Planning of Coastal Regions 4 ECTS

CMM16 Elective 4 ECTS
Period V20 - V22 13.05.13 - 24.05.13
Instructor Patricia Manuel


This course explores strategic and land use policy and planning at different geographical scales as they apply to coastal regions and coastal communities. Strategies and models include sector-specific plans applied to the coast, site planning of coastal locations, comprehensive coastal planning and integrated coastal and watershed planning. Students also examine community planning as coastal planning practice. The course uses lectures, case study seminars, field study and project work.

Participants in the course should have completed the core course CMM41 Principles of Planning, or equivalent.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:
  • have gained a good knowledge and understanding of different policy instruments and possible outcomes related to planning of marine and coastal regions
  • be able to approach problem areas using a variety of planning tools, from strategic level programs to detailed land use plans, when confronted with real-world planning problems in a local geographical setting
  • have gained practical skills for use in the planning process of coastal and marine regions


Learning processses include lectures and seminars, reading assignmentsm, land use decision-making simulations, studio group work on local planning projects, and individual papers on special topics. Student work is assessed by means of seminar activities (10%), a group report (40%) and one individual paper (3500-400 words) (50%).


[mynd 1 h]Patricia Manuel is an Associate Professor in the School of Planning at Dalhousie University, she holds second appointments in the School of Occupational Therapy and the Environment, Society and Sustainability Program.

She earned her B.A. Hons in geography from Carleton University (Ottawa), her M.Sc. in physical geography from McGill University (Montreal) and her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary (Environmental) Studies from Dalhousie University (Halifax). She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia. Patricia works mainly in the areas of environmental planning and community planning.


Her teaching includes theory and practice courses in landscape analysis, landscape ecology, geology and land use planning, environmental management, coastal zone management and studios (project-based courses) in environmental planning and policy and plan making. She regularly supervizes graduate (Master of Planning) and undergraduate (Community Design) student thesis and major independent projects in topics relating to environmental and community planning. She has also taught courses in community design principles for health professionals. She focuses her research and professional practice mainly on wetlands interpretation and management, watershed planning and management and climate change adaptation planning. She has worked extensively in community-based environmental planning with watershed groups and has participated in working groups that have included the Halifax Harbour Solutions project (sewage management), writing the management plan for the McNab and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park (Halifax Harbour) and providing experties.

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