Urban and Regional Planning

MURP 4005         Introduction to Neighborhood Planning                                                        3 cr.
This class introduces students to the underlying processes of neighborhood-based planning and explores the role of the neighborhoods in the urban environment.  Through class lectures, discussion of assigned readings, and presentations of planning initiatives undertaken in a variety of New Orleans' neighborhoods, students will explore the components of neighborhood development, change, and planning.

MURP 4010         Introduction to Historic Preservation                                                                     3 cr.
The introduction to Historic Preservation provides a broad overview of the historical, architectural, political, social economic, administrative and legal aspects of historic preservation.

MURP 4030         Social Policy Planning                                                                    3 cr.
Fall semester. Prerequisite: consent of school. The course will investigate operational approaches to social planning. Problem conceptualization will be emphasized and methods to express and satisfy human needs in planning discussed.

MURP 4050         Urban Land Use Planning and Plan Making                                                   3 cr.
This course provides students with an understanding of land use planning principles, methods and formats. In addition, students will gain the skills needed to create an effective and appropriate land use plan for a small city. Topics include: how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of various land use plan-making methods and plan formats; how to describe existing and emerging community conditions; how to formulate goals; how to design a future urban regional form that meets community objectives; and how to formulate a plan in a professional manner.

MURP 4062         Applied Techniques for Transportation Planners              3 cr.
This course is an overview of the tools used by transportation planners for decision making. The course covers the use of transportation data and analysis, transportation demand modeling, land use and travel behavior, transit system planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning and safety, transportation finance, evacuation planning, the use of information technology in transportation planning, and project implementation and evaluation.

MURP 4063         Land Use and Transportation Planning                                                            3 cr.
This course examines the relationship between transportation and land use. It covers the planning and policy techniques used to encourage sustainable and balanced multimodal transportation systems in the U.S. and around the world. The specific topics covered in this course include: trends in travel behavior, smart growth and sustainable development, public transportation, walking, cycling, automobile dependence, transit-oriented development, real estate development, land use planning, and public policy.

MURP 4081         Information Technology for the Planning Profession                                   3 cr.
This course will provide an overview of computer-based technology widely used by planning professionals in demographic and land use analysis, environmental planning and development impact analysis.  Students will be introduced to the appropriate application of information technology tools in the planning profession and will gain applied planning experience using current spatial software.

MURP 4140         Environmental Planning                                                                               3 cr.
This course focuses on the impact of public and private planning, policies, and programs on the natural and man-made environment of our urban regions. The subject matter includes environmental law, environmental impact statements, environmental politics, land use policy, air and water resources, energy policy, and solid wastes.

MURP 4145         Coastal Zone Planning and Administration                                                    3 cr.
Coastal zones are valuable natural resource areas that are fragile, in great demand, and in danger of system collapse. This course develops the concepts of coastal resources, examines the many strategies for resource management and administration, and analyzes guidelines and standards for planning activities in the coastal zone.

MURP 4200         American City Planning                                                                                                3 cr.
This course will deal with the evolution of urban and regional planning in the United States with particular focus on the last century. Emphasis will be placed on specific issues, programs, projects, and personalities instrumental in shaping the form of the American landscape and cityscape and in developing urban planning as a profession.

MURP 4500         Energy Planning for Cities and Regions                                                                 3 cr.
An introduction to national and Louisiana energy demands, resources, impacts, technologies, and policies especially as related to plan formulation in cities and regions. Particular emphasis is given to the energy relationship between New Orleans and the Louisiana coastal ecosystem.

MURP 4710         Urbanism and Urban Design                                                                       3 cr.
This course will deal with the history of urban design emerging methodologies analytical frameworks instruments and strategies the decision-making processes in urban design and the roles of urban designers.

MURP 4750         Design and Management of Urban Parks                                              3 cr.
This course will explore the essential elements of planning, design and management of urban parks and public spaces. A major focus of this course will be on how parks and open spaces contribute to the quality of life in communities and how they can help to promote revitalization efforts. Research methods to determine community needs, financing mechanisms, management strategies and evaluation techniques will be discussed along with design examples from a variety of U.S. and Canadian parks.

MURP 4800         Studies in Special Urban Problems                                          3 cr.
This course is a study of urbanization, the city as a social and cultural environment and the social problems of cities.  Topics vary by semester.  May be taken up to 3 times for a total of 9 credit hours.

MURP 4820         Tourism for Urban and Regional Planners                                                            3 cr.
An exploration of the international travel and tourism industry, focusing on the post-1950 period.  The course will cover the rapid growth of tourism and its economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts on countries, regions, and cities, with a particular emphasis on the role planners and policymakers play in promoting and regulating the industry.

