City Region (BYG240)

The course gives an introduction about the city region as a relevant scale for regional and urban development. The city region as a system og areas, functions, centres and interactions is the main topic of the course.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


NB! This is an elective course and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students are enrolled by August 20th for the autumn semester.

The course gives an introduction about the city region as a relevant scale for regional and urban development. The city region as a system og areas, functions, centres and interactions is the main topic of the course. The course is project-based and aims at giving a deeper understanding of the city as a part of a larger housing, labour and service region. Integrated land use and transport planning is a central topic in the course, as is the analysis, planning and deisgn of urban regions and areas, transport hubs, urban centers, transport infrastructure. ArcMap (GIS) is used as analysis and planning tool.

Learning outcome

After the course the students should have

  • knowledge about the city region as a concept that integreates the city with the larger context of regional interactions
  • an understanding of the city as a dynamic area where external and internal forces influence and change dwelling, working and traveling patterns
  • an understanding of the role that land use and transport planning has in terms of achieving urban sustainable development, reduce environmental issues and increase quality of life and societal safety
  • knowledge about the defintion of dwelling, working, communitng or identity regions

After the course the students should be able to

  • develop scenarios and proposals for different futures of the city and the region
  • develop masterplans based in spatial analysis, statistical data and prognoses
  • develop design programs for central areas in the regional and urban system
  • collect relevant information and coduct geographic analyses using GIS tools
  • Make reccomendations for urban and regional development based on SWOT-analyses

Students should have general knowledge about

  • oral, written and graphic presentations about topics that relate to the city region, regional planning or long term land use and transport plans
  • discussions and arguments relating to urban sustainablity and relating measures and their relevance and effectiveness
  • independent investigations into the future of urban and regional development

Required prerequisite knowledge

One of the following alternatives:
BYG100 Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
ING110 Engineering Course introduction - Construction

Recommended prerequisites

BYG100 Computer-Aided Design (CAD), BYG115 Urban Space, BYG120 Land Use Planning


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project work 1/1 Letter grades

The assignment is based on group work.No continuation options are offered on the assignment. Students who do not pass the assignment can take this again the next time the subject has regular teaching.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

David Chapman

Course coordinator:

David Chapman

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Andreas Skaare

Head of Department:

Tore Markeset

Method of work

4 hours of formal teaching (lectures, exercises, tutorials, seminars, presentations/reviews, studio work) in addition to the project work (individual and in groups). Participation in the group/project work is mandatory. Contributions to the group work must be documented.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Surveying/GIS (BIB420_1) 5

Open for

Civil Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Urban Planning and Societal Safety - Bachelor`s Degree Programme
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
City and Regional Planning - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years Structural and Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme. Five Years

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto