Zachary Seguin

PLAN Courses

PLAN 100 – The Evolution of Planning

Introduction to planning in its historical and contemporary contexts. Discussion of city types and origins. Consideration of local, national, and international design and management of environment and human habitations. Introduction to selected main themes in planning and architecture.

PLAN 102 – Professional Communication

This is a practical introduction to written communications and oral presentations as they are used specifically in the Planning profession. Report writing, correspondence and interaction with the news media are among the forms of communication considered. Students complete both written and oral assignments. Considerable critical comment is provided on assignment content as well as on technical aspects such as style and grammar.

PLAN 103 – Planning, Administration, and Finance

Important planning and financial instruments, administrative processes and planning practice are reviewed. Planning and Municipal Acts, official plans, plan amendments, zoning bylaws, site plans, easements, consents, variances, assessments, mill rates, capital works, and debentures. Municipal budgets and accounting concepts, and financing are studied.

PLAN 104 – Perspectives on Planning

This course introduces undergraduates to the discipline and practice of Planning. Students will gain a basic understanding of the many facets that make up Planning through interaction with a select complement of the School's faculty members. Emphasis will be placed on exploring research case studies and examining the link between academia and professional planning practice.

PLAN 105 – Introduction to Planning Analysis

The goal of this course is to introduce students to analytical approaches employed in planning. Students will gain a basic understanding of planning relevant data and approaches to analyzing and communicating planning data. Ideas and techniques drawn from demography are emphasized along with spatial analysis, visualization, and techniques for socio-economic data.

PLAN 110 – Visual Approaches to Design and Communication

Practical project-based skill development involving sketching, digital and film photography, and 2 dimensional computer graphics used by planners to conceive, evaluate and communicate design ideas.

PLAN 203 – Transportation Planning and Analysis

This course provides an in-depth exploration of Transportation Planning. Topics covered will include fundamentals of transportation systems, the historical evolution of transportation planning, modern approaches to urban and regional transportation planning, and relevant transportation planning methods. Applied analysis emphasizing Canadian urban examples will be undertaken.

PLAN 210 – Urban Planning Design and the Environment

A problem-based exploration of urban and regional design in the physical-natural, built, social-cultural environment. Individual and group projects, studio consultation and critiques explore traditional and contemporary approaches using sketches, constructed and computer models, and verbal analysis. This course normally includes a field component.

PLAN 233 – People and Plans

This course examines major social problems and the role of social planning as a contributing and resolving factor. The relationship between physical and social planning will be discussed along with a selection of social planning topics.

PLAN 261 – Urban and Metropolitan Planning and Development

This course explores the relationship between planning instruments and the urban land use market. It relates urban outcomes to interactions between market processes and planning interventions. It is in this light that it interprets changing urban land use and transportation patterns since the late 1940s, as well as contemporary urban issues. These issues are chosen so as to underscore differences in the circumstances confronting different zones of urbanization (core, inner city, inner suburb and outer suburb).

PLAN 262 – Introduction to Global Emerging Cities

This course focuses on the dynamics of growth and change in global emerging cities, with a focus on the urban transition underway in cities, with emphasis on Asia and Africa. Current urban challenges (e.g. social inequality, uneven development, climate change) are discussed, as well as opportunities for innovative planning and sustainable urban development.

PLAN 281 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Introduction to the fundamental concepts and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students learn about the nature of geographic information and how to store, manipulate and analyze spatial data in a range of application areas. Students will learn underlying theory in lectures and gain a working knowledge of GIS software in lab sessions.

PLAN 300 – Planning Theory

The course will examine key theoretical contributions to planning practice as well as selected theories guiding place and place-making. Issues of professional practice and ethics will also be considered.

PLAN 309 – Site Planning and Design Studio

A design studio that focuses on design planning for individual sites and small scale developments. Projects integrate critical features: terrain, natural and cultural context, microclimate, infrastructure, and adjacent land uses. Studio seminars, consultation and critiques explore theory and practice in observation, awareness, comprehension, and idea development.

