Overview

Students with an interest in Planning Applications will be asked to complete a core set of courses which will provide them with a thorough introduction to the most widely used planning software applications, as well as cutting-edge presentation techniques, and a comprehensive overview of the various development and design processes across Ontario.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

A Recognition of Achievement in Planning Applications will equip our graduates to pursue careers in public, private or non-profit sectors, including, but not limited to, opportunities in any of the following areas:

  • Communications
  • Consultation/Engagement
  • Technical Applications
  • Data and Statistical Analysis
  • Mapping and Topography
  • Urban Design
  • Drafting and Design
  • Research and Development
  • Real Estate
  • Land Development
  • Building and Construction
  • Corporate/In-House Services

Entry Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or University/College Preparation

Mature students with work experience will be considered on that basis


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Curriculum

SPD101
Introduction to Planning Software Applications
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This course provides students with an applied understanding of various planning software applications, including geographic information systems (GIS) and AutoCAD. Students develop refined measuring, mapping, modeling, and monitoring skills. Students also learn the basics of cartography, classification, thematic mapping, visualization and map design, querying and editing attribute information, projections, georeferencing, data manipulation, spatial analysis, and suitability analyses.




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SPD102
Digital Presentation Techniques
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This course examines the use and application of computer graphics software in planning, urban design, and environmental analysis. Students receive an introduction to the principles of graphic composition, such as rendering and visualization, and the incorporation of digital techniques in a variety of presentation modes and formats.




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SPD104
Site Planning and Development
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In this course, students learn about the site planning and development process. Focus areas include site analysis, preliminary design, density, walkability and circulation, policies and by-laws, and the final approval process. An overview of the land development regulatory process is provided, which considers zoning issues, context, and infrastructure. Sustainable development techniques are also emphasized throughout the course.




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SPD110
Urban Design Applied
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This course provides students with an introduction to the core principles of urban design. Course content will include a study of various methods for retrofitting existing neighbourhoods and creating new integrated neighbourhoods on greenfield sites. Other factors are considered, including strategic planning, socioeconomic viability, and design. Through a series of hands-on interactive exercises in a studio workshop setting, students learn about the challenges and opportunities facing urban revitalization projects in both small and large communities.




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Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Apply refined measuring, mapping, modeling, and monitoring skills.
  • Support mid- and long-range planning considerations in Ontario by using software applications as a component of the comprehensive site evaluation process.
  • Apply working knowledge of applications and techniques to solve practical planning problems, including classification, thematic mapping, visualization and map design, querying, projections, spatial analysis, and suitability analysis.
  • Communicate with public and private stakeholders by using current and emerging presentation tools and techniques.
  • Apply principles of graphic composition to presentations.
  • Process site plan applications and other development applications, from the pre-consultation stage to final approval.
  • Collaborate on new development projects and redevelopment opportunities by using urban design composition and site design principles.

Completion

Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

Program Contacts

Sejal Ahir
Program Assistant
Sejal.Ahir@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.77290


Christina Sgro
Part-time Program Coordinator
Christina.Sgro@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22456


Robin Richardson
Program Coordinator
Robin.Richardson@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.77273


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.