URP Courses

The following courses are offered by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Note that course offerings and syllabi are subject to change.

º denotes course only offered to students in self-funded (online) programs; not available to students on campus.

URP 3001 – Cities of the World [3 credits]
Comparative case studies of contemporary cities in the U.S. and a series of foreign countries both industrialized and developing will be covered. Special consideration will be given to energy consumption. (S,N)

URP 4000 – Preview of Urban and Regional Planning [3 credits]
An overview of the comprehensive planning process designed for undergraduates who may be considering a career in urban and regional planning or who may be pursuing studies where some knowledge of the planning process is desirable. (H)

URP 4273 – Survey of Planning Information Systems [3 credits]
Introduces students to concepts and theory associated with desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as related to urban and environmental planning. Lectures, class assignments and homework assignments are required.

URP 4740 – Housing and Urban Development [3 credits]
Students will be familiarized with concepts and theories about the following three major components: economics of the housing market, land development and home building process, and the growth of cities.

URP 4882 – Defense Space & CPTED in Urban Design [3 credits]
Explore the history, theory, application and possibilities associated with crime prevention planning; looks at theories and strategies fit into the planner’s toolkit and how police, planning and other agencies interact in implementing them; focus on real world applications and visit sites that offer teaching and research opportunities.

URP 4905 – Special Studies [1-3 credits; MAX: 6 credits]
Lecture, studio, seminar or current interest in urban planning. Topics vary by semester and range from geographic information systems to transportation planning.

URP 6042 – Urban Economy [3 credits]
Principles of urban systems including analytical techniques such as economic base analysis.

URP 6061 – Planning Administration and Ethics [3 credits]
Administration and management of public and private planning offices; ethics of planning profession.

URP 6100 – Planning Theory and History [3 credits]
History of planning and the associated development of theory. Synoptic versus disjointed incrementalism and the political setting for comprehensive planning are emphasized.

URP 6131 – Land Use Planning Law [3 credits]
Introduction to regulatory and non-regulatory techniques of plan implementation. Relationship of law and politics to the planning process. Police power as the basis for regulation. Mandatory planning and status of adopted comprehensive plans.

URP 6203 – Planning Research Design [3 credits]
Emphasizes research design, and literature research; student presentations at appropriate stages in thesis work.

URP 6231 – Quantitative Data Analysis for Planners [3 credits]
Planning problem formulation, quantitative research skills, and data gathering techniques. Statistical analysis and emphasis on computer applications.

URP 6270: Introduction to Planning Information Systems [3 credits]
Introduction to concepts, theories, and practice of the use of Geographic Information Systems as applied to urban and regional planning issues.

URP 6271 – Automation for Geospatial Modeling and Analysis [3 credits]
Covers methods and techniques for automating geospatial modeling and analysis for urban planning by using visual models, computer programming, and custom-built applications and tools that utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology in the context of planning information systems.

URP 6272 Urban Spatial Analysis [3 credits]
Theoretical and practical knowledge about spatial relationships as applied to urban form and the development and analysis of urban environments using geographic information systems and spatial analysis techniques such as spatial statistical modeling.

URP 6275 – Intermediate Planning Information Systems [3 credits]
This course advances technical skills and theoretical/conceptual skills to allow students to solve intermediate spatial problems using geographic information systems. Students will learn intermediate concepts and skills for data management, editing, analysis and automation.

URP 6278 Web Mapping and Visualization [3 credits] º
Utilization of web mapping for communication and visualization of geographic data. Includes fundamentals of web GIS, web mapping formats, and spatial architecture, and technical skills for symbolizing data, publishing maps on the web, and creating web mashups.
Self-funded (online) sections only.

URP 6280 – 3D Geospatial Modeling and Visualization [3 credits]
This course covers methods and techniques for modeling and visualization of physical urban environments in three and four dimensions to help understand, simulate, evaluate, and communicate graphically concepts and ideas about planning and design of built environment. Software used in the course include GIS, 3D modeling, visualization, rendering and parametric modeling.

URP 6341 – Urban Planning Project [6 credits]
Projects encompass city wide comprehensive planning examining the interaction of urban and social systems cast in scenarios of future growth and development.

URP 6409 – Sustainable Community Development [3 credits] º
Self-funded (online) sections only.

URP 6421 – Environmental Land-Use Planning and Management [3 credits]
Introduction to the types of environmental impacts associated with land development and the connection between land use planning, the environmental regulation of land, and environmental assessment and analysis in the United States and internationally, with a special focus on Florida.

URP 6541 – Economic Development Planning [3 credits]
Major international and national economic development theory, issues and trends as they affect local economic development planning, methods, and practice.

URP 6542 – Urban Land Economics [3 credits]
Review of land economics within the context of urban and regional planning.

URP 6603 – Development Review [3 credits]
Seminar on practice of local government planning with emphasis on development review and land development regulation.

URP 6610 – International Development Planning [3 credits]
Critical examination of institutions that play a role in development issues in poorer nations within the context of international development strategies, exposing students to dominant strategies and emerging perspectives on international development.

URP 6645 – Sustainable Urbanism in Europe [3 credits]

URP 6646 International Perspective in URP [3 credits]

URP 6716 – Transportation Policy and Planning [3 credits]
Introduction to transportation policy planning in urban context. Transportation policy instruments and policy-making processes, critical issues in transportation policy, history of policy in U.S. at federal, state and local levels.

URP 6745 – Housing, Public Policy and Planning [3 credits]
Supply, demand, and market relationships. History of government housing policy. Exploration of relationship between housing policy and urban and regional planning.

URP 6821 – Transportation and Land-Use Modeling [3 credits]
The planning process, modeling and applications for passenger transportation and land-use development of metropolitan areas with respect paid to its contribution to transportation project and policy analysis.

URP 6871 – Planning and Design I [3 credits]
Lectures, readings, and exercises in planning research and design methods. Emphasis on design graphics and other means of communication.

URP 6880 – Defensible Space and CPTED in Urban Design [3 credits]
Introduction to crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and defensible space in urban planning design.

URP 6905 – Exploration and Directed Study [1-4;MAX: 10 credits]

URP 6910 – Supervised Research [1-5;MAX: 5 credits]

URP 6920 Colloquium [1 credit]
Introduction to the field; historical and philosophical concepts, processes, and issues related to the profession of planning. For entering MAURP students.

URP 6931 – Community Engagement [3 credits]

URP 6941 – Urban Planning Internship [1-3 credits]
Off-campus internship experience.

URP 6971 – Research for Master’s Thesis [1-15 credits]

URP 6979 Master’s Research Project [6 credits] º
This option, in lieu of thesis, accommodates a physical design, geospatial analysis or other community-based planning project that because of its maps, graphic content or subject does not fit comfortably within a thesis format.
Self-funded (online) sections only.

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