MURP 4900         Independent Study                                                        3 cr.
Department consent required.  Independent research under the direction of a designated member of the faculty.  May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.  Offered each semester.

MURP 5005         Introduction to Neighborhood Planning                                                          3 cr.
This class introduces students to the underlying processes of neighborhood-based planning and explores the role of the neighborhoods in the urban environment.  Through class lectures, discussion of assigned readings, and presentations of planning initiatives undertaken in a variety of New Orleans' neighborhoods, students will explore the components of neighborhood development, change, and planning.

MURP 5010         Introduction to Historic Preservation                                                                     3 cr.
The introduction to Historic Preservation provides a broad overview of the historical, architectural, political, social economic, administrative and legal aspects of historic preservation.

MURP 5030         Social Policy Planning                                                                    3 cr.
Fall semester. Prerequisite: consent of school. The course will investigate operational approaches to social planning. Problem conceptualization will be emphasized and methods to express and satisfy human needs in planning discussed.

MURP 5050         Urban Land Use Planning and Plan Making                                                   3 cr.
This course provides students with an understanding of land use planning principles, methods and formats. In addition, students will gain the skills needed to create an effective and appropriate land use plan for a small city. Topics include: how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of various land use plan-making methods and plan formats; how to describe existing and emerging community conditions; how to formulate goals; how to design a future urban regional form that meets community objectives; and how to formulate a plan in a professional manner.

MURP 5051         Urban Land Use Planning and Plan Making Laboratory                  1 cr.
One hour of laboratory each week to accompany MURP 5050. Practical application of the principles, processes and methods of land use planning. Students will complete a land use plan for a hypothetical small city by the end of the course.

MURP 5062         Applied Techniques for Transportation Planners                                           3 cr.
This course is an overview of the tools used by transportation planners for decision making. The course covers the use of transportation data and analysis, transportation demand modeling, land use and travel behavior, transit system planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning and safety, transportation finance, evacuation planning, the use of information technology in transportation planning, and project implementation and evaluation.

MURP 5063         Land Use and Transportation Planning                                                  3 cr.
This course examines the relationship between transportation and land use. It covers the planning and policy techniques used to encourage sustainable and balanced multimodal transportation systems in the U.S. and around the world. The specific topics covered in this course include: trends in travel behavior, smart growth and sustainable development, public transportation, walking, cycling, automobile dependence, transit-oriented development, real estate development, land use planning, and public policy.

MURP 5070         Development Impact Assessment                                                                           3 cr.
Prerequisite: MURP 4600 or consent of department. This course reviews the major techniques used in evaluating the socioeconomic and fiscal impacts of land development projects on communities. Case studies will be used for illustration.

MURP 5081         Information Technology for the Planning Profession                                    3 cr.
This course will provide an overview of computer-based technology widely used by planning professionals in demographic and land use analysis, environmental planning and development impact analysis.  Students will be introduced to the appropriate application of information technology tools in the planning profession and will gain applied planning experience using current spatial software.

MURP 5140         Environmental Planning                                                                                    3 cr.
This course focuses on the impact of public and private planning, policies, and programs on the natural and man-made environment of our urban regions. The subject matter includes environmental law, environmental impact statements, environmental politics, land use policy, air and water resources, energy policy, and solid wastes.

MURP 5145         Coastal Zone Planning and Administration                                                    3 cr.
Coastal zones are valuable natural resource areas that are fragile, in great demand, and in danger of system collapse. This course develops the concepts of coastal resources, examines the many strategies for resource management and administration, and analyzes guidelines and standards for planning activities in the coastal zone.

MURP 5200         American City Planning                                                                3 cr.
This course will deal with the evolution of urban and regional planning in the United States with particular focus on the last century. Emphasis will be placed on specific issues, programs, projects, and personalities instrumental in shaping the form of the American landscape and cityscape and in developing urban planning as a profession.

MURP 5500         Energy Planning for Cities and Regions                                 3 cr.
An introduction to national and Louisiana energy demands, resources, impacts, technologies, and policies especially as related to plan formulation in cities and regions. Particular emphasis is given to the energy relationship between New Orleans and the Louisiana coastal ecosystem.

MURP 5660         Negotiation and Mediation for Planners                                              3 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of the School of Urban Planning & Regional Studies. This course uses theory and gaming materials to build negotiation and mediation skills. The particular lessons covered include: the importance of assessing one's Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA); the preconditions for collaborative problem solving; the application of utility theory to negotiation analysis; the significance of coalition building; the value of packaging options that trade across issues; criteria for evaluating negotiation outcomes; strategies for dealing with uncertainty and risk; the role of the media in public decision making; and the responsibility of facilitators, mediators, and dispute resolves. These lessons ought to be directly transferable to a student's current or future planning practice.

