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University of Calgary Calendar 2021-2022 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions P Planning PLAN
Planning PLAN

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Junior Course
Planning 201       Planning and the Future of Cities
An introduction to city building through the lens of physical planning and urban design. The course examines the social, cultural, historical, technological, political, economic, and natural contexts in which city building occurs. Student will develop an understanding of the challenges facing the contemporary city and explore how cities can become an instrument for positive future change.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2-1T)
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Senior Course
Planning 500       Designing Powerful Communication
Accurate and persuasive communication is becoming increasingly vital to accomplish our goals, whether they are to present research, defend a thesis, or make a compelling argument in the workplace. Participants will iteratively design professional quality oral presentations on a topic of personal interest. In addition to understanding the psychology of communication, students will learn how to determine which communication techniques are most appropriate for specific purposes.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Graduate Courses
Planning 600       Landscape Ecology and Planning
Key concepts in ecology, landscape ecology and environmental science relevant to planning at landscape scales. Principles of urban ecology, regional landscape ecology, watershed management and parks and protected area design are coupled with knowledge of landscape processes, ecosystem services, ecological infrastructure, and habitat to assess planning interventions in the built and natural environments. Skills are developed in geographic information systems (GIS) for monitoring the current state of landscapes and potential challenges to landscape function and for proposing solutions to these challenges. Includes guest speakers from government and industry, GIS exercises and field visits to various areas within the region.
Course Hours:
3 units; (4-0)
Notes:
A supplementary fee will be assessed to cover additional costs associated with this course.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Planning 626)
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Planning 602       Computer Modelling for Urban Design
Introduction to the use of computer modelling, animation and virtual reality in urban design. Professional CAD and rendering applications will be used to explore the aesthetic and technical aspects of design. Emphasis given to developing sensitivity to the application appropriate to communicating three dimensional urban and natural form using computer generated images.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2-2)
Corequisite(s):
Planning 606 or Environmental Design Planning 625.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Planning 602)
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Planning 604       Planning History and Theory
An introduction to theories and practices of planning with a focus on the late nineteenth century to the present. Explores the forces that shaped cities/regions and key ideas/models invented in response. Examines the relationship between theory/practice and past/present. Explores the influence of planners, architects, landscape architects, and others on planning theory and resulting physical form. Presents case studies and examples in the Canadian context. Develops a critical awareness of the roles of environmental design professionals within a framework that of technical, social, environmental and political factors.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Planning 627)
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Planning 606       Site Planning Studio
Introduction to urban design practice. Emphasizes sense of place, human behaviour/built form relationships and sustainability. Completion of a series of progressively complex site planning projects. Skills development in hand and computer-aided drawing to describe, document and analyze urban form and processes and to develop physical plans.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Corequisite(s):
Planning 602 or Environmental Design Planning 602.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Planning 625)
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Planning 608       Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Design
Introduction to the use of GIS in urban planning and environmental management. GIS modelling focusing on population projection, location theory, land use modelling and environmental and ecological management. Case studies from both the public and private sector provide the basis of assignments. Emphasis given to developing sensitivity to the application appropriate for specific GIS problems.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2-2)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Planning 611)
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Planning 610       Community Planning Studio
Introduction to land use planning and development issues. 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 sustainable.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Planning 606 or Environmental Design Planning 625.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Planning 636)
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Planning 612       Urban Infrastructure and Land Use
Acquaints students with the key infrastructure systems of a city. Examines current policies, standards and practices, challenges, and innovations in the following infrastructure sectors: water, sewage, waste management, open space, energy, transportation, and communication. Discusses the relationship between infrastructure systems and land use, and its impacts on quality of life, economic development, spatial structure, and the environment. Emphasis is given to green infrastructure development. Also examines various financial and institutional frameworks for delivering infrastructure systems, and how they vary across different contexts.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 616)
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Planning 614       Real Estate Development and Finance
Focuses on the principles of real estate development and finance. Provides hands-on experience through real-world simulations and case studies to gain a basic understanding of the planning process in real estate development, including private public partnerships, and development impacts. Introduces fundamental tools for conducting an economic and fiscal analysis of real estate proposals. Students will have an opportunity to develop a pro forma as part of a risk assessment. Other topics include the use of GIS for location studies and market assessment.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 622)
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Planning 616       Urban Design Studio
Further develop skills in conceptualization and visualization through consideration of contemporary urban design issues. It includes documentation and analysis of urban form and process, and explores site planning and design of the public realm. Issues of local and regional identity and sustainability inform the approach of the studio.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
6 units from Planning 610, Environmental Design Planning 636, Landscape Architecture 604 or Environmental Design Landscape 667.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 620)
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Planning 618       Regional Planning Studio
An overview of the history and theory of regional planning and an overview of regional planning institutional frameworks and issues in a Canadian regional planning context. Understanding current regional planning issues and institutional, legislative and policy frameworks in a Canadian land use planning context related to growth management, resource extraction, infrastructure and services, transportation, strategic planning, water and airshed management. A review and examination of regional land use planning and policy tools and role of regional planners in inter-jurisdictional and transboundary government and public-private stakeholder engagement mechanisms. Preparation of a plan.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Planning 610 or Environmental Design Planning 636.
