Course Descriptions

PHY101 – General Physics

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4

This course provides students with the basic concepts and principles of physics It explains quantitative science such as scientific notation, units, and dimensional analysis. It also covers concepts of motion in one dimension as well as Newton’s laws of motion, properties of matter, and wave characteristics.

Prerequisite:
MATH1100 – Elementary Mathematics 

DES101 – Design Foundation I

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    6

This course addresses the study of the basic elements and principles of design. It applies an exploration of problem solving and design elements and principles in 2-dimentional compositions.

Prerequisite:
ENGL1111 – Oral Communication I

DES102 – Descriptive Drawing I

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    6

The course introduces students to the fundamental principles of analytical drawing and presenting design concepts. The course introduces students to manual drafting processes including freehand drawing, single-view drawing, and pictorial drawing. 

Prerequisite:
EGNL1111 – Oral Communication I

DES103 – Digital Photography and Image Processing

  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    4

Introduction to digital photography and digital camera operations. The course covers fundamental principles of digital imaging using the most updated image processing software. Topics include the production, manipulation and output of digital images, as well as the aesthetics of photographic image manipulation, both in relation to the student’s work and from an historical perspective. Students learn to produce high quality images from stock imaging and scanning from film and flat art work.

Prerequisite:
CTCS1101 – Introduction to Computers

MATH101 – Mathematics I

  • Credit Hours
    4
    Contact Hours
    4

The course is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge necessary for using computation in their future courses. Emphasis will be given to applications and independent work. Limits and continuity of functions of a single variable. Derivatives of Polynomials and Exponential Functions. The Product and Quotient Rules. The Chain Rule. Implicit differentiation. Derivatives of Logarithmic Functions. Related Rates. Linear Approximations and Differentials. Maximum and Minimum of functions. First and second derivative tests for local extrema. 

Prerequisite:
ENGL1111 – Oral Communication I & MATH100 – Elementary Mathematics

DES111 – Design Foundation II

  • Credit Hours
    4
    Contact Hours
    8

Design Foundation II builds on the concepts and skills acquired in DES 101 and focuses on preparing students for study in a wide variety of art and design disciplines especially architecture, interior and graphic design. Emphasizing a balance between the formal and communicative aspects of design, students are presented with 3D design compositions and are challenged to devise appropriate solutions. Introduction to design process; studio problems to familiarize students with basic design process, principles and elements of 3D design. Studio experiences, readings, and written analysis challenge students to explore 3D design compositions and color. Students are provided opportunities to develop an awareness of design’s cultural context and establish good studio practice.

Prerequisite:
DES101 – Design Foundation I & DES102 – Descriptive Drawing I

DES112 – Descriptive Drawing II

  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    4

The aim of this course to introduce students to the principles of drawing, along with the principles of perspective drawing, shade and shadow, and rendering techniques in ink and pencil. Students learn to draw and detail objects and spaces in one-point and two-point perspective drawings using mainly pencil and ink media. The course also introduces the principles of shade-and-shadow, shadow of point, lines, planes and volumes.

Prerequisite:
DES102 – Descriptive Drawing I

DES113 – Digital Media for Design

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    6

This course is designed to introduce students to fundamentals of AutoCAD, one of the leading and sophisticated design software that allow them to create distinctive attractive artwork graphics for any simple of complex project and to maneuver it by making drawings from scratch, editing and printing out high color quality drawings in any regulation.

Prerequisite:
DES103 – Digital Photography and Image Processing 

ARC201 – History of Architecture I

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3

This course is an introduction to the chronological development of architecture from ancient history; prehistory to Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Romans eras. It highlights the development of structural systems, building materials and styles.

Prerequisite:
None

ARC202 – Building Construction I

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4

The aims of this course are to study, theoretically and practically, the principles of building construction and the uses of different building materials.

Prerequisite:
DES112 – Descriptive Drawing II

ARC211 – Architectural Design I

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    6

Exercises of elementary units perform ‘game-like’ approach of spatial organization and axial development. Villa-type residential project explores the design process in physical and social contexts.

Prerequisite:
DES111 – Design Foundation II & ARC202 – Building Construction I

ARC212 – Graphic Communication

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    5

This course further introduces the student to the principles of Graphic Communication, and consists of a series of exercises aimed at developing student 2d and 3d skills which are an integral part of architectural education and professional practice. It also introduces students to the principles of 3d rendering techniques. Students learn to present and render architectural buildings and spaces using V-ray in 3D Max. The course emphasizes the development of an individual approach to representation, and a wide variety of assignments encourages the student to develop an understanding of a range of techniques.

