GGP345 Land Use Planning

for F1T 2012

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GGP 345 Land Use Planning


F1T 2012 DL


Roberts, Colene


Adjunct Faculty


M.S. Environmental Studies
B.S. Geography


Semester Dates

Monday, August 20, 2012 - Sunday, October 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time


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. 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 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.

Class Assessment:
Students are expected to participate in online discussions each week. This is the only way to receive discussion points. “Discussion” refers to a give and take, an exchange of ideas, not just “yes,” “I agree,” or “me too.” Everyone should dive in with their questions, opinions and personal experiences. It’s all valuable. A reply to another student’s answer posting is also required each week. Plagiarism is never acceptable, not in research papers, and not in discussion postings.
Weekly Articles
Students are expected to submit articles that will relate to the material covered in the respective week.
Midterm Exam
The midterm will cover chapters 1-9 of the text and the corresponding lectures. Exams may consist of multiple choice, true/false, scenarios and short essay questions.
Reserach Project
Final Exam
The final exam will cover all material in the course, including but not neccessarily limited to, the entire text and all lectures. Exams may consist of multiple choice, true/false, scenarios and short essay questions. This is a proctored exam. You MUST follow the Park University procedures for obtaining an approved proctor. Please refer to the Help and Resources page to review the requirements for locating a proctor and the procedure for completing a Proctor Request Form. For proctored examinations, a photo identification is required. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor, by the 6th week of the term. Approval of the proctors is at the discretion of the Online Instructor. Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade.


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 is as follows:
100% - 90% = A
89% - 80% = B
79% - 70% = C
69% - 60% = D
Below 60% = F

Discussion questions

64 points

8 points/week

Midterm Exam

40 points

Final Exam

40 points

Weekly Articles

64 points

8 points/week

Research Project

60 points



268 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments submitted within 48 hours of the announced due date and time will be penalized 50% of the grade. Assignments will not be accepted after 48 hours past due.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Midterm Exam - Week 4
Research Project - Due by the end of Week 7
Final Exam - Week 8

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 95

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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