Project and Process Management for Sustainable Urban Development

Summary

The purpose of this course is to develop critical and constructive understanding of urban development projects from a sustainability perspective.
The course covers the following themes:
  • the project as a dominant form of organising urban development
  • project management
  • projects from a sustainability perspective
  • networks in design, implementation and governance of urban development
  • conducting a pre-study for an urban development project

Admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree consisting of 180 higher education credits or the equivalent.
Language requirement of English B / English 6 from Swedish secondary school or the equivalent.

Selection:

credits 100%

Syllabus

Syllabus for students autumn 2018, autumn 2017, autumn 2016

Course Code:
OL631E revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Projekt- och processledning i hållbar stadsutveckling
Level of specialisation
A1N
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
09 September 2016
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
29 August 2016
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
14 October 2015

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree consisting of 180 higher education credits or the equivalent.
Language requirement of English B / English 6 from Swedish secondary school or the equivalent.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is included in the Two-year master programme Urban Studies and can also be given as an independent course.

Purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop critical and constructive understanding of urban development projects from a sustainability perspective.

Contents

The course covers the following themes:

  • the project as a dominant form of organising urban development
  • project management
  • projects from a sustainability perspective
  • networks in design, implementation and governance of urban development
  • conducting a pre-study for an urban development project

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After completing this course the student will:
1. demonstrate knowledge of forms of project development and organisation
2. demonstrate an understanding of how processes in design, development and subsequent governance shape project outcomes
3. demonstrate knowledge of potentials and limitations of urban development projects from a sustainability perspective

Skills and competencies
After completing this course the student will be able to:
4. conduct and present a pre-study for an urban development project suitable for external review by an independent interested organization or funding agency.
5. critically reflect on management and/or governance of proposed urban development projects from an integrated sustainability perspective.

Judgement and approach
After completing this course the student will:
6. be able to reflect critically and independently on urban development projects with respect to their impact on well-being of humans and the ecosystem in which they are embedded

Learning activities

Learning activities in the course consist of lectures, workshops, group work, seminars and presentations. A central part of the course is developing input to an urban development project in collaboration with a governmental organization, private company or NGO and providing constructive critique of other students' work. This work may be conducted individually or in a small group.
Mandatory seminars on literature comprise approximately 10 hours (4-6 seminars). Mandatory presentations and discussion of project proposals comprises approximately 24 hours.

Assessments

Student work is assessed based on two forms of examination:

  • literature seminars account for 5 credits. Literature seminars are evaluated on a pass/fail basis based on both written preparation for the seminar and active participation in discussion. Students must demonstrate knowledge corresponding to learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3 (grading scale U-fail/G-pass).
  • the development and presentation of a pre-study for an urban development project as well as providing critique of fellow students' work provides 10 credits. Students must demonstrate skills corresponding to learning outcomes 4, 5 and 6 (grading scale Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials


Most of the course literature consists of articles from scientific journals available through Malmö University library or case materials provided by the teachers. The following books are also required:
  • Cobb, A. T. (2012). Leading Project Teams. (2nd ed.). Sage Publications Los Angeles.
  • McDonough, W. & Braungart, M. (2010 or earlier edition). Cradle to cradle: Remaking the way we make things. MacMillan.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Urban Studies.

Further information

Åse Falk, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-66 58039
Peter Parker, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-66 57607

Application

06 November 2017 - 14 January 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö Application code: mah-74018

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 21000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 21000 SEK

Open for late application

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12 November 2018 - 20 January 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program