SPD100 - Introduction to Planning Theory Practice and Law

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Subject Title
Introduction to Planning Theory Practice and Law

Subject Description
This course provides students with a thorough introduction to Planning with a particular emphasis on theoretical and practical competencies used by Planners and Planning Technologists on a daily basis. Policy frameworks such as the Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement are examined. Emerging issues and the role of ethics and values will also be explored.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Sustainable Planning and Development Certificate program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and analyze the roles and responsibilities of planning professionals.
  2. Analyze and apply various planning tools and mechanisms.
  3. Apply working knowledge of applications and techniques to solve practical planning problems.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Unit 1 Course Overview: Fundamentals of Planning in the Canadian Context
Unit 2 Theory and Practice: Historical Influences and the Planning Profession Today
Unit 3 Understanding Policy: Federal and Provincial Foundations/Frameworks
Unit 4 Understanding Policy: Regional and  Municipal Foundations/Frameworks
Unit 5 Planning and the Public Forum
Unit 6 Planning and the Political Process
Unit 7 Social Planning, Culture, and Space
Unit 8 Planning Healthy Communities
Unit 9 Environmental Planning, Sustainability, and Natural Heritage
Unit 10 Housing: Trends, Growth, Opportunities, and Challenges
Unit 11 Urban Design: Character and Creativity in Planning
Unit 12 Making Sound Investments: Planning and Economic Development
Unit 13 Transportation and Infrastructure
Unit 14 Planning for Tomorrow: Vision for the Future



Mode of Instruction
Lectures, group work, in-class exercises, assignments, and presentations.

Prescribed Texts
Thomas, Ren. 2016. Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach. Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada. ISBN: 978-0199008070

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
    • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
    • spelling and punctuation are correct
    • sentences are structured correctly
    • main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
    • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
    • work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
    • up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.
Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Class participation  15%
Quizzes 20%
Reviews/Assessments 30%
Final Exam 35%

The final exam must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.


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