URBP 298

This page provides information for students enrolled in URBP 298A and URBP 298B with all advisers for Spring 2018 (Alexander, R. Kos, Douglas).

Please click on the links below for more information:



URBP 298 Syllabi for Spring 2018 



Faculty Contact Information and Office Hours for Fall 2017

Serena Alexander
Richard Kos
  • Email: richard.kos@sjsu.edu
  • Office Location: WSQ 218C
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11:00-1:00PM; Thursday 2:00-4:00PM by appointment here.
Gordon Douglas





Sample URBP 298 Planning Reports

Click here to see the full text of all URBP 298 Planning Reports that have received an honors designation, as well as a list of the titles of all reports completed from December 2002 through December 2017.



Resources on Research Methods and Writing

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 Thesis and Dissertation Research in Environmental Design: Research Methods
  • 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.
  • Stoecker, Randy. Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2012. This book is a guide for community-based research for non-researchers. It breaks down the process of participatory action research into several easy to understand phases.
  • Pyrczak, Fred and Randall R. Bruce. Writing Empirical Research Reports: A Basic Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak Pub., 2011. This book provides a guide for writing each section of a research report, such as the literature review, methods, etc.


There are thousands of books, articles, and websites giving advice about how to write effectively. Here is a sampling of items you might find useful:

  • Elbow, Peter. Writing with Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process. 2nd ed.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. (Available as an "e-book" through the SJSU library.)
  • Macris, Natalie. Planning in Plain English.  Chicago: APA Planners Press, 2000 
  • Miller, Jane E. The Chicago Guide to Writing About Multivariate Analysis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
  • The Chicago Guide to Writing About Numbers. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • O'Conner, Patricia T. Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1999.
  • Williams, Joseph M. Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. 8th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2005.