Courses

    Fall 2011

    Foundations in Policy and Planning
    A conceptual and critical overview of public policy and planning theory, process, and practice.

    Advanced Statistics
    General linear model, regression, analysis of variance techniques and applications to research design and evaluation of data. Transferred credits from my Psychology graduate program.

    Spring 2012

    Field Projects: Planning and Practice (transportation planning)
    Practical planning and research experience in a community or governmental setting. Students are exposed to the realities of urban and environmental planning practice by working in teams for actual clients.

    Economics for Planning and Policy Analysis
    Microeconomic and macroeconomic approaches to understanding economic behavior and to generating solutions to economic problems are explored.

    Climate Change Policy and Planning
    Examination of the climate change problem from the perspective of scientific evidence, policy responses and media coverage. Sources of greenhouse gas emissions and a wide range of mitigation and adaptation measures are explored and assessed. Overview of climate change solutions being taken or planned by governments, communities, and institutions (both for profit and nonprofit) and for major systems.

    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    Broad foundation of GIS theory capabilities, technology, and applications. Topics include GIS data structure and management, geodesy and map projections, and various techniques for raster and vector spatial data analysis. Laboratory exercises concentrate on applying concepts presented in the lectures using Idrisi and ArcGIS.

    Fall 2012

    Cities in Place and Time
    Introduces students to the history and theory of cities and metropolitan regions focusing specifically on the actions of planners and policy-makers and how these actions shape our communities, neighborhoods, cities, regions, and world.

    Advanced Geographic Information Systems
    Topics include database design and implementation, data management, geoprocessing concepts and tools, and model building.

    Urban Planning and Design
    Boston and its region provide a rich context in which to examine the building blocks of the planning profession: housing, open space, zoning, urban design, transportation, community development, historic preservation and resource conservation.

    Spring 2013

    Developing Sustainable Communities
    Explores the many challenges of achieving sustainable development at local, regional, national and international levels.

    Green Urban Design
    Applies design principles to selected sites, with the objective of creating meaningful and sustainable places.

    Land Use Planning II
    Overview of land use planning methods, growth dynamics, and land development controls (zoning). Comparison of different approaches to land use planning and decision making. Impact of recent environmental legislation on land use. Techniques of mapping, site analysis, subdivision regulation, development controls, and fiscal incentives.