System Analysis of Urban Areas

Entry requirements: Algorithmic Thinking (Applications)

Credits: 4

Course: Core

Language of the course: English


  • Consider and description of the process/object as a complex multicomponent system (formalization, decomposition);
  • Perform the resource analysis of the process/object;
  • Understand the types of the system’s structures;
  • Formalize system with the use of one or more notations of different fields of the science and graphical languages;
  • Identity the approaches and methods to solve the formulated problem in the given system;
  • To formulate problem(s) in the given system;
  • Read and consider a scientific paper under the prism of the systems analysis;
  • Consider the city as a complex multilevel system;
  • Understand and identify the type (the mixed type) of the given city by different classifications;
  • Develop of the systems thinking.


The goal of this course is to provide students with skills to consider, design, analyse and explain a city or city components as a complex multielement structure which has internal and external relations. The course contains the following topics:

  • Main Concepts of System Analysis.
  • Systems Resource Analysis.
  • Systems Thinking.
  • General Principles of Systems Analysis.
  • Methods/Techniques of Systems Analysis.
  • Multiscale Systems.
  • The Goal and Objectives of Systems.
  • System Description. The structure of a System.
  • Internal and External System Description. The Main Features of a System.
  • System Description with the Use of Notations and Graphical Languages. Structured Analysis and Design Technique (SADT).
  • The city as a Multiscale and Complex System. City Components.
  • The Theories of City Studies. Ancient Cities. Burgess Concentric Zone Model. Hoyt’s Sector Model. Multiple Nuclei Model. Urban Realms Model.
  • The design of Structure and Scheme of the Computer Model of the City.

After the course completion students will be able to represent the city and its components in a clear and structured manner (including formalization and decomposition of a city object), design and present structural models of the related processes, design and propose approaches to improve the quality of operation of city subsystems and the whole city.


Lectures, Labs, Independent Works, Competitive Games, Small Projects


Attendance is mandatory. Students cannot miss more than one class.

Grading: 40% months assignments; 20% participation in class discussions and/or presentation of individual/team works, 20% final research results’ presentation (small analytical projects); 20% final exam.