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Graduate Studies Calendar 2013-2014 Courses of Instruction Course Descriptions E Environmental Design Planning EVDP
Environmental Design Planning EVDP

Instruction offered by members of the Faculty of Environmental Design.

Environmental Design Planning courses are only open to students in the Master of Planning program or with consent of the Instructor. Priority will be given to students in the Master of Planning program.

Graduate Courses
Environmental Design Planning 621       Professional Planning Practice
Familiarizes students with the  various plans, policies, regulatory processes, legal institutions and administrative frameworks of urban and regional planning.  Topics include the Municipal Government Act, the Alberta Land Use Framework, environmental law and various legal planning tools such as Municipal Development Plans, Land Use By-Laws, and Area Structure Plans. Examines municipal development processes related to land use re-designations, development permits, subdivision and appeals.
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Environmental Design Planning 623       Regional Planning and Land Use Management
History, theory and rationales for regional planning. Conservation planning concepts: ecological assets, goods and services; biodiversity conservation; protected areas and networks. Regional land use planning tools: spatial analysis, environmental assessment, risk assessment, cost/benefit analysis, fiscal assessment, regulatory approaches (zoning), market-based incentives. Application to industrial land use in Alberta.
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Environmental Design Planning 625       Physical Planning and Site Design
Introduction to urban design practice. Emphasizes sense of place, human behaviour – built from relationships and environment conservation goals. Formulation of a major physical planning and site design concept and strategy. Skills development in drawing and in utilizing graphic conventions to describe, analyse and interpret urban form and processes.

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Environmental Design Planning 627       Planning History, Theory, and Ethics
An introduction to planning history and theory. Develops a critical awareness of key historical, theoretical, and ethical frameworks; legal, political, and economic institutions; and an understanding of their implications for Canadian planning. Examines the historical evolution of community planning, and its influence on contemporary planning and the built environment. Develops an understanding of decision-making which integrates technical, social, environmental and political factors, and the professional roles of planners in this framework. A normative procedural approach to planning is presented, one which is appropriate for a pluralistic liberal democratic society.
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Environmental Design Planning 631       Planning and Public Engagement
Provides students with an understanding of the principles and practice of public participation in community development. Various methods/approaches are analysed in terms of their characteristics, advantages and limitations. Practices to support facilitation, negotiation and conflict management are examined. Development and implementation of public engagement plans is also discussed.
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Environmental Design Planning 633       Project Management for Planners
Principles, techniques and tools of project management. Development, administration, monitoring and evaluation of implementation plans, including financial aspects are discussed. Project risk analysis and management are also addressed.
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Environmental Design Planning 635       Analytic Methods for Planners
Approaches to identify, gather and critically analyse strategic information needed to assess planning situations and support decision-making. Focuses on both quantitative and qualitative planning methods. Potential topics include: population forecasting, trend analyses, needs assessment, program and policy evaluation, and SWOT analysis. Techniques to present information effectively
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Environmental Design Planning 637       Community Planning
Overall objective is to introduce students to land use planning and development issues in the suburban context. Addresses one of the most important urban challenges related to smart growth management. Provides a step-by-step introduction to community planning processes and essential planning policies to create development that is economically feasible, socially inclusive and environmentally friendly.
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Environmental Design Planning 644       Advanced Professional Planning Project
A research oriented project studio that explores contemporary themes in planning and provides training in advanced professional planning practice. Centres on a real world problem or project; involves the analysis of issues and context, and the formulation of a policy, plan or design solution. Culminates in a professional report and presentation.
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Environmental Design Planning 633 or consent of the Department.   
A minimum of two stream courses that correspond to the selected Studio section is recommended as preparation for this course.   
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