As many of you know, I returned to college this semester — working toward a Masters in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development at Saint Louis University. Wednesday I have my first mid-term exam in over 15 years. Needless to say I was concerned about studying and such. But in the last two years I have found I learn well as I research and write posts for Urban Review. Seeing as how that was a winning strategy, I decided to write up my study notes as a blog post. The notes follow the order of in-class topics and of the mid-term outline issued by our instructor, Allen Tomey.
The initial part of the class focused on some introduction to urban economics and then progressed to the first seven chapters of Approaches to Economic Development: Readings from Economic Development Quarterly, edited by John P. Blair and Laura A. Reese (hereafter referred to as Blair & Reese). I’m guessing many of you don’t subscribe to Economic Development Quarterly and I can’t say that I blame you. Some authors did a nice job getting to their point and others belabored statistics and such to the point you didn’t get their point until you’ve read the chapter 3 times and then took good notes in class.
This review is in no way a substitute for actually taking the class. I hope review this may prompt some of you to consider joining the program at SLU, if only for a class or two. I’ve been working on this for days and the test is this afternoon. Note: some chapters and areas get more attention because those were stressed more heavily than others.
UPDATE 10/18/06 @2:15pm. I’ve pulled the bulk of this post because I am not sure if presenting such notes presents any sort of ethical problem. Students are encouraged to form study groups and share information prior to the test. I’m not sure if the university policy has considered technology and the sharing of detailed notes via the web and the implications for future students. I will confer with my professor, department chair and the SLU handbook to verify. If I can, I will repost this information as soon as possible.