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Practice-oriented Challenge in the Context of a Sustainable Smart City Strategy



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WS 2017/18 - SS 2019

Fakultät VII

H 92

Institut für Technologie und Management

37331400 FG Strategische Führung und Globales Management

Knyphausen-Aufseß, Dodo

Schlott, Cornelia

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
2347230 38974 Practice-oriented Challenge in the Context of a Sustainable Smart City Strategy

Learning Outcomes

The module addresses students who are interested in real challenges of urbanization and strategy design. In cooperation with the project partner Volkswagen, the students will receive a concrete practice-oriented challenge that they will work on within the scope of the seminar. Herein, students not only have to consider the central requirements of smart cities but also identify divers needs of various stakeholders. Those needs have to be taken into account and coordinated. The project focuses on mobility and its analysis in a holistic manner. In interdisciplinary teams, the students develop a stakeholder analysis and examine the interests / needs and influences of stakeholders and how they relate to each other. The students examine which stakeholders have to be taken into account in a smart city strategy and how this can be done. Through direct, practice-related experiences, students are able to transfer their theoretical knowledge directly into practice and learn to tackle and solve problems creatively. In addition, they are enabled to process relevant content in a structured manner, to reflect on their work and effectively incorporate feedback into their work. The following should be taught in the course: - Content related analysis with real challenges of urbanization and strategy design - Development of a stakeholder analysis with thematic focus on mobility in the context of an innovative and sustainable smart city strategy - Learning of creative methods for the analysis and resolution of mobility challenges in practice - The ability to build an innovative team and work in such a team


At the beginning the thematic scope is being set: From an industrial perspective, the project partner presents the current challenges with regard to the topic and demonstrates the most important points that should be tackled as part of the project seminar. The aim is to look into the future. Students will be taught the required methodological skills to cope with the challenge of the project partner in small groups and to develop a scenario for Berlin 2030. A central element is the stakeholder analysis: Students identify relevant stakeholders, who must be considered in the context of the future scenario of a sustainable smart city strategy. The stakeholder mapping is a tool that students should use in order to visualize how identified stakeholders are linked to each other and how their interests and influencing factors or dependencies relate to one another. Besides working in small groups, the students are supposed to coordinate among each other in order to create the ‘big’ picture. Throughout the semester students work on mandatory presence days on their challenge and present their interim and final results in regular intervals. Finally, they draft a recommendation for a sustainable smart city strategy. The final results will be presented to the practice partner and other experts.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Practice-oriented challenge in the context of a sustainable smart city strategy IV 73 140 L 9452 WS English 4

Workload and Credit Points

Practice-oriented challenge in the context of a sustainable smart city strategy (IV):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Class attendance 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
Exam preparation 1.0 60.0h 60.0h
Independent team work 1.0 60.0h 60.0h
180.0h(~6 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The introduction starts with a short, lecture-like part. This part is to clarify the question of the project partner. In addition, the methods used for the seminar are taught. Most of the work is carried out in small groups, which undertake ‘field research’ in independent teamwork. Besides that, ongoing exchange and discussions within the whole group and with experts take place. Presentations and documentation at the end of the project are integral parts of the seminar.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

There are no prerequisites for the participation in this module.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
Teamwork (via peer assessment) 20 flexible continuous
Project documentation 30 written 30 pages
Intermediate and final presentation 50 oral 15 min.

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

The portfolio examination consists of the following elements, adding up to a maximum of 100 credits. The grading follows the joint conversion key of the School of Economics and Management (decision of the school's council dated May 28, 2014 - FKR VII-4/8-28.05.2014).

Duration of the Module

This module can be completed in one semester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 20.

Registration Procedures

See the chair's homepage and course syllabus

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

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Recommended literature
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Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

Verwendungen (3)
Studiengänge: 1 Stupos: 1 Erstes Semester: WS 2017/18 Letztes Semester: SS 2019

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