Department of Urban Planning Presentation

Department of Urban Planning Presentation (full text pdf)

The area of Urban Planning has been present at ULHT since its foundation, in 1991. Together with the areas of Political Science, Information Science and Mathematics, it formed the original core which would give rise to that which is at present the largest private University in the country, at the time Higher Institute of Mathematics and Management.

Since then, teaching and research in the field of Urban Planning has held a central place at ULHT due to the recognition that it is an area of the utmost importance for the country which hasn’t been given its due attention from higher education institutions in Portugal. In fact, ULHT is the only university in this country which ensures the specific teaching of Urban Planning in all three study cycles considered in the Bologna reform: Bachelor, Master and Doctorate, as well as a technological specialization course.

The field of Urban Planning is carried out in the Department of Urban Planning, which is part of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, and it is represented in its Scientific and Pedagogic Councils. 

The R&D activities of the Department are conducted within the scope of the Centre for Research in Sociourbanism (SRSU).

ULHT is a member of the Association of European Schools of Planning AESOP. The study plans of the programmes offered by the Department of Urban Planning comply with the guidelines from the European Council of Spatial Planners. The programmes in Planning and Planning and Territorial Management are recognized by the Associação Profissional dos Urbanistas Portugueses APROURB [Professional Association of Portuguese Planners].

The Department’s presence in the Web is ensured by the university’s portal and by the following website:

http://urbanismo-portugal.net  (pedagogical web site )

 

Research and Training Areas & Topics

The Department is organized in 5 main areas:

A - Natural Environment and Urban Landscape – ANPU

Rationale

ANPU (Ambiente Natural & Paisagem Urbana) is concerned with the characteristics, patterns and structures of specific geographical area of human settlements (urban and rural) and their relationships with the biological and physical environment and interaction of these with the social system. These are aspects related, both to individual and collective, to patterns of housing, mobility, health, education, culture and leisure - that affect the morphology of natural spaces, ecosystems and urban systems.

It encompasses the urban landscape which comprises the network of open spaces and natural resources embodied in and around our cities. This group aims at actions to preserve the natural environment and improve both the environmental conditions and the quality of life. Among the issues can be mentioned for this research group the analysis of the transformation, adaptation of cities and regions, with emphasis on open spaces and ecosystem services, as well as strategies and tools for the management of urban spaces.

Research Topics

This research group is engaged in issues and topics related to the natural environment, landscape and rural development and the relationship of the nature with the built-environment, with a wide range of themes that reflect the challenges that settlements face today and may face in the future. They are:

1) Questions related to morphology, urban design and use of space:

Open spaces and the relationships with the built-environment,

Patterns of land use, land recycling and urban/site rehabilitation,

Green spaces, their users and uses.

2) Questions related to governance and public participation:

Urban and rural sustainability,

Planning and management of landscape,

Governance of urban environment,

Participatory democracy and horizontal cooperation.

3) Questions related to environment media and their protection:

Environment policies and integrated approaches,

Protection of environment media (air, water, soil),

Contamination and pollution control,

Adaption to climate change (resilience).

Maintenance and provision of green spaces and protected areas,

Enhance and conserve biodiversity,

Sustainable resource use and ecosystem services - especially carbon sequestration in green spaces,

Prevention and promotion of public health and active life styles.

 

B - Built Environment, Infrastructures, Equipments and Transport - ACIET

Rationale

ACIET (Ambiente Construído, Infraestruturas, Equipamentos & Transportes) is concerned with the approach between the built environment, including support structures and equipments, and the needs of populations to achieve quality of life standards, i.e., the relationship between physical structures and their use by citizens. Urbanism takes a very important role to improve conditions to live, in that way the needed support environment is a key factor to achieve successful capacities in the urban areas. Mobility has a prominent role in this point, as one of the main factors associated to the modern cities, able to improve economy and the well fare of populations.

This group aims at actions to improve the efficiency of built environment (equipments & infrastructures), their planning and management and the necessary correlations with natural environment. The research group will focuses their attention on physical structures and the social needs of territories to:

Address strategies and tools to be used by public bodies in the planning and management of their built environment;

Undertake studies and analytic works to improve the knowledge of built environment impacts on society (economy and well fare);

The main objective is to achieve better urban spaces, environmentally balanced and usefully to citizens.

Research Topics

This research group is engaged in issues and topics related to the Built Environment, Infrastructures, Equipments and Transport and their efficiency to serve citizens accomplishing the natural environment requisites. The main topics to be addressed are:

1) Questions related to planning of infrastructures and equipments:

Infrastructures of service and the quality of space;

Territorial shares of infrastructures and equipments;

Infrastructures and sustainability issues;

"Multi uses" equipments and the well fare of populations;

Waste, water, energy and communication facilities and services to improve quality of urban space;

Urban Design, infrastructures and equipments.

2) Questions related to management and governance of infrastructures, equipments and associated services:

The management of space and infrastructural issues;

The share of equipment and infrastructures as a tool for development;

Efficiency tools for waste, water, energy and communications facilities and services;

The equipment as an improvement tool.

3) Questions related to mobility and urban space:

The "green mobility" and the improvement of urban quality;

The management of public transport services;

The mobility and accesses as an integrated factor for citizens;

Urban design issues and mobility;

 

C - Applied Urbanism and Urban Design- UADU

UADU (Urbanística Aplicada & Desenho Urbano) sets its focus on issues related to urbanism and design, from theory to practice, questioning urban morphology as core subject for an urban planner.

Aware that in Portugal the theory and practice of urban and regional planning results from the application of a diffuse and superficial conceptual framework, which should contribute to an increasing satisfactory living conditions in urban areas, this group focuses its activities on issues of theory, or theories, from training requirements to practical work, in understanding the needs of those who practise it, developing tools and/or procedures of analysis, planning and land management and the study of urban space as physical and social factor for urban design.

Research Topics

This research group aims at enhancing the development of appropriate tools for different situations within the national context, reflecting the practice of urbanism, both in Portugal and across the world, and theoretical underpinnings of different forms of acting on the territory, as well as analysis of needs of urbanists, decision makers and inhabitants.

The research themes are:

1) Questions related to urbanism theory, applied to Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking world:

The methods and tools for the practice of urbanism(analysis, planning and land management) - tools needs assessment;

Urban design as defining the space, which includes spatial perception and techniques for qualifying the space,

Research methods and tools in urbanism,

The role and the training of urbanist and designer,

The definition of concepts and their relation to the practice;

2) Questions related to urbanism methods:

Analysis of the urbanismpractice in Portugal and defining strategies for its improvement;

Monitoring and evaluation of urban spaces and planning practices;

The planning tools and methods for analysis, design and management.

3) Questions related to urban design:

The analysis of morphology of cities;

The integration of the inhabitants in the planning practice (participation);

The design of urban space, concepts and methodologies.

4) Questions related to research methods in urban planning:

Research methodologies for urban planning;

Support for training in urban planning.

 

D - Society, Governance and Land Use Management –

Rationale

Society, Governance and Land Use Management (SGAT - Sociedade, Governança &Administração do Território) is concerned with the approach between the Society and the use of space in the perspective of governance and use management of territory, including the participatory decisions to improve urban quality. It works in a transversal way between physical and social issues, including the necessary administrative tools (regulation) that could improve the way to manage and use with efficiency and sustainability the territory. The territorial management is a very important tool to improve the use of space and to give conditions to citizens to achieve qualified life. The search of tools and ways to assess, including the participation of citizens to improve the offer of spaces adapted to citizens needs and wishes, is important to ensure a better understanding of reality to promote a better territory.

This group aims at actions to improve the planning, management and assessment tools, including the participatory factors, to address more efficiency to territory respecting the needs and wishes of population and their relation with natural environment. The research group will focuses their attention to develop tools that could improve governance and management of territory in a participatory and sustainable way.

