Course syllabus

Risk Based Land Use Planning

VRSN30, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2018/19
Decided by: PLED BI/RH
Date of Decision: 2018-03-20

General Information

Compulsory for: BI3
Elective for: RH4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


To will provide the student with sufficient knowledge to allow him/her to participate at early stages in the land use 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


The student will practice his/her knowledge of planning in a project assignment at, above all, the scale-level of comprehensive planning and extended comprehensive plans. Some components will also be treated on 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 needs to 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 assignment 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 and an oral examination, and in group through oral examination and written report 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: 0117. Name: Individual Assignment.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed individual assignment Contents: Written assignments.
Code: 0217. Name: Group Assignment.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed project assignment Contents: Written assignments, oral presentation and external reviewing of other students assignments.
Code: 0317. Name: Oral Examination.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed oral examination.


Required prior knowledge: Basic course in risk assessment with a minimum of 7,5 credits, e.g. VRSN05 Foundations for Risk Assessment and Management, VBRN45 Risk Assessment in Fire Protection Engineering, VRSN25 Risk Assessment in the Safety Area or VBR180 Risk Analysis Methods.
The number of participants is limited to: 60
Selection: Credits remaining for the degree.
The course overlaps following course/s: VBR110, VRSN20, EXTP70

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Alexander Cedergren,
Further information: 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.