SPD101 - Introduction to Planning Software Applications

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Subject Title
Introduction to Planning Software Applications

Subject Description
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.

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 the basic concepts and principals of GIS and AutoCAD applications.
  2. Analyze links between tabular data and spatial data.
  3. Develop and synthesize tabular databases that can be converted into spatial mapped products.
  4. Apply strategic and methodological problem solving methods, using planning software applications.

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/Introduction to AutoCAD
Unit 2 Creating a Template Drawing: Mastering Basic AutoCAD Commands
Unit 3 Creating a Template Drawing: Using Text Command
Unit 4 Creation/Development of Figures – Planning Analysis and Reporting: Insertions and Set-Up
Unit 5 Creation/Development of Figures – Planning Reports: Site Analysis and Figures Set-Up (Official Plan and Zoning By-law) – Pt. 1
Unit 6 Creation and Development of Figures – Planning Reports: Site Analysis and Figures Set-Up (Official Plan and Zoning By-law) – Pt. 2
Unit 7   Crossovers:  CAD File Exportation, Set-Up, and Syncing to Other Formats
Unit 8 Overview/Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Unit 9   GIS Data Input: Editing, Storing, and Manipulating Data
Unit 10 Map Processing and Data Processing
Unit 11  The Importance of Excel: Learning the Basics of Excel to Excel in GIS – Pt. 1
Unit 12  The Importance of Excel:  Learning the Basics of Excel, to Excel in GIS – Pt. 2
Unit 13  Map Processing and Analytics
Unit 14 Maps: Telling a Spatial Story

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, lab work, group work, and assignments.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Selected readings each week, as assigned.

Required Supplies
Portable hard drive, calculator, and notebook.

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.

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:
Online Quizzes (AutoCAD) 25%
Major Project (AutoCAD) 25%
Geocoding and Georeferencing 10%
Group Paper/Presentation (GIS) 20%
Exam (GIS) 20%


Approved by: Denis Gravelle