Prerequisite:
DES103 – Digital Photography and Image Processing 

ARC213 – History of Architecture II

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3

This course is the second of a required three-semester sequence that examines the history of Western and Non-Western architecture. Focuses on The Middle Ages Architecture, starting with The Romanesque. The Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque Architecture with reference to German, France and Italy give some analyses This semester deals with the history and development of art, architecture and the built environment in the West from the 15th century to the end of the 19th century, Neoclassicism and 19th century revivals, and concluding with the movements leading to the rise of modernism.

Prerequisite:
ARC201 – History of Architecture I

ARC214 – Surveying 

  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    3

The course is intended to cover the basic principles of plane surveying and its importance in terms of engineering. The course introduces the student to the principle of tape surveying, leveling, angle measurements and determination of counter lines, areas and volumes. And will do quick coverage of the use of modern field equipment. This course is important in locating and describing property boundaries and in preparation of maps associated with engineering projects.

Prerequisite:
MATH101 – Mathematics I

ARC215 – Theory of Structure

  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    3

The course covers the basic concepts of structures that are modified for architects. It introduces all types of structures and their elements including building loads and types of supports. Focus will also be on analyzing statically determinate structures using the method of equilibrium which utilizes mathematical computation for reactions and moments.

Prerequisite:
ARC216 – Statics 

ARC 216 – Statics

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4

This course introduces the fundamental principles of Newton’s laws of motion to solve engineering problems. The course covers the following topics; statics of particles: forces in plane, drawing free body diagrams , equilibrium of a particle, moment of a force, moment of a couple, equivalent systems of forces on rigid bodies.

Prerequisite:
MATH101 – Mathematics I

ARC301 – Intermediate Design Studio I

  • Credit Hours
    4
    Contact Hours
    8

The course covers teaching and learning in the design of a medium -sized building as well as the exterior areas related to it. Prior to this development, a preliminary project is developed , the site analysis where the medium-sized project will be developed , as well as the study of a real case about that typology.

Prerequisite:
ARC211 – Architecture Design I & ARC302 – Theory of Architecture I

ARC302 – Theory of Architecture I

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3

This course considers the architectural theories of the most important and well known architects and theorists in the 20th century. At the beginning, there will be an explanation of what theory means and why architects and thinkers had produced books related to architectural theory and how theory affects architecture. The course will provide an overview of how other fields of knowledge such as art, phenomenology, technology, and politics had contributed to the change of architectural thinking from antiquity to the industrial revolution tell the collapse of the international style in 1950.

Prerequisite:
ARC201 – History of Architecture I

ARC303 – Building Construction II

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3

Once passed the ARC-202 Building Construction I pre-requisite course, the course ARC-303 Building Construction II introduces students to the compression of how a building should be built, analyzing both the materials and the construction systems, both from a historical point of view (tradition vs modernity) and spatial (suitability of the materials or construction systems according to the location, due to the restrictions of local markets, and availability). Finally, sustainability topics are considered.

Prerequisite:
ARC202 – Building Construction I

ARC304 – Landscape and Site Planning

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    5

The landscape and site planning course is a practical and theoretical course. Students must learn the main principles of landscape design and its relation to the natural and built environment. Then make practices on each topic until they get all design principle as Design process and apply these knowledge’s on a final project.

Prerequisite:
ARC213 – History of Architecture II

ARC305 – Materials and Construction Systems

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4

This course introduces the different types and properties of materials used in construction. Focus will be on properties of steel as well as properties and tests of fresh and hardened concrete in addition to concrete mixing, handling, and curing. This course also covers different types of structural systems such as foundations, slabs, walls, roofs and their materials.

Prerequisite:
ARC303 – Building Construction II

ARC306 – Structural Analysis

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4

This course introduces structural design concept, process, and analysis of structures. Students will learn to evaluate external reactions, internal forces, and moments in structural members. This knowledge will be applied to a real-life design project, developing skills in design of structures to satisfy functional, strength, and safety requirements.

Prerequisite:
ARC215 – Theory of structure 

ARC311 – Intermediate Design Studio II

  • Credit Hours
    4
    Contact Hours
    8

Architectural design is a comprehensive process requiring the understanding and use of a variety of skills and resources. Design projects are the basis for learning in the studio and will be the basis for discussions, presentations and the development of individual design skills. This course introduces the design process as a problem-solving strategy for a relatively complicated program. Logical thinking based on problem realities is the heart of this approach.

