URP 2221: Urban Analysis Techniques

Course Overview

Students of this course are expected to learn the concepts and techniques that planners use to understand spatial, economic, social and morphological dynamics of urban and regional systems. The course aims at exploring various analytical techniques which have been developed and applied in urban and regional analysis in planning practice.

Course Objectives

The course will help students to achieve knowledge on:

·       contemporary social, economic, political and spatial urban issues and recognize the most appropriate methods for examining particular urban planning issues

·       quantitative data about real-life urban environments and this skill will be used to  analyse urban problems

·       Using a variety of software and analytical tools to analyze built environment data and spatial relationships, and present findings 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

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

·       Analyse demographic, economic and spatial process that cause the dynamics of the urban systems;

·       Compute different kinds of projection techniques of urban and regional systems;

·       Examine and analyze the process of urban land use pattern;

·       Develop relation among urban spatial structure and socio-economic dynamics;

·       Understand and apply economic viewpoints of implementation thresholds in an urban system.

URP 2222: Urban Analysis Techniques (Field Work & Studio)

Course Overview

This course will be conducted simultaneously with its theoretical counterpart URP2221. Students of this course are expected to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge from URP2221.

Course Objectives

This is a practical, hands-on course fully supported by its theoretical concept. This course is aimed at making the students proficient in using different analytical techniques taught in URP 2221.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

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

·       Use different kinds of forecasting techniques for population, housing, landuse, transport, employment;

·       Collect, visualise and analyse land use data;

·       Analyze land values in different ways;

·       Select the structure of urban and regional economy;

·       Identify urban spatial structures of different kinds of cities.

URP 2231: Basic Environmental Studies

Course Overview

The course is designed for the Second year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. This course will provide the basic concepts of environmental ecology and ecosystem, environmental pollutions, different types of pollutants and their impacts in urban and rural areas in the broader spectrum of urban planning.

Course Objectives

This course is aimed to equip students with basic understanding of causes and sources of different types of environmental pollution, types of pollutants and their environmental impacts, for designing appropriate environmental safeguards for any physical intervention.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

After completion of this course, it is expected that the students will be able to:

·       Understand different components of environment, ecosystem and its sub-systems;

·       Explore different causes and sources of environmental pollution;

·       Use different wastewater sampling, analysis and treatment techniques;

·       Demonstrate contemporary environmental issues.

URP 2232: Basic Environmental Studies (Field Work & Studio)

Course Overview

The course is designed for the Second year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. This course will be conducted simultaneously with its theoretical counterpart URP 2231.

Course Objectives

This course is aimed at making the students proficient in using different analytical techniques taught in URP 2231.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

After completion of this course, it is expected that the students will be able to:

·       Use different kinds of environmental assessment and management techniques and tools to manage environmental quality.

URP 2241: Urban and Regional Economics

Course Overview

Urban and regional economics are concerned with space, location, and distance from economic perspectives.  As such the course deals with topics of the concentration of people and activities in cities along with the resulting problems and patterns. The issues of locational dynamics, the market forces underlying the development of cities, and urban land-use patterns are the focus area of the course.

Course Objectives

The main objective of this course is to infuse ideas and knowledge to the students on economic analysis concerning cities existence and development and economics of related urban problems as well as on regional economic disparities.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

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

·       Explain the economic cause of the existence of cities;

·       Clarify boom and burst of urban economy and its impact on the urbanization and land use pattern;

·       Demonstrate the effect of economy of agglomeration and the process of invasion and succession on urban space;

·       Identify the effect of regional economy on the urban economy.

URP 2243: Fundamentals of Transport Planning and Engineering

Course Overview

The course is designed for the Second year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. This course will provide the basic concepts of transport planning. This course introduces students the basic of transport planning to address transportation issues in the broader spectrum of urban planning.

Course Objectives

This course is aimed to equip students with basic understanding of transportation studies for better traffic management having special focus on road geometrics.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

After completion of this course, it is expected that the students will be able to:

·       Understand different kind of transportation surveys;

·       Use different traffic management measures;

·       Analyse transport demand using different analytical models;

·       Assemble the emerging issues in transport planning and engineering.

URP 2244: Fundamentals of Transport Planning and Engineering (Field Work & Studio)

Course Overview

The course is designed for the Second year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. This course will be conducted simultaneously with its theoretical counterpart URP 2243.

Course Objectives

This course is aimed at making the students proficient in using different analytical techniques taught in URP 2243. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

After completion of this course, it is expected that the students will be able to:

·       Use different kinds of transport management techniques for better traffic management.

URP 2261: Geographical Information System

Course Overview

Modern planning practice is becoming more and more dependent on the technology. Spatial database essentially aids the decision making process of planning practices. Students of  this  course  are  expected  to  learn  and  understand the  basic  concept  and  techniques  associated with geographic information science and technology. It emphasizes the understanding and implementation of geographic information system theories including map projection and coordinate system, vector and raster data models, spatial data management and queries, and spatial data analysis.

Course Objectives

The learning objectives of this course are as follows:

·       Develop capability among the students so that they can explain the purpose and application of GIS in different fields of urban planning

·       Able to understand the database structure of geo-spatial data

·       Enable students with the ability to explain theories related to production of spatial data

·       Students will be able to demonstrate ability to explain analytical procedure of solving different problems using both raster and vector data

·       Students will be proficient in explaining basics of GPS along with its application 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

After completion of this course, it is expected that the students will be able to:

·       Demonstrate basic concepts of GIS and describe its scope in urban and rural planning;

·       Explain the scale, projection, and coordinate systems and understand importance of each  of these components in GIS;

·       Differentiate  between  vector,  raster,  and  object-oriented  data  structures  and  explain  the appropriate use of each of these data structures;

·       Produce  effective  maps  of  analytical  results  which  adhere  to  established  cartographic standards;

·       Use primary level of spatial statistics.

URP 2262: Geographical Information System (Lab./Project)

Course Overview

The course is designed for the Second year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. This course will be conducted simultaneously with its theoretical counterpart URP 2261. Students of this course are expected to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge from URP 2261.

Course Objectives

The learning objectives of this course are as follows:

·       Develop capability of different kinds of problem solving using different kinds of software

·       Student will be able to explain and explore data structures of both raster and vector data

·       They will learn to digitise data from scanned images after georeferencing the image, creating manuscript and defining projection parameters

·       Students will be able to edit the digitized database and correct the errors

·       They will show capability to use different tools to solve GIS related problems

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Students completing this class will have practical experience of application of the theories that they will learn in URP 2261 course.  By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

·       Accomplish georeference of scanned maps;

·       Digitise and edit errors;

·       Project maps;

·       Develop surface based on some sample points;

·       Use the tools available within different GIS software;

·       Construct professional map layout for printing;

·       Apply multi-criteria analysis (MCA) for different problems using both vector and raster data;

·       Use GIS for network data.