Summer On-line Classes 2015

The Department offers a range of 3-4 Credits, 6 Weeks summer on-line courses.  These are available through UMass Continuing & Professional Education and do not require UMass admission.

Enrollment begins March 16th, 2015 @

SustComm 205 -  Dynamics of Human Habitation
Session: 7/6-8/14
Instructor: Euripedes De Oliveira
This course discusses the built environment from the urbanization-urban development perspective.  It examines the built-natural environmental relations shaping the cities from both the north and south hemispheres, yet with emphasis in the latter.  Throughout the course we will engage in a varied of activities concerning numerous urban themes that result from the interactive social, economic, political, and cultural forces factoring in the built environment.
Course introduction: video  ppt

SustComm 393 - Intro to GIS Seminar
Session: 5/18 - 6/26
Instructor: John Thomas Post
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.

LA 547 - Landscape Pattern and Process
Session: 5/18 - 6/26
Instructor: Daniel Marcucci
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: 5/18 - 6/26
Instructor: Jeff Howard
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
Session: 7/6 - 8/14
Instructor: Ana Mesquita Emlinger
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.