am Tuesday and Thursday or by appointment
I. Course Overview
class is designed to (1) introduce you to planning and policy
analysis, and (2) refine your skills in a variety of research methods
associated with professional planning work. I take an applied approach
to this course. In other words, this course will strive to teach
common methods and approaches that can be applied to a variety of
planning processes. More specifically, this course will cover:
Planning Analysis Tools
policy analysis process
technical memos and reports
standard planning data sources
data evaluation and presentation
basic quantitative approaches to
planning problems (using percents, forecasting, discounting, etc)
Specific Research Techniques
community economic analysis
will learn these various tools and techniques through (1) class
discussions, (2) several assignments, (3) an extensive final team
project that will result in a 30-40 page report and presentation, and
(4) a mid-term and a final examination. Both exams will be take-home.
course will demand a substantial time commitment. I have high
expectations of students. These expectations will be reflected in (1)
the demands of the work assigned, and (2) how I grade your work. By
the end of the course you should be able to apply various tools and
techniques to develop a high-quality analysis that would be expected
of a professional planner.
1. Patton, Carl V. and David S. Sawicki,
Basic Methods of Policy Analysis
and Planning. 2nd
Edition, Prentice-Hall, 1993.
2. A reading packet and other materials
as assigned. Two copies of the reading packet will be available in the
Hearth area of Hendricks Hall.
3. Reading materials posted to the
class Web site.
grade will be determined based on the following:
assignment policy: I strongly discourage
submitting assignments late. Late assignments will receive a 20
percent penalty for each day past the due date.
now you are all aware of the statistics requirement for this course.
The CRP program requires entering students to have, at a minimum, one
undergraduate level course in basic statistics. If you have not
completed the statistics requirement, you should consider enrolling in
a statistics course this fall. Please meet with me after class if you
have not completed the statistics requirement.
techniques are an important component of any plannerís analytical
toolbox. Due to limited time and resources, we will focus on
statistical tools that are commonly applied by practicing planners. We
will not cover basic statistical concepts such as central tendencies,
probability, and regression. These are all concepts that are more
appropriately covered in basic undergraduate statistics courses. We
will offer a statistics review in the Lab.
all being said, you should not be intimidated by the quantitative
aspects of this course. The concepts we will cover in class are
relatively basic, and do not require calculus or even advanced
algebra. My objective is to ensure that students have a basic
comprehension of quantitative techniques and research design and are
able to identify and apply appropriate methods within the framework of
the rational policy analysis model.
with nearly every profession, computer applications will greatly
enhance your efficiency and effectiveness as a planner. Toward that
end, you will be using a variety of computer applications to complete
various course activities. The zero week training and availability of
various computer labs on campus will provide the resources you need to
integrate computer applications into your coursework. The Planning
Analysis Lab is intended to assist with the integration of computer
applications with your coursework.
expect that all course assignments will be completed using a word
processor. Additionally, some assignments will require use of a
spreadsheet program for data analysis and graphing. You will also
learn SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) as part of
the Planning Analysis Lab. SPSS is a computer application used for the
analysis of survey and other statistical datasets.
facilitate your coursework, I have established a Web site and mailing
list for class. I expect you all to sign up for the mailing list. I
will post out announcements and other information throughout the term.
To join the list, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with
the message text:
Web site can be accessed at:
class notes and handouts will be posted on the Web site. Part of the
intent of the Web site is to provide access to those materials without
having to photocopy them. The Web site will be revised weekly to
include additional information.
Planning Analysis Lab
Planning Analysis Lab is a 1-credit required supplement to the
Planning Analysis class. The Lab is taught by Bob Choquette and meets
from 12-1:50 pm on Thursdays in 442 Grayson Hall (the SSIL lab). The purpose of the
lab is to provide applied instruction in the use of computers in
analyzing planning data and to supplement the class lectures with
The Course Project
Early in the term we will assign and discuss the course project. The purpose of the project is to apply techniques covered during class to a planning project in a team setting. Groups of 4-6 students will be assigned to teams to work on one of several projects.
This year, the term projects for the Planning Analysis and Introduction to Professional Planning Practice classes will be combined. What that means is that you will have the opportunity to integrate information presented in both classes into your report. You will also have the opportunity to work with your peers in accomplishing this research.
assist you in this process we will provide the research topic and some
information. That information will include survey results that you
will be required to analyze and interpret. You will supplement this
data with other data sources to create a 30-40 page report. Your team
will prepare and deliver a 20-30 minute presentation on your findings
during the last week of class.
will announce the project topic(s) early in the term.
Go to the schedule page.
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