UJ Department of Urban and Regional Planning
The Department of Urban & Regional Planning maintains strong relations with planning professions through its affiliation with the South African Planning Institute and the South African Council for Planners. Its strategic linkages provides a platform for engagement on local, national and global trends and promotion of research, teaching and learning.
The field of Urban & Regional Planning includes land use planning, urban design, transport and infrastructure planning, use and extension of information technology, heritage and conservation, resource management, environmental monitoring, commercial and industrial development, policy making and implementation, planning law and practice. Urban & Regional Planners plan and develop the infrastructure of towns and cities and are therefore key players as South Africa works towards improving spatial and social imbalances in urban and rural areas across the country.
Urban & Regional Planning technicians and technologists work in the private and public sectors. The graduates from the department have been absorbed in employment with national, regional and local authorities as well as with consultants and developers. The graduates are skilled and competent in several areas of planning sector and are able to work independently and in a team environment in various planning sectors such as: land use planning and planning, development planning, urban renewal, property development and real estate, infrastructure planning and development, rural development, economic and social development and among other planning fields. Based on the adequate planning experience, a BTech graduate is able to register as a Professional Planner with SACPLAN.
| Urban & Regional Planning|
Short Learning Programme
|GIS Applications in Urban and Regional Planning (GIS011)
The online learning programme intends to provide skill-oriented learning in GIS applications in the built environment field. The course will also expose the participants to free and open-source software, open standards and open data enabling them to implement the solutions discussed in the course at their own organizations.
Course Outline & Outcomes
The course builds on the introduction/ overview of GIS sector and related technologies, global perspectives, theoretical concepts on spatial data and analysis and covers in-depth hands-on session on the relevant urban and regional planning domain sectors such as solid waste management, crime prevention and safety, spatial planning, land use management, transportation, and urban infrastructure/ utilities.
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Head of Department: Dr Trynos Gumbo