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GGR252H5S - Retail Geography Course Information Summer 2013 Course title Retail Geography Course number GGR252H5S Course description The problem of retail location. The spatial structure of consumer demand and retail facilities. Shopping centres and retail chains. Techniques for site selection and trade area evaluation, location strategies, retail planning. This course fulfills 1 field day. [24L] Location KN 137 Meeting days Tuesday and Thursday Meeting times 9:00am.–11:00am Instructor Information Name Joseph Aversa Email [email protected] Office location DV3261 Office hours Will be held after class or by appointment. Textbook: Required (will be available from U of T Bookstore) Stephen Swales (ed.) 2008, Marketing Geography (3rd. ed.), Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing. ISBN 0-536-69374-9 PLEASE NOTE: you need the third edition of the book; it is substantially different from earlier editions so they will not suffice. Communications Policy Please always use your University of Toronto email address ( for course related communications. Other email addresses may be filtered as spam, and we do not promise to respond to them. Please read the course handouts and check the Blackboard site before emailing a question, to make sure that it has not already been answered. For course related queries, email Joe Aversa ([email protected]). For department or program related queries, or to submit documentation regarding a missed test or late assignment, email Geography Department Undergraduate Advisor, Sabrina Ferrari ([email protected]). Prerequisites and Expectations Prerequisite: None Exclusion: None We have the general expectation that all students will treat each other and all faculty, staff, and TAs with respect and honesty. You can expect the same from us. Please see the Policy on Academic Honesty and Conduct for further thoughts on this topic. We assume a working knowledge of a data management and graphing program such as Microsoft Excel and basic mathematical skills (e.g. how to calculate percentages). One of the assignments for the course will require a site visit in the Mississauga area and some fieldwork. All sites will be accessible by public transit. You may not record lectures (audio/visual) or sell course materials (class notes, instructional documents, assignments etc.) without the written permission of the course instructor. Assignments are submitted in electronic format (soft copy) only. NOTE concerning Students in this course will be asked to submit written assignments to for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, you agree to allow the assignments to be included as source documents in the reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University's use of the service are described on the website. A guide for students is available from the University of Toronto‟s Office of Teaching Advancement, at: This link and additional information will also be made available on the course Blackboard site. Course Goals The general goals of GGR252S are for students to:  Acquire knowledge of the organization of retail;  Develop an understanding of the relationship between socio-economic characteristics and retail activities;  Apply theories and models that explain the spatial organization of the retail economy;  Complete assignments involving data management and manipulation, data graphing and mapping and interpretation;  Gain an understanding of retail format and the functionality of retail space  Develop a critical understanding of the retail economy. Student Learning Objectives After successfully completing GGR252S, you should be able to:  Engage in management and manipulation of socio-economic and retail data and present these data in graphical and map format;  Critically analyze socio-economic and retail data as illustrated through graphs and maps;  Articulate the importance of spatial analysis to the understanding of the retail economy;  Understand theoretical models as they apply to the study of marketing geography and communicate that understanding in written format;  Provide critical discussions integrating maps and graphical illustrations of retail form and functionality in a scholarly written format. Course Format and Academic Supports The principal format for this class is lectures, with many opportunities for discussion. The course is organized around a number of key topics. A geographical perspective is maintained throughout. Each topic is supported by particular reading material (see lecture schedule below). Here are some other sources of support:  For course- and content-related queries, please e-mail or speak with Professor Aversa ([email protected]).  For department- or program-related queries, or to submit documentation regarding a missed test, you can e-mail Geography Department Undergraduate Advisor Sabrina Ferrari ([email protected])  The University of Toronto provides a number of resources to assist students improve their writing and research skills. Consult and especially the „Academic Writing‟ section for information on planning and organizing, reading and research, using sources and guidance on specific types of writing. Course Rationale Retail Geography The course provides a thorough understanding of retailing from a spatial perspective with a specific focus on the organization of the retail economy in the Greater Toronto Area. It connects theoretical discussion to current retail organization, explores functionality of retail sites and speculates on future change. The course is aimed at students in geography and related disciplines such as management and business who want to expand their understanding of marketing from a geographic perspective. SSci Distribution Requirements The course can serve as a Social Science course for the purpose of Distribution Requirements. Geography Program Requirements The course can fulfill a requirement for the Geography Specialist, Major, and Minor programs. Assessment Scheme and Dates Item Weight Assigned Due Assignment 1 30% July 18 th August 6th Mid-Term 30% July 18 th Final Examination 40% TBD by Faculty of Arts & Science during the examination period. NOTES and GOALS for each assessment item Midterm Test: The Midterm Test will cover theoretical concepts and models discussed in class. It will require some mathematical calculations and some reproduction of models. It will be in written-answer and model illustration format 100 minutes in duration to be held in the normal class time and location on July 18 , 2013. Additional information will be posted on the