ULC Course Description

Plan Formulation and Evaluation Capstone (Planning Core Curriculum Course3)
Control Number: 406
Course Number: 35PFM01A
CEUs: 3.2     PDHs: 0.0     LUs: 0.0     PDUs: 0.0     CMs: 32.5     ACE: 0.0     CEHs: 0.0
This course enhances the student’s planning knowledge, critical thinking ability, communication skills, and capability to use planning tools and techniques to successfully lead a study to a quality decision document. Through case studies and participatory activities, the course provides the opportunity for planners with some training and experience to apply the critical thinking and decision making skills necessary to be a successful planner.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to apply the techniques and skills needed to lead a study through the six-step planning process. Students will be able to communicate risks and uncertainties associated with the study at each of the Feasibility Study Milestones. The six-step planning process and the importance of collaboration within the interdisciplinary project delivery team will be reinforced in this course. Specific attention is given to risk-informed decision making, the work products to support those decisions, levels of detail necessary for each planning milestone, adequate documentation in a clear manner and vertical team integration. The course follows the framework of the Feasibility Study Milestones with an emphasis on plan formulation strategies, the NEPA process, risk and uncertainty, level of detail, and communication. Presentations and exercises use case studies to apply the tools used during formulation, evaluation and comparison steps of the planning process. The course will be delivered as on-site training with a field trip incorporated to reinforce course content using current real world examples. This course is the Planning Core Curriculum Course 3.

Participants should be currently involved in the planning of civil works water resources development projects. Nominees should be involved in or closely support the planning phase of civil works project development and may include plan formulators, economists, environmental specialists, cultural resource specialists, engineers, physical scientits, project managers, program managers, and real estate specialists. Applicable Occupational Series include, but are not limited to the following: Selected 0020, 0100, 0300, 0400, 0800, 0900, 1100, and 1300 series or others such as public affairs officers, real estate, or counsel that support the development process Prior completion of the PROSPECT Courses, "Civil Works Project Development Process" and “Planning Essentials”, are required for planners. “Planning Principles and Procedures” (PCC2) is an acceptable substitute for Planning Essentials. Civil Works Orientation is an acceptable substitite for Civil Works Project Development Process. Priority will be given to GS5-GS12 students with more than 2 years of current planning experience.


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SessionLocationStart DateEnd DateSeats Open
1Online, __10/23/202310/27/20230
2West Palm Beach, FL4/15/20244/19/20240
3Sacramento, CA6/10/20246/14/20245