Notes:
A supplementary fee will be assessed to cover additional costs associated with this course.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 640)
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Planning 620       Planning and Public Engagement
Overview of key principles and theories, and contemporary issues and tools of participation and public engagement as it applies to planning. Consideration of public engagement, facilitation, negotiation and conflict resolution processes from the point of view of community activists, city planners, developers and planning/design professionals. Development and implementation of public engagement plans.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Planning 632)
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Planning 622       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.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-1)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Planning 634)
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Planning 624       Housing and Neighbourhood Change
Considers urban growth management, affordable housing, suburban growth and inner-city redevelopment, current suburban development patterns, as well current municipal goals regarding density and intensification and precedents/best practices. Theoretical understanding and practical insights into these issues through assessment of the social, economic, and spatial aspects related to housing and neighbourhood change.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 628)
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Planning 626       Urban Design Theory
Introduces theories, concepts, methods and contemporary issues in urban design. Consists of lectures, case studies, seminars and short projects.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 671)
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Planning 628       Professional Planning Practice
Considers various plans, policies, regulatory processes, legal institutions and administrative frameworks involved in urban and regional planning. Examines the role of planners in municipal development processes related to land use re-designations, development permits, subdivision and appeals. Discusses professional planning issues including ethics, relationships with clients, the public, and other professions. Discusses practice options for graduates including professional certification/registration.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Planning 621)
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Planning 630       Advanced Professional Planning Studio
Explores contemporary themes in planning and professional planning practice. Centres on a real-world problem or client project; involves analysis, synthesis, and formulation of a planning or urban design solution. Culminates in a professional report and presentation.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Planning 616 or 618; or one of Environmental Design 618, 620, 623 or 640.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Planning 644)
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Planning 640       Geography of Crime
Introduces the fields of environmental criminology and the social and geographic aspects of crime. Explores the reasons why certain neighborhoods, and certain features of neighborhoods, tend to promote or discourage criminal activity. Special emphasis is placed upon the relationship between crime and the environment, crime prevention, spatial dynamics of crime, the criminality of place and the decision processes involved in criminal events. Ethical considerations and privacy aspects will be addressed throughout.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Certificate in Designing Smart and Secure Communities.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 630)
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Planning 642       Designing Safe Communities
Based on the established training curriculum for certification of the SAFE Design Council, with supplementary material to increase the theoretical foundations of the topics. The SAFE Design Standard® begins with the assessment of the risk posed to a site by outside factors, and then includes an assessment of site access points, wayfinding and signage, pathways and roadways, barriers and fencing, visibility and illumination, mechanical and electronic security, and other design elements intended for controlling access and movement within a building or site.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Planning 640 or Environmental Design 630.  
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 632)
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Planning 644       Designing Smart Communities
Introduces the emerging field of Smart Communities, showcasing groups and individuals that have made a conscious and deliberate effort to use information and communications technology (ICT) to transform the community’s life and work in significant and fundamental ways. Smart Communities may be physical or virtual, and the concept is more about the creative use of ICT infrastructure than merely building it. The social, economic, technical, design and ethical aspects of Smart Communities will all be considered.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Planning 640 or Environmental Design 630.  
