Architecture Engineering and Digital Design

Course Description

PHY101 – General Physics
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    2
This course provides a thorough introduction to the principles and methods of physics. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and quantitative reasoning. This course covers Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, gravitation, friction, deformations, hydrostatics, an introduction to electrical potential energy and magnetic field, thermodynamics, and waves.
Prerequisite : ENGL111
DES 101 – 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-dimensional compositions.
Prerequisite : MATH 100
DES 102 – Descriptive Drawing I
  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    4
The course introduces students to the fundamental principles of analytical drawing and presenting design concepts. It introduces students to manual drafting processes including freehand drawing, single-view drawing and pictorial drawing.
Prerequisite : EGNL111
DES 103 – Digital Photography and Image Processing
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    5
Learn fundamental principles of digital-imaging using the most updated image-processing software. Topics include; production, manipulation and output of digital-images, also aesthetics of photographic image manipulation.
Prerequisite : ENGL111
MATH 101 – Mathematics I
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    2
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. Inflection points. Curve sketching. Indeterminate Forms and L’Hospital’s Rule Applied extrema problems. The Mean Value Theorem and applications
Prerequisite : MATH100
DES 111 – Design Foundation II
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    6
This course will introduce basic three-dimensional processes and materials as well as develop the students’ ability to analyze form and space relationships.
Prerequisite : DES 101 – Design Foundation I
DES112 – Descriptive Drawing II
  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    4
This course introduces students to the principles of perspective drawing, shade and shadow. Students learn to draw in detail different shapes from one-point and two-point perspective, using mainly pencil.
Prerequisite : DES 102 – Descriptive Drawing I
DES113 – Digital Media for Design
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    6
The course introduces the software of design such as 3DMax and AutoCAD, with the digital tools and terminology as they apply to creative visual communication.
Prerequisite : DES101&DES103
ARC 201 – History of Architecture I
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3
This course introduces the chronological development of Middle Eastern, Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras. Each era emphasizes the spatial organization in relation to physical characteristics.
Prerequisite : DES101-Design Foundation I
ARC 202 – 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 : ENGL112,ENGL111,ENGL113
ARC 216 –Statics
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4
Drawing free body diagrams and analyzing the system of forces and moments. Application of the principles of equilibrium to study the statics of particles, beams and other rigid bodies.
Prerequisite : DES101, Math 101, PHY101
ARC 211 – Architectural Design I
  • Credit Hours
    4
    Contact Hours
    8
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 : DES 111 – Design Foundation II
ARC 212 – Graphic Communication
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    5
Introduction to fundamentals of 2D-Drafting. Students will utilize CAD to make drawings from scratch, edit existing CAD-models, blocks and print-out quality drawings in any discipline.
Prerequisite : DES103
ARC 213 – History of Architecture II
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4
This course focuses on the architecture of the middle ages, starting with the early Christian architecture. It covers the Romanesque Architecture, the Gothic Architecture, and Renaissance architecture, Baroque Architecture with reference to German, French and Italian styles.
Prerequisite : ARC201 – History of Architecture I
ARC 214 – SURVEYING
  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    4
The course introduces the principle of plane surveying, leveling, angle measurements and determination of counter lines, areas and volumes. This course prepares students the understanding of property boundaries and maps associated with engineering projects.
Prerequisite : MATH101
ARCH 215 – Theory of Structure
  • Credit Hours
    *
    Contact Hours
    *
ARCH 215 – Theory of Structure
Prerequisite : ARC216&DES111
ARC 301 – Intermediate Design Studio I
  • Credit Hours
    4
    Contact Hours
    8
The course covers teaching & 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 : ARCH211 – Architecture Design I
ARC 302 – Theory of Architecture I
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3
This course considers the architectural theories up to the industrial revolution. The course emphasizes the visual and formal analysis of architecture and develops the written skills.
Prerequisite : ARC201, ARC202
ARC 303 – Building Construction II
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3
This course introduces the non-structural systems of buildings, the principles of their design, types, performance, construction and installation. It explains construction technology through key functional and performance requirements for those elements common to all buildings.
Prerequisite : ARC 202 – Building Construction I
ARC 304 – Landscape and Site Planning
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    5
The design process of landscape analyzes the site conditions for integrated spatial organization of gardening essence with hierarchal accessibility from public to private threshold.
Prerequisite : ARCH 211 – Architecture Design I.
ARC 305 – Materials and Construction Systems
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4
Introduction to different types and properties of materials used in construction. Basic properties of concrete and steel. Different structural systems for Walls, floors, doors, windows and roofs.
Prerequisite : ARC215 – Theory of structure & ARC211 – Architecture Design I
ARC 306 – Structural Analysis
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4
The course introduces structural design concept and process, analysis of statically determinate structures, analysis of indeterminate structures by flexibility method and stiffness method.
Prerequisite : ARC215 – Theory of structure & ARC211 – Architecture Design I
ARC 311 – Intermediate Design Studio II
  • Credit Hours
    4
    Contact Hours
    8
This course introduces the design process as a problem‐solving strategy for a relatively complicated program. The main goal is to train the student in conducting pre‐design studies and analyses as a critical input to the design process.
