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AI1527 Introduction to the Planning and Building Process 13.5 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AI1527 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is divided into the following parts:

1. Development, infrastructure and planning the historical development of cities and the infrastructure and role, driving forces behind development in society, the actors of the planning, the Swedish administration system, regional and municipal planning, transports, traffic and sustainable city development, the concept of sustainable development.

2. Natural resources and sustainable infrastructure physical preconditions for land use (soil - water and ecology), technical infrastructure for water - and drain, waste, energy, impact of land use, EIA.

3. Real estate development planning-, building- and environmental legislation, construction, operation and funding of infrastructure and legislation about land acquisition, compensation and changes of real property division, profitability calculations and construction cost, economic policy instruments, assessment of the building from economic and social perspectives.

4. Buildings and civil engineering structure building construction (construction and installation technique), civil engineering structure (geotechnics, roads and rail, bridge structure and tunnels), building material, the environmental impact of buildings and risks.

5. The professional role and ethics the professional role, ethical aspects in the urban development and technical development, professional ethical considerations and dilemmas, working environment, risks and risk assessments.

In part 1-4, the teaching consists of lectures interleaved with exercises and essays that are written in groups within the theme of each part. Each part is completed with a written examination. Part 5 is carried out as seminar. In the course, study visit is also included.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the students should be able to:

  • describe human needs and functional requirement that should underpin the urban development, account at a general level for the development of the built environment, describe the relationships between the historical development of society, infrastructure and built environment and the urban development of today and the future, and problematize these connections based on a gender and equality perspective.
  • account for how natural preconditions such as soil, water and ecosystem in relation to the built environment, and account for relations between built environment and natural environment and how they are used.
  • account for political, administrative and economic aspects of the urban development process, and account for how laws, regulatory system and different interested parties' action influence the indoor/outdoor environment and problematize these from a gender and equality perspective.
  • account for the technical infrastructure for water, drain, waste and energy and be able to reflect on their importance for a sustainable urban development, and describe constructions and the basic technical design of buildings, roads, rails, bridges and tunnels.
  • describe how the different parts of the urban development relate to sustainable development and at the basic level be able to reflect on economic, social and ecological aspects of different solutions and possible conflicts between them, account for ethical issues in the urban development process and discuss the dilemmas they can imply in the professional role of an engineer, and reflect over how you as independent professionals can influence the development in society on short and long view.
  • search after and use various types of sources of information, and write a well-structured and informative report with citations and present the results orally.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Entry requirements to the Degree Programme in Civil Engineering and Urban Management (CSAMH).

Recommended prerequisites

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Course literature is specified in the course instructions of the course.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN2 - Written Exam, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN3 - Written Exam, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN4 - Written Exam, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Excercise, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN2 - Excercise, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN3 - Excercise, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN4 - Excercise, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

For final grade is required

A passed written examination of part 1-4 (TEN1, 1.5 credits; TEN2, 1.5 credits; TEN3, 1.5 credits; TEN 4, 1.5 credits; in total 6 credits)

A passed course essay on part 1-4, passed exercises and participation in seminars and study visit (ÖVN1-5; 1.5 credits each, in total 7.5 credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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