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 634)
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Planning 646       Integrative Project
A capstone project course involving an independent, guided research project, which builds on student interests and faculty expertise. The projects may be completed individually or in small groups. Involves an initial face-to-face project definition session, online mentoring throughout the project, and final presentations on lessons learned and future research directions.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Planning 640, 642 and 644; or Environmental Design 630, 632 and 634.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 636)
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Planning 650       Theories of Sustainable Urban Design
Covers contemporary urban design history as well as seminal urban design theory. Also includes a review of the most up-to-date research in sustainable urban design, including its relationship to public health, global warming and adaptability to climate change trends.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Certificate in Sustainable Urban Design.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 650)
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Planning 652       Site/Context Analysis and Sustainable Design Studio
Introduces the student to an analytical and comprehensive approach for understanding a project’s site and context. Provides the student with tools and methods for the implementation of a sustainable urban design proposal in different climatic, environmental and cultural settings.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-6)
Prerequisite(s):
Planning 650 or Environmental Design 650.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 652)
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Planning 654       Green Infrastructure and Land Use
Acquaints the student with the latest knowledge and technology in green urban infrastructure and sustainable practices of land use planning, including aspects of winter city design. Includes various site visits to state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities and lectures from invited experts.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Planning 652 or Environmental Design 652.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 654)
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Planning 656       Advanced Urban Design Studio
Provides the opportunity for the integration of all the knowledge acquired in previous courses. Includes the development of a comprehensive sustainable urban design proposal based on site and context analysis. The project site will be situated in Calgary and will involve local community advocates, developers, planners and engineers.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-6)
Prerequisite(s):
Planning 654 or Environmental Design 654.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 656)
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Planning 660       Principles of Historic Conservation
Provides a foundation to historic conservation. Focuses on principles and theories pertaining to preservation and restoration practices; recognition of architectural periods, styles, and construction methods in context of the evolution of cultural landscapes; the definition of significance and integrity in buildings and districts; strategies by which buildings and their settings have been preserved and used; and methods of reading and interpreting the cultural environment. Also includes a review of the most up-to-date research in heritage conservation.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 660)
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Planning 662       Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning
This practice-based course prepares students to act in some capacity as manager, architect, planner, and policy maker for historic sites and buildings. Provides an overview of the aspects of heritage conservation related to policy and planning. Reviews preservation policy and jurisdictional issues within a community development context, addresses complex social equity considerations associated with historic designation, examines economic incentives, and explores preservation philosophy and historic impact assessments. Includes visits to heritage sites and lectures from invited experts.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 662)
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Planning 664       Sustainability and Historic Preservation
Examines the role of historic preservation in the context of pragmatic, social, economic and environmental imperatives of sustainable community development. Topics to be addressed include a range of historic examples of sustainable cultural practices, building envelope assessments, pathology and retrofit of heritage buildings, current trends of adaptive reuse of historic sites and case studies of effective implementation of heritage legislation in historic buildings. Although grounded in international experience and precedents, the course emphasizes relevance to western Canadian history and regional building traditions. Includes visits to heritage sites and lectures from invited experts.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 664)
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Planning 668       Advanced Heritage Conservation Project
Provides an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary manner to address real issues related to heritage conservation. Includes the development of a comprehensive heritage conservation proposal based on site and context analysis of a site in Alberta. The project will use the framework of the Historic Places Initiative (Identify, Protect and Preserve) to document buildings, districts and cultural landscapes and to interpret their historical and architectural significance. An Identification component will consider heritage resource documentation and evaluation; a Protection component will review heritage legislation, regulatory frameworks, and incentive programs; and a Preservation component will examine standards and guidelines, and preservation strategies and techniques.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 668)
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Planning 670       Experiential Learning in Planning
Thematic inquiry and design contextualized by experiential learning in planning.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Planning 672       Experiential Learning in Planning
Thematic inquiry and design contextualized by experiential learning in planning.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Planning 674       Experiential Learning in Planning
Thematic inquiry and design contextualized by experiential learning in planning.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Planning 676       Experiential Learning in Planning
Thematic inquiry and design contextualized by experiential learning in planning.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Planning 680       Special Topics in Planning
Thematic inquiry and design related to special topics in planning.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Planning 682       Special Topics in Planning
Thematic inquiry and design related to special topics in planning.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Planning 684       Special Topics in Planning
Thematic inquiry and design related to special topics in planning.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Planning 686       Special Topics in Planning
Thematic inquiry and design related to special topics in planning.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Planning 688       Special Studio Topics in Planning
Thematic inquiry and design related to special studio topics in planning.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Planning 790       Directed Study in Planning
Thematic research, readings, or studio projects related to planning design topics.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the School.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Planning 792       Directed Study in Planning
Thematic research, readings, or studio projects related to planning design topics.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the School.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Planning 799       Preceptorship in Planning
A Preceptorship is a study and training arrangement made between a student and an employer or an equivalent supervisor which has specific educational objectives, a method of evaluation, and is an integral part of a student's Program of Studies. Preceptorships offer a number of benefits: acquiring skills and knowledge which may be better obtained outside the University; developing first-hand experience of professional design practice; preparing for more focused studies in the Faculty; and conducting research.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the School.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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