MURP 5710         Urbanism and Urban Design                                                       3 cr.
This course will deal with the history of urban design emerging methodologies analytical frameworks instruments and strategies the decision-making processes in urban design and the roles of urban designers.

MURP 5750         Design and Management of Urban Parks                                                              3 cr.
This course will explore the essential elements of planning, design and management of urban parks and public spaces. A major focus of this course will be on how parks and open spaces contribute to the quality of life in communities and how they can help to promote revitalization efforts. Research methods to determine community needs, financing mechanisms, management strategies and evaluation techniques will be discussed along with design examples from a variety of U.S. and Canadian parks.

MURP 5800         Studies in Special Urban Problems                                                                          3 cr.
This course is a study of urbanization, the city as a social and cultural environment and the social problems of cities.  Topics vary by semester.  May be taken up to 3 times for a total of 9 credit hours.

MURP 5820         Tourism for Urban and Regional Planners                                                      3 cr.
An exploration of the international travel and tourism industry, focusing on the post-1950 period.  The course will cover the rapid growth of tourism and its economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts on countries, regions, and cities, with a particular emphasis on the role planners and policymakers play in promoting and regulating the industry.

MURP 6010         Planning for Neighborhoods and Smaller Communities                                3 cr.
This course examines the forces that have shaped America's neighborhoods and smaller communities, the unique problems that face them, and planning strategies available for their resolution.

MURP 6020         Analytic Methods for Planners                                                                  3 cr.
Department consent required. An introduction to the application of quantitative analytical methods used by professional planners and policy makers in urban and regional contexts. Topics include: population estimation and forecasting, economic forecasting, locational analysis, forecasting for transportation, housing, shopping, and recreational facilities, as well as project evaluation and monitoring. An emphasis will be placed on actual problem solving rather than an understanding of the pure mathematical basis of the techniques.

MURP 6030         Social Policy Planning                                                                   3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. The course will investigate operational approaches to social planning. Problem conceptualization will be emphasized and methods to express and satisfy human needs in planning will be discussed.

MURP 6051         Housing and Community Development                                       3 cr.
This course is designed to give the student an introduction to the complex areas of housing and community development. Emphasis will be placed on examination of the federal role and the local response in implementing programs.

MURP 6061         Introduction to Transportation Planning                                                               3 cr.
This course provides an introduction to the practice of urban transportation planning. The course concentrates primarily on providing a general overview of the transportation planning process. Emphasis is placed on specific elements of that process and specific components of the urban transportation system.

MURP 6071         Zoning and Land Use Regulation                                                                              3 cr.
Department consent required. The course is an introduction to the legal environment in which planners and urban professionals must operate. Using the case method and analytic examples, the seminar will concentrate on acquainting the beginning urban professional with such concepts as zoning, eminent domain, subdivision regulation, planned-unit development (PUD), and the law of nuisance.

MURP 6100         Transit Planning and Management                                                                          3 cr.
The purpose of this course is to explore what makes transit successful, why it matters and what role planning and management play in delivering its success.  The course is designed to help students develop a comprehensive understanding of different aspects of transit planning and management. Students will learn about macro issues such as how urban form and technologies have influenced the design and implementation of transit services and vice versa.  The course addresses the practicalities¿of transit of what works and what doesn¿t¿to develop a practical understanding of transit service design and implementation.  An important element of the class is to gain an understanding of transit as a service delivery model.  Managing effectively is an important strategy for all types of organizations but particularly those whose funding depends on taxpayers.

MURP 6121         Methods of Urban and Regional Analysis II                                        3 cr.
Prerequisite: MURP 6020 or consent of school. A seminar on application of advanced quantitative analytic methods in regional and urban planning. The following topics will be presented: industrial complex analysis, regional and interregional linear programming, gravity models, game theory, concepts of regional development and regional conflict and cooperation analysis.

MURP 6130         Urban Development: A Social Perspective                                                       3 cr.
Prerequisite: MURP 4030/G or consent of the Department. The emphasis of this course is on current urban problems in urban development and the planning methods and strategies used to meet the needs of diverse socio-economic groups. A single problem focus will be developed and possible solutions developed.

MURP 6140         Citizen Participation                                                                      3 cr.
This seminar will explore the operational development of citizen participation and its inclusion as a vital element in the urban planning process. Emphasis will be placed on decentralization and participation in the design and delivery of urban public services at various levels of responsibility. Specific programs such as Community Development and neighborhood service units will be covered. Policy implications for local officials and urban planners will be discussed in an operational context.

MURP 6175         Development Finance for Planners                                         3 cr.
This course provides students with a working knowledge of real estate development.  As a planning course, the emphasis is on the role of the public sector in making development projects that serve public sector goals financially feasible. The focus is on development projects in underdeveloped or distressed communities. The course begins by acquainting students with the real estate development industry and introducing students to basic financial concepts and tools. It then provides an understanding of basic financial analysis for real estate development, instructs students how to develop and read development budgets and operating pro forma, and examines different sources of gap financing for community economic development.

MURP 6180         Site Planning                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite: MURP 4710/G, equivalent design course or Department consent. This will examine the fundamentals of site planning and analysis including environmental considerations as related to the design process, and general factors affecting building location and orientation. It will explore the specific site requirements of different types of land uses including density, visual elements, buffers and parking requirements. Students will complete small and large scale projects involving the integration of numerous site elements for workable designs.

MURP 6401         Urban Public Works Planning                                                    3 cr.
Department consent required. An introduction to the public works functions in the urban environment. The course will examine the organization and operation of urban public works activities. Case studies of actual public works problems will be used to supplement lecture material.

MURP 6450         Local Economic Development Policy and Planning                                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: None. This course provides students with an understanding of the theories, processes, and tools of local economic development. In addition, the course presents the realities of local economic development as currently practiced in the U.S. cities. The course emphasizes economic theory with a sensitivity to the political environment in cities and regions. Theories of development and economics as well as analytical tools used by local professionals will be shown as critical elements of sound local economic development planning.

MURP 6500         Urban Planning Practice in Developing Nations                                         3 cr.
This course presents a study of urban and regional planning practice in developing countries. Urban development issues and planning paradigms will be discussed. Selected Less Developed Countries (LDC's) will be examined in detail.

MURP 6520         Comparative Planning and Urban Development: the Case of Industrialized Nations 3 cr.
This seminar will explore the processes and strategies adopted by industrialized nations in planning for the development of their urban areas. Policy formulation and program implementation will be stressed, particularly in the areas of housing, central city revitalization, growth controls, and labor mobility.

MURP 6601         Seminar: Urban Planning Models                                                                  3 cr.
Department consent required.  This seminar will be an in-depth study of advanced concepts and techniques of urban planning.

MURP 6605         Seminar in Land Use Analysis                                                                    3 cr.
Department consent required.  Intensive research into selected rural and/or urban land-use problems in their environmental and historical contexts.  Course may be taken two times for a maximum of six credit hours.

MURP 6620         History, Theory, and Practice of Planning             3 cr.
Department consent required.  The course provides students with a broad understanding of the history, theory, and practice of urban and regional planning. This seminar focuses on the historical development of the planning profession and planning theory, the various roles planners play in practice and the ethical dilemmas they face.

MURP 6650         Recreational Planning                                                                                                   3 cr.
This course deals with the impact of urbanization on the field of recreation. Recreation planning will be discussed in relationship to the overall comprehensive planning fabric specifically as it relates to the formulation of its major components, i.e., goals, needs, methodologies, surveying techniques, administration, financing, and site analysis.

MURP 6710         Urbanism and Urban Design                                                       3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. This course will deal with the history of urban design, emerging methodologies, analytical frameworks, instruments, and strategies for the decision-making processes in urban design and the roles of urban designers.

MURP 6720         Practicum in Urban and Regional Planning                                                  3 cr.
Department consent required.  The course will focus on the applied aspects of the urban and regional planning profession. Project(s) will be identified and students will work as a team to complete the work. The goal is to develop a professional group report.

MURP 6721         Practicum in Urban and Regional Planning Finance Laboratory                          1 cr.
Department consent required.  This course provides advanced planning students in the housing and community economic development concentration the financial and analytical skills necessary to effectively engage their community clients and complete their client projects in MURP 6720 Practicum in Urban and Regional Planning. The course consists of six 2.5 hour laboratory sessions over the course of the semester prior to taking MURP 6720.

MURP 6800         MURP Planning Internship                                                                                3 cr.
Department consent required.  Offered each semester.  This course is designed to provide students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program practical experience working in a professional planning environment. Through the internship students will practice and expand upon the skills they have developed in the program while gaining exposure to the wider planning environment, politics that surround planning decisions, and the needs of the client organization. Students will work under the supervision of an internship supervisor at the host organization and a MURP faculty advisor.  May be taken two times for a maximum of six credit hours.

MURP 6900         Independent Study                                                                        3 cr.
Department consent required.  Offered each semester. Independent research in the graduate student's area of specialization under the direction of a designated member of the graduate faculty. May be taken two times for credit for a maximum of six credit hours.

MURP 7000         Thesis Research                                                                               1 min. cr. - 9 max. cr.
Department consent required.  Offered each semester. May be taken additional times for credit until thesis is accepted.

MURP 7040         Examination or Thesis Only No credit                                    0 cr.
Department consent required.  Open to students who have only the final editing and acceptance of their thesis or to students in a non-thesis program who have only to pass the final examination to complete graduation requirements.