PLAN 313 – Community Design Studio

A design studio on planning design at the community scale that is sensitive to the natural, built, and cultural context. Field study projects of area development or redevelopment projects are used to examine traditional and contemporary theory and practice. Studio seminars, presentations and critiques explore the definition, management and mapping of physical structures, visual and environmental resources. Included is consideration of the special problems of planning development within a scenic landscape. This course normally includes a field component.

PLAN 320 – Economic Analyses for Regional Planning

Practical application and critical appraisal of regional analysis techniques used by planners, economic developers and consultants. Problem based approaches to understanding the strength and leverage of business and industrial sectors, projection and forecasting, employment and demographic trends, investment decision-making and cost benefit analysis.

PLAN 333 – Neighbourhood and Community Planning

This course examines concepts and issues related to social planning for neighbourhood and community environments. It considers planning for particular target populations in the contexts of gentrification, suburbanization and core area revitalization. It will review models of neighbourhood change and community development and will address ways to involve community members in the planning process. This course normally includes a field component.

PLAN 340 – Canadian Environmental Policy and Politics

Consideration of the intersection between key ecological themes and recent policy developments. Investigation of current issues in environmental science and politics. Development of critical skills for assessing, framing and conveying information essential to planning, managing and developing policy for environmental stewardship.

PLAN 341 – Conservation/Resource Management of the Built Environment

Consideration of the constraints and guidelines that an application of the principles of ecology places on the planning and management of resources within urban spaces and the implications for urban design. The theory and history of this subject will be discussed together with urban ecomanagement, the management of waste, urban open space and parks, rehabilitated sites, and environmentally sensitive areas.

PLAN 346 – Advanced Tools for Planning: Public Participation and Mediation

A number of approaches and techniques such as Public Participation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation are used extensively in modern planning. This course addresses these techniques and critically explores their background, rationale, application, and use in contemporary community planning within a modern democratic society.

PLAN 349 – Urban Form and Internal Spatial Structure

An examination of the major factors giving rise to distinctive styles of urban spatial organization. Focus moves from city-wide scale to subareas/sectors - inner city, housing, retailing, etc., with emphasis on understanding and planning for the dynamics of complex environments. Applied issues or problems are dealt with throughout the course.

PLAN 350 – Research Methods for Planners

This course develops the capacity of students to apply research methods to planning-related issues. Examination of a variety of alternative approaches to designing and conducting research. Students learn how to become informed consumers and producers of planning-related research.

PLAN 351 – Multivariate Statistics

The theory and application of multivariate statistics, with particular emphasis upon the use of the computer.

PLAN 353 – Spatial Analysis

Advanced quantitative analysis in a spatial context. A selection of techniques from sampling, geostatistics, point pattern analysis and cluster detection, spatial classification, and spatial data mining.

PLAN 362 – Regional Planning and Economic Development

The relationship of economic planning to regional planning. Concepts of economic development and models of regional development planning. Case studies and examples are drawn from federal regional development efforts in Canada and/or from Third World nations. Workshops focus on regional planning and development at both a conceptual and empirical level.

PLAN 381 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems

Students learn theoretical and operational approaches to advanced spatial analysis using geographical information systems. Emphasis is placed on the use of automation procedures using models and programming to address a variety of topics that may include but are not limited to digital terrain modeling, suitability analysis, network analysis, and cell-based models. The domain of spatial problems explored may vary by instructor.

PLAN 387 – Spatial Databases

This course focuses on design and development of a GIS database. It addresses theoretical issues regarding data models used in GIS and data modeling techniques used in designing spatial databases. It considers the processing required to input data from a variety of sources and clean and edit a multi-theme database and introduces students to creation and use of internet map services.

PLAN 401 – Planners and Planning Tribunals

The course focuses on contemporary planning problems before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Students analyze and synthesize the various planning perspectives involved in real OMB cases. Students explore the challenges associated with presenting a case or appearing as a witness before the Board through lectures, observation and participation in a moot OMB hearing.

