This course applies GIS technology and principles in addressing contextual concerns for urban planning.
This course will build on previous coursework in GEOG 502. Here, students will apply what they know about GIS in the context of urban planning.
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to the provided prompt listed in the discussion. The thread is due by Thursday of the assigned module. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge whereby the student includes references and citations of course material. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words and should engage in the thesis of the peer's original thread, and should be submitted by Sunday of the assigned module. The student's replies should challenge peers’ theses by including ideas from course material or additional readings on related topics. Before replying to a student with multiple replies, make sure all students have at least one dialogue partner for their original thread.
Google Earth Historical Imagery Assignment
Planning Trends in the US Assignment
Data.Census.Gov Capacity Building Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to introduce students to a critical data resource and planning tool for any GIS practitioner involved in the planning field. Data.Census.Gov is the data portal to US Census and American Community Survey data. The student will learn how to request data at regional, state, county, and local levels to support planning efforts. The submission will include four demographic tables and answers to two questions in short-answer form.
Land Suitability Analysis Assignment
Census Data Analysis Assignment
Census data is an extremely powerful tool for decision support in Urban Planning decisions. The purpose of this assignment is to introduce the student to connecting census data to spatial data known as TIGER data files. The student will submit a chloropleth map including all essential elements of map design.
Scholarship Review Assignment
Critical reviews are a specific form of writing and an essential tool in the academic field and useful for practitioners. The student will not be summarizing an article like a book report but providing a review that evaluates the content and context of an article of the work with careful analysis in a short critical essay of 500-750 words.
Superfund Analysis Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to introduce the students to methods for providing decision support materials to urban planning efforts. In this assignment this is done using a superfund risk and mitigation assessment. The student will map a superfund site, discuss the risk of the contamination, map the risk area, and provide recommendations for mitigating risk to residents around the site.
Final Project Assignment