Municipal Planning II

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 39 hour course

Build­ing on core mate­r­i­al cov­ered in Munic­i­pal Plan­ning I, stu­dents will learn about con­tem­po­rary top­ics in plan­ning through a com­bi­na­tion of online mod­ules, read­ings, and activ­i­ties. A range of issues key to the mod­ern urban plan­ning con­text will be explored, includ­ing top­ics of new urban­ism, chal­leng­ing urban sprawl with smart growth con­cepts, ana­lyt­i­cal meth­ods, basic urban design prin­ci­ples, busi­ness revi­tal­iza­tion zones, and trans­porta­tion plan­ning. Stu­dents will have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to put the­o­ry into prac­tice through assign­ments and activ­i­ties that make use of case stud­ies and real-world devel­op­ment sce­nar­ios. Pre­req­ui­site: EXLUP 8215

Course at a glance
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • May be recognized for Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) credits by the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) for holders of the Registered Professional Planner designation.
  • Aimed at professionals in the areas of municipal government planning, development, and bylaw enforcement. Students range from development officers, planning technicians, land use, environmental, and community planners, to resources managers, government officials, consultants, developers, lawyers, zoning administrators, administrators in smaller municipalities, and others involved in planning processes.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain contemporary urban planning issues as they relate to the profession of planning in Alberta, including urban sprawl, aging in place, and walkability, as well as themes of reinvesting in and redeveloping of established areas.
  • Apply the principles of New Urbanism and Smart Growth as they relate to counteracting the challenges of sprawl and development trends in Alberta.
  • Identify a range of potential sources for geographic and demographic data, as well as the various methods of gathering, analyzing, and presenting information.
  • Identify and explain fundamental principles of urban design and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), especially as they relate to development applications and public spaces.
  • Explain the purpose and benefit of integrated transportation and land use planning.
  • Describe how transportation demand management and alternate approaches to parking supply can be used to influence travel patterns and choices.
  • Compare and contrast different Main Street business areas and business revitalization zones (BRZs) in Alberta, as well as the various strategies and legislative tools available to assist them.
Take note:

  • All learning materials are provided through eClass at no additional cost.
  • Refer to the course syllabus for the schedule of activities and due dates of assignments.
  • Assessment may include discussion postings and essay assignments.


Course duration
Jan 18, 2021Mar 27, 2021
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 hours of instruction

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Robert Lipka

Your Instructor

Robert Lipka

Class info
  • This is an asyn­chro­nous course. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • 39 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until January 18, 2021. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
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  • Offered now
  • Online delivery
  • 39 hour course

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