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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


The “Strategic planning” module is part of the integrated course “Strategic Environmental Planning”, which also comprises the “Environmental planning” module.

1) Knowledge and understanding.
Students will develop specialist knowledge and understanding capacity on:
a) strategic planning theory and practice;
b) city and regional territorial planning;
c) evaluation approaches applied to planning choices.

2) Applied knowledge and understanding.
Students will be able to apply and put into practice:
a) techniques and tools relevant to strategic planning (Logical Framework Approach);
b) theoretical concepts on how to design a local development plan;
c) the Analytic Hierarchy Process as a decision-making support tool to analyse and compare alternative planning choices.

3) Making judgements.
Students will develop their autonomous critical thinking in relation to:
a) data collection and how to logically structure territorial information, also gaining awareness on the relationship between territorial knowledge and possible planning choices (objectives and actions);
b) analysis of planning documents concerning both strategic plans and statutory plans;
c) plan evaluation and comparison among alternative planning choices, based on the student's personal understanding and interpretation of available information, in a structured and communicable way.

4) Communication skills.
Students will be able to communicate fluently and coherently their findings and proposals to professionals, public officers, decision makers, and the general public, through appropriate outputs (including both technical reports and visual materials). Students are expected to make a case for their planning choices and assessments, and to be able to defend them.

5) Learning skills.
Successful students will have acquired the necessary tools and skills to delve autonomously into those aspects that are more relevant to their future professional activity and to keep up with a constantly evolving normative and planning framework.


Prior knowledge of the topics explained in the course titled Regional Planning (Pianificazione territoriale, a course offered in the Undergraduate Program in Environment and Territory Engineering) is necessary.
Basic command of CAD and/or GIS software is recommended.
An intermediate command of the English language (at least level B1 in listening and reading as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR) is necessary, since the course is taught in English.


1. Introduction to strategic spatial planning. (approx. 3 hours)
2. Strategic planning theory and practice. (approx. 9 hours)
3. Strategic planning at the urban and regional level. (approx. 14 hours)
4. City Master Plans (statutory planning). (approx. 8 hours)
5. Detailed development plans: the implementation of city Master Plans (statutory planning) (approx. 10 hours)
6. Multicriteria analysis: theory and practice (AHP approach): a tentative application to simulations of spatial implementation plans of city Master Plans. (approx. 14 hours)
7. Multicriteria analysis: introduction to the software (freely available online) that will be used within the AHP-related coursework. (approx. 2 hours)

Teaching Methods

Classes will be delivered mainly in presence; in-presence classes will be integrated and "augmented" through online activities, by means of inclusive and innovation-oriented lectures and exercises.
The course will comprise traditional lectures, as well as hands-on pieces of coursework whereby students will 1) implement in an interactive way, supervised by the teacher, a simulated planning case-study at the local level; 2) develop a multicriteria analysis applied to city planning and detailed development plans that implement the city masterplan at the local level.

Verification of learning

The final exam consists of a discussion on the course's contents, with particular reference to the implementation-related issues. Students must therefore demonstrate to master techniques and approaches concerning strategic planning, statutory planning, and multicriteria analysis and to be able to correctly put them into practice within the pieces of coursework.

The final grade ranges from 0 to 30, as per the Italian system, where marks lower than 18 mean that the exam has been failed, while 18 is the minimum pass grade. The final grade is scored based on the weighted sum of the student’s performance assessed through the following five criteria:
a) Active class participation: 10%
b) Mid-term presentation (strategic planning - case study): 20%
c) Coursework: implementation of a detailed development plan: 30%
d) Coursework: multicriteria analysis of detailed development plans: 20%
e) Final oral exam: 20%

The final score takes into account the following aspects:
a) Use of an adequate vocabulary
b) Logical structure of the pieces of coursework (planning simulation or evaluation)
c) Internal consistency within each piece of coursework (for instance, between objectives and actions or between actions and indicators)
d) Ability to justify and make a case for choices made, for instance, within the logical framework, within the planning simulation, the development of the hierarchical evaluation tree

For students taking the whole Integrated Course "Strategic Environmental Planning", the final mark of the Integrated Course will be calculated by averaging the scores earned in each of the two modules (i.e., "Environmental planning" and "Strategic planning").


No specifically required textbook.
During classes, students will be directed to suggested readings that are freely available on the Internet. Any other teaching material will be made available through the teacher's personal webpage, or through web-based platforms available to students enrolled at the University of Cagliari, or via e-mail.

More Information

Students will be provided with slides and handouts (also including the list of suggested readings for each topic) via the teacher's personal page, or through web-based platforms available to students enrolled at the University of Cagliari, or via e-mail.

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