Course syllabus

Risk Based Land Use Planning

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

Valid for: 2021/22
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED BI/RH
Date of Decision: 2021-04-14

General Information

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


To 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


The course elaborates on the nature and scope of land use planning and the importance of such a process for shaping urban risk. The course is structured around a number of course elements including lectures and readings on the topics of risk governance, vulnerability, decision-making and treatment of uncertainties, as well as recovery, reconstruction and relocation. Moreover, the course includes elements striving at developing the student’s skills and understanding of how risk assessments can be conducted within the spatial planning framework. The course contains both individual assignments and a group assignment.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Examination is carried out individually through submission of individual assignments and an oral examination, and in group through oral examination and written report of the project assignments 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: 0120. Name: Individual Assignment.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed individual assignment Contents: Written assignments.
Code: 0220. Name: Group Assignment.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed project assignment Contents: Written assignments, oral presentation and external reviewing of other students assignments.
Code: 0320. Name: Oral Examination.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved oral examination.


Assumed 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: 30
Selection: Completed university credits within the program. Within programs where the course is given as a compulsory course students are guaranteed admission. Thereafter priority is given to students enrolled in programs that include the course in the curriculum.
The course overlaps following course/s: VBR110, VRSN30, 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.