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
  • Knowledge 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
  • Knowledge about the United Nations 2030 Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs), and on the principles of how to achieve the SDGs
  • Knowledge about the role and contribution of own discipline to the achievement of the SDGs
  • Knowledge of the value of measuring progress on the SDGs



  • 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 visualize data using appropriate digital platforms
  • 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 apply graphics programmes like Adobe Illustrator, Visio or SketchUp to make relevant illustration(s) for the 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 differentiate between data sources and select the most appropriate source for different types of data
  • Can create design proposals and concepts for smarter urban living and assess their implementation effects in relation to the SDGs
  • Can situate own discipline within an interdisciplinary context and relate to the SDGs
  • Can lead and manage complex, multidisciplinary project with many stakeholders
  • Can independently reflect on and take responsibility for own learning, professional development and specialisation
  • Can use online platforms for project management, communication and data management (e.g. Teams, Google Drive)

Type of instruction

Problem-based project work in groups. 


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam


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 codePLCISUK22201
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning)
Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design