Urban system analysis

Entry requirements: General problem solving skills and critical analysis, basic knowledge of modeling and research lifecycles, algorithmical thinking

Credits: 4

Semester: 1

Course: Core

Language of the course: English


By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Study and describe a process / object as a complex system through formalization and decomposition
  • Conduct resource analysis of the process (or an object)
  • Understand types of structures of systems
  • Formalize a system using graphical languages and other types of notation derived from one or several subject areas
  • Formulate the problem set for the study of the particular system and determine approaches and methods for solving it
  • Critically analyze scientific papers, work with research reports
  • Study the city as a complex multilevel system
  • Transform the outlook into the history and state-of-the-art of urban studies into research practice
  • Manage interdisciplinary collaboration


Main topics of the course:

  • Introduction into the system analysis of urban territories
  • Basic principles of system analysis
  • Describing a system
  • Formal presentation of the system using graphic standards
  • History of urbanization
  • Urbanization research
  • Theoretical basis of urban studies
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to urban studies


Lectures and laboratory classes


Attendance is obligatory. Missing one class without a formal reason is tolerated. Final evaluation is based on: 40% - monthly assessment, 20% - participation in classes (including group work and presentations), 20% - presentation of the research project, 20% - oral examination.