Planning, Urban Design, and Systems Integration

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Earn a digital badge after successful completion of the module.


A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of Course I and/or Course II.

Must pass assessments with 80% or higher to receive a certificate and digital badge.


This module digs into transportation planning and urban design, unpacking how mobility fits within our cities and how emerging modes and technologies impact these planning efforts. You will learn about current trends in urbanization, sustainable development frameworks, new planning methods, and challenges associated with innovation and uncertainty. Key lectures on scenario planning, along with expert guest discussions, provide added insight and context throughout this module.


You will leave this module with an understanding of key urban mobility terminology, stakeholders of urban planning, methods of system integration, and the forces shaping urban mobility.


  • Current Urban Change and the Sustainable Mobility Paradigm
    • Current Trends in Urbanization
    • The Sustainable Mobility Paradigm
  • Scenario Planning: A Method for Planning Systems with Uncertainty
    • Introducing Scenario Planning
    • Transportation Scenarios
    • Applying Scenarios to AV and New Mobility
    • Guest Discussion: Lisa Nielson
  • How Does Mobility Fit Within Urban Sustainability Frameworks? 
    • Sustainable Development Goals
    • Smart Growth
    • New Urbanism
    • Vision Zero
  • Rethinking Streets
    • Moving People and Freight Efficiently
    • Emerging Street Design Guides
    • Mobility hub
    • Guest Discussion: Geoff Thun, Taubman College
  • Planning for Emerging Modes: Bikesharing, Ridesharing, and Urban Aerial Vehicles
    • Bikesharing and Micro-Mobility
    • Ridesharing
    • Urban Aerial Vehicles
  • What’s Next?
    • Scenarios for Autonomous Urbanism
    • The Challenge of Creating Smart Urban Innovations
  • You will have access to this module for 60 days.
  • This module contains 6-7 hours of required recorded material and an associated testing assessment.
  • The module also includes supplemental reading material to bolster your knowledge.

To earn a digital badge for the Planning, Urban Design, and Systems Integration module, you must successfully complete module topics, readings, and testing assessment with an 80% pass rate.

To earn a Certificate in Foundations of Mobility, consider enrolling in our 15-week courses: Course I: Mobility Behavior & Technology and Course II: Mobility System Design, Finance & Regulation.

There are no prerequisites for the Planning, Urban Design, and Systems Integration module. 

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Rob Goodspeed

Robert Goodspeed, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Foundations of Mobility Online Certificate

Foundations of Mobility provides systems-level knowledge and skills required to address complex mobility challenges. Learn from expert faculty from six different colleges across the University of Michigan. Gain real-world skills and practical applications. Leave with a distinguished credential from the leaders in mobility research and education.

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