designated days either at the beginning or end of class.  However, recognizing that accidents, illness and unforeseen events do happen, the instructor may allow extra time to complete EXAMS ONLY.  The student should contact me as soon as possible so that we can agree on a date to reschedule the exam, which will not be the same as the original exam that was administered to the class.  It is the instructor's choice as to whether the student will be allowed to reschedule the exam date and the student may be required to provide documentation of the emergency situation.  All other assignments must be completed on time; NO EXCEPTIONS. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Because this is a college level course, I assume each student is here on a voluntary basis.  Please make every effort to arrive on time for class each week.  Because this is an accelerated eight week course, class attendance is very important and will be taken at the beginning of each class.  Missing one class is approximately the equivalent of missing three regular semester classes. 
Classroom participation will be an important part of the course.  While in class, please be respectful of each other and the instructor.  Disruptive and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.  Please do not engage in personal conversations with other students during class.  Cell phones and other communication devices are to be turned off or in a mode that does not allow them to ring OR vibrate.  If you need to make/answer calls (that includes texting) please leave the classroom.  Do not answer the phone or turn it on until you are outside of the class.  Use of electronic devices, including cell phones and other communication devices during an exam is absolutely prohibited and may result in a grade of "F" on the exam.  Periodic breaks will be provided throughout the evening of each class in which students may conduct personal business.     

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

GGP345 - Land Use Planning is an eight week, accelerated course that will meet each Monday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. beginning January 16, 2012 thru March 12, 2012.  The course will consist of a mid-term exam and final exam, with homework assignments throughout the course.  Extra credit may be available and will have specific due dates, but can be completed at the student's discretion.
Mid-Term Exam - February 13, 2012 (Administered at the beginning of class)
Final Exam - March 5, 2012 (Administered at the end of class) 
The mid-term will cover chapters 1-9 of the text and the corresponding lectures.  The final exam will cover all material in the course, including but not neccessarily limited to, the entire text and all lectures.  Student's will typically be given at least 90 minutes to complete exams.  Exams may consist of multiple choice, true/false, scenarios and short essay questions. 
Lecture Schedule
Lectures will be based mainly on the readings in the textbook.  Students should be prepared for each class by having read the assigned material prior to the class discussion.  A general schedule of the corresponding material for each lecture is as follows:
Week 1 (January 16) - Chapters 1 and 2 (pgs. 1-60)
Week 2 (January 23) - Chapters 3, 4, and 5 (pgs. 61-144)
Week 3 (January 30) - Chapters 6 and 7 (pgs. 145-195)
Week 4 (February 6) - Chapters 8 and 9 (pgs. 196-248)
Week 5 (February 13) - Chapters 10 and 11 (pgs. 249-289) (after the mid-term exam) 
Week 6 (February 20) - Chapters 12, 13 and 14 (pgs. 290-367)
Week 7 (February 27) - Chapters 15 and 16 (pgs. 368-419)
Week 8 (March 5) - Chapters 17 and 18 (pgs. 421-474) (before the final exam)

Academic Honesty:
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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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Be advised that software is available that will be utilized to detect plagiarized material from the internet.  Plagiarism will be disciplined according to the guidelines in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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