This page provides information for students enrolled in URBP 298A and URBP 298B with
all advisers for Spring 2016 (Nixon, Fang, and Wessel).
Please click on the links below for more information:
- URBP 298 Syllabi/Greensheets
- Faculty Contact Information and Office Hours
- Information for URBP 298A Students
- Information for URBP 298B Students
- Sample URBP 298 Reports
- Resources on Research Methods and Writing
See the URBP 298 reports that have received an honors designation:
- Walking and Cycling in San Francisco: Identifying Underserved Locations that are Particularly Receptive to Non-Motorized Transport via the Pedestrian and Bicycling Survey, by Rebecca Walters [PDF]
- Trail Access to Mount Umunhum-Geographic Information System Application of Trail User Preferences, Evironmental Impacts, and Land Use Obstacles in the Preliminary Route Development of a Trail Connecting the Woods Trail and the Summit of Mount Umunhum in the Sierra Azul Open Space Reserve, by Sean R. Mullin [PDF]
- Visualizing Residual Spaces in a New Light- A Study for Creating & Designing an Urban Public Space Under a Downtown San Jose Freeway, by Caitlin C. Campbell [PDF]
- Parking for San Jose's Future-Aligning San Jose's Parking Policies with Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan Goals, by Ryan Smith [PDF]
- Urban Planning/Design Elements that Contribute to Making a Vibrant Commercial Street, by Minghua Cui [PDF]
- Do Women Have Equal Opportunity to Influence Bicycle Planning Policy? An Examination of Women's Participation in Bicycle Advisory Committees in California, by Cathy DeLuca [PDF]
- Diversity and Development in California Cities: A Quantitative Study of Local Economic Growth, by Matt Piven [PDF]
- Removing a Barrier to the Financing of Transit-Oriented Development via a Standardized Evaluation Tool for Debt Capital Lenders, by Jorge Rick Gosalvez [PDF]
- Skate and Engage: The Laguna Skategarden and Civic Engagement Among Teens, by Kayla Platt [PDF]
- Assessing Transit Service Performance: Recommended Standards for Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, by Jason Tyree [PDF]
- Increasing Bus Ridership and Transit Cost-Assistance Awareness Among San Jose’s Very-Low Income Community, by Sarah Abel [PDF]
- Transforming Auto-Centric Communities Into Walkable Neighborhoods: Walkability Audits of Two Neighborhoods in San Jose, by George Schroeder [PDF]
- The Effects of Residential Off-Street Parking Availability on Travel Behavior in San Francisco, by Alyssa Sherman [PDF]
- Examining the Built Environment and Childhood Obesity in Santa Clara County: Is the Distribution of Fast Food Restaurants Correlated with the Location of Public High Schools?, by Lauren Doud [PDF]
- Do Central Business District Redevelopment Investments Have a Positive Influence on Surrounding Neighborhoods, by Amy M. Fauria [PDF]
- Sex Businesses in San Francisco: How the City Could and Should Regulate Where They Locate, by Seon Joo Kim [PDF]
- Estimating Time-Based Bus Service Areas Using the Time-Based Bus Service Area Tool, by Chao-Lun Cheng [PDF]
- The University Campus and the Urban Fabric: Mending the University District, by Katja N. Irvin [PDF]
- Work/Live Development in Sacramento, by Laura Russell [PDF]
A list of the titles of all URBP 298 reports completed since December 2002 is here.
There are many good resources available on the web that can help you to develop your thesis, organize your paper, cite sources properly, and such. A small subset appears below here:
- How to Write a Literature Review: This handout from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill provides a very helpful description of the purpose of a literature view, as well as the steps you take to write one.
- Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals: This handout from the Olin and Uris Libraries, Cornell University, explains how to identify scholarly or "academic" research.
- Critical Evaluation of Resources: This handout from the Library at the University of California at Berkeley suggests strategies to evaluate the credibility and usefulness of materials you find on the web or in print.
- Revising: This handout from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Writing Center suggests strategies for editing and proofreading draft writing.
- For both quantitative and qualitative methods, you will find a good list of suggested readings at the UC Berkeley Environmental Design Library's website Preparing for Thesis and Dissertation Research.
- Organizational Research: Determining Appropriate Sample Size in Survey Research: This article explains a process for determining the recommended minimum sample size to use for a survey project.
You will also find many recommended books on writing in the course materials for Asha W. Agrawal's version of URBP 213. See the suggested readings at the bottom of the URBP 213 course home page and also the required readings on the URBP 213 course syllabus.