Bachelor of Architecture

Sample Five Year Study Plan

Freshman Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
ARCH 121
Basic Design I
MATH 113
Calculus I
ARCH 113 Free Hand Sketching
ARCH 114
Technical Graphics
ENGL 101
UNIV 100
University First-Year Transition
 TOTAL  15
Sophomore Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
ARCH 221
Architectural Design Studio 1
ARCH 231
Building Construction 1
ARCH 241
History and Theory of Architecture 1
CIEN 213
Engineering Mechanics
ARCH 223
Computer Architectural Drawing


Junior Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
ARCH 321
Architectural Design Studio 3
ARCH 331
Building Construction 3
ARCH 341
History and Theory of Architecture 3
CIEN 322
Structural Design
ENVS 102
Sustainability and Human-Environment Relations
Junior Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
ARCH 322
Architectural Design Studio 4
ARCH 336
Construction Drawings
ARCH 342
History and Theory of Contemporary Architecture
ARCH 472
Sustainable Architecture
ARCH 000
Technical Elective 1
 TOTAL  16
Senior Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
ARCH 421
Architectural Design Studio 5
ARCH 463
Landscape Architecture
MENG 468 Building Utilities I: HVAC and Mechanical Building Services
MEST 100
Introduction to Islam in World Culture 
ARCH 000
Technical Elective 2
Senior Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
ARCH 422
Architectural Design Studio 6
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
ARCH 454 Urban Planning
MENG 422
Building Utilities II: Illumination, Acoustics, and Electrical Building Services
UAES 200 Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies 3
CIEN 261 Surveying  1
Summer Semester 
ENGR 390
Fifth Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
ARCH 521
Architectural Design Studio 7
ARCH 591
Graduation Project Thesis Research
ENGL 200 or
PHIL 100
Advanced Composition or
Critical Thinking and Reasoning 
ARCH 457
Urban Design
ARCH 487 Project Management 3
Fifth Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
ARCH 592
Graduation Project Design
IENG 321 Engineering Economy
ARCH 485 Professional Practice
 UNIV 200 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability 3
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ARCH 121 - Basic Design 1 (4 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): None

An introduction to the basic design components: subject, form, content, with a focus on their dynamic interrelation. Through observation, analysis, discussion of traditional and contemporary approaches in fine arts, architecture and interior design, students learn to apply the elements and principles of visual organization to creative projects using various media.

MATH 113 - Calculus I

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 095/105, or appropriate score on Math Placement test

The concept of derivative (instantaneous rate of change) is an essential factor in solving real-world problems. One of the objectives of this course is to understand the conceptual foundation of derivative, and learn different techniques of computing the derivative, as well as learning how to apply it to solve real-world problems. Another objective is to understand the concept of integration and learn basic integration technique.

ARCH 113 - Free Hand Sketching (1 credit)

Pre-requisite(s): None

Means of expression in free hand sketching of forms and natural settings. Sketching including different plants, objects and people using pencil, ink and other presentation media with special emphasis on the aesthetic proportions of objects. The course incorporates the basic principles of perspective drawing, shade and shadow and rendering techniques.

ARCH 114 - Technical Graphics (2 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): None

A course that depends primarily on the development of manual drawing skills. It is based on use of instruments and equipment necessary for accurate drafting of simple geometric constructions gradually evolved into orthogonal – isometric and axonometric – projections, planes, sections and elevations.

ENGL 101 - Composition

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 099 or passing English Placement Test

English 101 provides students with intensive practice in drafting, revising, and editing expository essays for an academic audience. Using logical, rhetorical, and linguistic structures in their writing, students also develop their ability to think creatively, critically, and independently. Throughout the course, students engage in reading texts, evaluating sources, using their reading to form their own opinions, preparing research papers, and employing the MLA documentation style to avoid plagiarism.

UNIV 100 - University First-Year Transition

Students in this course transition to university life by focusing on academic adjustment, by developing decision-making skills, and by learning about services and opportunities for involvement. Although all classes have a core body of knowledge, each class specializes in a particular aspect of university life.

ARCH 122 - Basic Design 2 (4 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 121

The course introduces basics of design process and theory as it relates to the 3-dimensional world. Students are involved in hand-on exploration of simple structures and spaces using diverse materials and textures. Space function, volume, mass are discovered through designing a small-scale residential space(s), where design elements/principles are applied.

ARCH 115 - Architectural Drawing and Presentation (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 113

Various manual and computer techniques of drafting 2D and 3D architectural expressions and projections. Techniques of drawing plans, sections, elevations, interior and exterior Perspective drawings using one and two vanishing points. The effect of shade and shadow on architectural drawings. Using a graphics and image editing software.

