337 logo California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
URP 337S/ URP 337LS Planning Public Infrastructure
Spring 2015
Dr. Gwen Urey, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
email: gurey@cpp.edu and phone: (909) 869-2725
Office hours in 7-204:
Mon 9 am - 10 am
Tues 1 pm - 4 pm
  1. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Examines how infrastructure systems such as transportation, energy, water, and public facilities serve people and their activities. Teaches skills for infrastructure planning, evaluation, and implementation. 3 lecture-discussions, 3 hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: URP 335. Concurrent enrollment required.

    URP 337S (CRN 33107) meets Mondays 10:00-10:50 am in 7-203 and online.

    URP 337SL meets on Mondays (CRN 33108) from noon to 2:50 p.m. in 7-235 or (CRN 33109) on Wednesdays from 8 to 10:50 a.m. in 7-214. The labs will occasionally meet elsewhere for fieldtrips and for fieldwork projects.

  2. EXPECTED OUTCOMES: On successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate:
    1. Understanding of frameworks by which to conceptualize infrastructure.
    2. Familiarity with various types of urban infrastructure sites, facilities, and services.
    3. Knowledge of methods for planning, evaluating and implementing social and physical infrastructure programs.
    4. Skills in the oral, written, and graphic presentation of information about infrastructure and issues related to its provision.
    5. An understanding of how citizen participation can influence infrastructural development
    1. Participation in all online activities, including discussions, video viewing, online lecture viewing and quizzes; participation in all lab activities, including field trips (during three of the lab periods).
    2. Timely completion of assigned readings and quizzes.
    3. Participation during class and lab activities.
    4. Timely completion and submission of research paper and labs.  Late research papers will lose 10% of the possible points for each business day late. Late labs will not be accepted.

    There will be eight weekly quizzes, each worth 3% of the grade. There will be no other exams

    Readings will be made available through Blackboard directly and via links to other websites and in a reader available at "Ask Copy" (3530 West Temple Ave., Pomona--just west of Carl's Jr.). The current syllabus will be the online syllabus. Unless otherwise noted, all readings on the syllabus are required readings.

    Students will be expected to have access to computers in their homes or in University labs; internet access, word-processing and spreadsheet software will be used. Occasionally students will need simple calculators. Students should receive email sent to their university email accounts, as this is what Blackboard uses.




    46 %

    Labs and research paper
    I-ASCE report card (3%)
    II-library (3%)
    IV-Field Project (20%)
        1% preliminary proposal
        2% elaborated proposal and learning plan
        9% presentation and/or implementation of activity
        8% report and documentation of activity
    V-Research paper (20%)
        2% proposal
        3% annotated bibliography
        6% first draft of paper
        9% final draft of paper

    24 %

    quizzes (8 x 3%) covering upcoming reading and previous lecture or field trip

      15 %

    Participation in on-line discussions (3 x 5%)

      15 %

    Attendance and participation--you will lose 5% if you miss a field trip, and 2.5% if you are late to arrive to a field trip.

    100 %


  9. Be aware of University guidelines regarding academic integrity (http://catalog.csupomona.edu/content.php?catoid=9&navoid=1150#Academic_Integrity): All forms of academic dishonesty at Cal Poly are a violation of University policy and will be considered a serious offense. That is, violations will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs and will result in failing grades on the assignment in question. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to::
    1. "Plagiarism, falsification, fabrication is intentionally or knowingly presenting words, ideas or work of others as one’s own work.. . . .
    2. Cheating during exams. . .
    3. Use of unauthorized study aids . . .
    4. Falsifying any University document--this includes . . .falsifying prerequisite requirements."
    5. Academic dishonesty also includes presenting fabricated data, such as field notes, as authentic
    Students with special needs of which the instructor should be aware should register with the Disability Resource Center and advise the instructor as soon as possible.

  11. COURSE OUTLINE: Schedule of activities

--DRAFT--Subject to change (last updated 29 March, 2015 )

Date Topic/activity Reading due dates

Week 1
Lecture 3/30

Introduction to course:  infrastructure as the public's fixed capital environment.

