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Saturday, 18. August 2018

Notes & Dates

Lecture Free Time
20.07.2018 - 07.10.2018


Master Programmes in Germany on Urban-, Regional-, and  Infrastructure Planning



The first year in Germany

The programme in Dortmund is, according to the main stages of planning theory, divided into three stages namely: Analysis, Planning and Implementation. Teaching takes place in various forms such as lectures, subject-related exercises and workshops both on the SPRING case study regions from Africa and Asia.

In the first week of the course, however, a general orientation and introduction to the programme takes place. Its major objectives are:

  • to get acquainted with each other;
  • to develop a common understanding for integrated/interdisciplinary  planning approach and regional development planning and management (Key Concepts of Planning).



Between the introductory and the concluding workshops a series of sectoral subjects are taught, which are grouped in the following Modules.

In Dortmund, Germany:

Module 1: Planning Approaches and Key Skills for Planners

1. Introductory Lecture: Spatial Planning and
Sustainable Development in Germany
2. Excursion tu Berlin or shorter excursions
3. Human Dimension in Planning
4. Presentation and Group Faciliation Techniques
5. Academic Writing
6. Introduction into Research Paper Writing
7. Module exam
Module 4: Planning Tools

1. Programme Planning and Project Management
2. Partial Exam A
3. Spatial Data Analysis and Mapping
4. Partial Exam B

Module 2: Workshop - Planning Practice

1. Workshop
Planning Cycle: Analysis, Planning, Implementation,
Application of Presentation and Group Facilitiy Techniques
2. Partial exam A
3. Partial exam B
4. Partial exam C
Module 5: Concepts and Theories for Planning

1. Development Theories and Strategies
2. Governance and Decision Making
3. Module Exam

Module 3: Planning in Developing Countries and Physical Infrastructure

1. Land Use Planning and Environmental Management
2. Climate Change and Risk Management
3. Transport and Infrastructure
4. Sustainable Land Management
5. Human Settlement Planning
6. Exam: Research Paper
Module 6: Socio-Economic Development Planning

1. Economic Instruments for Regional Development Planning
2. Demography: Social Dimensions of Structural Change
3. Module Exam

Examinations at TU Dortmund University

The successful completion of the first year will be based on results of different types of examinations:


Written module exams

  •        Module 1 - Approaches and Key Skills for Planners
  •        Module 3 - Planning in Developing Countries and Physical Infrastructure, Part A

Oral examination

  •       Module 5 - Concepts and Theories for Planning
  •       Module 6 - Socio-Economic Development Planning

Workshop Reports

  •      Module 2 - Planning Practise: workshop reports after each of the three phases: Analysis, Planning and Implementation


  •      Module 4 - Planning Tools ( assignments after each session)

Research Paper

  •       Module 3 - Planning in Developing Countries and Physical Infrastructure


Basically, the tests are designed in such a way that by the regular attendance of lectures, students should be able to go through them without any long periods of preparation. The tests are principally intended to demonstrate the students' problem solving capabilities and comprehension of concepts.



Workshop reports

These are intended to document the student's acquaintance with planning concepts, methods and procedures introduced to him/her in each phase. The results of the group-work in the planning workshop of each phase (analysis, planning and implementation) will be the basis for grading the students in Modul 2.


Research Paper

The Research Paper is expected to show that the student is capable of identifying independently a regional development problem and utilising scientific methods to analyse it in order to make suggestions for a solution. There is also the possibility for two candidates to come together to produce a group work. In such situations, the individual contributions should be indicated and be evaluated on their own merit. The candidate may select his or her own topic, as well as choose his/her adviser. The adviser will assist during the structuring of the paper, which does not mean that they take over the responsibility for the content. At least two discussions with the advisers should be envisaged while writing the paper. The paper should encompass approximately 30 pages (approximately 6,750 words). The Research Paper course consists out of two parts. The first part is an interactive lecture for preparing the thesis topic, formulating the research problem and research questions and compiling the research exposé. The paper itself will be written during the 2nd semester.



SPRING participants who have passed all requirements of the first year will receive a certification in English language indicating the successful completion of the first part of the SPRING programme including the record of grades for each module.


SPRING Colloquium

This series of lectures aims at serving as a discussion forum on selected topics related to development planning in Germany as well in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Case studies are presented by lecturers coming from the faculty of spatial planning at the TU Dortmund or from external organisations. These case studies are related to topics that are not extensively covered in the regular SPRING lectures.

The seminar is also planned as a forum for the exchange of ideas and concepts on development planning and management between post-graduate students of the SPRING programme, undergraduate and graduate students of spatial planning.

The lecturers belong to external development organisations, other universities in Germany and abroad and lecturers from the department of Spatial Planning of the TU Dortmund who do not teach in the SPRING Programme on a regular basis.