URP 4211: Regional Planning

Course Overview

Students of this course are expected to learn and understand the basics of regional planning. This course covers the macro-level planning in regional perspective.

Course Objectives

It is expected that upon completion of the course student will learn the basic concepts of regional planning and associated techniques for preparing a regional plan.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

·       Comprehend the basic concepts of region and regional planning;

·       Explain the nature of regional growth;

·       Analyse the spatial structure of regions;

·       Identify the regional planning process in Bangladesh in an international perspective.

URP 4221: Urban Governance

Course Overview

The course is designed to explore the issues of governance of cities in the wider context of development and globalization. To better understand the challenges facing urban development, the roles, relations, and actions of actors in civil society and the public and private sectors will be examined in theory and practice.

Course Objectives

The aim of the urban governance course at the undergraduate level is to increase both theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of the economic, social, institutional, political and physical aspects of urban planning and development that process in ensuring efficient delivery system of urban services to the city and town dwellers. Specifically, the following are the objectives of this course:

·       Familiarize with theoretical as well as practical aspects of urban governance

·       Disseminate the experiences of practicing urban governance in other similar countries

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On completion of the course, students should:

·       Understand good governance principles and themes;

·       Explain the changing role of government in era of globalisation, decentralisation and democratisation;

·       Analyse the nexus between public, private sectors and civil society in planning for and managing cities;

·       Identify the role of private sector and civil society in delivering and financing infrastructure and services.

URP 4251: Legal Aspects and Ethics of Planning

Course Overview

The course is designed for the fourth year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. Students of this course are expected to learn and understand the issues related to legal aspects of planning required for plan making process and implementation.

Course Objectives

It is expected that upon completion of the course student will learn the relevant rules and regulations for plan preparation and implementation in Bangladesh.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

 After completing the course students are expected to be able to:

·       Understand the basic laws related to building construction, preparation of master plan and designing different service provisions;

·       Identify the laws and statutes related to urban planning and apply different planning laws in planning and development control.

URP 4253: Project Planning and Evaluation Techniques

Course Overview

The course is designed for the fourth year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. Students of this course are expected to learn and understand the basics of project planning. This course offers a clear understanding of different tools and techniques associated with project planning and evaluation.

Course Objectives

It is expected that upon completion of the course student will learn the basic concepts of project planning and evaluation techniques. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

 After completing the course students are expected to be able to:

·       Identify uncertainty and risk in project planning;

·       Develop project appraisal and project proposal;

·       Identify the project monitoring and evaluation techniques;

·       Construct the different public and private sector led projects.

URP 4254: Project Planning and Evaluation Techniques (Studio/Project)

Course Overview

The course is designed for the fourth year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. Students of this course are expected to identify the theoretical concepts in the field. This course will be conducted simultaneously with its theoretical counterpart URP 4253. Students of this course are expected to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge from URP 4253.

Course Objectives

It is expected that upon completion of the course student will learn to prepare project proposal and project management plans.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

 After completing the course students are expected to be able to:

·       Design project proposal & financial plan;

·       Sketch project monitoring and evaluation plan;

·       Develop planning & development project’s Request For Proposal (RFP), Terms of References;

·       Use MS Project to develop work schedule of a project.

URP 4256: Project/Thesis II

Course Overview

The course is designed for the fourth year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. Students of this course are expected to conduct an individual research on their field of specialisation.

Course Objectives

The objective of the course is to develop the students’ ability to conduct a theoretically-informed research related to a particular policy issue arising from a course or multiple courses of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. The students will be assessed on two types of output and on some aspects of the process leading to these outputs:

·       We expect the students to collect and analyze quantitative or qualitative data or both and write a theoretically-informed dissertation   

·       The students will also be assessed on the quality of public presentations of their argument and on their ability to answer the questions asked by jury members.

·       Among the process aspects the supervisors of this course can usefully distinguish between aspects of the student’s learning attitude and the significance of his/her learning process, i.e. the difference between the initial and the final understanding of the issue(s) each student has inquired into.  

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

 Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

·       Demonstrate a capacity for in-depth critical thinking through research;

·       Discern the value of information and knowledge from a wide variety of sources and experiences and reflect on and evaluate their application in Dissertation/Thesis;

·       Apply a range of social science research methods to conduct research and undertake policy development that consider theoretical, historical, local and international contexts for decision making;

·       Draw on available theory and debates, submit them to a critical analysis based on primary and/or secondary data and on a review of the literature, and from this draw conclusions and offer recommendations;

·       Communicate ideas using diverse formats and strategies to academic audiences within and external to the discipline;

·       Reflect on the interconnectedness of environmental, social, economic systems both locally and nationally and apply in professional practice or further study.

URP 4258: Seminar

Course Overview

The course is designed for the fourth year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. Students of this course are expected to conduct an individual research on their field of specialisation by following the format of seminar presentation.

Course Objectives

It is expected that upon completion of writing this seminar paper student will learn the process to write a scientific paper and presenting this paper into an international seminar.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

·       Write a journal article from the research findings;

·       Present research findings in the conference.