The main objective is to achieve better urban spaces, where people understand how it works and feels integrated on a sustainable and useful territory.

Research Topics

This research group is engaged in issues and topics related to the management of territory, including assessment methods and technics, improving the governance and use of territpry. The main topics to be addressed are:

1) Questions related to Governance:

Cities governance and administrative issues to improve urban quality;

The administrative tools (regulations) and the practice of urbanism;

The e-governance and the challenge for better urban spaces;

Citizens participation and he governance of territory;

Private sector & Institutions, ways to make good governance of public space;.

2) Questions related to Society and urban spaces:

The demographic factors in cities, growth and shrink, and the challenges of urban development;

Security and urban spaces;

Economy and the development of territories;

Society as a part of city, integration and development tools in urban spaces;

Participatory tools;

Cultural issues in the urban spaces;

3) Questions related to assessment:

The assessment as an improvement tool to efficiently management of territory;

The quality of space assessment tools to improve quality of life;

The assessment tools, including territorial comparison methods;

The monitoring method as a tool to efficient management - (adapting plans to realities on time)

4) Questions related to management:

The natural, social and built environment and the management of space;

From plan to action - tools for a better management;

Interdisciplinary management of territories and development;

Sustainable tools for management;

Laws and the use of territory.

 

As contributory, Information Technology for Urbanism (TIU - Tecnologias de Informação em Urbanismo) will be a transversal issue of research to improve the developed tools of each four strategic groups described before. The lack of research, in Portugal, in this specific issue is an opportunity to evolute it thru the specific support to the research projects, concerning the need of develop tools that are useful to the practice of urbanism. Our goal is to point the  Information Technology for Urbanism as the fifth strategic research area in the future.

 

E-  Education, Territory and Planning (ETP)

Rationale

ETP is focuses on the study of the different dimensions of knowledge and education, in their interaction with territoriality. In particular, is focuses on the issues of rural or urban contexts, and as expression of social dynamics where education in its multiple approaches is a structuring element.

Research Topics

Territorial dimension of knowledge and formal and informal training;

Education Cities and access to knowledge and social empowerment;

Culture, Education and citizenship in the urban context;

Territory, social equipment, services and social inclusion

 

1. Training programs

The Department offers specific training in Planning at 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycle levels (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees), according to the Bologna Reform. It also offers short-term specialization or refresher courses. It also ensures the Post Doctoral programme and awards the title of “Agregado”. The Department also offers the Course in Technological Specialization, training Assistant Planning Expert (Level IV Professional Training).

The programmes are organised according to the Bologna Reform, adopting the ECTS system. The study programmes are based on the European guidelines on the teaching of planning, in particular those issued by the European Council of Spatial Planners (CEU, ECTP). As a member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), it participates actively in the debates on teaching and research carried out in this association which reflect on the permanent monitoring of its syllabuses.

The syllabuses correspond to the European Classification of Activities and Services (Urban and Land Planning Services Reference 71.11.3 Urban and Land Planning Services Eurostat – Statistical Office of the European Communities Operation 2007: Revision of NACE and CPA).

The courses also comply with the national and European Classification of Education and Training areas CNAEF.

The Department fully acknowledges the characterization of the planning profession of the Portuguese General Directorate for Employment and Labour Relations – DGERT, as well as the definition given by INE – the Portuguese Statistics Institute (Nomenclature of the national professions classification – 1994. Reference: 2.1.4.1.10, designation: planner).

 

1.1. Doctorate in Urban Planning

3 years / 3rd Cycle (Doctorate) / 180 ECTS

Scientific Coordination: Professor Carlos Smaniotto

Government authorization: N.º 12603/2008, DE 5 DE MAIO, ALTERADO PELO DESPACHO N.º 10588/2012, DE 06 DE AGOSTO

Objectives/Competencies 

The Doctoral programme aims to create a body of researchers and teachers capable of developing Urban and Territorial Planning as a consolidated disciplinary field by training specialists in Planning, with a solid technical, theoretical and methodological training.

