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  • Objectives
    Integrated Land Planning Technologies is a unique blend of landscape design, urban and regional planning, geographic information systems, computer-aided design and graphic presentation.
  • Practical experience
    This four year applied degree program has four co-op work terms.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Applied Arts (Integrated Land Planning Technologies)
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CADD-7001    Computer Aided Design 1     3.00
    • COMM-7001    Introductory Communications     3.00
    • DESG-7001    Design Studio 1     3.00
    • DRAF-7001    Technical Drawing & Illustration     3.00
    • LAND-7001    Landscape Design Elements 1     2.00
    • METH-7001    Geographical Information System 1     3.00
    • URBN-7001    Land Use Planning     3.00

    Level 2    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CADD-7002    Computer Aided Design 2     3.00
    • DESG-7002    Design Studio 2     3.00
    • GRAF-7001    Presentation Graphics     3.00
    • LAND-7002    Landscape Design Elements 2     3.00
    • METH-7002    Geographical Information Systems 2     3.00
    • METH-7003    Databases for GIS     2.00
    • URBN-7002    Site Engineering & Planning     3.00

    Level 3     Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CADD-7003    Computer Aided Design 3     2.00
    • COMP-7001    Computer Programming     3.00
    • DESG-7003    Design Studio 3     3.00
    • LAND-7003    Landscape Design Elements 3     3.00
    • METH-7004    Geographical Info Systems 3     4.00
    • URBN-7003    Municipal & Subdiv Plan & Prop Law     3.00
    • WRIT-7001    Report Writing     2.00
    • ECON-7001    Macro Economics     3.00

    Level 4    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ARCH-7001    Architecture     3.00
    • CADD-7004    Computer Aided Design 4     3.00
    • DESG-7004    Design Studio 4     3.00
    • ENVR-7001    Ecological Planning     3.00
    • GRAF-7002    Presentation Graphics 2     2.00
    • METH-7005    Geographical Info Systems 4     3.00
    • SURV-7001    Landscape Design Elements 4     3.00

    Level 5    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • DESG-7005    Design Studio/Case Studies     3.00
    • ENVR-7002    Environmental Issues     3.00
    • GRAF-7003    Advanced Computer Presentation     3.00
    • LAND-7004    Landscape Design Elements 5     3.00
    • METH-7006    Geographical Info Systems 5     3.00
    • MATH-7001    Statistics     2.00
    • URBN-7004    Rural Planning     3.00

    Level 6    Credits

    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BUSI-7001    Business & Professional Practice     3.00
    • CADD-7005    3D Modeling     3.00
    • COMM-7002    Visual & Verbal Literacy     4.00
    • DESG-7006    Design Studio/Case Studies 2     3.00
    • METH-7007    Geographical Info Systems 6     3.00
    • URBN-7005    Community Planning     3.00
    • URBN-7006    Demographic Studies     3.00

    Level 7    Credits

    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • COMM-7003    Professional Presentation     3.00
    • DESG-7007    Design Studio/Case Studies 3     2.00
    • DIGL-7001    Digital Imaging & Videography     3.00
    • ENVR-7003    Environmental Psychology     3.00
    • LAND-7005    Landscape Design Elements 6     3.00
    • METH-7008    Spatial Analysis     3.00
    • URBN-7007    Regional Planning     3.00

    Level 8    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • EDUC-7001    Case Study/Field Work-Planning     2.00
    • EDUC-7002    Case Study/Field Work-Technical     2.00
    • EDUC-7003    Case Study - Research     2.00
    • DESG-7008    Design Studio-Capstone Project     3.00
    • DIGL-7002    Digital Imaging & Videography 2     3.00
    • GRAF-7004    Case Study Presentation     3.00
    • METH-7009    Geographical Information Systems 8     3.00

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 21 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in all levels except Level 3

    ARCH-7001 -  Architecture
    This survey course explores in broad terms the nature of modern architecture and how it has been shaped by technological and social change. The main streams of modern architecture are traced from the early roots in the mid-19th century to the present and lead to a discussion of current work, ideas and concerns. At the completion of the course, students will have an increased aesthetic appreciation of architecture and an understanding of architecture as a reflection of the wider culture.

    BUSI-7001 -  Business & Professional Practice

    This course guides the student through an exploration of professional and business ethics, intellectual property and employment law. In addition, students will gain skills in organization structures, project management, and business planning. Students will apply research and writing skills gained in previous communication courses to the complete and present a business plan.

    CADD-7001 -  Computer Aided Design 1

    This course introduces computer aided drafting for land use planning. New drawings and images plus material created in Technical Drawing and Illustration will be drawn using AutoCADs drawing, filing and plotting commands.

    CADD-7002 -  Computer Aided Design 2

    Using Computer Aided Design 1 as a prerequisite this course expands on drawing, editing, filing and plotting commands in order to create land use maps, plans and drawings. Three-dimensional AutoCAD commands are introduced as well as single customization of menus, line types and hatch patterns.

    CADD-7003 -  Computer Aided Design 3

    Urban and Regional Planning Technology involves the preparation of a broad range of maps and plans for land development and land conservation from a wide range of sources and formats. This course introduces computer aided design and mapping covering drawing, editing and plotting of maps and plans for land based development projects from a planning perspective using AutoCAD.

    CADD-7004 -  Computer Aided Design 4

    This course covers the fundamentals of Visual Basic programming. These are then applied to AutoCAD and relevant GIS applications.

    CADD-7005 -  3D Modeling

    In this course students will utilize different techniques to create advanced 3D models. Students will display and render 3D models for presentation utilizing AutoCAD commands.

    COMM-7001 -  Introductory Communications

    This course provides students with the communication tools and skills typically used in an applied science workplace. Students develop skills in research, and technical writing. They conduct both primary and secondary research, as well as analyze and organize information. Students gain skills with a variety of workplace documents including: memos, e-mails, letters, lab reports, incident and informal reports and formal reports. Students also gain a legal understanding of the documents they produce.

    COMM-7002 -  Visual & Verbal Literacy

    This readings-based course explores the relationship between verbal and visual experiences and introduces students to both the analysis and writing of "texts" with specific reference to the context of contemporary media. Students will explore important issues of verbal and visual representation in contemporary media. Such issues will include the following: regionalism, representing the body, gender and sexuality, constructing race, icons and iconography.

    COMM-7003 -  Professional Presentation

    This course allows the student to integrate graphics, linguistics, and animation to provide professional oral and visual presentations. Students will be required to work in groups preparing projects and presentations. They will practise managing their group’s performance and participate in a group presentation. Meetings, their protocols, and specifically their oral components are also examined in this course.

    COMP-7001 -  Computer Programming

    In this lab/lecture course, students will examine the fundamentals of programming using an object oriented programming language. The student will learn the basics of programming through a series of lectures, projects and hands-on in-class exercises.

    DESG-7001 -  Design Studio 1

    This studio course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to design principles, composition and fundamentals. Project assignments are designed to introduce the student to the basic issues associated with the development of a land use design. Exercises are designed to use skills learned in other courses such as Technical Drawing and Illustration, CAD and GIS.

    DESG-7002 -  Design Studio 2

    Students will explore a variety of studio exercises that present both theoretical and practical design problems at various scales. Projects will begin with integrated indoor/outdoor living space design at a small scale and progress to public and/or institutional sites and on to multi-functional community sites. Students will incorporate information learned in other courses including site engineering, planning principles, design, presentation graphics, GIS database analysis and CAD.

    DESG-7003 -  Design Studio 3

    This course will provide the student with the foundation necessary to approach incrementally more complex and comprehensive design challenges and to explore these with reference to quality built environments (case studies) as learning models. Specifically, the student will explore the design of cultural environments utilizing landform, builtform and plantform as the basis of design development with the objective of encouraging desired landscape experiences and human behaviour responses to the created environment.

    DESG-7004 -  Design Studio 4

    This course explores the constructed nature of landscape features in further detail in relation to program needs of design development. Exercises and studio projects will emphasize a more comprehensive understanding and utilization of landscape materials and structures and will introduce the integration of landform as a means of both design expression and functional consideration. Existing and adjacent site conditions, behavioural needs of identified user groups, and considerations of landscape and community sustainability will be considered within a comprehensive design process.

    DESG-7005 -  Design Studio/Case Studies

    In this course studio exercises are based on a case study methodology. Students will assess historical, existing and conceptual examples of design and then apply this knowledge gained to practical problems. Exercises will be undertaken in small groups and individually. Topics will focus on issues related to the environment, rural planning and the incorporation of trees into the urban fabric. Final projects will be presented using a wide variety of communication tools including CAD, GIS and other technologies.

    DESG-7006 -  Design Studio/Case Studies 2

    A continuation of DESG570, this course introduces the studen to advanced design issues related to community design and planning. Project presentations will include the use of 3D modeling and advanced GIS techniques. A significant portion of the work completed will include research and report writing. Topics may be explored using a variety of methodologies including field trips, guest speakers and design charettes. Final projects will be presented using various tools including CAD, GIS and other technologies.

    DESG-7007 -  Design Studio/Case Studies 3
    This studio course explores the nature of the urban built form. Emphasis will be placed on using digital tools to undertake comprehensive assessment and effective presentations. Projects will be designed to explore issues related to human impacts on the environment and the exploration of effective responses. The case study method used in this course will take advantage of actual issues associated with planning in the Southern Ontario region.

    DESG-7008 -  Design Studio-Capstone Project

    This course is intended to assist students with the preparation of their required fourth year Capstone Projects. Lectures and assignments will be directly related to the research and design phases of the Capstone Project. During this course, students will be required to form their research groups and undertake assignments necessary to complete the Capstone Project. The resulting project will be presented to faculty, students, and selected industry representatives, and assessed by the faculty. Grades for this project will be divided among DIGL-7002, GRAF-7004, METH-7009, EDUC-7001, EDUC-7002, and EDUC-7003.

    DIGL-7001 -  Digital Imaging & Videography

    This course instructs the students in the use of digital still and video camera use to reference existing site conditions and their context.

    DIGL-7002 -  Digital Imaging & Videography 2

    Students will apply skill set developed in DIGL7001 and further the development of skills in imaging tools and formats supportive to their integrated capstone project. Students will work in small teams or individually to analyze a brief, undertake the necessary research, and create a workable solution to a given landscape/urban case situation. The resulting project will be presented to faculty, the students, and selected industry representatives, and assessed by the faculty. Grades for this project will be divided among GRAF-7004, METH-7009, EDUC-7001, EDUC-7002, EDUC-7003, and DESG-7008

    DRAF-7001 -  Technical Drawing & Illustration

    This is a two-part course that deals with drawing/sketching and basic drafting skills. Sketching exercises will be designed to develop students ability to communicate ideas visually through drawing and rendering techniques. Drafting exercises will develop proficiency in the use of drafting instruments, linework, lettering and technical drafting for design purposes.

    ECON-7001 -  Macro Economics

    This course deals with the fundamental concepts of macroeconomics and contemporary macro economic policies and issues, particularly as they relate to the performance of the Canadian economy. Topics include measuring a nation’s income and cost of living; unemployment; economic growth; Canada’s monetary system; monetary and fiscal policy; and international finance and trade in an open economy.

    EDUC-7001 -  Case Study/Field Work-Planning
    For this integrated capstone project, students will work in small teams or individually to analyze a brief, undertake the necessary research, and create a workable solution to a given landscape/urban case situation. The resulting project will be presented to faculty, the students, and selected industry representatives, and assessed by the faculty. Grades for this project will be divided among DIGL-7002, GRAF-7004, METH-7009, EDUC-7003, EDUC-7002, and DESG-7008

    EDUC-7002 -  Case Study/Field Work-Technical
    For this integrated capstone project, students will work in small teams or individually to analyze a brief, undertake the necessary research, and create a workable solution to a given landscape/urban case situation. The resulting project will be presented to faculty, the students, and selected industry representatives, and assessed by the faculty. Grades for this project will be divided among DIGL-7002, GRAF-7004, METH-7009, EDUC-7001, and DESG-7008.

    EDUC-7003 -  Case Study - Research
    For this integrated capstone project students will work in small teams or individually to analyze a brief. They will undertake the necessary research, and create a workable solution to a given landscape/urban case situation. The resulting project will be presented to faculty, the students, and selected industry representatives, and assessed by the faculty. Grades for this project will be divided among DIGL-7002, GRAF-7004, METH-7009, EDUC-7003, EDUC-7002, and DESG-7008.

    ENVR-7001 -  Ecological Planning

    The course will begin with a review of global environmental issues and then focus in on ecological planning for the Ontario landscape. Natural features such as wetlands and woodlands are assessed in terms of their characteristics and functions. The natural process of flooding, erosion, shoreline movement and slope erosion are assessed in the same context. The role and responsibilities of municipalities and resource management agencies in planning for natural features and processes will also be discussed.

    ENVR-7002 -  Environmental Issues

    Ecological features and functions of the natural environment are studied such as wetlands, woodlands and habitats for endangered species. Natural and cultural processes and events such as flooding, storm water management, erosion, shoreline movement and slope stability are discussed. A local and Provincial Government resource agencies context is provided focusing on respective roles and responsibilities.

    ENVR-7003 -  Environmental Psychology
    This course introduces students to psychological principles that affect the relationship between humans and the environment. Theoretical issues and applications are explored.

    GRAF-7001 -  Presentation Graphics
    This course explores the further development of skills, strategies, processes and methods in the graphic communication and expression of design intent. Specifically, the course addresses and explores the further development of drawing/ sketching skills in both 2 and 3 dimensions and the integration of these with other digital graphic technologies. Sketching exercises will be designed to develop student's ability to communicate ideas visually through drawing and rendering techniques.

    GRAF-7002 -  Presentation Graphics 2

    This course is designed to provide the student with the expertise necessary to utilize Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop PowerPoint programs as a graphic development and presentation tool. Hand graphic techniques including sections, elevations, axonometric and perspective methods will be further developed and combined with digital graphic programs to provide integrated graphic communication strategies.

    GRAF-7003 -  Advanced Computer Presentation
    This course is designed to provide the student with the expertise necessary to apply the tools and facilities of Document Delivery Based Editing Software.

    GRAF-7004 -  Case Study Presentation
    For this integrated capstone project students will work in small teams or individually to analyze a brief. They will undertake the necessary research, and create a workable solution to a given landscape/urban case situation. The resulting project will be presented to faculty, the students, and selected industry representatives, and assessed by the faculty. Grades for this project will be divided among DIGL-7002, GRAF-7004, METH-7009, EDUC-7003, EDUC-7002, and DESG-7008.

    LAND-7001 -  Landscape Design Elements 1
    This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the landscape design, history of urban form, planning, and fundamentals of various periods and styles. The course is delivered as an audio-visual lecture. It will provide an overview of landscape design planning, urban history, and design approaches used from the Renaissance to the present day. Each style will be reviewed focusing on its use of design principles, composition, elements and materials.

    LAND-7002 -  Landscape Design Elements 2
    This is an introductory course in basic horticulture focusing in plant growth, habits, health, and plant culture. Through lectures, lab greenhouse and field assignments, various aspects of turf, soils, pests, diseases, pruning, and propagation will be demonstrated, and practiced.

    LAND-7003 -  Landscape Design Elements 3

    Students will explore the range of environments for plant growth and development including indigenous and urban landscape settings. Students will come to understand the habits, health, growth patterns and horticultural requirements of a range of both evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs through on-site plant identification and environmental analysis.

    LAND-7004 -  Landscape Design Elements 5

    This is an introductory course to basic horticulture focusing on plant growth, habits, health, and plant culture. Through lectures, lab and field assignments, turf, soils, pests, diseases, pruning and propagation will be instructed and illustrated.

    LAND-7005 -  Landscape Design Elements 6
    This course will introduce students to the role of trees in the urban context. Discussion topics will include how trees affect the environment, criteria for selection, care, planting techniques, siting and naturalization strategies.

    MATH-7001 -  Statistics
    This 2-part course will cover the basics of statistics and an overview of statistical analysis models and examples for geographical purposes. In the first part the collection, analysis and transformation of data into information as well as descriptive and inferential statistics and probability theory are covered. In the second part central tendencies and dispersion in point patterns, shape, pattern, spatial relationships and spatial distributions are studied. Actual case studies will be used to demonstrate areas of application.

    METH-7001 -  Geographical Information System 1
    This course consists of a theory and computer lab portions. In the theory portion the study of geomatics comprising geodesy are studied. In the computer lab portion, a series of exercises will introduce the student to ArcGIS software. The exercises will cover maps, layouts and tables. The acquisition processing, storage, display and analysis of spatial and tabular data and the application of GIS to Land Use Planning will be covered.

    METH-7002 -  Geographical Information Systems 2
    This lecture/computer lab course provides a background in fundamental GIS principles and introduces the concepts of topological data model and the structure and use of spatial databases. The lab component will build upon spatial analysis skills learned in GIS 1and apply this to cartographic products used in case studies.

    METH-7003 -  Databases for GIS
    The structure and theory of relational database management systems are studied. Interrelationships between RDMS and GIS are explored. These relationships are applied to case studies. Spreadsheet and database software are used to create and store data to be used in case studies. Also, queries will be performed on the database using SQL.

    METH-7004 -  Geographical Info Systems 3
    Geographic features can be mapped digitally using various systems such as total station devices, GPS, digital aerial photography, digital maps and remotely revised data. All of this data can be utilized in CAD or GIS applications. The student will acquire this data using a GPS and total station device as well as create data from digital aerial photography. This data will be corrected and linked to existing digital data and used in GIS to create maps.

