337 logo California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
URP 337S/ URP 337LS Planning Public Infrastructure
Spring 2013
Dr. Gwen Urey, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
email: gurey@csupomona.edu and phone: (909) 869-2725
Office hours in 7-204:
Mon 3 pm - 5 pm
Tues 10 am - noon
Thurs 10:45 am - 11:45 am
  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 30014) "meets" online, but optional face-to-face meetings will occasionally occur to accommodate guest speakers. These meetings will be from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. in "Studio D" in the CLA building. Students who do not attend face-to-face for the guest speakers will need to view them via streaming video, which will be archived. Guest speakers are coming on the following days:
    Monday, 15 April Linda Apodaca et al. Foothill Transit's zero-emissions city bus.

    URP 337SL meets on Mondays (CRN 30034) from noon to 2:50 p.m. in 7-215 or (CRN 30035) on Wednesdays from 8 to 10:50 a.m. in 7-215. 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

      10 %

    Participation in on-line discussions (2 x 5%)

      20 %

    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 %


  8. Be aware of University guidelines regarding academic integrity ("Student Conduct and Discipline" section of the 2012-13 University Catalog): 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. Falsification and fabrication also includes making stuff up and presenting it as authentic observation of phenomena, as research involving data.
    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.

  10. COURSE OUTLINE: Schedule of activities

--DRAFT--Subject to change (last updated Sunday, 18 April, 2013 )
Readings should be completed prior to the class for which they are assigned.

The big picture: what is infrastructure?

Week 1

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

(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2012), "Chapter 1 Infrastructure is both a physical and a social construction (draft)."

quiz 1 opens

Weds Lab will meet

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 (2012), "Chapter 4."
additional readings tba

Research Paper and Field project out.
quiz 1 due Sun 14 Apr
quiz 2 opens

4/8 and 4/10

Lab I discussion: thinking about infrastructure.

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

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

Week 3

Guest speaker: Linda Apodaca
Manager of Community Engagement


(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2012), "Chapter 5."
additional readings tba

Research Proposal due during labs.
quiz 2 due Sun 21 Apr
quiz 3 opens

4/15 and 4/17

Labs: discussion of research and field projects


Lab II  out: library research exercise.
Field project discussion

Week 4


(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2012), "Chapter 6;"
additional readings tba

quiz 3 due
quiz 4 out

4/22 and 4/24

Field trip to Chino Wastewater treatment:
22 April
24 April


Lab II and Research Paper annotated bibliography due to BB by end of day on Sunday, 28 April.
Discussion I due by end of day on Sunday, 28 April.

Week 5

Long term investment

(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2012), "Chapter 2."
additional readings tba

quiz 4 in
quiz 5 opens

4/29 and 5/1

Labs: Consultations on field projects


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

Week 6

Parks and bike-pedestrian advocacy
Guest speaker: Pauline Chow
Safe Routes to School


quiz 5 due
quiz 6 opens

5/6 and 5/8

Monday lab: TBA
Weds lab field trip to VVS waste facility in Industry


Week 7

Information Readings*:
(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2012), "Chapter 6;"
additional readings tba

quiz 6 due
quiz 7 opens

5/13 and 5/15

Field trips to OC GWRS



Week 8

Inequality and infrastructure

(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2012), "Chapter 3;"
additional readings tba

quiz 7 due
quiz 8 opens

5/20 and 5/22


Field project and research paper consulations

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

Week 9

Memorial Day Holiday
Urban goods movement and aviation

(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2012), "Chapter 8;"
Kate Ascher (2005), "Moving Freight," 58-91.

quiz 8 due
Discussion I due by end of day on Sunday, 2 June.

no weds lab
Mon lab meets on Weds 5/29

Monday lab field trip to VVS waste facility in Industry on Wednesday

Field project and research paper consulations


Week 10

Planning better and more just infrastructure Readings*:
(Blackboard) Gwen Urey (2012), "Chapter 8;"

Final research paper due to BB by end of day on Friday, 6/7.

6/3 and 6/5

  Field project presentations


no final

  report and documentation of field activity due by noon on 10 June.