(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2014), "Chapter 1 Infrastructure is both a physical and a social construction."

quiz 1 opens

Labs 3/30 and 4/1

Lab I assignment

for Lab I: (Blackboard) American Society of Civil Engineers report cards. See Lab I assignment sheet for details.

Lab I  out: Assessing infrastructure and the ASCE.

Week 2


(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2014), "Chapter 5: Water"
EPA water tutorials (via Blackboard)

Research Paper and Field project out.
quiz 1 due Sun 12 Apr
quiz 2 opens

4/6 and 4/8

Lab I discussion: thinking about infrastructure.

Bring assigned materials to lab, participate in discussion, and submit completed Lab I to Blackboard

Lab I due.
Field project proposal discussion (proposals due in lab in week 3).

Week 3


(Blackboard) Silvia Morse (2015), "Policing and safe streets: Where are the planners?" Progressive Planning 202, 2+.
(Blackboard) Marly Pierre-Louis (2014), "For a City Free of Gender Violence" Progressive Planning 198, 13.

Research Proposal due to BB.
quiz 2 due Sun 19 Apr
quiz 3 opens

4/13 and 4/15

Field trip to Chino Wastewater treatment


Lab II  out: library research exercise.
On-line discussion #1
complete by end of day Thursday, 4/16

Week 4

Long term investment

Reader (get from ASK Copy): Shishir Mathur (2014), "Basis of value capture: value creation through public action," Chapter 2 in Innovation in Public Transport Finance: Property Value Capture. Ashgate, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing, 21-35.

First 10: California Budget Challenge (via Blackboard)

quiz 3 due Sun 26 Apr
quiz 4 out

Labs T/Th
4/20 and 4/22

Labs: discussion of research and field projects; Library research presentation


Lab II due to BB 4/24
Research Paper annotated bibliography due to BB by 4/26

Week 5


Reader (get from ASK Copy):
Alexander Garvin, "Chapter 2: Parks and Playgrounds," The American City: What works and What Doesn't;

quiz 4 due Sun 3 May
quiz 5 opens
On-line discussion #2
complete by end of day Thursday, 4/30

4/27 and 4/29

Field trip to Pomona Electric bus


Field project --elaborated proposals due to BB by beginning of lab.

Week 6


(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2013), "Chapter 7;"
(Blackboard) Yepsen, R. (2014), "Taking states' pulse on residential food waste collection," Biocycle, 55(9), 39-43.
(Blackboard) Platt, B., & Goldstein, N. (2014), "State of composting in the U.S.," Biocycle, 55(6), 19-27.

quiz 5 due Sun 10 May
quiz 6 opens

5/4 and 5/6

Labs: field projects


Week 7

Urban goods movement Readings*:(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2015), "City Ports in Global Commerce."
Reader (get from ASK Copy) Kate Ascher (2005), "Moving Freight," 58-91.
Reader (get from ASK Copy) Jon Lee Anderson (2014). "The Comandante’s Canal: Will a grand national project enrich Nicaragua, or only its leader?" The New Yorker (March 10).

quiz 6 due Sun 17 May
quiz 7 opens

5/11 and 5/13

Field trip to Carson
Food Waste Demonstration project and 20 MW Total Energy Facility

Field project and research paper consultations

On-line discussion #3 complete by end of day Thursday, 5/14

Week 8


Readings*: (Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2014), "Chapter 6."
(Blackboard) Planning Magazine (Aug/Sep 2014) special issue articles

quiz 7 due Sun 24 May
quiz 8 opens

5/18 and 5/20

Labs: field projects


first draft of research paper due to BB by end of day on Sunday, 5/24.

Week 9
no class

Memorial Day HolidayInformation infrastructure

(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2014), "Chapter 8."
additional readings tba

quiz 8 due Sun 31 May
Discussion II due by end of day on Sunday, 31 May.

Weds lab 5/27

Field project and research paper consultations



Week 10

Planning better and more just infrastructure Readings*:
(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2014), "Chapter 9."

Final research paper due to BB by end of day on Friday, 6/5.

6/1 and 6/3

Field project presentations  


no final

  report and documentation of field activity due by end of the day on 8 June.