Module details for Cities of the future/Smart cities


This module will introduce the concept of smart cities, which brings together hard infrastructure, social capital including local skills and community institutions, and (digital) technologies to fuel sustainable economic development and provide an attractive environment for all (Department for Business Innovation Skills October 2013)


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : Knowledge and understanding of the different aspects of a smart city and their impacts on our lives.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Understand concept of smart cities

2.  Analyse data within the concept of a smart city

Indicative Content

1 Social impacts of future cities

Social impacts There is an overall need for theoretical and methodological plurality in how we assess the impact and value of future cities in terms for individual and societal well−being. Gaps in our understanding relate to the complex ways individuals and groups engage with built and natural settings, the cultural goods and consequent benefits that may arise and the inequalities associated with these cultural benefits.

2 Security of future cities

Security Different types of cyber attacks that could be launched against a Smart City. Impact of cyber attacks. Approaches to securing the smart grid and critical infrastructure, i.e. improving cyber resilience.

3 Sustainable food production in future cities

Sustainable urban food production includes the long established allotments movement to large scale projects based on sustainability throughout the food chain. Urban food production includes the long established allotments movement. The demand for urban growing also responds to the densification and intensification of living areas, due to population rise, migration and demographic aging with lower housing and ‘garden’ space standards placing greater importance on collective production

4 Energy, waste and water in future cities

Energy, waste and water At present, water and wastewater facilities are often the largest and most energy intensive responsibilities owned and operated by local governments, representing up to 35% of municipal energy use. Future cities will need to utilise more sustainable methods of water and waste water management and renewable energy production

5 Digital technologies in future cities

Digital technologies Digital technologies will play a major role in creating sustainable and resilient cities offering a vehicle for more inclusive decision−making process and promoting dialog amongst architects, urban planners, the public and technologists.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 26
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 80
Independent 82
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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