INDS 121 - Interior Design Process, Human factors and Ergonomics (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): None

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge in design process steps, components, human factors, anthropometrics and ergonomics and how they influence design solutions and contribute to the human wellbeing. It offers skills in gathering, analyzing human-centered evidence, application of ergonomics and other human factors in inclusive, universal design.

PHYS 110 - (SCPH 110) University Physics I

Co-requisites: PHYS 111

This is a calculus-based physics course covering the fundamental principles of mechanics. It concentrates on the conservation of energy, the particle motion, the collisions, the rotation of solid bodies, simple machines and on the fluid mechanics. The focus lies on the resolution of one and twodimensional mechanical problems.

PHYS 111 - (SCPH 111) University Physics I Lab

Co-requisites: PHYS 110

This course is intended to be taken with Physics 110. It primarily includes experiments on classical mechanics. Particular emphasis is placed on laboratory technique, data collection and analysis and on reporting.

CSCI 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming

Co-requisite(s): CSCI 113

This course introduces students to computers and programming languages and more specifically the C++ language. Besides, students learn to use computer programming as a problem-solving tool. The topics covered include basic operations, data types, input/output, selection statements, control structures, arrays, functions, and strings.

CSCI 113 - Introduction to Computer Programming Lab

Co-requisite(s): CSCI 112

This course introduces the use of computer programming as a problem-solving tool in laboratory environment. Topics in procedural programming include, simple data types, input/output, selection statements, control loops, testing, debugging, and programming environments.

ARCH 221 - Architectural Design Studio 1 (4 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 122

Introduction to the application of design principles in architecture and to the technical conventions and expressions. Focus on elementary architectural design as it relates to function, structure, site, land plot and the environment.

ARCH 231 - Building Construction 1 (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 114

This course aims to introduce building materials, their properties, the impact of building materials and construction on environment and building codes. It focuses on sustainable methods of building technology as it relates to the site and construction and explores building systems, structures’ types and elements (including foundations).

ARCH 241 - History & Theory of Architecture 1 (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 122

Introduction to history of art and architecture, and their development through the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. Analysis of historical monuments and buildings and their architectural characteristics. Emphasis on the Architectural principles, theories, and impact on the development of buildings throughout ancient times. Examining ancient historical patterns.

CIEN 213 - Engineering Mechanics

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 113 and PHYS 110

Vectors, force systems, equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, structures (trusses and frames), internal forces (shearing force and bending moment diagrams), centroids, moment of inertia, stresses, strains, bars with axial loads, shafts in torsion and beams in bending.

ARCH 223 - Computer Architectural Drawing (2 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 115

Concepts, features and applications related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) are introduced.  Students explore Autodesk® Revit Architecture structure, features, modeling and editing techniques, sheet creation and organization. Emphasis on modelling BIM models and rendering 2D and 3D interiors and exteriors (including site), furnishings, accessories and details for architectural projects.

ARCH 222 - Architectural Design Studio 2 (4 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 221

Design of medium scale buildings with an integrated program and moderate site conditions. Emphasis on human centered design process, impact of human and climatic factors on design solutions. Exploration of sustainability and particularly natural ventilation, daylighting, building materials in regards to the design intent and environment.

ARCH 232 - Building Construction 2 (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 231

This course explores materials and buildings technologies employed in building envelope (including windows, doors, other openings) and interior construction (including fixtures, fitments, built-ins) and systems, thermal and acoustic insulation, waterproofing and damp proofing. Accents on selection of materials and building technologies with minimal negative impact on environment.

ARCH 242 - History & Theory of Architecture 2 (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 241

Introduction to Early Christianity Architecture during the middle Ages in Europe. The course begins with the origins of Christian architecture of the Early Christianity, Byzantine Architecture, Romanesque Architecture Gothic, Gothic Style in France and England, Gothic Style in Italy. The course concludes with the Architecture of the Baroque and Renaissance age.

CIEN 214 - Structural Analysis for Architects  (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 213

Classification of Structures, Loads on Structures, Load Tracing, Static Determinacy, Indeterminacy, and Instability, Shear Force and Bending Moment in Beams and Frames, Deflection of Beams (Conjugate-Beam Method), Introduction to Statically Indeterminate Structures, Slope Deflection and Stiffness Methods of Analysis.

ARAB 101 Beginner Level Arabic and Culture for non-Native Learners I

Pre-requisite: None

Beginner Level Arabic Language and Culture 1 is the first in a four-course beginner and intermediate Arabic language sequence specifically tailored to the needs of non-native Arabic language students in the English and Mass Communication Programs (though any non-native learner of Arabic may enroll). This course introduces the student to the Arabic alphabet and the basics of reading and writing in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Instruction in the language is enriched by reference to cultural themes and visits to sites of cultural importance.