In particular, the Doctoral programme in Urban Planning aims to achieve the following main objectives:

  • Deepen the foundations and values which should be present in the act of creating and managing urban public space, opening up new paths in urban planning and design, especially as regards methods of urban analysis and of the composition of our cities’ public space;
  • Deepen the legal and operational knowledge regarding the implementation of municipality-based agrarian and urban regulation policies;
  • Understand Transport Mobility and Planning with a systemic view of cities assimilating the concept of sustainable development;
  • Understand the articulation between the national policies in the area of Urban Planning and the broader context of European policies;
  • Deepen the role of strategic planning with instrumental recourse for the development of territorial harmonization in Portugal;

Under the terms of the law and of the consensus of instituted academic practice, the degree of Doctor will attest the achievement of an innovative and original contribution in the field of Urban Planning, a high cultural degree and aptitude for conducting independent scientific work.

 

Organization:

The Doctoral programme comprehends a total of 180 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System), structured as follows:

  • The curricular part of the Programme is constituted by in-depth seminars; the PhD students must do a total of 60 ECTS from a series of seminars offered by the University annually.
  • The part regarding methodologies and the research project has a seminar-based structured, coming to 30 ECTS.
  • The other stage of the Doctoral Programme is dedicated to the preparation of the thesis, corresponding to 90 ECTS.

The different stages of the Doctoral Programme may overlap partially in time, and therefore are not necessarily sequential.

Entrance Conditions

The following may apply for the Doctoral Programme:

a) People who hold a master's degree or legal equivalent degree; b) People who hold a B.A., people who have an especially relevant school or scientific curriculum that is acknowledged as certifying capacity to obtain this study cycle by the Doctoral Programme's Scientific Committee;

c) People who have a school, scientific and professional curriculum that is acknowledged as certifying capacity to obtain this study cycle by the Doctoral Programme’s Scientific Committee.

Mode of study

Fulltime

Graduation requirements

Have accomplished 180 ECTS

Study Plan

1st Year / 

 

ECTS

Applied Urbanism and Urban Design

Anual

14

Built Environment, Equipment and Transportation

Anual

12

Natural Environment and Urban Landscape

Anual

12

Research Methodologies in Urban Planning

Anual

8

Society, Administration and Territory Governance

Anual

14

2nd Year /

 

ECTS

Research Seminar in Urban Planning

Anual

15

Thesis (2nd year)

Anual

45

3rd Year /

 

ECTS

Thesis (3rd year)

Anual

60

 

Thesis

This programme aims to enable students to produce a thesis and complies with the current guidelines of the European Union, within the scope of the Bologna Reform. It allows research to be supervised in one of the programme’s concentration areas, by means of a doctoral thesis in the scientific area of Urban Planning, under the guidance of a professor or researcher with a Doctoral degree.

Job Opportunities

PhDs in Urban Planning are qualified to coordinate public institutions in the field of urban planning and zoning as well as integrate and coordinate interdisciplinary teams with a view to carrying out studies and projects regarding techniques and methodologies which may support innovation in the design of public policies for urban planning and land regulation.

 

1.2. Master in Urban Planning

2 years (4 semesters) / 2nd Cycle (Master) / 120 ECTS

Scientific coordination: Professor Carlos Smaniotto

Government authorization: Despacho N.º 22444/2008, DE 29 de Agosto,

Alterado pelo Despacho N.º 10589/2012, DE 06 DE AGOSTO

Objectives

Master programme in Urban Planning aims to create a group of specialists in the disciplinary field of Urban Planning prepared to coordinate the teams that design or manage planning and land management tools.  The programme also prepares for entry in the scientific career in the area of Urban Planning.

