Course syllabus

Risk Based Land Use Planning

VRSN20, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED BI/RH
Date of Decision: 2017-04-03

General Information

Main field: Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation.
Compulsory for: MKAT1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course will provide the student with sufficient knowledge to allow him/her to participate at early stages in the planning process in such way that risk assessments can be integrated and used to create a basis at a strategic stage of the planning process, with the objective of achieving a resilient society.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


In the project assignment, the student will put into practice his/her knowledge of planning at, above all, the scale-level of comprehensive planning and extended comprehensive plans. However, certain components will be treated at a more detailed scale.

In parallel with the project assignment, there is a related course component with the objective to provide knowledge of how different types of risks can be addressed in land use planning, using risk assessments as a starting point. The project assignment must be designed with consideration of the demands for a resilient society. The course also includes lectures and literature studies aimed at addressing the problem relating to society's vulnerability.

The project work is presented at a public seminar. Teaching is carried out in project form with supporting lectures, consultations, and seminars.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Examination is carried out individually through submission of preparatory assignments, oral examination and in group through oral and written reporting of the project assignment and critical review of another project assignment.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0118. Name: Individual Assignment.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed individual assignment
Code: 0218. Name: Group Assignment.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed project assignment
Code: 0318. Name: Oral Examination.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved oral examination.


Required prior knowledge: Basic course in risk assessment corresponding to 7,5 ECTS is assumed
The number of participants is limited to: 30
Selection: Guaranteed admission for students on the Master’s Programme in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation.
The course overlaps following course/s: VBR110, VRSN30, EXTP70

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Alexander Cedergren,
Further information: Course VBR110 or VRSN30, Risk Based Land Use Planning, is a compulsory component of the BSc programme in Fire Protection Engineering. Students on this programme must have passed course VBRN45, Risk Assessment in Fire Protection Engineering, or VBR180, Risk Analysis Methods, to be admitted to the course VBR110, VRSN20 or VRSN30 Risk Based Land Planning. Students taking course VBR110, VRSN20 or VRSN30 on the MSc Engineering programme in Risk Management and Safety Engineering or the Master’s programme in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation are assumed to have knowledge corresponding to course VRSN05, Foundations for Risk Assessment and Management, or VBR180, Risk Analysis Methods. Students enrolled on other programmes who wish to take the course must be able to document that they have prior knowledge corresponding to one of the courses mentioned above in order to be admitted. Group assignments require active participation. Each group member must individually be able to account for the content of the assignment. If a group member does not fulfill the demands of the group or ignores hers/his commitment, she/he can be reassigned to another group or get a fail result.