PLAN 403 – Professional Practice, Public and Private Administration

Professional practice responsibility and ethics, administrative methods and organization are considered in the context of the nature of organizations, politics and economics that provide opportunities and limitations. Perspectives are drawn from organizational theory, public administration, land economics, political and planning theory. Public sector decision making and policy development are discussed. This course may have a field component.

PLAN 405 – Integrated Planning Project

This senior level course provides an opportunity for students to integrate their planning skills and knowledge in an applied context. Working under the supervision of Planning faculty, student groups will tackle case studies based on local real world examples. The projects will require an integrative approach with required design, analytic, and theoretical elements. Students will develop, implement, and present their term projects in a professional setting.

PLAN 408 – Urban Design Seminar

An exploration of traditional and contemporary theories of urban design and their application in a variety of contexts. This involves study of approaches that lead to improved quality of life within a robust and sustainable urban environment. Topic includes the spatial, environmental, social, cultural and economic aspects of urban design. Precedents and trends will be analyzed. International viewpoints and case studies are considered.

PLAN 409 – Urban Design Studio

An intensive urban design studio that addresses both new and redevelopment planning design at a community and higher scale. A problem-based exploration involving studio seminars, consultation and critiques to integrate design elements that provide economically and socially viable communities with a sense of place and community, and improved urban quality. This course normally includes a field component.

PLAN 414 – Heritage Planning Workshop

The role of cultural heritage in the community context is examined. Varying forms of heritage preservation, its function and organization are covered. This course may include a field component.

PLAN 416 – Modelling the City

This course examines the use of computer modeling and simulation in the realm of urban analysis and forecasting, with the goal of understanding urban land-use change trajectories. Topics include an overview of the drivers and consequences in urban land-use change, the role of models, an overview of current methodological approaches, and an examination of urban simulation models as used in the development of urban policies and official plans. This course provides an applied learning environment in which students will gain experience in the use of spatial (GIS) modeling approaches.

PLAN 418 – Spatial Demography

This course develops the capacity of students to apply methods of spatial demography. Spatial demography refers to the statistical study of human population using spatial methods for analyzing demographic data. It can provide insights into the understanding of geographic variations of population's characteristics, which in turn can help to make better plans in building the environment. Through this course, students will learn the basic concepts, data sources, data issues, methodologies, and applications of spatial demography.

PLAN 431 – Issues in Housing

An examination of social planning and policy issues associated with Canada's housing system, considering the roles of various levels of government and the private sector in developing socially sustainable, affordable housing. The course considers the housing needs of various social and demographic groups. We use case study methods to examine redevelopment of social housing. Issues of social mix, live-work, housing need and homelessness, and ways housing can create community are considered. This course normally includes a field component.

PLAN 432 – Health, Environment, and Planning

This course examines the relationship between the environment (built/physical, economic, social, political and natural aspects) and population health. It focuses on conceptual and empirical links among current environment-health issues such as air quality, active transportation, injury prevention, climate change, and mental well-being. Emphasis is placed on the role of urban planners in collaboration with allied professionals (e.g., public health, engineering, law enforcement, architecture) in creating and maintaining healthy built environments to improve population health with a focus on key health issues.

PLAN 433 – Social Concepts in Planning

An advanced examination of planners in their environment considering the relationship between social and land use planning. The course will examine a set of social concepts which may include: safety, gentrification, neighbourhood revitalization, social mix, community, displacement, participation, social capital, social sustainability, accessibility, public space, urban sprawl and social cohesion.

PLAN 440 – Urban Services Planning

This course will explore the interconnections and cascading effects of urban infrastructure services (waste and water systems, power grids, transport networks, digital circuits) and the politics of planning for urban services in global and globalizing cities across the globe. Students will examine, in particular, the impact of climate change, and our collective responses to it, on the delivery of urban services and the role of progressive planning and policy in mediating infrastructure disruptions and disasters.

PLAN 450 – Changing Form and Structure of Metropolitan Canada

Selected analysis of processes, problems and planning issues associated with the internal growth and spatial reorganization of Canadian metropolitan areas. Three or four topics are chosen for detailed investigation. These will vary from year to year.