Prerequisite:
ARC301 – Intermediate Design Studio I & ARC404 – Environmental Control

ARC312 – Architecture of the Arabian Region

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3

This course sustains the spatial principles of traditional Arabian architecture in creative contemporary designs of cultural values. The chronology of Arabian architecture illustrates the transformation of building typology in terms of function, construction system and spatial organization. The course extends to the townscape issues of the Arabian region at different levels of building resolutions.

Prerequisite:
ARC201 – History of Architecture I

ARC313 – Theory of Architecture II

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3

Upon the course completion, the students are able to think critically and approach the problem solving in creative designs based on theoretical knowledge. The course compares the design principles of architectural movements and pioneers since late modernism (international style, 1945) to the present time, with specific emphasis on contemporary architecture. The course correlates the industrialized building development with the changing concepts of architectural design in terms of spatial organization and the composition of architectural elements in relationship to structural and material technologies. The works of masters verify the conceptual shaping of modern architecture with the reaction of postmodernism and the current trend of deconstruction, while arguing their underlying values in physical, cultural, and regional (Saudi) contexts.

Prerequisite:
ARC302 – Theory of Architecture I

ARC314 – Sanitary and Technical Installations

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3

Once passed the ARC-305 pre-requisite course, the ARC-314 course covers the fundamentals of sanitary and technical installation systems for buildings. Topics that will be explored include: design of delivery systems (water discharge and supply, including heat systems such as Water Heat Solar Systems), irrigation, swimming pool treatment system, waste-water & sewage/drainage (rainwater and run-off) networks, fire protection systems (water on-based, detection-alarm Systems, etc.), HVAC-R, etc.

Prerequisite:
ARC305 – Materials and Construction Systems

ARC315 – Concrete and Steel Construction

  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    2

Study of the performance characteristics of concrete and steel, as construction materials. The main emphasis of the course will be on construction applications. The course provides general residential and commercial construction knowledge and understanding of the relevant construction process.

Prerequisite:
ARC306 – Structure Analysis

ARC316 – 3D Modeling and Animation

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    5

This course introduces the student to Autodesk Revit. It consists of a series of exercises aimed at developing Building information modeling skills, which are an integral part of architectural education and professional practice. It introduces students to an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives them the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. The course emphasizes the development of an individual approach to representation, and a wide variety of assignments encourages the student to develop an understanding of a range of techniques.

Prerequisite:
None

ARC401 – Comprehensive Design Studio I

  • Credit Hours
    5
    Contact Hours
    10

In this course, it raised as a reflection on the architectural heritage, not from the point of view of rehabilitation, but from how contemporary architecture can dialogue with the heritage environment, understood as unique element, cultural sites and social aspect. The project will addresses concepts, processes and skills pertaining to context, structure and climate as determinants, which shape the Heritage built environment and support the communication of intended concepts and meanings. Building-types, which exhibit complexity and challenge. Project designs must show clear understanding of structural, mechanical and construction systems, along with space planning. Architectural programming.

Prerequisite:
ARC311 – Intermediate Design Studio II & ARC312 – Architecture of Arabian Region

ARC402 – Construction Documents I

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4

This course aims at training the students to draw all construction documentation needed for a building project. Students will learn to produce drawings in details and material specifications, including electrical and plumbing drawings.

Prerequisite:
ARC314 – Concrete & Steel Construction & ARC305 – Materials and Construction Systems

ARC403 – Housing and Urban Design

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4

This course addresses the theory and practice of housing neighborhood and urban design. The essence of housing typology and environmental sustainability determine the layout and densities of neighborhood design. Meanwhile, the cognitive structure of the built environment defines the physical and cultural contexts of urban design.

Prerequisite:
ARC304 – Landscape and Site Planning & ARC311 Intermediate Design 

ARC 404 – Environmental Control

  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    2

This course adjusts the climatic conditions within the comfort zone of human performance in building design. The essence of this course design sunshade devices and passive solutions in building envelope, indoor outdoor environment of cool ventilation. Sustainability, HVAC, Fire alarm system and Energy Efficiency.

Prerequisite:
ARC211 – Architecture Design I

ARC406 – Lighting & Acoustics

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4

This course examines the reverberation and resonance criteria of designing room acoustics. Artificial illumination introduces the design methods and load calculation in building electrical installations.

Prerequisite:
ARC401 – Comprehensive Design Studio I

ARC407 – Architectural Preservation

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3

The course describes Saudi Heritage and Architectural Conservation specifying Saudi different environment and its reflection to traditional houses, identifying the five Saudi Characteristic Traditional Style. The theoretical studies will approach Architecture preservation research, documents, trends and approach internationally.