    METH-7005 -  Geographical Info Systems 4

    In this course, students will examine the fundamentals of programming using an object-oriented based commercial GIS scripting language. The students will expand their knowledge of program design and construction to automate data input, output, and spatial analysis procedures. The students will also, customize a GIS program for deployment

    METH-7006 -  Geographical Info Systems 5
    This course will examine various types of remotely sensed imagery and how it is used by planners, resource managers, engineers and scientists. Image enhancement, supervised and unsupervised classification, spectral signature statistics, geometric registration, temporal change analysis and thematic map creation are some of the topics to be covered.

    METH-7007 -  Geographical Info Systems 6
    In this course students will learn the fundamentals of the raster GIS data model, raster GIS functionality and related analytical techniques. With an understanding of these fundamentals, spatial analysis exercises and hands on computer projects/applications will be completed using Raster GIS software.

    METH-7008 -  Spatial Analysis

    This lab/lecture course uses advanced geostatistics techniques to explore the relationships in spatial datasets. The techniques will use linear and non-linear geostatistics to check for bivariate normal distribution, declustering and detrending. Further investigation of relationships between spatial datasets will include simple weighted averaging, and ordered weighted averaging techniques as a foundation of GIS as a decision support system.

    METH-7009 -  Geographical Information Systems 8
    Students will apply skill set developed in previous and further the development of skills in the fundamental principles of Web based GIS applications Students will work in small teams or individually to analyze a brief, undertake the necessary research, and create a workable solution to a given landscape/urban case situation. The resulting project will be presented to faculty, the students, and selected industry representatives, and assessed by the faculty. Grades for this project will be divided among DIGL-7002, GRAF-7004, EDUC-7001, EDUC-7003, EDUC-7002, and DESG-7008

    SURV-7001 -  Landscape Design Elements 4

    This course enables the student to develop an understanding of the interpretation, manipulation and illustration of landforms. Topics to be covered include grading, cut and fill, contours, aerial photography, and aerial interpretation. Techniques of topographic analysis, cut/fill balance of site grading and storm water management will be utilized with consideration of the functional and environmental implications of site design. Students will incorporate aspects of ecological planning, sustainable design, naturalization and tree retention into their studio design projects.

    URBN-7001 -  Land Use Planning
    The basics of planning land use based development projects within a Municipal land use planning context are studied. The meaning and rationale for land use planning, land use classes within urban and rural environments, historical perspectives, planning institutions, land use compatibility assessment tools are studied. Relationships with transportation planning are addressed. Current issues, such as; sustainable development, brownfield development and cost efficient land development are studied.

    URBN-7002 -  Site Engineering & Planning

    Site plans are prepared for land development projects such as; single detached residences, townhouses, apartment complexes and commercial and industrial development. Realistic and typical design standards and zoning regulations are used on actual land sites. Site plans are designed and engineered with proper grading, drainage and site servicing.

    URBN-7003 -  Municipal & Subdiv Plan & Prop Law

    The municipal land use planning instruments, agents and approval processes are studied within the context of the Ontario Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement. Title to and interests in real property, together with the Land Registration Systems and various survey and registered plans are explored. Case studies are used to provide practical application and evaluate planning merits of land development projects.

    URBN-7004 -  Rural Planning

    The features and functions of healthy rural and agricultural communities are studied. Foodlands, wetlands and woodlands within an agricultural land use planning context are explored. The roles of hamlets and villages are studied and the sensitivity of permitting expansive non-agricultural land uses are discerned, within the Provincial Policy Statement context.

    URBN-7005 -  Community Planning
    This course builds on the technical and communication skills developed in previous courses in the ILP program. The primary objective of this course is to expose the student to the community planning process in the municipal setting. This process includes the utilization of community planning land use techniques and the consideration of various models of community design. A second objective of this course is to expose the student to the political dynamics in the community planning process, which includes the municipal political and administrative structure, stakeholder representation and public participation.

    URBN-7006 -  Demographic Studies
    In this 4 part course the student will study: 1) the gathering, collating, statistical analysis and technical presentation of population data; 2) population trends and phenomena in relation to their social setting; 3) computer based demographic profiling tools; 4) the application of these skills to case study situations.

    URBN-7007 -  Regional Planning
    The focus of the course is on Urban Centred Regions dealing with the relationship of urban and rural environments and the economic, social, political and environmental interrelationship around policies and implementation of planning for livable and sustainable urban centred regions.

    WRIT-7001 -  Report Writing
    This course builds on the foundation of the introductory communication course by expanding the students’ skills in the areas of research and academic writing as it applies to the workplace environment. Students master primary and secondary research techniques. They improve their ability to analyze, summarize, and integrate resource material into written reports. Students become thoroughly grounded in writing, editing and summarizing report materials and making oral presentations.

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