Urban Planning and Policy (UPP)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
UPP 101 Introduction to Urban Studies 3 hours. General survey of urban issues and experience using an interdisciplinary approach.  US Society course.
UPP 199 Independent Study in Urban and Public Affairs 1 TO 3 hours. Study and analysis of topics selected by the student under the guidance of a faculty advisor.   May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.  Students may register in more than one section per term.  Prerequisite(s):  Consent of the instructor.
UPP 202 Planning Great Cities 3 hours. What makes a city great, how cities change, can cities be planned, and how planners plan; characteristics of Great Cities and current urban planning issues.  US Society course.
UPP 205 Cinema and the City 3 hours. Explores how diverse societies, cities and urban phenomena are represented in film at different points in history, explores theories of urbanism and individual relationships to cities and urban society and institutions. Lecture includes film viewing time.  Individual and Society course.
UPP 220 Latin American Cities in a Global Context: Environment, Employment, and Housing 3 hours. Global economic trends impacting Latin American cities, with a focus on three urban planning issues: environment, employment and housing.  Growing inequality, precarious employment, spatial segregation, and squatter settlements will be explored. Same as LALS 220. Recommended background: LALS 101.
UPP 302 Great Cities Internship 6 hours. Provides students an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and conduct research in metropolitan organizations through field placements and seminars. Same as POLS 302. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and grade point average of 3.00, or consent of the instructor. 
UPP 403 Introduction to Urban Planning 3 OR 4 hours. Patterns of city growth, physical, socioeconomic, and environmental issues. Contemporary planning issues. Future of cities. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Advanced undergraduate standing or consent of the instructor. 
UPP 405 Quantitative Reasoning for Planning 3 OR 4 hours. Addresses basic issues of quantitative reasoning in planning and policy, including use of data sources, organizing, sorting, managing, and analyzing data. Emphasizes presenting findings visually and in writing. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above. Recommended background: Grade of B or better or concurrent registration in UPP 202.
UPP 420 Great Cities: London and Chicago 1 TO 8 hours. Comparative investigation of urban, economic, social, and political issues in the two global cities. Includes classes, study, and living in London. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above and selection by the Office of Study Abroad admission committee. 
UPP 460 Introduction to Geospatial Analysis and Visualization 3 OR 4 hours. Exploration of geospatial analysis and visualization theory and tools; how to appropriately choose and use tools. Cognition, communication, modeling, cartography, web authoring, 3-D visualization, and aerial and satellite photography.3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Centrino 2 Duo processor, 2 GB RAM and 100 GB hard drive minimum recommendations. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and approval of the deparment. Priority registration will be given to students admitted to the campus certificate program in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization.
UPP 461 Geographic Information Systems for Planning 3 OR 4 hours. Applications of Geographic Information Systems to urban planning and policy making. Same as GEOG 469. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and consent of the instructor. Priority registration will be given to students admitted to a campus certificate program in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization, graduate students in Urban Planning and Policy, or students in the Master of Arts in Real Estate program.
UPP 462 Intermediate GIS for Planning 3 OR 4 hours. To reinforce and expand on topics taught in UPP 461 and introduce more advanced features of GIS and its applications to urban planning and policy. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and approval of the deparment. Priority registration will be given to students admitted to the campus certificate program in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization.
UPP 463 Complexity-Based Models for Planning and Policy 3 OR 4 hours. Introduction to complexity-based models and their possible applications to a range of planning and public policy issues. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and approval of the deparment. Priority registration will be given to students admitted to the campus certificate program in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization. Recommended background: Experience in object-oriented programming is helpful but not required.
UPP 464 Advanced Visualization Techniques 3 OR 4 hours. Specialized computational abilities for various planning areas including: database and spreadsheet analyses, spatial information systems, imageries and image editing, 3D modeling and virtual reality, hypermedia or multimedia, and the internet. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Centrino 2 Duo with at least 2GB RAM and 110 GB hard drive minimum recommended specifications. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and approval of the deparment. Priority registration will be given to students admitted to the campus certificate program in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization.
UPP 465 Topics in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization 3 OR 4 hours. Intensive exploration of specialized topics in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours for undergraduate students and 12 hours for graduate students. Students may register in more than one section per term. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in UPP 460; or grade of B or better in UPP 461; and appropriate score on the department placement test; and senior standing or above; and consent of the instructor.
UPP 470 Cohort Seminar for Urban Developers 3 OR 4 hours. Application of the financial calculator, use of spreadsheets, and other tools commonly used in real estate-based urban development projects. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
UPP 471 Housing and Community Development for Urban Developers 3 OR 4 hours. Housing policy at federal, state and local levels affecting urban housing markets. Emphasis on assessment of market conditions affecting community development decisions. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): UPP 470 or consent of the instructor. 
UPP 472 Development Finance For Urban Developers 3 OR 4 hours. Key financial principles of real estate development, particularly those related to the financing of affordable housing. How to develop a real estate pro forma. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
UPP 473 Organizational Essentials for Urban Developers 3 OR 4 hours. Theory and practice of management in public and non-profit settings. Focus on developing communication, leadership and legal skills for each step in development. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
UPP 474 Community Development Process for Urban Developers 3 OR 4 hours. Developing affordable housing: development team, acquisition strategy, legal issues, construction management and project sustainability, as it pertains to different types of housing developments. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
UPP 475 Sustaining the Housing for Urban Developers 3 OR 4 hours. Introduces students to a range of management issues: property management and maintenance, resident relations and services, and financial/ asset management as it relates to sustaining affordable housing. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
UPP 493 Topics in Urban Planning and Policy 1 TO 4 hours. Intensive analysis of selected planning problems or policy issues. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and consent of the instructor.