PLAN 451 – Tools for Sustainable Communities

This seminar course will focus on conceptual frameworks and tools intended to guide communities to a more sustainable condition. Examples of possible concepts covered in the course are material and energy flows, resilience, adaptability, passive survivability, sufficiency, biophilia, and localization. Course focus will vary from year to year. Recent topics have included The Natural Step, transition towns, LEED-ND, microclimate design, biophilia, and community energy systems.

PLAN 452 – Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

This course considers Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation as step-by-step processes of prescriptive activities used to aid decision-making. For heuristic purposes, simplified models of the policy and program processes are presented so that basic analytical methods for each step in these processes can be explored. The course highlights quick, yet theoretically defensible, methods useful for smaller-scale analyses or for taking a preliminary approach to larger-scale analyses. The instructor will present case materials from planning and policy to illustrate the analytical methods.

PLAN 453 – Urban Stormwater Management

Urban stormwater runoff affects the water quality, water quantity, habitat and biological resources, public health and aesthetic appearance of urban waterways. This course reviews the physical and chemical processes, environmental assessment techniques and best management practices related to stormwater management in the urban systems.

PLAN 471 – Planning Law

An analysis of the legal basis for planning in Ontario and the practice of planning law as it affects planners, municipalities, local councils, property owners and residents. The roles of planning boards, municipal councils, the Ontario Municipal Board, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, provincial Cabinet and the Niagara Escarpment Commission in the planning process will be discussed.

PLAN 474 – Special Topics in Planning

These courses allow for additions to the program on a short-term basis, and for the development of future permanent courses.

PLAN 475 – Special Topics in Planning

Course content varies according to instructor availability and demand for specific topics in planning, including field courses.

PLAN 477 – Freight Planning and Policy

This course critically explores the evolution of freight planning and policy in the urban and regional realms from the early importance of ports to modern global logistics. Emphasis is placed on understanding 1) the theory, fundamental characteristics, and methods of analyzing freight systems, and 2) planning/policy perspectives on freight transportation.

PLAN 478 – Transit Planning and Operations

The historical evolution of transit in cities; the technological innovations which made transit possible; and transit mode definitions. Models of transit vehicle motion are presented; transit travel times under different travel regimes are derived. Transit scheduling methods are shown. System operational characteristics are defined and quantitative measures of effectiveness are introduced. Transit network planning objectives are identified; actual geometries are qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed. Transit ownership structures and economics are discussed; contemporary ITS applications are presented. Methods for selecting appropriate transit modes are covered. [Offered: W]

PLAN 480 – Theory and Practice of Planning in the U.K.

Familiarization with the contribution of U.K. theory and practice to Canadian planning. Study of development of U.K. planning from mid-eighteenth century to present with reference to new town and urban redevelopment. Additional student costs for travel include flight, food and lodging. For information on duration, itinerary and travel costs contact the instructor.

PLAN 481 – Geographic Information Systems Project

The development, implementation, and presentation of a response to a set of GIS related project requirements is the focus of this course. Students work in small teams to enhance and develop their abilities to work with GIS and related spatial technologies and analytical methods in an advanced project setting. The nature of the project requirements and themes varies with faculty and student strengths and interests. Projects may emphasize development of software applications, use of programming, or advanced GIS analysis methods, and draw from theme areas such as environment studies and management, human and physical geography, or planning.

PLAN 483 – Land Development Planning

An examination of planning issues related to the design, economics and financing of private land and building construction projects including residential high-rise condominium, low-rise residential subdivision, infill, intensification and brownfield redevelopment and industrial/commercial land development. The course focuses on developer decision-making, analysis of risk, sources of financing, planning, environmental and engineering aspects of land development. This course may include a field component.

PLAN 484 – Physical Infrastructure Planning

The need for infrastructure and environmental assessments; the impacts of infrastructure on urban form; core infrastructure concepts; economics of infrastructure costs, finance and pricing. Infrastructure evaluation and management methods.

PLAN 485 – Projects, Problems, and Readings in Planning

Special planning projects and problems chosen in consultation with instructor.