course Blackboard site and discussed in class. Goals of Midterm Test: The principal goals are to test your comprehension of models presented in class and to assess your ability to communicate this understanding through model reproduction and explanation in written and graphical format in an organized and coherent manner. Policy on Missed Test: You must inform your course instructor immediately when circumstances prevent you from writing a term test. To receive academic accommodation medical documentation must be provided within 5 days of the date of test to the Department of Geography. Failure to comply will result in a grade of zero. There will not be a make-up test. Please see the Policies section for additional information. Final Exam: The Final Examination will cover all course material. It will be in written-answer format, two hours in duration. The date and location will be posted by the Registrar with the August Exam Schedule. Additional information will be posted on the course Blackboard site and discussed in class. Goals of Final Exam: The principal goals are to test your comprehension of material presented in class and in readings, and to assess your ability to communicate understanding of the material in an organized, coherent manner in written format, utilize appropriate terminology, cite examples, apply what you have learned, and synthesize material from different parts of the course. Policy on missed Exam: Petitions regarding missed exams are handled by the Office of the Registrar. Assignment: The assignment will require data manipulation, presentation of data in graphical form, interpretation of data and discussion in relation to marketing strategies and analysis. The assignment will be 5-6 pages in length (including graphs) written in a scholarly format. It is assumed that students have a prior working knowledge of a data management and graphical program (such as Microsoft excel). The program will not be taught in the course. Goals of Assignment: The goals of the assignment are to practice data management and manipulation, the written communication of data; to make use of appropriate scholarly resources; to present material in graphical form and to analyse and relate the material to retail geography. Late Assignments: A penalty of 10% per day (weekends account for 1 day) will be applied to late assignments. All assignments are due by 9am- on the due date to the website. A late penalty applies immediately at noon. To receive academic accommodation medical documentation must be provided within 5 days of the due date of the assignment to the Department of Geography. Failure to comply will result in a grade of zero. Please see the Policies section for additional information. Accessibility U of T Mississauga and the AccessAbility Resource Centre are committed to the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of campus life. The AccessAbility Resource Centre provides academic accommodations and services to students who have a physical, sensory, or learning disability, mental health condition, acquired brain injury, or chronic health condition, be it visible or hidden. Students who have temporary disabilities (e.g., broken dominant arm) are also eligible to receive services. All interested students must have an intake interview with an advisor to discuss their individual needs. Students who require accommodation are advised to visit the AccessAbility Resource Centre as early as possible to have their needs assessed, as it may take some time to process the application. For more information please contact the centre at: Rm. DV2047 Tel/TTY: 905-569-4699 E-mail: [email protected] Web: Policies If You Miss a The following steps must be completed in order to be considered for academic Test or accommodation for any course work such as missed tests or late assignments: Assignment due date 1. Students must inform their professor in writing (e-mail is acceptable) within 24 hours of a test date/assignment due date of any circumstances that prevent them from writing a test or submitting an assignment on time. 2. Students must complete an online Special Consideration Request @ Students who miss a test due to circumstances beyond their control (e.g. illness or an accident) can request that the Department grant them special consideration. You must present your case to the Department (not the Instructor). Note: The system only supports Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox for the time being. 3. Original supporting documentation (e.g. a medical certificate, accident report) MUST BE SUBMITTED to the DROP BOX (labeled “Environment and Geography Petition Documentation”) located outside Room 3282, Davis Building. Note: ROSI declarations are not accepted as supporting documentation. You have up to one (1) week from the date of the missed test to submit your request and supporting documentation (late requests will NOT be considered without a "letter of explanation" as to why the request is late). 4. Medical Certificates or Doctor's Notes MUST include the statement "This Student was unable to write the test on date(s) for medical reasons". Documentation MUST show that the physician was consulted within ONE day of the test date/assignment due date. A statement merely confirming a report of illness made by the student is NOT acceptable (such as, “This patient tells me that he was feeling ill on that day.”). Please note that the written explanation and documentation that you submit represents an appeal from you, requesting the opportunity to account for that portion of your grade in some other manner. If an appeal is not received, or if the appeal is deemed unacceptable, you will receive a grade of zero for the item you missed. If the appeal is granted – that is, your reason for missing the item is considered acceptable by the committee – then a mechanism for accounting for the grade value of the missed item will be discussed. A Departmental committee evaluates each request. Decisions will be communicated by email within two weeks of receipt of all completed documents. Note: It is your responsibility to ensure your email account is working and able to receive emails. Claims that a Departmental decision was not received will NOT be considered as a reason for further consideration. Contact Sabrina Ferrari ([email protected]) Academic Counselor, should you NOT receive notification of your decision within 2 weeks of submission. Note that holidays and pre-purchased plane tickets, family plans (unless critical, such as death of an immediate fam
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