|School of Environment, Resources and Development, (SERD)|
|ED77.06 : Regional Planning Techniques 3(2-3)|
The objective of this course is to strengthen the analytical skill for spatial planning. This provides applications of various quantitative techniques to point, line and area problems with right selection of data types. Mapping techniques are also covered and integrated with other quantitative techniques to display phenomena by point, line and area attributes. Location models of economic activities, various techniques and methods of regionalization, settlement pattern and locational analysis of service centres, gravity potential and interaction model, regional transport network analysis, and population projection techniques are the important components of this course. This course serves as a methodological training of the regional and rural development planners.
On completion of this course, student will be able to:
• Explain and apply regional planning tools and techniques in identifying planning issues and problems,
• Prioritize the needs, problems and potentials,
• Rationalize the solutions for making planning decision, and
• Forecast the future while preparing the development plan either at the local or regional levels.
1. Reviewing different types of databases of a country and associated problems, and developing local level planning database.
2. Preparation of Choropleth and Isopleth maps using various data grouping techniques.
3. Identification of regions based on selected development indicators and techniques.
4. Settlement pattern analysis with identification of central places
5. Forecasting population and analysing population growth by different methods
No designated textbook, but class notes and handouts will be provided.
1. D. M. Smith: Industrial Location: An Economic Geographical Analysis, 2nd Edition New York, Wiley, 1981.
2. Basic Cartography, Vol. I & II, International Cartographic Association, 1984.
3. P. Muchreke: Map Use (Reading, Analysis and Interpretation), J.P. Publications, Madison, WI, 1986.
4. Avrom Bendavid-Val: Regional and Local Economic Analysis for Practioners, Westport, CT: Prager Publishers, 1991.
5. J. K. Routray: Data Base: An Aid to GIS Application for Decentralized Micro-Level Planning in Developing Countries, Indian Experience, 1990.
6. ESCAP: Guidelines for Preparing Subnational Population Projections, UNO, ESCAP, 1975.
7. Peter Haggett, Geography (A Global Synthesis), Prentice Hall, 2001.
|Journals and Magazines:|
1. Geographical Analysis, Wiley
2. Area, Blackwell
3. Applied Geography, Elsevier
4. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Taylor & Francis
|Time Distribution and Study Load:|
The total number of classes for this curse is 75. Lecture hours cover about 60% and lab assignments cover 40% of the total classes.
Week 1 to 3: Lecture and discussion on Component I
Week 4 to 6: Lecture and discussion on Components II and III (partly), and Assignment
Week 7 to 9: Lecture and discussion on Components III, IV, and Assignment
Week 10 to 12: Lecture and discussion on Components V, VI, and VII, and Assignments
Week 13 to 15: Lecture and discussion on Components VII and IX, and Assignments
|Teaching and Learning Methods:|
Include lectures, classroom exercises and worked out examples for solving problems, individual home assignments and quiz test.
The final grade will be computed according to the following weight distribution: quiz test (20%), mid-term exam: (20%), assignments (30%) and final exam (30%). Closed-book examinations are given both in the mid-term and final exams.
Details about relative grading system as follows:
A (more than 85%): Thorough understanding, application of techniques, and interpretation of results
B+ (75 to 85%): Good understanding and applications
B (65 to 75%): Understanding with limited applications
C+ (55 to 75%): Partial understanding and limited applications
C (45 to 55%): Below average
D: Deficient in all respect