PLAN 487 – Management Issues in Geographic Information Systems

Built around a set of key issues in the management of Geographic Information Systems. Focuses on middle management concerns and covers topics including GIS needs assessment, benchmarking, the law and spatial data, spatial data warehousing, multi-user GIS modelling and GIS application development. Uses of GIS in both public and private sector organizations are covered.

PLAN 490 – Senior Honours Essay

Practical experience in carrying out a research proposal under the direction of a faculty member. The results of this research will be presented in the form of an essay that meets both professional and academic standards.

PLAN 601 – Planning Tribunals

The course focuses on contemporary planning problems before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Student analyze and synthesize the various planning perspectives involved in real OMB cases. Students explore the challenges associated with presenting a case, or appearing as a witness before the Board through lectures, observation and participation I a moot OMB hearing. (Note: Estimated additional cost for document preparation will not exceed $100). Prereq: Level at least 4A Planning students.

PLAN 602 – Land Development Planning

An examination of planning issues related to the design, economics and financing of private land and building construction projects including residential high-rise condominium, low-rise residential subdivision, infill, intensification and brownfield redevelopment and industrial/commerial land development. The course focuses on developer decision-making, analysis of risk, sources of financing, planning, environmental and engineering aspects of land development. This course may include a field component. (Note: If a field trip occurs, the cost will not exceed $50.)

PLAN 603 – Real Estate Finance and Investment

The course will introduce the key quantitative skills necessary for critical analysis of real estate proposals. Financial decision-making techniques will be acquired that include cash flow appraisal, investment analysis, capital budgeting, development and equity financing, risk analysis, financial and capital markets.

PLAN 610 – Public Administration of the Environment & Natural Resources

Contemporary instruments of policy-making and public administration in the context of natural resources will be examined. A term project which will analyze a contemporary issue in the mining, forestry, fisheries, parks or protected areas will be undertaken.

PLAN 611 – Industrial Location Theory and Concepts

Examination of industrial location theory, and themes concerning the role of manufacturing in the space-economy. Factors of location will be considered as will the way that manufacturing has led to spatial disparity on international, regional and local levels.

PLAN 613 – Innovation and Economic Development in Cities and Regions

This course offers a critical examination of the innovation, knowledge creation and circulation, and governance processes that underpin contemporary economic development in cities and regions. Strategies, policies and programs that are intended to support and promote innovation and economic development in urban and regional economies are analyzed.

PLAN 614 – Issues in Housing

An examination of social planning and policy issues associated with Canada's housing system, considering the roles of various levels of government and the private sector in developing socially sustainable, affordable housing. The course considers the housing needs of various social and demographic groups. We use case study methods to examine the redevelopment of social housing. Issues of social mix, live-work, housing need and homelessness, and ways housing can create community are considered. This course normally includes a fee component. (Field trip will not exceed $60.)

PLAN 615 – Community Economic Development

Community Economic Development is a field of theory, process and practice that is concerned with understanding the forces shaping communities and finding sustainable local solutions to economic needs. This seminar course will examine topics such as capacity-building, asset-based strategies, social capital, poverty-alleviation, social enterprises and co-operatives, and comprehensive community initiatives, using international and local examples and case studies.

PLAN 616 – Multivariate Statistics

Theory and application of multivariate statistics, regression and correlation analysis, factor analysis, discriminant analysis and grouping analysis, with emphasis on the use of the computer. *eligible for MES.

PLAN 619 – Analytical Tools for Economic Development

The course provides an overview and hands-on application of the quantitative analytical methods regularly used by professionals in economic development and related fields. Emerging analytical tools and techniques are explored.

PLAN 621 – Metropolitan Form and Structure in Canada

A seminar on selected topics of particular relevance to understanding and planning for contemporary processes of metropolitan change in Canada. Major topics represent an interrelated set of exogenous forces, (globalization, economic restructuring, technological innovation and immigration and demographic shift), and endogenous structural responses, (central city decline, revitalization, dispersed styles of suburban development and new urbanist and ecologically sustainable styles of planned intervention).

PLAN 622 – Contemporary Urban Planning and Governance

The distinct circumstances of the central business district, the inner city, the inner suburb and the outer suburb are explored in the context of political and economic factors that influence urban planning processes and outcomes. Urban governance, land market dynamics, and urban planning instruments are discussed.

PLAN 623 – Social Concepts in Planning

An advanced examination of planners in their environment considering the relationship between social and land use planning. The course will examine a set of social concepts which may include: safety, gentrification, neighbourhood revitalization, social mix, community, displacement, participation, social capital, social sustainability, accessibility, public space, urban sprawl and social cohesion.

PLAN 625 – Methods of Social Investigation for Planners

Selected research approaches and methods used in planning research and practice including, for example, survey research, field research, participatory research; methods using existing data; needs assessment research. The purposes of social inquiry, the development of theories, the use of research in policy-making, and the ethical issues associated with social research provide the context for discussing the details of research methods. A course for those with some research skills and wishing to pursue planning-related methods.

PLAN 630 – Planning Law

A seminar in Planning Law using the case study approach. Although the emphasis is primarily on the law in Ontario, reference is made to planning law in other provinces for purposes of comparison. Planning issues dealt with by the Ontario Municipal Board are used to illustrate the power to regulate the use of land, the law relating to citizen participation, problems of non-conforming uses, and the maintenance of environmental quality in neighbourhoods and communities. Some general familiarity with law is desirable, but not essential. Estimated additional cost to student: $40.00

PLAN 639 – Health, Environment and Planning

This course examines the relationship between the environment (built/physical, economic, social, political and natural aspects) and population health. It focuses on conceptual and empirical links among current environment-health issues such as air quality, active transportation, injury prevention, climate change, and mental well-being. Emphasis is placed on the role of urban planners in collaboration with allied professionals (e.g., public health, engineering, law enforcement, architecture) in creating and maintaining healthy built environments to improve population health with a focus on key health issues. The importance of multi-sectoral collaboration, healthy public policy and effective tools for assessing healthy communities will be illustrated using case studies. *eligible for MES.

PLAN 641 – Heritage Planning Workshop

The role of cultural heritage in the community context is examined. Varying forms of heritage preservation, its function and organization are covered. This course may include a field component. (If a field trip occurs, the cost will not exceed $25.)

PLAN 646 – Site Planning and Design Studio

A design studio that focuses on design planning for individual sites and small scale developments. Projects integrate critical features: terrain, natural and cultural context, microclimate, infrastructure, and adjacent land uses. Studio seminars, consultation and critiques explore theory and practice in observation, awareness, comprehension, and idea development. (Note: Studio fee of $15 may be charged.)

PLAN 647 – Community Design Studio

A design studio on planning design at the community scale that is sensitive to the natural, built, and cultural context. Field study projects of area development or redevelopment projects are used to examine traditional and contemporary theory and practice. Studio seminars, presentations and critiques explore the definition, management and mapping of physical structures, visual and environmental resources. Included is consideration of the special problems of planning development within a scenic landscape. (Note: Studio fee: $15 may be charged. If a field trip occurs, the cost will not exceed $50. Estimated supply and printing cost will not exceed $150.)

PLAN 648 – Urban Design Seminar

An exploration of traditional and contemporary theories of urban design and their application in a variety of contexts. This involves study of approaches that lead to improved quality of life within a robust and sustainable urban environment. Topic includes the special, environmental, social, cultural and economic aspects of urban design. Precedents and trends will be analyzed. International viewpoints and case studies are considered. (Note: Estimated material cost to student will not exceed $75.)

PLAN 649 – Graduate Urban Design Planning Studio

A design studio emphasizing larger scale new and redevelopment planning sensitive to the natural, built, heritage, and cultural context. Individual projects that create a sense of place and community, and improved urban quality will integrate traditional and computer based analysis and presentation.

PLAN 652 – Environmental Policy Analysis

This seminar course provides an introduction to methods of analyzing current environmental policy problems. Students will learn a step-by-step process of prescriptive activities used to aid decision making about natural resources. If held in conjunction with Plan 452, the graduate student requirement will be equivalent to the stand-alone graduate course.

