This was an incredibly easy course with a very easy going professor. The material isn't particularly difficult, although you should be familiar with the readings to get a sense of what is going on in the class. In the end the majority of your grade is based on two essays and a final that he provides the prompts for beforehand. The essays were very open ended but that also allows you to be creative. His lectures are very laid back and his jokes are witty so you remain somewhat engaged. I recommend glossing over the readings, paying a decent amount of attention in lecture, and spending most of your time on your essays. I found that I was able to answer most of the questions on the final based on the research I did for my essays. It's a good class, I'd recommend it.
I took Transportation and Land Use planning with Randy. Don't get me wrong. I adore Randy as a person. He's a cool guy. I'd shoot the breeze with him anyday. But as a teacher, he seems to phone it in. Randy. Your job is to inspire and empower; not fuel the running jokes that you use other people's presentations and offer your "critique". The good news is, at least the syllabus for this class was ready by the start of the quarter. (That isn't always the case with his other courses.) One day, the students gave a PhD student who presented a standing ovation. This is because in contrast to Randy's talk, this student's talk was informative, which made it exceptional. Another time, Randy was gone, so the department chair, Brian, came to talk, and it seriously appeared that Brian was doing triage. "What haven't you guys talked about yet?" he asked. As for the actual course, there is a midterm, a research paper, a brief group presentation (five minutes or less, with eight other people), and a brief final exam. This is one of the many courses in the urban planning program which is ripe for assignments which give MA candidates skills they need as practitioners, like better presentation skills, which Randy scarcely mentioned until the very end. "So you guys need to start looking up from the podium when you talk," he said.