Prerequisite:
ARC311 – Intermediate Design Studio II

ARC411 – Comprehensive Design Studio II 

  • Credit Hours
    5
    Contact Hours
    10

The comprehensive design studio II develops the solid and void of housing layout integrated to a public facility with human priority for accessibility, diversity and responsive environment. The design composition details the prototype of building typologies taking into consideration the relationship between public and private functions throughout an urban context.

Prerequisite:
ARC401, ARC402, & ARC403

ARC412 – Construction Documents II

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4

In this course the students learn how to read the different elements of each engineering set of construction document. They shall be able to produce a typical set of each engineering discipline fully drafted and coordinated. The student should prepare all the architectural working drawing set (the same as she/he did in Arc402) but this time in a bigger project from previous design studios specifically Arc311, Arc401, …, and within deeper details and understanding. In addition to the architectural set, student has to prepare the mechanical, electrical and Bills of quantities.

Prerequisite:
ARC315 – Concrete and Steel Construction & ARC402 – Construction Documents I

ARC315 – Concrete and Steel Construction  

  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    2

The course studies the relationship between the behavioral sciences and the architectural design process, with the objective of programming the human behavior in architectural projects. The essence of personal space defines the design principles of various building types and public open spaces.

Prerequisite:
ARC306 – Structural Analysis

ARC414 – Principles of Urban Planning

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4

Theory and practice of planning the urban environment integrate the cultural context to the physical essence of land-use and accessibility networks at different levels of resolution.

Prerequisite:
ARC403 – Housing and Urban Design 

ARC415 – Soil Mechanics and Foundation

  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    2

This course offers a comprehensive presentation of topics in the field of soil mechanics and foundations. It offers a perfect balance of theory and applications for engineers and non-engineers. Topics to be covered are Soil and Rock of Planet Earth, Geologic Overview, Soil Types and Soil Structure, Soil Composition: Terminology and Definitions, Soil Properties, Soil Formation and Classification Systems, Stresses in Soil Masses, and Foundations.

Prerequisite:
ARC306 – Structural Analysis I &  ARC315 – Concrete & Steel Construction

ARC417 – Project Management

  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    2

The course covers key components of project management including Project integration, project scope management, project time and cost management. Provides training and experience with project management tools and techniques, including work breakdown structures, network diagrams, earned value management, and other tools. Provides students with the opportunity to apply project management principles to real- world situations with the use of simulations and case studies.

Prerequisite:
ARC401 – Comprehensive Design Studio I

ARC501 – Advanced Design Studio

  • Credit Hours
    5
    Contact Hours
    10

In this course students have to design a large-scale mix-used building. The building has to be continuous and must be developed both horizontally and vertically. Students have to solve the uses and circulation inside each use and the connection between different uses. Also, the relationship between the building and its environment has to be logical and solved. The students have to work from the urban scale to the detailed scale.

Prerequisite:
ARC411, ARC412, & ARC406

ARC418 – Special Topics in Architecture 

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3

Variable titles offered on topics of special interest, such as heritage, sustainability, envelope system and special case studies related to topics.

Prerequisite:
ARC311 – Intermediate Design Studio II

ARC502 – Graduation Project Research

  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    5

The objective of this course is to do intense research prior to the graduation project and propose a conceptual design to serve as a starting point for the development of this project next semester. The course is as follows: Choose the type of project that the student want to develop; Analyze case studies regarding to this type of project, analyze and propose the program, choose a site and analyze it, interpret all the information presenting a prototype of the building, and finally draw conceptual plans.

Prerequisite:
ARC411 – Comprehensive Design Studio II

ARC511 – Graduation Project

  • Credit Hours
    6
    Contact Hours
    12

Integrating knowledge and skills acquired during five years of architecture studies. Each student developing his/her own project, based on the research previously undertaken in the course ARC502. As the last project before graduation, it is assumed that students should integrate the knowledge and skills acquired during five years of studies in architecture. Students will develop their own project, product from the research previously undertaken in Graduation Project Research. The course will be divided in the typical 4 phases of an architectural project: Conceptual Design, Preliminary Design, Development Design and Construction Documents and one last part dedicated to the presentation of the project for the final jury and to present it in different competitions.

Prerequisite:
ARC501 – Advanced Design Studio & ARC502 – Graduation Project Research 

ARC512 – Professional Practice

  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    2

The course examines the legal, ethical and managerial roles and responsibilities of architects in the field of architecture and architectural engineering.

Prerequisite:
ARC417 – Project Management & ARC311 – Intermediate Design Studio II