Prerequisite : ARCH301 – Intermediate Design Studio I
ARC 312 – Architecture of the Arabian Region
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3
The chronology of Arabian architecture compares the building typology in terms of physical and spatial characteristics for students to sustain in their designs with cultural values.
Prerequisite : ARC 313 – History of Architecture II
ARC 313 – Theory of Architecture II
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3
Comparing the design principles of architectural movements and pioneers since early modernism enables students to think critically and approach the problem solving in creative design based on theoretical knowledge.
Prerequisite : ARC 302 – Theory of Architecture I
ARC 314 – Sanitary and Technical Installations
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    3
The course covers the fundamentals of sanitary and technical installations for buildings, including water supply (cold & hot water, irrigations, swimming pool treatment systems, etc.), wastewater and drainage, fire protection and HVAC & Refrigeration systems.
Prerequisite : ARC 303-Building Construction II & ARC301-Intermediate Design Studio
ARC 315 – Concrete and Steel Construction
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4
Study of the performance characteristics of concrete and steel, as construction materials. The main emphasis of the course will be on construction applications. Provides general residential and commercial construction knowledge and an understanding of the construction process.
Prerequisite : ARC306 – Structure Analysis, ARC301 – Design Studio
ARC 316 – Advanced 3D Modeling and Animation
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    5
It introduces students to the principles of 3d modeling/texturing and rendering techniques. Students learn to present and render architectural buildings and spaces using Mental-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 : ARC212
ARC 401 – Comprehensive Design Studio I
  • Credit Hours
    5
    Contact Hours
    10
This course addresses concepts, processes and skills to urban and architectural design, and will focus on a medium scale project to be developed in a complex historical district.
Prerequisite : ARC 311 – Intermediate Design Studio II
ARC 402 – 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 : ARCH 314 – Concrete & Steel Construction
ARC 403 – Housing and Urban Design
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4
This course consists of two parts; Housing, which provides an introduction to housing theory, and Urban Design, which provides an introduction to urban design terms in both physical and non-physical aspects.
Prerequisite : ARC311
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 systems of cool ventilation.
Prerequisite : ARC 202 – Building Construction I
ARC 406 – Lighting & Acoustics
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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 : ARC303 – Building Construction II
ARC 411 – Comprehensive Design Studio II
  • Credit Hours
    5
    Contact Hours
    10
Develops the solid and void of housing layout with human priority for accessibility, diversity and responsive environment. The design composition details the building prototypes in process.
Prerequisite : ARC401
ARCH 414 – Construction Documents II
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    5
This advanced course focuses on concepts and methods of preparing construction documents for buildings, by the use of computers, including the use of internet and intranet resources, for an integrated database system which enables access, distribution and coordination of construction documents. Also, outlining specifications and bills-of-quantities/materials.
Prerequisite : ARC 402 – Construction Documents I
ARC 413 – Humanities in Architecture
  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    2
The course studies the relationship between behavioral sciences and the architectural design process. The essence of personal space defines the design principles of various buildings and open spaces.
Prerequisite : ARC 313 – Theory of Architecture II
ARC 414 – 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 : ARC 403 I
ARC 415 – Soil Mechanics and Foundation
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4
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 Geologic Overview, Soil Types and Soil Structure, Soil Composition: Terminology and Definitions, Soil Properties, Mechanical Analysis of Soil, Soil Formation and Classification Systems, Stresses in Soil Masses, and Earth Pressure and Soil Foundations
Prerequisite : ARCH 306 – Structural Analysis I, ARCH 314 – Concrete & Steel Construction
ARC 417 – Project Management
  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    2
This course aims to explain the role of the project manager as the architect responsible to conduct a construction site within a time frame, a specified budget and a quality level. The course teaches how to plan, organize and control the construction work. Students will run a practical work consisting in create an breakdown schedule for one project (Duration of each task, dependence between them, critical chain, milestones, risks, etc.).
Prerequisite : ARCH 411 – Comprehensive Design Studio II
ARC 501 – Advanced Design Studio
  • Credit Hours
    5
    Contact Hours
    19
Students in this course have to design a large scale mixed-use building. The building has to be continuous and must be developed both horizontally and vertically. Have to solve the uses and circulation inside each use with their connection. 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 : ARCH 411 – Comprehensive Design Studio II
ARC 502 – Graduation Project Research
  • Credit Hours
    3
    Contact Hours
    4
This individual programming part of the graduation project selects the type of project with data collection and analysis. The research methodology follows theoretical framework and working techniques of architectural programming.
Prerequisite : ARC 411 – Comprehensive Design Studio II
ARC 511 – Graduation Project
  • Credit Hours
    6
    Contact Hours
    12
Integrating knowledge and skills acquired during five years of architecture studies. Each student developing their own project, based on the research undertaken in ARCH502.
Prerequisite : ARC501, ARC502
ARC 512 – Professional Practice
  • Credit Hours
    2
    Contact Hours
    2
The course examines the legal, ethical and managerial roles and responsibilities of architects in the practice of architecture.
Prerequisite : ARCH 501 – Advanced Design Studio