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Program Educational Objectives
The following program objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments, which should be achieved during the first several years following our students' graduation. Overall, our graduates are expected to:
- Fundamental Knowledge: Be knowledgeable of the historical context, the state-of-the-art, and emerging issues in the field of architecture and its role in contemporary society.
- Specialization Skills: Display a systems viewpoint, critical thinking, effective communication and interpersonal skills, a spirit of curiosity, and conduct reflecting a professional and ethical manner.
- Design Skills: Demonstrate critical reasoning, creative thinking and essential skills to identify, formulate, and resolve architecture problems, and to create designs that reflect aesthetic, functional, structural, economic, environmental, and social sensitivities.
- Professional Skills: Reflect a broad intellectual training for success in multidisciplinary professional practice as a team member and also toward achieving leadership roles in industry, government, and academia.
- Self Learning: Exhibit a commitment to life-long learning and professional development, involvement in professional activity and public service, and achievement of professional licensure.
- Communicate effectively, orally, in writing as well as graphically using manual techniques as well as computers tools to generate, evaluate, develop and communicate ideas.
- Gather, asses, record, and apply relevant information and raise clear precise questions, interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test them against relevant criteria.
- Resolve the needs of the client, owner and user taking into consideration the relationship between human behavior and the physical environment and the diverse needs, values, norms, abilities, and socioeconomic patterns that characterize different locations, cultures and individuals.
- Prepare a comprehensive program for an architectural project, including assessment of client and user needs, critical review of appropriate precedents, an inventory of space requirements, an analysis of site conditions, a review of relevant laws and standards, and a definition of site selection and design assessment criteria.
- Produce a comprehensive architectural project based on a building program and site that includes the development of programmed spacing while integrating structural and environmental systems, building envelope systems, life-safety provisions and the principles of sustainability.
- Select and apply construction materials, products, components, and building assemblies to prepare technically precise drawings, outline specifications and estimates of building costs, life-cycle cost, and construction costs for a proposed design.
- Assess, select and conceptually integrate different building environmental, electro-mechanical and structural systems into building design.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the legal aspects and ethical issues of practice organization and management as well as the role of professional development, and the need to provide leadership in the building design and construction process.
Program Learning Outcomes
The following program outcomes describe competencies and skills that our students acquire by the time of graduation. Our graduates are expected to be able to:
These courses can be chosen from set of courses in the major apart from the above courses (9 credits) and from any other program at the University for which you meet the entry requirements (9 credits). Alternatively, you can choose a Minor (6 courses) in a specialization other than English.
Requirements Credit Hours University Requirements 33 credit hours Degree Requirements 4 credit hours Major Requirements 110 credit hours Professional and Open Electives 15 credit hours Total 162 credit hours
Architecture is the art and science concerned with accommodating human activity within interior and exterior environments. It is concerned with the implementation of activities that shape the well-being of human settlements functionally as well as aesthetically. Architecture includes all types of buildings such as residential buildings, commercial, administrative, hospitality, entertainment, shopping malls, restaurants, theaters, airports and others. Working closely with engineers, construction managers, urban planners, interior designers and landscape architects, architects must identify all physical, physiological, psychological, and economical needs of different user groups using the building, prepare a program for the project to meet these needs, develop conceptual designs, conduct design development, prepare working drawings and contractual documents, and supervise the erection of buildings. This program offers courses in these topics which are an integral part of an undergraduate curriculum for an architect.
Both private companies and public agencies seek architects for a variety of professional positions. Many work for engineering and architecture consulting firms or construction companies as designers and project managers. Graduates are equally prepared to pursue M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in allied fields of architecture and design.
