Designing Smarter Cities


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students completing the module acquire the following: 

Learning objectives


  • Knowledge of the importance of contemporary infrastructures to the functionality of cities
  • Understand of the technical factors shaping and forming the contemporary urban systems in their social context
  • Knowledge of the adequate functional and technical solutions to sustainability challenges within the contemporary city


  • Can apply the theories and methods relevant to the design and development of (selected) smarter urban systems and infrastructures
  • Can evaluate the solutions presented in the field and assess their values seen in the light of urban design theories, methods and reference projects
  • Can establish skills in analysing the infrastructural challenges of the contemporary city applying relevant technologies and methods
  • Can independently collect data in relation to relevant problems and assess the quality and reliability of the used data
  • Can explain the general structure and methods of the project
  • Can reflect critically on sources and use accurate source referencing
  • Can manage a study project in an interdisciplinary and intercultural PBL learning environment 
  • Can independently structure and reflect on project management activities and carry out subject specific and interdisciplinary study project


  • Can combine relevant theories, concepts, methods and analyses to form a synthesis towards the preparation of specific strategies and plans directed towards institutional and social framework conditions
  • Can create design proposals and concepts for smarter urban living and assess their implementation effects
  • Can independently reflect on and take responsibility for own learning, professional development and specialisation 

Type of instruction

Problem-based project work in groups. 



Name of examDesigning Smarter Cities
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesign af smarte byer
Module codePGLCISK20201
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design