 

Competencies

Advancement of the competencies obtained in the first study cycle, this time with greater and more elaborate ability to analyse and integrate knowledge;

Specific ability to identify, analyse, and propose solutions to complex problems in the area of Urban Planning and Territorial Management, addressing in particular urban and land morphology in the more suitable scales and the issues related with urban management in view of sustainability principles;

Ability to translate into plans, projects and reports, the more suitable solutions to problems of urban development, giving them the suitable form to be understood by technicians, political and corporate decision-makers, and citizens in general;

Ability to build up consistent knowledge of the urban and land realities in which these professionals act with a view to managing them in the framework of urban quality references and European policies for Territorial management and urban planning;

Ability to translate into programmes and actions of a different nature, the more suitable solutions to problems of urban management, giving them the appropriate form to be understood by technicians, political and corporate decision-makers and citizens in general;

Ability to use modern technological resources fit to diagnose and search for answers and their representation with a view to integrating complementary scientific field and their own technological resources;

Ability to work in the context of multidisciplinary teams, managing their own partnerships in each situation, respecting the ethics and deontology of the profession;

Creation of lifelong learning habits, both in a self-guided and autonomous manners and academically.

 

Organization:

The Master programme comprehends a total of 120 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System), structured as follows:

  • The curricular part of the Programme is constituted by in-depth seminars, and the students must complete a total of 60 ECTS from a series offered by the University annually.
  • The other stage of the Master Programme is dedicated to the preparation of the thesis, corresponding to 60 ECTS.

The different stages of the Master’s Programme may overlap partially in time, and therefore are not sequential.

 

Study Plan

 

1st Year /

 

ECTS

Composing and Designing Urban Space

Anual

8

Ecology and Urban Landscape

Anual

5

Infrastructure and Equipment Planning

Anual

5

Mobility and Transport Planning

Anual

5

Planning and Urban Management Instruments

Anual

5

Research Methodologies in Urban Planning

Anual

5

Urban Development in a Rural Environment

Anual

5

Urban Policies

Anual

7

Urban Regeneration

Anual

7

Urban planning Issues in Depth

Anual

8

2nd Year /

 

ECTS

Scientific Dissertation and In-depth Urban Project

Anual

55

Research Seminar in Urban Planning

1º Semestre

5

 

Job Opportunities

In public administration, the main entities that provide jobs for urban planners are municipalities, regional coordination committees, and general directorates of the ministries involved in Territorial management. Here they integrate teams that carry out studies and plans in municipal, regional or nation urban planning (depending on the entity they work for), prepare technical reports on the plans that are submitted for approval, and manage urban space.

In the private sector, reference must be made to the urban planning firms where they integrate teams that prepare urban planning projects, they are consultants for municipalities in the preparation of studies and plans, they issue expert opinions regarding agrarian operations, real-estate promotion activities or urban development activities. There are also urban planners who choose to work independently.

 

A third option is a career in research, which involves continuing studies to the third cycle (Doctorate), and they can enter the academic and research career, where they can advance their training in this area and assist in the definition of criteria for the practice of urban planning.

 

1.3. Bachelor in Urban Planning and Territorial Management

3 years (6 Semesters) / 1st Cycle (Bachelor degree) / 180 ECTS

Scientific coordination: Professor Filipa Antunes

Government authorization: Despacho N.º 22338/2008, de 28 de Agosto,

Alterado pelo Despacho N.º 10679/2012, de 07 de Agosto

 

Presentation

The Bachelor degree complies with the due adaptations to the Portuguese reality, the guidelines on this matter from the European Council of Spatial Planners and the Characterisation of the Profession of Urban Planner issued by the Ministry of Labour and Solidarity regarding this degree.

The University’s long experience in the teaching of Urban Planning (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate) in articulation with the scientific research activities carried out by the Centre for Studies in Social Urban Planning has allowed us to acquire throughout the years deep knowledge of the Portuguese reality in this area and consequently design a modern study plan in Urban Planning and Territorial Management, seeking to serve urban planning quality and good zoning in Portugal.

Organization:

The Bachelor programme comprehends a total of 180 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System), taught in 6 semesters.

Competencies of the graduates in Urban Planning (1st cycle)

Among the competencies that students acquire in the 1st cycle of studies we highlight the following, bearing in mind that the graduates’ qualification involves the areas of Urban Planning, territorial Management, physical-spatial planning, zoning and management at urban, rural and environmental levels, in its socio-economic and spatial aspects, as well as their implications. With the due adaptations to the Portuguese reality, the competencies listed below correspond to the guidelines on this matter issued by the European Council of Spatial Planners and the Characterisation of the Profession of Urban Planner issued by the Ministry of Labour and Solidarity.

 

  • To identify the present and future needs of the city and rural urban areas, highlighting the opportunities, the challenges, the constraints and the threats to their sustained development;
  • To propose, in the shape of policies, land management plans and urban planning plans, the necessary actions to trigger, organise and foster change, based on the results of assessments and situation studies and prospective studies, bearing in mind the different spatial scales as well as the socio-economic and cultural constraints of each situation, in its local, regional and even international contexts;
  • To coordinate and ensure the necessary mediation for the implementation of good urban management;
  • To control, implement and modify plans and policies in accordance with the evolution of needs and resources;
  • To manage and assess the effects and implications of urban transformations;
  • To handle safely modern technological resources, in particular those designed for the practice of Urban Planning;
  • To assimilate and involve in their professional or theoretical practice the contributions made to Urban Planning by related disciplines and professions;
  • To ensure the coordination of the teams responsible for preparing land management and urban planning studies and plans and  projects;
  • To ensure the control of the implementation of urban planning and land management projects;

 

Study Plan

1st Year /

 

ECTS

Computer-aided Urban Design

1º Semestre

4

History of Territory and the City

1º Semestre

5

Modellation and Drawing Workshop

1º Semestre

5

Physical Aspects of Territory

1º Semestre

4

Population Studies and Urbanism

1º Semestre

4

Rural and Urban Sociology

1º Semestre

4

Urban Regional Analysis

1º Semestre

4

Fundamentals of Urban Ecology and Sustainability

2º Semestre

4

Graphic Representation Techniques for Urbanism

2º Semestre

4

Introduction to Contemporary Thought

2º Semestre

4

Regional and Urban Economics

2º Semestre

4

Topography and cartography

2º Semestre

4

Urbanism Laboratory I

2º Semestre

6

Option 1

2º Semestre

4

2nd Year /

 

ECTS

Geographic Information Systems and Urbanism I

1º Semestre

4

Law for Urban Planning

1º Semestre

4

Territorial Planning

1º Semestre

4

Transportation Infrastructures and Urbanism

1º Semestre

4

Urban Planning Management

1º Semestre

4

Urbanism Laboratory II

1º Semestre

6

Elements of Landscape and Urbanism

2º Semestre

4

Energy and Communication Infrastructures and Urbanism

2º Semestre

4

Geographic Information Systems and Urbanism II

2º Semestre

4

Sanitation Infrastructures and Urbanism

2º Semestre

4

Theory of Urbanism

2º Semestre

4

Urbanism Laboratory III

2º Semestre

6

Option 2

1º Semestre

4

Option 3

2º Semestre

4

3rd Year /

 

ECTS

Assessment and Monitoring in Urbanism

1º Semestre

4

Citizenship and Public Participation in Urbanism

1º Semestre

4

Laboratory of Urban Rehabilitation

1º Semestre

6

Plan Management

1º Semestre

4

Public Territorial Policies

1º Semestre

4

Urbanism and Administration

1º Semestre

4

Urbanism and Heritage

1º Semestre

4

Applied Urbanism Laboratory

2º Semestre

10

Contemporary Territory Issues

2º Semestre

4

Strategic Planning

2º Semestre

4

Transport Planning

2º Semestre

4

Urban Development in a Rural Environment

2º Semestre

4

Urbanism Applied Seminar

2º Semestre

4

 

Job Opportunities

  • In public administration, the main employing entities for urban planners are municipalities, regional coordination committees, and the general-directorates of the ministries involved in land management. In them, they prepare urban planning studies and plans of municipal, regional or national scope (depending on the employing entity), they prepare technical reports on the plans that are submitted for approval and they manage the urban space. In the private sector, we draw attention to urban planning firms. Here, they design projects for lotting, they issue reports on agrarian operations, real estate activities or activities in the area of urban development. There are also urban planners who choose to work independently.
  • For professional purposes, the Professional Association of Portuguese Urban Planners [Associação Profissional dos Urbanistas Portugueses APROURB] ensures the recognition of Urban Planners who finish their first cycle of studies and the first year of the 2nd cycle, in other words, four years of high education.

 

1.4. Technological Specialisation Course [CET] in Land Management and Urban Planning Techniques

3 Semesters / CET – Technological Specialisation Course / 79 ECTS

Scientific Coordination: Professor Filipa Antunes

Directive of the General Director of Higher Education nº reg R/CET – 352009 of 21 August 2009

Presentation

The need for professionals capable, at different levels, of assisting in the preparation, implementation and management of Plans, understanding the specificity of the work done in land management and urban planning, is a crucial factor in the country’s development.

By receiving suitable training on the principles and basic foundations of Urban Planning and Land Management, the professional one aims to train will play a relevant role in the economic development since by helping top management staff carry out their functions, be it in the public or in the private sector, they will enable the formation of teams where each professional, playing his/her role, will work in order to ensure the adaptation of the land to the qualified life of the populations.

We should emphasise that the training on offer in this area is crucial to create mid-management staff fit for carrying out assistant functions in Land Management and Urban Planning, whether in municipalities and other Government bodies, or in the private sector, assisting in the process of speeding processes and bureaucracy, freeing upper management staff to carry out responsibility technical functions in Planning and Land Management. 

Objectives

The Assistant technician in Land Management and Urban Planning is a professional who, autonomously or under supervision, in the public or in the private sector, and in particular integrating central, regional or municipal services in the area of Land Planning, Urban Planning and Urban Management, namely in the Regional Coordination and Development Committees, and in the departments of urban planning, environment, municipal works, is qualified to implement and prepare processes in the area of urban planning and land management, assisting the task of planning with recourse to suitable technological tools, supporting land management and upholding Zoning Plans, supporting top staff in the preparation of land planning, monitoring and management tools, be it in the public or in the private sector.

Competencies

As a result of technological specialisation, the professional in Land Management and Urban Planning is qualified to:

  • instruct processes within the scope of urban planning and land management;
  • assist, through drawing and the implementation of Information Systems, the task of urban planning and management;
  • monitor the compliance with the Urban Planning and Management tools;
  • design and implement support systems to urban management;
  • assist in land management, namely as regards public services of water distribution, sanitation networks, waste and residue collection, mobility and transports.

Recipients

In order to be eligible for application for the CET in Land Management and Urban Planning, candidates must:

- have obtained a pass grade in all 10th and 11th grade subjects, and, having enrolled in the 12th grade of a secondary education course or of a legally equivalent qualification, did not conclude it.

- hold a secondary education course or a legally equivalent qualification.

- hold a Level 3 professional qualification.

- are aiming for their professional requalification and hold a technological specialisation diploma or a higher education degree or diploma.

All those aged 23 years or above, who, on the basis of their professional experience, are recognised with abilities and competencies which qualify them for entry in this CET.

 

Entry conditions

Students who have concluded the 12th grade will have direct entry in CET, the remainder will have to take the Additional Training Plan established in article 8 of the Decree-Law 88/2006.

Job Opportunities

Municipalities, Central, Regional and Local Administration;

Real Estate Agents;

Consultancy and monitoring firms;

Urban Planning and Architecture firms;

Companies in other branches of activity such as consultancy in the field of urban planning and land management.

Further Education

Under the terms of Information UOT1/2009, the bearers of a CET in Land Management and Urban Planning Techniques will be credited ECTS for further studies of 1st cycle in Urban Planning and Land Management.

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