While the MURP program’s core courses offer a broad survey of related planning themes to provide foundational knowledge, skills, and values, the elective courses offer a more intensive investigation into a diverse array of specific planning and design topics.
The list below provides brief descriptions of the program’s elective courses. Please note: The courses listed are subject to change given student interest, faculty availability, and other considerations, and not all courses are offered on a regular basis. Additional electives will also be periodically offered as Special Topics courses. Course names with an asterisk are offered by other programs within the College or University but are cross-listed as MURP courses.
URPL 6200 – LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS
This course provides a comprehensive exploration of municipal and county land development regulations, including preliminary plats; general and final development plans; zoning; PUDs; variances; site plan and development review; land use regulators; and regulatory processes.
URPL 6205 – PLAN MAKING
This course offers a broad overview of the various types of plans and the specific processes involved in their creation, including comprehensive plans; rural and small town plans; corridor plans; small area plans; campus and institutional plans; transit-oriented/station-area plans, and other types of special plans.
URPL 6249 – PROJECT MANAGEMENT *
This course introduces Project Management in a business environment. Emphasis will be on the entire project life cycle, the project management process groups and the knowledge areas as presented in the Project Management Body of Knowledge. Managerial aspects, quantitative tools and techniques of Project Management will be covered.
URPL 6260 – ADVANCED GEOSPATIAL METHODS
Advanced techniques in geographic information systems, including interpolation and geostatistics, 3D rendering, terrain and viewshed analysis, spatial autocorrelation detection, site selection and prioritization, model building and automation, geodatabase design, network analysis, hydrology and watershed analysis, and public data integration.
URPL 6300 – PLANNING FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
This course provides a place-based approach to understanding the social, economic, environmental, and political factors that influence individual and community health with a focus on reducing health disparities. Covers policies, practices, data, and methods for healthy communities planning.
URPL 6350 – FORM AND FORMATION OF CITIES
This course investigates the origins and types of human settlements; the history of cities and urbanization; urban morphology and the evolution of the built environment; urban form principles and theory; types of urbanisms, and the history of Denver’s built environment and planning.
URPL 6370 – SPRAWL AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT
This course addresses the causes of sprawl (large lot zoning, highway subsidies, suburban amenities, taxes and municipal services), social and environmental consequences of sprawl, anti-sprawl growth management policies, open space preservation methods, and retrofitting suburbs.
URPL 6355 – URBAN REDEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES
This course focuses on the strategies used to help revitalize urban areas. Topics include urban infill development; TODs; adaptive reuse; historic preservation; design review; parking; public spaces; brownfields/grayfields redevelopment; culture/tourism; special districts; incentives/funding; and revitalization policies.
URPL 6397 – DESIGN POLICY AND REGULATION *
This course investigates the role of urban designers in shaping the built environment through combination of physical intervention and policy development. Students review urban economic and real estate trends and assess zoning/land use regulations to understand impacts on built environment quality.
URPL 6398 – DESIGN PROCESS AND PRACTICE *
This course advances current practice by exploring innovative methods of design analysis, production, representation, and communication. Community participation are integral components of seminar, and students are introduced to business of urban design through contact with prominent urban design professionals.
URPL 6399 – SUSTAINABLE URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE *
This course focuses on developing uniform vocabulary on sustainable infrastructure across science & technology, architecture & planning, public policy, and health & behavioral sciences. Students learn concepts, principles/pathways and evaluation techniques for promoting the diffusion of sustainable urban infrastructures.
URPL 6400 – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
This course introduces community development, a field closely allied with planning, with an emphasis placed on understanding groups, organizations, and communities; and developing skills in such areas as community analysis, goal setting, group facilitation, and problem solving.
URPL 6405 – URBAN HOUSING
This course examines the realm of urban housing, including housing trends and patterns; housing markets (supply/demand, finance, demographics); housing problems/failures (substandard quality, inequitable distribution, special needs, segregation/discrimination); and the role of the planner and the public and private sectors.
URPL 6410 – SOCIAL JUSTICE IN PLANNING
This course investigates the various issues encountered in planning relating to social justice, including conflict resolution; advocacy; environmental justice; social equity; culture and diversity; disadvantaged populations; public engagement techniques; affordability; equal access; and policies and impacts.
URPL 6449 – URBAN SOCIAL PROBLEMS *
This course examines local government from the perspective of sociology and group dynamics. Course could include some or all of the following subjects: neighborhoods and community groups, class and race relations, community crime, social service issues, immigration, the underclass in American society, and related urban social problems.
URPL 6450 – URBAN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
This course offers an exploration into urban economic systems; local economies; urban economic development; urban market assessment; local job generation; local scenario planning; local taxes/spending; and urban fiscal/economic policies and impacts at the neighborhood and city scale.
URPL 6455 – REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCE
The course offers a detailed analysis of the real estate development process, its relationship to the planning/design profession, and financial aspects of real estate development including measures of value, capitalization rates, capital budgeting, debt and equity markets and taxation.
URPL 6499 – PRESERVATION THEORY AND PRACTICE *
This course explores the practice of historic preservation and its evolution within a specific policy context. This introductory course introduces basic American institutions and laws associated with preservation as well as standards, definitions, and practices associated with these.
URPL 6500 – ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
This course provides a comprehensive investigation of environmental management topics, including natural hazards/disasters and mitigation planning; ecosystems; air/water quality; natural area conservation and management; habitat protection; and environmental planning organizations and their management policies.
URPL 6550 – TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND POLICY
This course examines policy issues in urban transportation planning: how system design and political/institutional contexts shape transportation decision-making; major modes of urban transportation; and the social, environmental, economic, energy, and health impacts of transportation systems.
URPL 6555 – TRANSPORTATION, LAND USE, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
In this course, students will learn how transportation shapes regions, how people decide where to live and how to travel, and how these dynamics are central to sustainable development. Topics include smart growth, climate change mitigation, livability, air quality, travel behavior, active transportation, and transit-oriented development.
URPL 6565 – PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE PLANNING
This course focuses on the unique planning issues and factors involved with bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation, including pedestrian/bicycle planning fundamentals; routes and systems; facilities and design requirements; funding; maintenance and operations; policies; and best practices.
URPL 6600 – REGIONAL PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
This course provides an overview of public processes and institutions for planning housing, transportation, infrastructure and jobs at a regional scale, as well as analytic techniques to study worker and commodity flows, industrial clusters, commuting patterns, and other data regarding regional economies.
URPL 6625 – SUSTAINABLE PLANNING FOR TOURISM AND SMALL TOWNS
This course is about sustainable planning for tourism-dependent communities, particularly small towns. It focuses on the impacts of tourism on fragile cultural and ecological environments and addresses how to assess impacts, mitigation approaches and tools, and communication with the public.
URPL 6645 – DISASTER AND CLIMATE CHANGE PLANNING
This course introduces students to concepts and debates that shape disaster and climate change studies; features case studies of disaster and climatic issues affecting Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region; and looks specifically at how planning can reduce risk and increase local resilience.
URPL 6650 – PLANNING IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
This course introduces students to the histories, debates, actors and approaches that shape planning in much of the developing world. Topics include development history and theory; decentralization/privatization; urban informality; planning models; uneven provision of basic services/infrastructure; land tenure; and hazards/climate change.
URPL 6800 – INTRODUCTION TO GIS
An introduction to geographic information system (GIS) as a set of strategies, methods and techniques used to facilitate the inventory and analysis of complex systems in the built and natural environments.
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