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IAP 2011 Subjects

Urban Studies and Planning

11.130
Educational Theory and Practice II
Eric Klopfer
Tue Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, 04-06:15pm, E15-301

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
No listeners
Prereq: 11.129
Level: U 12 units Standard A - F Grading   

Concentrates on the theory and psychology associated with student learning. Topics include educational theory, educational psychology, and theories of learning. Student teaching is a key component. Assignments include readings from educational literature, written reflections on classroom observations, presentations on class topics, and practice teaching. Second of a three-course sequence necessary to complete the Teacher Education Program.
11.124 also a prerequisite.
Contact: Eric Klopfer, 10-337, x3-2025, klopfer@mit.edu

11.956
Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning
Comprehensive Plans for Local Government
Greg Carr, retired Planning Manager for Sonoma County, g_carr@sbcglobal.net
Mon Jan 24 thru Fri Jan 28, 09am-12:00pm, 9-450B

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 15 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq: Permission of instructor
Level: H 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

Class is focused on the professional planner's role in the preparation, review, and adoption of Comprehensive Plans for local Cities, Counties, or other local government entities that are responsible for developing and following such plans. Mr. Carr will bring his thirty years of experience in local government planning in California to bear on this topic. The class will learn about important aspects of the legal foundation, technical research, process, content, politics, and implementation of a Comprehensive Plan, primarily focused on the General Plan in California, but applicable to many local governments in the US. Class time will also be devoted to key planning policy issues addressed in the Sonoma County Plan such as agricultural protection, housing, water, transportation, public services, and newly evolving issues such as climate change and obesity. A reading list will be suggested.
Contact: Ezra Glenn, 7-337, x3-2024, eglenn@mit.edu

11.959
IAP Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning
Cartographic Design with GIS Tools
Cynthia Brewer, Professor of Geography, Pennsylvania State U, cbrewer@psu.edu
Thu Jan 20, Fri Jan 21, 09am-04:00pm, 37-312

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 20 participants.
No listeners
Prereq: Permission of instructor Knowledge of ArcGIS.
Level: H 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

Special subjects offered during IAP.
Laboratory assignments using ESRI ArcMap 9.3 for teaching introductory cartography are presented in this workshop. Dr. Brewer has been teaching cartography with GIS since 2001 and has shifted away from thematic mapping toward reference mapping, inspired by her work on redesign of USGS topographic mapping. The labs emphasize symbols and labeling for lines (1), areas (2), and points (3). Cartographic concepts include positioning labels along lines, over areal extents, and around points; representing hierarchies and categories; and map layout. GIS tool use includes Maplex labeling, highway shields, dictionaries to shorten labels, cartographic lines (multilayer, dash, hash), tapered streams (width by upstream drainage area), symbol-level drawing, map projection, label expressions to augment field content, and conversion to annotation. The workshop is not well suited to mapmakers who do not already use GIS because it goes directly to advanced GIS symbol settings, use of Maplex, and geoprocessing, without spending time on the basics of GIS use.
Contact: Cynthia Brewer, Professor of Geography, Pennsylvania State U, 7-337

11.963
Special Studies in Urban Studies & Planning
Planning Studio Hong Kong
Tunney Lee
Mon Jan 10 thru Tue Jan 18, 09am-05:00pm, Hong Kong

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
No listeners
Prereq: Permission of instructor and registered for 11.306--Planning Studio
Level: H 6 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

Small group study of advanced subjects under staff supervision.
For graduate students wishing to pursue further study in advanced areas of urban studies and city and regional planning not covered in regular subjects of instruction. Travel to Hong Kong for an eight-day on-site workshop. Students will conduct a survey and evaluation of the previously identified residential neighborhood. With the aid of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, city agencies, students will use interviews and visual mapping methods to investigate and collect information necessary to make evaluations of the project. A design/planning charrette will be held to generate preliminary ideas. The output of the workshop will be incorporated into the Planning Studio.
Contact: Tunney Lee, 10-485, x8-7275, tflee@mit.edu

11.967
Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning
Census Geography and Population Demographics: the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey
Amy Glasmeier (DUSP), Mike Ratcliffe (US Census), Jennifer Holland (US Census)
Mon Jan 10 thru Fri Jan 14, 09am-12:30pm, 9-450A

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq: Permission of instructor
Level: H 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

Small group study of advanced subjects under staff supervision. For graduate students wishing to pursue further study in advanced areas of urban studies and city and regional planning not covered in regular subjects of instruction.
The Census of Population and Housing is THE primary data source for planning activities. Once a decade, entirely new data are released and planners analyze anew blocks, neighborhoods, entire cities, the nation. The 2010 census release is now underway, with new products being issued every few months. In this class, senior staff of the U.S. Census Bureau will introduce students to census data for research and planning. Topics covered include: data collection and processing, availability and access, and the availability of geographically detailed demographic datasets with a focus on the American Community Survey. The four sessions focus on the geographic analysis of census data, with a special workshop on linking GIS shapefiles to demographic data downloaded from American FactFinder.
Contact: Amy Glasmeier (DUSP), 7-337, (617) 324-6565, amyglas@mit.edu

11.971
IAP Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning
Program Evaluation
Karl Seidman
Mon Jan 24 thru Fri Jan 28, 01-04:00pm, 9-450A

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: G 3 units Graded P/D/F   

Subjects taught during IAP.
This course will provide an introduction to program evaluation goals, theory and approaches in the planning and public policy fields. Topics will include evaluation goals and purposes, experimental design, quasi-experimental design and theory of change methods, and quantitative and qualitative evaluation. Students will read and critique several evaluations and for their final assignment will prepare an evaluation design for a specific program.
Contact: Karl Seidman, 9-511A, x3-3964, seidman@mit.edu

11.973
IAP Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning
Energy Efficient Neighborhoods in China
Dennis Frenchman, Jan Wampler
Mon-Fri, Jan 18-21, 24-28, 09am-05:00pm, 10-485, schedule TBD

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
No listeners
Prereq: Permission of instructors.
Level: G 6 units Standard A - F Grading   

IAP subject.
This IAP activity involves our work with the China Energy Foundation to develop prototypes for energy efficient neighborhoods in China. We are working in the City of Jinan as a case, but are also scanning world-wide examples of energy efficient development at the community scale and related research. The ultimate goal of the project is to establish the relationship between urban form and energy utilization and to develop tools for developers and designers to make more efficient projects.
Contact: Jan Wampler, 9-213, (617) 253-7904, wampler@MIT.EDU


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