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Fall 2018  |  PA 8081 Section 001: Capstone Workshop -- Public Affairs and Policy (32028)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/04/2018 - 12/12/2018
Tue 06:00PM - 08:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 175
Enrollment Status:
Open (5 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Project for external client on issue agreed upon by student, client, and instructor. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives from core courses. Written report with analysis and policy recommendations. Oral presentation. Topics vary by term. prereq: completion of core courses or instr consent
Class Notes:
PA 5080 required. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?dmilz+PA8081+Fall2018
Class Description:
The Capstone Workshop in Urban and Regional Planning (PA 8081) is a semester-long, project course that fulfills the capstone project requirement for Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) students in the Humphrey School. Students from programs in the Humphrey School that require a capstone project or professional paper are also welcome to enroll. PA 8018 is a hands-on, project-based learning course. Students, working in groups of no more than three, will have the opportunity to complete a research or planning project for a client. Students in this Capstone section are required to complete PA 5080: Capstone Preparation Workshop.

Capstone courses are the final requirement for most students in the Humphrey School. They are intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned within the required and elective courses. In addition to practicing your technical knowledge and skills, capstone projects provide you with the opportunity to learn professional skills like project and client management. Learning through practice requires critical self-reflection and responding to external feedback from clients and partners.
Learning Objectives:
1. Identify and define a research/planning problem
2. Interpret data and draw conclusions to provide meaningful advice to an external client
3. Select appropriate analytical methods (or design techniques)
4. Identify and gather relevant data/information
5. Execute analyses and produce results
6. Work effectively with your team
7. Work effectively with your client/partner
8. Work effectively with the course instructor
9. Create data visualizations (tables/graphs/images/maps) to support technical analyses
10. Communicate technical information in a clear and effective manner, orally and in writing
11. Prepare and deliver a professional report or technical memo
12. Prepare a short, engaging presentation for your client and others
13. Know and practice the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Grading:
Your grade will be determined by the quality of your final product. I will evaluate individual contributions using peer evaluations and required project log, which requires you to log your time and activities. You will be able to use this information to track your group's work and progress; I will use this database to evaluate your individual participation.

I will be evaluating the quality of your final report by comparing it to high-quality, professional documents. The expectations (outlined below) are based standards that reflect the highest order of professional products. My evaluation will be subjective but not arbitrary. The projects offered in this section are diverse and may lead to different products and conclusions. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to evaluate them on equal, objective terms. Moreover, my evaluation will not be about differences of "taste." Instead, it will reflect my judgment of how well your group has successfully executed its work plan and the quality of the product you intend to deliver to the client. Using the AICP Code of Ethics as our guide, I expect that your reports will not contain any factual inaccuracies or misreport your findings in any way.

You work will be evaluated as either:

A. Exceeding Expectations
The document is "publication ready," requiring little to no additional revisions. It relates to ongoing course discussion, integrates course concepts, contains well-supported arguments, and properly attributes other sources.

B. Meeting Expectations
The document requires additional revisions and minor rewrites (one or two small sections) to be publication ready. It requires moderate proofreading for grammar and spelling. It incorporates course concepts and references class discussions, but may not make or significantly support clear connections to the course material or substantial arguments about the course material.

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Reports below this line will not be forwarded to the client

C. Toward Expectations
The document fulfills the minimum requirements of the assignment. It requires major revisions or rewrites to be publication ready. It may contain major organizational or stylistic shortcomings that prevent the reader from comprehending the author's arguments. It struggles to incorporate class concepts and discussion themes.

D. Not Meeting Expectations
The document must be rewritten entirely. It contains significant stylistic, grammatical, and rhetorical deficiencies. It does not relate to course concepts or discussion themes.

F. Failed to Meet Expectations; Failed to Submit Assignment

I. Incomplete grades must be negotiated well in advance of the final project deadline.
Class Format:
The Capstone Workshop is a problem-based learning experience. In consulting parlance, the instructor will serve as "Project Director" and provide initial client introductions, internal feedback and guidance will mediate internal/external disagreements (if necessary). Class meeting times are for your use. We will decide on an ongoing basis how best to make use of our allotted time together each week.
Workload:
My standard estimate for student workload is based on a ratio of time spent on coursework outside of class and time allotted for class meetings. Multiply the number of credits by the first number in the ratio (below) and add it to the number of credits.

A = 3:1 [(3 x 3) + 3 = 12 total hours per week]
B = 2:1 [(2 x 3) + 3 = 9 total hours per week]
C = 1:1 [(1 x 3) + 3 = 6 total hours per week]

These are estimates and not predictions.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32028/1189
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/dmilz_PA8081_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 November 2017

Fall 2018  |  PA 8081 Section 002: Capstone Workshop -- Analysis of Community Reinvestment Fund (31988)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/04/2018 - 12/12/2018
Mon 06:00PM - 08:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Carlson School of Management 1-122
Enrollment Status:
Closed (10 of 10 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Project for external client on issue agreed upon by student, client, and instructor. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives from core courses. Written report with analysis and policy recommendations. Oral presentation. Topics vary by term. prereq: completion of core courses or instr consent
Class Notes:
PA 5080 not required. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?klein002+PA8081+Fall2018
Class Description:
The class will evaluate the Community Reinvestment Fund, one of the largest nonprofits in the U.S., that provides loans to disadvantaged people in distressed neighborhoods in the U.S. The evaluation will include the Funds influence on employment and economic growth.
Class Format:
Limited to 10 students.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/31988/1189
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
5 April 2018

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