Courses in Geography (Division 374)

201/Geol. 201. Introductory Geography: Water, Climate, and Mankind. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 268. Those with credit for GS 111 may only elect Geog. 201 for 3 credits. (4). (NS). (BS).

See Geological Science 201. (Stearns)
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406/Urban Planning 406. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($20) required.

This course provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems and related technologies. The course will cover basic principles and concepts of GIS, theory and tools of spatial analysis, and a broad exposure to GIS applications. The objectives of the course are to provide spatial information and analysis capabilities for urban planners and those in related disciplines. Content includes map analysis, hardware/software, nature of spatial data, data sources and acquisition, spatial analysis and models, presentation of output and reports, GIS trends and evaluation. The course will consist of two one-hour lectures per week and a three-hour lab using computer software, access to computer software for individual projects. There will be a course pack of readings. (Levine)
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472/Urban Planning 572. Transportation and Land Use Planning. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course explores the interrelated systems of urban transportation and urban land use to discover principles and ideas that can be useful in designing or evaluating plans that affect the two. The course covers four broad areas: 1. Transportation Planning History: What assumptions and approaches have guided domestic transportation planning in this century? How have these evolved? How good is the fit between current approaches and current conditions? 2. Transportation and Land Use Theory: What frameworks have been developed to understand the interrelationships between transportation and land use, and how might these affect how we view potential transportation planning alternatives? 3. Transportation Planning Technique: Formal approaches to modeling the urban transportation system have evolved in the past few decades. We will explore these approaches as well as their limitations. 4. Urban Transportation Policy: Alternative definitions of "the transportation problem" can lead to different directions for policy. We will explore various transportation planning concerns and approaches to dealing with them. The course will have a weekly lecture/discussion section. A weekly laboratory session of one and a half hours will also be scheduled at the first class meeting, to be matched with students' availability. Labs will be devoted to using specialized transportation software (TransCad) to analyze transportation problems, particularly within the framework of the transportation planning techniques developed in number 3, above. The last two lab sessions (somewhat expanded) will be devoted to oral presentation of course projects. TEXTBOOKS: Whiner, Edward. (1992) Urban Transportation Planning in the United States: An Historical Overview. Washington, DC: United States Department of Transportation, Technology Sharing Program. Distributed at the first class meeting. Downs, Anthony. (1992) Stuck in Traffic: Coping with Peak-Hour Traffic Congestion. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution. Available for purchase at the North Campus Commons Bookstore. A course pack will be available at Michigan Document Service, Inc. upstairs at 603 Church Street, just south of South University Avenue. Permission of Instructor is required. Though the course carries no formal course prerequisites, it is highly recommended that the following courses be completed prior to taking UP572: UP504 and either UP406 or UP507. Grading will be on the basis of a midterm (30%), a course project (40%), laboratory exercises (20%), and active class time participation (10%). (Levine)
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591. Research and Special Work in Human Geography. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Individual project under the direction of a faculty member enables student to pursue a course of study not included in organized courses offered by the Geography program.
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