PLAN 654 – Spatial Information Technology, Globalization and International Development

This course considers the role of GIS and RS technologies for problem solving and planning decision support in developing countries. Topics covered include the globalisation of information technology and its transfer from developed to developing countries and general aspects of the spatial information technology industry and its relationship to society. *eligible for MES.

PLAN 657 – GIS and Spatial Decision Support for Planning and Resource Management

This course introduces students to key theories, concepts and techniques that have been developed recently to improve the design support capabilities of spatial information systems. Topics covered include participatory GIS, group-based spatial decision support systems, and the integration of multi-criteria analysis (MCA) methods with GIS to facilitate decision-making in planning. *eligible for MES

PLAN 660 – Perspectives in Resource and Environmental Management

Current research and practice in resource and environmental management. *eligible for MES.

PLAN 661A – Applied Studies in Hydrology and the Environment 1

This applied hydrology course involves defining, designing and conducting research on the hydrology and/or water quality of a specific environmental setting. Drawing on strengths and interests of students, the field and laboratory activities in this course typically involve collection, analysis and reporting of primary data. The Fall-term (661A) focuses on literature review, problem definition, methodological design and data collection; the Winter-term (661B) includes analysis, interpretation and write-up suitable for publication in a refereed journal. Group work is typically involved. *eligible for MES

PLAN 661B – Applied Studies in Hydrology and the Environment 2

This course is a continuation of GEOG 661A/PLAN661A. *eligible for MES.

PLAN 665 – Environmental Planning Theory and Practice

An interdisciplinary approach to environmental planning. Focuses on the socio-economic, planning, environmental science, design, and decision-making theories and methods utilized in environmental planning theory and practice. Regional and local case studies and studio projects will be used to demonstrate professional practice issues and techniques. Recommended: A senior level course in ecology, environmental science, landscape architecture or equivalent. *eligible for MES.

PLAN 666 – Ecosystem Approach to Park Planning

An ecological approach to planning national and provincial parks, focusing on system planning, master planning and park administration. Examination of the theory and practice of parks planning, utilizing ecological concepts. Recommended: a senior undergrad or graduate ecology course. Estimated additional field trip cost to student: $30.00 *eligible for MES

PLAN 668 – Environmental Assessment

Techniques and technicalities covered in the first part of the course include legal aspects, teamwork, data collection and manipulation, public participation, and cost benefit analysis. These topics are followed by case histories considered from the perspective of proponent, public, consultant and government. Finally, the ethics and politics of environmental impact assessment are reviewed. Students are required to participate in a group case study on a current impact assessment issue. Estimated additional field trip cost to student: $30.00. *eligible for MES.

PLAN 669 – Landscape Restoration

A workshop on landscape restoration and rehabilitation. *eligible for MES.

PLAN 674 – Special Topics in Planning

These courses allow for additions to the program on a short-term basis, and for development of future permanent courses. Eligible for MES (subject to approval of the School of Planning Graduate Officer).

PLAN 675 – Special Readings on Selected Planning Topics

Study topic to be defined on an individual basis with a faculty member to cover materials not otherwise available in a graduate course offered in this or near-by universities. A specific outline for the course of study is developed in consultation with the professor in charge and is subject to School approval by the Associate Director (Graduate Studies), within 3 weeks of the beginning of term. *eligible for MES (subject to approval of the School of Planning Graduate Officer)

PLAN 676 – Special Topics in Planning

Course content varies according to the instructor availability and demand for specific topics in planning, and may include field courses.

PLAN 677 – Freight Planning and Policy

This course critically explores the evolution of freight planning and policy in the urban and regional realms from the early importance of ports to modern global logistics. Emphasis is placed on understanding 1) the theory, fundamental characteristics, and methods of analyzing freight systems and 2) planning/policy perspectives on freight transportation.

