Summer On-line Classes
The Department offers a range of 3-Credit, 6-Week summer on-line courses. These are available through UMass Continuing & Professional Education and do not require UMass admission.
LA547 - Landscape Pattern and Process
Landscape patterns resulting from interactions of biotic, abiotic, and cultural resources and processes over time. Understanding these dynamics as a prerequisite to appropriate planning and design interventions. Students taking this to fulfill departmental requirements in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design, or Regional Planning will also need to take a one-credit lab in the fall. Please see your advisor on how to register.
RP 591P - Low Carbon Cities
Session: 5/19 - 6/27
Across the United States and the world, many municipalities are attempting to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that produce global climate change. This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the politics, policies, and practices of climate change mitigation at the local scale. It examines what municipal governments are doing to reduce emissions from their own operations (e.g., government buildings) and from businesses and residences-- and places this in state, national, and international contexts. What can cities and towns do to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions? What are Climate Action Plans, and are they effective? What policies should they include, and how should emissions be inventoried? This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the politics, policies, and practices of climate change mitigation at the local scale. Students will gain skills in preparing climate mitigation plans.
RP 591LC - Climate Adaptation for Urban Areas
Ana Mesquita Emlinger
Session: 7/7 - 8/15
Communities of the 21st century need to be different than communities of the later 20th century, and it is time to plan for what those differences are. A key factor, among others, will be climate change. This course introduces students to implications of these coming conditions for built form both now and in the future, with a goal of developing a working understanding of what municipal, regional, and state planners and policy makers need to know now about these conditions to provide leadership to communities. What would a city that is really adapted to its future climate look like? How would it function? How can we identify now what the risks are likely to be in the future, and communicate that to decision-makers? And how can we start now to implement the physical and social practices that will assure a resilient built form? Students will gain skills in preparing climate adaptation plans.
RP 625 - Intro to GIS Systems/Planning
Session: 7/7 - 8/15
How can I make digital maps and use them to address contemporary problems? What are the most effective ways to use digital maps to communicate ideas? What are some simple analytical techniques that can help me make sense of spatial relationships? In this class, we will learn how to create, display and analyze spatial data using ArcGIS - the primary Geographic Information System software platform used by government, non-profits, and businesses in the U.S. opics include: how to obtain, evaluate and create spatially referenced data from a variety of sources; understanding the basic principles of map design and the effective presentation of spatial data; important principle of geographic information science; how to integrate spatial and aspatial information to create thematic maps; and some basic methods for exploratory spatial analysis.