Skip to content


Planning methods 7.5 credits

Second cycle, F7001B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

F0002B Urban Design or corresponding course. Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English B/6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After completing the course participants should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
• Describe different qualitative methods and quantitative methods used in the planning process (valuations, forecasts, SWOT, Scenarios, backcasting, strategic environmental assessments, multi-criteria analysis, collaboration methods).

Competence and skills
• Search and evaluate policy information on the UN, EU, national, regional and local level
• Analyze the policy context of a society and discern a planning purpose, vision and goals
• Identify areas that can be developed to achieve society's planning visions and goals
• Investigate development strategies for planning

Judgement and approach
• Develop indicators to achieve set planning goals
• Make recommendations for the planning process 

This course focuses on the processes involved in the design and management of planning policy for the built environment, the tools and methods commonly used and the associated terminology. A particular focus is placed on the use of goal-setting, options, planning scenarios and indicators.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
This course includes lectures, seminars, and project work. The lectures and seminars illustrate the different methods that are available in the planning process. A focus in placed on understanding the terminology used around tools, the role of different tools and the appropriate contexts for their use in the planning system. Lecture also explore the various scale of planning policy.  Through the project work the student will practice knowledge in managing and accessing development proposals and scenarios in the planning process. This includes the practice of academic report writing and visual/ oral explanation of work.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course goals are examined through the seminar and project work. The seminar is examined by active participation and graded with a G / U. To pass the project work requires active participation and an approved oral, written, and illustrated presentation. The project work is examined with grades G / U 3 4 5.

Transition terms

David Chapman

Literature. Valid from Spring 2022 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
André, F.J., Cardenete, M.A. & Romero, C. (2010). Designing Public Policies [Elektronisk resurs] An Approach Based on Multi-Criteria Analysis and Computable General Equilibrium Modeling. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Project workG U 3 4 56.00MandatoryA07
0002SeminarsU G#1.50MandatoryA07

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2007-01-31 and is valid from H07.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021