Course Summary
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1 week (32 hours)
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 Urban Planning


The course objective is to provide an overview of fundamental strategies for resilient, sustainable, and energy efficient master plans cited in Army and DoD Master Planning policies; present the planning process, methodology, and products used to create effective master plans and explain how the process is applied to installation master planning; emphasize that master planning is a professional capability requiring close collaboration and facilitation with stakeholders, and present an overview of sustainable development concepts. This class provides the fundamentals of the practice of planning and gives students the foundational understanding needed to engage in effective master planning of installations and federal properties.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the reasoning behind master planning and the process and products of master planning in the Army
  • Recognize the theories of sustainable and resilient planning
  • Identify the elements of a pattern and the extraction of patterns from an analysis of the built environment
  • Identify the role the built environment plays in creating healthy environments
  • Recognize the concept and components of form-based planning
  • Recognize the concept of capacity planning and how it fits into the DoD planning model
  • Identify the concept, process, and procedures of the American Planning Associations Code of Ethics
  • Create a basic ADP
  • Identify and evaluate how the DoD's 10 master planning strategies are applied in the host city's planning and design efforts
  • Recognize the process of professional development for federal planners and create a professional development plan
  • Identify the differences between standard design and standards and the role they play in master planning
  • Define plan-based programming process and identify the products
  • Identify key influences in American planning that have shaped the development of American cities and military installations
  • Recognize the Army's approach to master planning
  • Recognize the role of natural, historic, and cultural resources in the planning process
  • Identify the fundamental rules of anti-terrorism/force protection (AT/FP) in planning and their role on the physical landscape
  • Recognize the concept, process, and products of planning at an area development plan (ADP) level
  • Recognize the process and products of creating Network Plans
  • Create a site plan using effective site planning principles and process

General Course Topics:

  • Master planning philosophy, processes, and products
  • Planning history and theory
  • Army perspective on master planning
  • Sustainable and resilient planning
  • Natural, cultural, and historic resource management
  • Planning patterns
  • Healthy community planning
  • Defensible planning
  • Area development planning
  • Form-based planning
  • Capacity planning
  • Planning ethics
  • Master planning professional development
  • Facility standardization
  • Network planning plan-based programming
  • Site planning considerations
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials