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Summer session SJSU urban planning & GIS Courses (Jul. 8 - Aug. 9)

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  • Rick Kos (SJSU)
    Interested in taking some interesting planning and GIS courses during the SJSU summer session (July 8 - August 9)? Three course offerings are described below.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 17, 2013
      Interested in taking some interesting planning and GIS courses during the
      SJSU summer session (July 8 - August 9)?
      Three course offerings are described below.
      To register, visit the following link and scroll to the section titled
      "Steps to Take After Web Registration Closes":
      Questions about these courses may be sent to instructors Laura Russell (
      laura.russell.sjsu@...) and Rick Kos (richard.kos@...)

      URBP 136 / URBP 225: LAND USE AND URBAN PLANNING (4 units; July 8 - August

      Instructor: Laura Russell

      This class introduces students to the methods by which local, state, and
      federal government agencies control the use of land. Topics covered include
      general plans, zoning, specific plans, the permitting process, the design
      review process, federal and state laws to protect natural resources, growth
      control tools, the politics of land use planning, and economic and social

      Past syllabi for the course are available at:


      (4 units; July 8 - August 9)

      Instructor: Rick Kos

      This is an introductory-level course about Geographic Information Systems
      (GIS), a rapidly evolving technology involving the study of spatial
      (geographic) location of features on the Earth�s surface and the
      relationships between them. The course strives to provide a balance between
      (1) the "how-to" of using ArcGIS 10 software and (2) the "why" of GIS by
      explaining the roles GIS technology plays in analyzing local and regional
      (even global) problems. During the first two-thirds of the course, students
      will learn the specific steps necessary to acquire and manage geographic
      data sets, develop effective cartographic techniques, and query the data to
      answer typical planning-related questions. For some exercises, students
      will use real GIS data from Bay Area cities, �warts and all,� in order to
      learn how to overcome typical problems encountered by GIS practitioners.
      The last part of the course will focus on the development, execution and
      presentation of a final GIS project on a topic of interest to the student.
      Since the visual communication of quantitative data is a vital skill for
      urban planners, this project will help students further develop their GIS
      skills by framing an urban planning issue, developing a set of high-quality
      GIS maps to illustrate the issue, and presenting a focused, seven-minute
      summary of the methodology and findings to the class. A key goal of the
      final project is to provide students with a portfolio piece to present to
      current and future employers as evidence of their GIS abilities.

      Past syllabi for the course are available at:


      URBP 101: THE CITY (3 units; GE Area S; July 8 - August 9)
      Undergraduate course

      Instructor: Rick Kos

      The course examines the city from multi-disciplinary perspectives,
      including history, sociology, geography, anthropology, economics and
      political science, as a basis for understanding contemporary urban problems
      and the role of urban planning in the creation or solutions to these
      problems. Students will develop skills at observing and understanding the
      physical environment in which they live and, by doing so, gain perspective
      on their own communities through comparison with other cities around the
      world. Students will study the interrelationship of individuals and
      racial, class and cultural groups to understand and appreciate issues of
      diversity, equality, and structured inequality in the U.S., its
      institutions, and its cultures. We�ll accomplish these objectives through
      discussions, a number of professional guest speakers representing a variety
      of urban-related fields, consideration of current events through news
      articles and mini-field trips, and through the required readings.

      Past syllabi for the course are available at:

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