SMUA5010 Urban Mobility Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Urban Mobility
Master's Degree Programme in Smart Mobility and Urban Analytics
20 stp.


Urban mobility refers to the combination of land use, transportation, and technology resulting in the movement of people, goods, and information in our cities. The goals of urban mobility are to create safe, efficient, and sustainable transport systems that meet the needs of all residents. This course will train students to apply the appropriate methods and metrics for understanding and evaluating urban mobility systems from a holistic perspective, emphasizing the larger social, physical, and environmental implications of transportation.

This course provides an overview of urban mobility, its history, key components and functions, and metrics. Existing land uses and transport systems are the result of decades (and centuries) of development, as such this course will also help students to understand the wide variation in form and function of transport systems, and the range of challenges across these systems. Additionally, new technologies, such as increasing levels of connectivity and the emergence of autonomous vehicles, are sure to play important roles in urban mobility, but the implications of these technologies are not yet clear. This course gives students the requisite background to understand the pros and cons of a range of new and emerging technologies in urban mobility.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper



No formal requirements over and above the admission requirements.


Upon completing the course, the student should have the following outcomes:


Upon successfully completion of the course, the student will achieve advanced knowledge about:

  • the integration of land use and transportation planning

  • theories of transportation, mode choice, and travel behavior

  • multi-modal transportation planning

  • planning for safe, efficient, equitable, and sustainable cities

  • metrics for evaluating urban mobility

  • new and emerging technologies in land use and transportation planning



Upon successfully completion of the course, the student is capable of:

  • making use of travel behavior models

  • applying metrics to evaluate transportation policy and planning

  • applying appropriate methods and software (e.g., statistics and GIS) to evaluate transportation systems and gaps

  • translating theory to practice in urban mobility


General competence:

Upon successfully completion of the course, the student:

  • has a broad overview of the current state of urban mobility, its challenges, and future trends

  • is able to present academic results and evaluations both to specialists and to the general public

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

This course is a combination of lectures, seminars, and field-trips in the Oslo area (physically or digitally). The course features 5 weeks lectures, 2 software training sessions to provide theoretical content and preliminary hands-on experience.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

4 individual assignments. Students who fail to meet the coursework requirements can be given up to one re-submission opportunity.

Vurdering og eksamen

Group project assignment with presentation (60%), Portfolio assessment (40%)

1) Project report prepared in groups of 2 students (or more), approx. 15-20 pages (excl. appendices), weighted 80%.

2) Oral presentation and examination of the project report, weighted 20%

All assessment parts must be awarded a pass grade (E or better) to pass the course. 

Assessment parts: 1) can be appealed, 2) cannot be appealed


Graded scale A-F.


1) Two internal examiners for the assignments and the report

2) Two internal examiners for oral presentation

 External examiners are used regularly.


Daniel Piatkowski: danielpi@oslomet.no