TOTAL CREDITS: 162 Credit Hours
University Requirements 33 Credit Hours Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours ARL 100 Communication Skills in Arabic I No Prerequisite 3 ENG 100 English I TOEFL 500 3 ENG 200 English II C grade in ENG 100 and UNS 102 3 ENG 305 Technical Communication for Engineering and Science ENG 200 3 ISL 100 Islamic Culture No Prerequisite 3 MTT 101 Mathematics for Science and Technology C grade in MTG 100 or MPT 3 MTT 102 Calculus I C grade in MTT101 3 PSY 201 General Psychology ENG 100 and UNS 102 3 SOC 201 UAE and GCC Society ENG 100 and UNS 102 3 STT 100 General Statistics No Prerequisite 3 UNS 102 University Study Skills No Prerequisite 1 CRT 301 Critical Thinking UNS 102 + ENG 200 2 Degree Requirements 4 Credit Hours Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours PHY 102 Physics and Engineering Applications I MTT 102 3 PHY 102L Physics and Engineering Applications I Lab MTT 102; PHY 102 as Co-req. 1 Major Requirements 110 Credit Hours Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours DES 110 Design Communication I No Prerequisite 3 (1+4) DES 120 Design Communication II DES 110 3 (1+4) DES 130 Design Foundations No Prerequisite 3 (1+4) ARC 210 Design Studio I DES 120 and DES 130 4 (2+4) ARC 220 Architectural History I ENG 200 3 (3+0) ARC 230 Building Technology I DES 110 3 (2+2) ARC 240 Architecture and the Environment No Prerequisite 3 (2+2) ARC 250 Design Studio II ARC 210 4 (2+4) ARC 260 Architectural and Interior Design History II ARC 220 3 (3+0) ARC 270 Building Technology II ARC 230 3 (2+2) ARC 280 Computer Aided Design DES 110 3 (1+4) ARC 310 Design Studio III ARC 250 6 (2+8) ARC 320 Env. Design I: Lighting and Acoustics ARC 210 3 (2+2) ARC 330 Structures for Architects I ARC 270 3 (3+0) ARC 340 Building Technology III ARC 270 3 (2+2) ARC 350 Design Studio IV ARC 310 6 (2+8) ARC 360 Urban Planning ARC 210 3 (2+2) ARC 370 Professional Practice and Ethics ENG 200 3 (3+0) ARC 399 Internship 90 Credit Hours + ARC 370 3 ARC 410 Design Studio V ARC 350 6 (2+8) ARC 420 Env. Design II: Energy and Systems ARC 240 and ARC 270 3 (3+0) ARC 430 Working Drawings I ARC 340 3 (1+4) ARC 450 Design Studio VI ARC 410 6 (2+8) ARC 460 Structures for Architects II ARC 330 3 (3+0) ARC 470 Urban Design ARC 360 3 (1+4) ARC 510 Graduation Project I ARC 450 6 (4+4) ARC 520 Research Methods and Programming ARC 410 3 (3+0) ARC 530 Working Drawings II ARC 430 3 (1+4) ARC 540 Sustainable Design ARC 410 3 (2+2) ARC 550 Graduation Project II ARC 510 6 (2+8) Professional Electives 15 Credit Hours Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours PRE1 Professional Elective I - 3 PRE2 Professional Elective II - 3 PRE3 Professional Elective III - 3 OE1 Open Elective I - 3 PRE3 Open Elective II - 3 Professional Elective Themes Themes options Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours Special Design Focus ARC 581 Landscape Architecture ARC 210 3 (1+4) ARC 584 Housing ARC 360 3 (2+2) ARC 585 Islamic Architecture ARC 220 3 (2+2) ARC 588 Interior Architecture ARC 210 3 (1+4) Computer Applications ARC 582 3D Modeling ARC 280 3 (1+4) ARC 583 Building Information Modeling ARC 280 3 (1+4) ARC 591 Geographical Information Systems ARC 280 3 (1+4) Management ARC 586 Architectural Conservation ARC 260 3 (2+2) ARC 587 Project Management ARC 340 3 (2+2) ARC 590 Building Economics ARC 340 3 (2+2)
*To satisfy the requirements of a Theme, at least (3) three courses must be taken from the same theme.
Bachelor of Architecture Study Plan
First Year (Freshman) Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s) Semester 1 ARL 100 Communication Skills in Arabic I 3 No Prerequisite ENG 100 English I 3 TOEFL 500 ISL 100 Islamic Culture 3 No Prerequisite STT 100 General Statistics 3 No Prerequisite UNS 102 University Study Skills 1 No Prerequisite DES 110 Design Communication I 3 No Prerequisite Total Credit Hours 16 Semester 2 SOC 201 UAE and GCC Society 3 ENG 100 and UNS 102 ENG 200 English II 3 C grade in ENG 100 and UNS 102 MTT 101 Mathematics for Science and Technology 3 C grade in MTG 100 or Math PT PSY 201 General Psychology 3 ENG 100 and UNS 102 DES 130 Design Foundations 3 No Prerequisite DES 120 Design Communication II 3 DES 110 Total Credit Hours 18 Second Year (Sophomore) Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s) Semester 3 ARC 210 Design Studio I 4 DES 120 and DES 130 ARC 220 Architectural History I 3 ENG 200 ARC 230 Building Technology I 3 DES 110 ARC 240 Architecture and the Environment 3 No Prerequisite MTT 102 Calculus I 3 MTT 101 CRT 301 Critical Thinking 2 UNS 102 + ENG 200 Total Credit Hours 18 Semester 4 ARC 250 Design Studio II 4 ARC 210 ARC 260 Architectural and Interior Design History II 3 ARC 220 ARC 270 Building Technology II 3 ARC 230 ARC 280 Computer Aided Design 3 DES 110 PHY 102 Physics and Engineering Applications I 3 MTT 102 PHY 102 L Physics and Engineering Applications I Lab 1 MTT 102 + PHY 102 (co-req) Total Credit Hours 17 Third Year (Junior) Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s) Semester 5 ARC 310 Design Studio III 6 ARC 250 ARC 320 Env. Design I: Lighting and Acoustics 3 ARC 210 ARC 330 Structures for Architects I 3 ARC 270 ARC 340 Building Technology III 3 ARC 270 Total Credit Hours 15 Semester 6 ARC 350 Design Studio IV 6 ARC 310 ARC 360 Urban Planning 3 ARC 210 ARC 370 Professional Practice and Ethics 3 ENG 200 ENG 305 Technical Communications for Eng.& Science 3 ENG 200 Total Credit Hours 15 Summer Semester ARC 399 Internship 3 90 Credit Hours + ARC 370 Fourth Year (Senior) Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s) Semester 7 ARC 410 Design Studio V 6 ARC 350 ARC 420 Env. Design II: Energy and Systems 3 ARC 240 and ARC 270 ARC 430 Working Drawings I 3 ARC 340 OPE 01 Open Elective I 3 - Total Credit Hours 15 Semester 8 ARC 450 Design Studio VI 6 ARC 410 ARC 460 Structures for Architects II 3 ARC 330 ARC 470 Urban Design 3 ARC 360 PRE 01 Professional Elective I 3 - Total Credit Hours 15 Fifth Year (Final) Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s) Semester 9 ARC 510 Graduation Project I 6 ARC 450 ARC 520 Research Methods and Programming 3 ARC 410 ARC 530 Working Drawings II 3 ARC 430 ARC 540 Sustainable Design 3 ARC 410 Total Credit Hours 15 Semester 10 ARC 550 Graduation Project II 6 ARC 510 PRE 02 Professional Elective II 3 - PRE 03 Professional Elective III 3 - OPE 2 Open Elective II 3 - Total Credit Hours 15
Graduates of the Architecture program are prepared to pursue successful careers as:
- Architects at architectural design firms and private design offices.
- Architects and managers at contracting and construction companies.
- Architects and managers at real estate developers.
- Architects at the municipalities and urban planning departments.
- Architects and supervisors at manufacturers of building materials and building products.
- Architects and managers at facility managing firms and maintenance firms.
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