ARAB 110 - Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

Arabic literature has developed many traditions though originating from a common source. The course is an introduction to representative texts from contemporary Arab writers, and their connections with the traditions of the past. The method is comparative, with a study of literary, political social and religious aspects, as well as the application of a theoretical framework of analysis.

ARCH 321 - Architectural Design Studio 3 (4 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 222

Design of a building or a group of buildings with moderate complexity through different spatial, formal and functional strategies. Consideration of psychological, environmental and technical requirements influencing architecture and design. Experiment with green buildings design and explore passive design solutions.

ARCH 331 - Building Construction 3 (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 232

This course explores advanced building technologies and complex building structural configurations for long span buildings such as structural frames, space structure, suspended roof structure and air-supported structures. Offsite constructions, prefabricated and modular housing, envelopes to above listed types of building structures in relation to impact on environment are discussed.

ARCH 341 - History and Theory of Architecture 3 (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 242

The study of the development of Islamic art and architecture and its characteristics since the dawn of Islam and the impact of social, cultural, environmental and functional factors on architecture in the Moslem world. Analysis of selected examples of historical monuments from Islamic countries and interpretations of contemporary Islamic Architecture.

CIEN 322 -Structural Design (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 214

Properties of concrete and steel, cracked and untracked section analysis, design for bending and shear, singly, doubly reinforced sections, rectangular sections, and T-sections, design of continuous beams, one-way solid and one-way ribbed slabs, design of steel tension members, design of steel concentric compression elements and design of steel beams.

ENVS 102 - Sustainability and Human-Environment Relations

The course examines the interactions between human and environmental systems, and its effect on the future of environmental sustainability. Topics covered include global and local environmental change, conservation of the ecosystem, biodiversity, water management and climate change.

ARCH 322 - Architectural Design Studio 4 (4 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 321

Create sustainable multifunctional buildings or a group of buildings design, within an urban context, that responds to the nature of the site and intricate topography. Solve design problems related to building structure, building materials and technologies as influenced by the building type, function, urban context and environmental protection.

ARCH 336 - Construction Drawings (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 232, ARCH 331

This course will lead the students to explore the principles of BIM used to visualize, document and communicate professional architectural working drawings respecting national, regional and international building codes and regulations.

ARCH 342 - History and Theory of Contemporary Architecture (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 341

The formation of modern theories and trends in contemporary art and architecture since the industrial revolution until Today. Analysis of works by the pioneers of modern movements in architecture. Regional and vernacular architecture with special regards to environmental, social and technological issues. Selected examples of characteristic contemporary architecture in the UAE.

ARCH 472 - Sustainable Architecture

Pre-requisite(s): ENVS 102

Relationship of built environment to natural environment through whole systems approach, with focus on sustainable design of buildings and planning of communities. Emphasis on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and appropriate use of resources, including materials, water, and land. Concurrently scheduled with course CM247A. Letter grading.

ARCH 421 - Architectural Design Studio 5 (4 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 322

Introduce students to the integrated design process with multiple stakeholders and multidisciplinary approaches (structural, mechanical, environmental) through buildings with shared functions. Via independent study and creative solutions students explore approaches and processes of integrated design process and produce environmentally comprehensive and human-centered design solutions.

ARCH 463 - Landscape Architecture (3 credits) 

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 322

The natural environmental equilibrium affecting different site scales. History of gardens, evolution through civilizations of the Mediterranean region & plant species in UAE. Landscape as gardens, open spaces & gathering areas. Introduction to environment-friendly concepts, energy conservation implementation on building sites. The influence of local climates to landscape designs.

MENG 468 - Building Utilities I: HVAC and Mechanical Building Services (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 110, ARCH 336

This course explores building systems such as heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, water supply, drainage, fire safety, vertical transportation, building control systems, and assist integrating them into architectural design of building. Evaluates systems types, components, and installation and maintenance procedures as it relates to building regulations, systems

MEST 100 - Introduction to Islam in World Culture 

The course provides an introduction to the basic sources and historical contexts for the origins of Islam; some of the basic spiritual principles expressed in those sources; the contexts and practices that exemplify the spiritual principles; contributions Islam has made to civilization and to the political, social and cultural identity of the UAE. It will illustrate the concept of Islamic studies through a global, interdisciplinary and comparative approach and examine contemporary global and local issues that impact and are impacted by Islamic culture.

ARCH 422 - Architectural Design Studio 6 (4 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 421

Design of a complex site and buildings through an integrated process taking in consideration the boundaries and exploring their mutual reciprocities. Emphasis on professional design thinking approaches that reflect student’s personal values and ethical attitude that address issues of sustainability and technology in response to the project’s functional requirements and regional context.

PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology

This course provides an overview of major areas in the field of psychology. The following topics will be covered in this course: history of psychology; research methods used in psychology; organization of human brain and biological basis of behavior; sensation; perception; basic principles of learning; cognition; language; intelligence; emotion; motivation; developmental psychology; personality theories and assessment, stress and its effect on health; abnormal behavior and therapies; and, social psychology.

ARCH 454 - Urban Planning (3 credits) 

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 322

Introduction to the environmental, social and economic aspects necessary in the formation of an urban planning process; the characteristics of the urban fabric and the development of cities and their urban elements into integrated, harmonious and functional unity; social services and infrastructure and their necessary provision according to norms and standards.

MENG 422 - Building Utilities II: Illumination, Acoustics, and Electrical Building Services (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 110, MENG 468

This course explores building electrical system and controls, lighting and acoustic design and assist integrating them into architectural design of the building. Evaluates systems types, components, and installation and maintenance procedures as it relates to building regulations and systems impact human’s indoor comfort and on environment.

UAES 200 - Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies
1 Semester Credit Hour

This course presents the UAE from multiple perspectives in an attempt to expose the students to the distinct qualities of the UAE. The purpose of this course is to give students a broad, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive introduction to key features and issues in the UAE’s historical, cultural, political and economic landscapes. (Writing Intensive Course)

CIEN 261 - Surveying (1 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 201

Principles of surveying by conducting tests on distance measurements, levels and theodolites, directions and angular measurements, topographic surveys, areas and volumes; traverse surveys; setting out horizontal and vertical curves, training on Total Station.

ENGR 390 - Internship

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of 90 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Supervised field experience of professional-level duties for 180 to 240 hours at an approved internship site under the guidance of a designated site supervisor in coordination with a faculty supervisor.

ARCH 521 - Architectural Design Studio 7 (4 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 422

Contextual design of a group of buildings through complex design approaches and integrated urban design framework that might urban infill, upgrading existing built environment, or heritage buildings conservation via reuse, etc. Focus of demographics of the site, socio-economic, environmental conditions for users’ wellness and life quality improvement.

ARCH 591 - Graduation Project Thesis Research (2 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 422

The course is oriented towards systematic analysis of the graduation project on selected topic, its functional and spatial relationships, location and setting, physical and human environments, use of case studies, and provision of synthesis and alternative concepts as design solutions. The outcome is presented in both forms, written as a report and visual as posters, to a jury of professionals.

ENGL 200 (ENGL 302) Advanced Composition

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours and credit for ENGL 101 (Completion of 45 credits)

This course builds on the general college-level writing skills and strategies students have acquired in earlier courses, and prepares them to do advanced level analysis and writing specifically within their major field and their possible future workplaces.

PHIL 100 - Critical Thinking and Reasoning 

This introduction to basic principles of reasoning and critical thinking enhances the learner’s abilities to evaluate various forms of reasoning in everyday life and in academic disciplines. The course explores such topics as inductive and deductive reasoning, the nature and function of definitions, fallacy types, statistic use and misuse, and the rudiments of logic.

ARCH 457 - Urban Design (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 463

This course focuses on the definition, development and designing urban space concepts that both challenges and demonstrates students' knowledge and skills in urban design. Through advanced investigation of the history, theory and practice of urban design approaches, students learn the principles of place making, connections between people and places within the spatial layers of a city.

ARCH 487 - Project Management (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 336

The course covers key components of project management, including project integration, project scope management, project time and cost management, construction project, contract documents and types of specification depending on project nature, quantity surveying and quality management, human resource considerations, communications, risk management, and procurement management.

ARCH 592 - Graduation Project Design (6 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 521 and ARCH 591

Under the supervision of a faculty advisor(s), students independently develop design solutions on investigated architectural topic of personal interest selected for ARCH 591. Through final project jury presentation and portfolio, students demonstrate their ability to professionally develop design solutions and solve problems related to spatial, functional, aesthetic, social, environmental, technical and other aspects of the built environment.

IENG 321 - Engineering Economy (3:0:0)

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 113

Principles of economic analysis and methods in engineering including: time value of money, discounted cash flow techniques equivalence, economic measures of worth, single and multiple alternatives evaluation and selection, replacement decisions, cost estimation, equipment depreciation, the use of Minimum Attractive Rate of Return MARR and Benefit/cost analysis.

ARCH 485 - Professional Practice (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 422

An overview of the architectural practice complexities in historic and contemporary context; the roles and responsibilities of the architect with emphasis on the characteristics of best practices; the architects in the office from starting a practice, marketing and strategic planning of practice, methods of project delivery to design contracts and agreements and AIA documents as well as ethics and existence in the society.

UNIV 200 - Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (3 Credits)

This course aims at equipping the next generation of leaders in the UAE with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset and its related core skills. The course combines three main points: design thinking, entrepreneurship, and growth and leadership.