PLAN 678 – Advances in Public Transportation Planning, Operations & Control

The historical evolution of transit in cities; the technological innovations which made transit possible; and transit mode definitions. Models of transit vehicle motion are presented; transit travel times under different travel regimes are derived. Transit scheduling methods are shown. System operational characteristics are defined and quantitative measures of effectiveness are introduced. Transit network planning objectives are identified; actual geometries are qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed. Transit ownership structures and economics are discussed; contemporary ITS applications are presented. Methods for selecting appropriate transit modes are covered.*eligible for MES

PLAN 684 – Physical Infrastructure and Planning

Plan 684 introduces students to the planning of physical infrastructure. The course covers governments' roles in regulating, financing and maintaining public infrastructure such as transportation or water systems. The impacts of infrastructure provision on land use, the environment, economic development and social equity are also addressed. Quantitative methods of predicting infrastructure demand and utilization are presented. The role of private sector in providing and maintaining infrastructure is discussed. *eligible for MES

PLAN 700 – Planning Paradigms and Theory

Historical background and development of planning including cultural, philosophical and disciplinary roots; planning theory and its applications in urban, regional, service and environmental areas.

PLAN 701 – Land Use Planning Fundamentals

The fundamentals of municipal land use planning are introduced in this course. Important planning and financial instruments, administrative processes and planning practice issues are reviewed. Participants will learn about relevant legislation (e.g. Planning and Municipal Acts), policy plans (e.g. official plans, secondary plans, subdivision plans) and plan implementation tools (e.g. zoning bylaws, site plans, easements, consents and variances). Municipal budgets and accounting concepts, and financing strategies (e.g. assessments, mill rates, capital works, and debentures) are studied.

PLAN 702 – Critical Assessment of Theories, Methods and Practices of Planning

Through a series of case studies students will engage in critically reflecting upon the theories, methods and procedures applicable in the professional practice of planning.

PLAN 703 – Planning Professional Practice

Professional practice responsibilities and ethics, administration methods, financing, and organization are considered in the context of the nature of organizations, politics and economics.

PLAN 704 – Methods of Planning Analysis

This course is a graduate level introduction into the analytical methods employed in planning research and practice. The broad spectrum of tools, approaches and techniques drawn from quantitative and qualitative traditions will be reviewed. Commonly employed examples will form the basis for developing applied problem solving skills. Operational considerations, critical assessment, and analytical communication provide the important review context.

PLAN 705 – Design in Planning

The foundation of this course is the intersection of the strong relation between urban design as the shaping of urban space and urban planning as the strategic and regulatory mediation of urban change. Establishing the basis of this relationship, the course critically explores contemporary issues in urban design and their implications for urban futures, planning, the environment, and the public realm. Case studies drawn from around the globe are featured.

PLAN 706 – Contemporary Issues in Planning

The nature and implications of key forces of change, trends and current issues are identified in the context of urban and regional planning practice. Case studies, drawn from Canadian and international experiences and challenges, will frame the exploration of evolving, contemporary issues.

PLAN 710 – Research Design

The major philosophical and methodological approaches to research in a professional field of practice and related academic fields.

PLAN 720 – Introductory Planning Project Studio

This studio course introduces students to the process of collaborative problem solving central in Planning practice. Students work in teams, led by faculty facilitators, in applying theory and knowledge from Planning and related disciplines to problems drawn from the local community planning context. The emphasis is on the development of student skills including design, plan making, teamwork, creativity, negotiation, management, and policy application and creation. Problem based learning, reflection on process and communications are central in this course.

PLAN 721 – Advanced Planning Project Studio

This student centered studio course involves partnering with a local community, providing student led groups on opportunity to emulate professional practice under the guidance of an assigned faculty member. Skills and knowledge developed in the introductory studio course are enhanced and important community engagement skills are emphasized in the chosen project. Reflective learning is central as students are expected to assess the process, the outcome, and the interrelationship between them. Community presentation of the problem solution is required.

PLAN 801 – PhD Research Forum 1

Advanced examination of theories, methods and processes of urban, regional and environmental planning through intensive examination of selected planning problems. Restricted to Planning PhD students.

PLAN 802 – PhD Research Forum 2

Continuation of PLAN 801. Restricted to Planning PhD students.