Course code LAA310

LAA310 Roads and railways in landcape

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Course responsible: Kristin Marie Berg
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Max 20, min. 10
Teaching exam periods:
The course is offered in  Fall semester. Next time Fall 2017
Course frequency: Every year.
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course starts with a large Norwegian road or railway project in it`s early planning phase (KVU = Konseptvalgutredning). Based on political framework and strategies for landscape planning the students will work in Project teams to do further studies and plan/design a current distance in this landscape. The students will go for a trip at the actual site for about a week to do field research. Throughout the course the students will be given lectures in basic digital drawing for designing roads and railways. 
Learning outcome:


The student will have knowledge about norwegian conditions and political framework, for instance KVU (Document for choice of Concept) and national guidelines that underlies big road- and railwayprojects in landscape.

The student will have knowledge about regional and municipal planning according to PBL (the planning act) and KU (consequence analysis) linked to development of road- and railwayprojects.

The student will have knowledge about road- and railwayplanning as strategic tools for business- and residential development and land development in regions, cities and smaller towns.

The student will have knowledge about technical, evironmental and architectural challenges linked to road- and railwayplanning and what kind of processes that are necessary to establish good, sustainable and long-term solutions with high quality.

The student will have knowledge about the European Landscape Convention and different approaches for analyzing landscapes and how this can contribute to understanding and commuciation.

The student will have knowledge about NTP (National plan for Transport) and coordinated land use and transport planning.

The student will have knowledge about the most important handbooks from Statens vegvesen for planning and designing roads.

The student will have knowledge about relevant terminology for planning and designing roads og railways.


The student will have skills in delineation of a project-area and formulation of relevant issues for the task.

The student will have skills in developing strategies, concepts and goals for a project based on landscape-analyzes of a project area.

The student will have skills in working independant within the agreed deadlines with obtaining relevant information and developing of partial elements for a project-document.

The student will have skills in implementing analyzis of knowledge-ase and develope solutions and proposals in interdisciplinary team.

The student will have skills in substantiate priorities in a project-document from scientific sources and will be able to implement detailed engineering of a road- or railway-line (or contribute to this) out of technical guidelines (handbooks from Statens vegvesen).

The student will have skills in producing tools for communication, such as sketches, 3D-visualizations, photos, tables and descriptions and will have skills in making oral presetations to convey contents of a project in a clear and simple way to promote dialogue with different persons involved.

General competence:

The student will be able to work in interdisciplinary teams with complex issues.

The student will be able to reflect on and improve their own professional practice in interaction with other disciplines and other people without project specific knowledge.

The student should have acquired general knowledge and competence about organization of Norwegian transport sector, political leadership and project execution within the sector.


Learning activities:
Theoretical studies, teamwork in project, fieldwork, excursion, lectures, learning digital skills in computer-lab.
Teaching support:
Course literature, tutor's supervision, mid-term evaluation and final evaluation of sensor, computer training with external teacher 

As the norwegian syllabus shows.  

* A library-list with other relevant books and articles will be presented at the beginning of the course.

Competences equivalent to the first three years of the studyprogramme for Landscape Architecture or Regional Planning, or bachelor from Nature Management.
Recommended prerequisites:
Skills in terrain design, skills in landscape description and analyzis for the purpose of planning, basic knowledge of Norwegian planning law.
Mandatory activity:
Fieldwork, 80% of lectures, mid-term evaluation and final evaluation of sensor, excursion.
Delivery of project-document and oral presentaion of this. Self-evaluation of efforts in project can influence on individual grade. Continuous exam: A-E / not passed = F.
Nominal workload:
Totally 300 hours of work. 
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
30 h. lectures, 40 h. fieldworks inclusive transport, 16 h excursion, 10 h. critiques, guidance in groups, about 2h per. student.
An external examiner give project critiques and comments on the course content and structure.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått