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Overview

Students with an interest in Planning Essentials will be asked to complete a core set of courses which will provide them with a more thorough examination of specific branches of planning, including sustainable planning, transportation planning, and related disciplines pertaining to public engagement and economic development and investment.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

A Recognition of Achievement in Planning Essentials 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
  • Public Consultation and Engagement
  • Economic Development
    • Business Expansion and Retention
    • Business Investment and Attraction
    • Industry and Tourism
  • Data/Statistical Analysis
  • Research and Development
  • Transportation
    • Active and Sustainable Transportation
    • Transportation Demand Management
  • Engineering/Assessment
  • Environmental Technology
  • Sustainable 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

SPD106
Environmental Sustainability
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This course provides students with an introduction to the concept of environmental sustainability in the planning context, by exploring the interplay between rural, industrial, and urban environments. Students are asked to consider sustainability as a potential way of addressing environmental, economic, and social issues. Key factors of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) will also be examined.




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SPD108
Fundamentals of Transportation Planning
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This course provides students with an opportunity to explore the changing face of transportation planning in the twenty-first century. Students examine different methods utilized by planning practitioners to analyze transportation problems and propose solutions, including demand analysis framework, data collection procedures, travel demand modelling and forecasting, and cost-effectiveness evaluations for new initiatives. The course also uses case studies from the Greater Toronto Area.




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SPD109
The Art of Public Consultation
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In this course, students gain insight into best practices guiding interactions between councils, administration, media, and the public. Students are introduced to the practice of mediation, negotiation, and a number of public participation processes. Students also have an opportunity to develop their own skills in public consultation through simulations and observations.




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SPD111
Planning and Economic Development
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In this course, students learn more about the relationship between planning and economic development. In particular, the planning process is explored through the lens of community engagement, using situational assessments, visioning, issues identification, option prioritization, and action planning.




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Program Outcomes

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

  • Solve practical planning problems by interpreting data and generating recommendations and design strategies.
  • Apply working knowledge of sustainable planning approaches in addressing environmental, economic, and social issues.
  • Synthesize supporting data and information of an analysis of infrastructure investments for economics, sustainability, and mobility.
  • Evaluate environmental regulation, health, and the needs of unique and diverse populations in the analysis of urban growth and transportation needs.
  • Analyze transportation problems and propose solutions, including demand analysis framework, data collection procedures, travel demand modeling and forecasting, and cost-effectiveness evaluations for new initiatives.
  • Solve situational problems/simulations using forecasting, valuation, and demand analysis.
  • Evaluate and analyze the role of public consultation professionals and process stewards.
  • Apply principles and strategies to design, facilitate, and document credible engagement processes.
  • Support the public engagement process by employing key facilitative tools.
  • Evaluate the relationship between planning and economic development.
  • Solve situational problems using issues identification, visioning, option prioritization, and action planning.

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.