Courses Catalogue

Land Use Planning And Development

COURSE CODE: ENV7102
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Science, PhD
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Content and Outline

Unit 1: Concepts and principles of land use planning                               (15 Hours)

  • Land use systems: historical and current trends; Land resources: air, landforms, soils, water, biodiversity, humans; Key issues that make land use planning desirable: scarcity, degradation; Consequences of lack (or application) of land use planning

Unit 2: Land use assessment                                                                        (15 Hours)

  • Techniques for the assessment of land resources: remote sensing, GIS, PRAs, questionnaires, field observations and measurements; The application of GIS and other tools for land evaluation and suitability mapping

Unit 3: Land use planning process                                                              (15 Hours)

  • The need for land use planning; Preparation of land use plans: the landscape approach; Implementing land use plans; Monitoring and evaluating land use plans

MODE OF DELIVERY

The course is largely participatory in nature; it includes lectures and tutorials. Students are required to make presentations (either individually or in groups) on assigned readings and a critical analysis of those readings. Additionally, the following delivery modes shall also be used:

  • Lectures/Seminars
  • Reading assignments
  • Revision tutorials/ self studies
  • Demonstrations/documentaries and video material when appropriate
  • Practical assignments
  • Computer design laboratories
  • A web site with access to in-depth materials
  • Field trips/case studies

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes