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Syllabus for

Academic year
ACE180 - Urban planning: Theory and application  
Samhällsplanering: grunder och tillämpning
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-25 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TISAM
9,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 61113
Open for exchange students: No
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Project 4,5c Grading: TH   4,5c    
0219 Project 1,5c Grading: UG   1,5c    
0319 Project 3,0c Grading: UG   3,0c    

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

BOM210 Urban space and functions
ENM165 Environmental and resource analysis for a sustainable built environment


The course aims to give students a understanding of urban planning and the design of the built environment, as well as a understanding of how the urban planning process works based on the applicable laws and regulations. The student should also be able to explain and highlight the importance of building a sustainable society and carry out an overall sustainability analysis of a project area.
The course also aims to provide knowledge about how digital tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Building Information Models (BIM) can be used in urban planning. In this part of the course, the student will use and apply modeling, visualization, and analysis during the design of the project area.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Describe how spatial planning process works based on applicable law and regulations and forms the built environment from a sustainability perspective.

- Give an account of important concepts in the Planning and Building Act (PBL) and present skills to read and understand a detail plan.

- Explain and use spatial planning pronciples and apply measures, dimentions and requirements for designing streets, neighbourhood sites, open spaces and parks, traffic facilities.

- Describe and analyse the urban area by balancing different values, identifying gaps, needs and opportunities in relation to buildings and their surroundings.

- Visualize and communicate ideas how urban planning and development can affect urban life, buildings, urban qualities, activities, laces for public and individual transport (pedestrian, bicycle, car, freight, etc.) and its accessibility.

- Describe and apply different types of digital tools, such as Geographic Information System (GIS) and Building Information Models (BIM) to model, define and visualize project area and related issues.

- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of urban development, reflect upon professional role and show an understanding of different roles in a project group.


The course is about urban planning and design; planning process linked to implementation of law and regulatory framework, relationship between planned, built and living city; use of digital tools for analysis, modelling, visualization of the plan area, city form, structure and design.

This course includes a number of themes: urban development; municipal land use planning (incl.: public spaces, traffic and infrastructure); detail planning; design of street elements (in plan and section) and its various functions.


The course is structured around project work, lectures, exercises, workshops, laboratory work and study visits and consists of three main parts: GIS analysis, project  and theory. GIS analysis introduces Geographic information processing, data collection and visualization. Project part integrates teaching with application of knowledge and exercises related to urban planning. in these two linked parts of the course analysis, modelling and visualization are applied to project area. Project individual course modules interact around the course theme. They are carried out as a group work in a real project area. A third part of the course includes urban planning theory and is examined early in the course.


Adlofsson, K. and Boberg, S. Detaljplanehandboken: handbok för detaljplanering enligt plan- och bygglagen, PBL.

Plan och bygglagen, PBL.

Boverkets Byggregler, BBR.

Other literature will be presented two weeks before the course starts at the latest.

Examination including compulsory elements

Project - lectures, seminars and test (P/F) about urban planning theory, examined individually in the course.

Project - GIS (P/F) is examined through presentation of the individual assignments.

Project - project work (5, 4, 3, F) is presented at the seminar and in a written report, as well as through exercises and workshops. The final grade is based on the project work. All examination in the course must be approved in order to receive a final grade. 

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