URP 1221: Introduction to Urban Affairs and Planning

Course Overview

Knowledge of current urban affairs can provide clear idea about how cities changes and whether these changes are playing positive roles in the development process of cities. Such, understanding benefit the future planning a great deal as the knowledge enable them to critically think about the cause, consequences and possible future interventions regarding transformation of cities. At the same an introductory knowledge about the urban planning process can make the students able in jotting ideas about how they can take action in attaining development of cities in an organised manner.

Course Objectives

The course will help students to gain understanding and knowledge in:

·       Concepts in urbanization, urban development and forces of urban changes

·       Contemporary challenges in an urbanising world

·       Contexts and theories of urban transformation

·       Approaches of urban planning and process of urban planning 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

At the end of the course the students will be able to-

·       Explain with key concepts and definitions regarding urban affairs and planning;

·       Identify key challenges in contemporary urbanising South and urbanised North;

·       Demonstrate the definition, process and content of urban plan making;

·       Select the planning issues in the contemporary developing world.

URP 1251: Statistics for Planners I

Course Overview

This course is designed to introduce student to fundamental concepts of statistics and enable them with basic skills that they can use in their daily life.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this course are as follows:

·       To understand the meaning of statistics, data, variable and information

·       To explain the division of statistics with respect to different kinds of data

·       To interpret ideas of population versus sample, random variables, and techniques of descriptive statistics

·       To calculate and interpret measures of central tendency and dispersion, including mean, median, standard deviation, and quartiles

·      To demonstrate skills in revealing the characteristics of normal distributions

·       To describe and identify the characteristics of different numerical distributions.

·       To explain the relevance of statistics in different kinds of planning activities.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

At the end of the course the students will be able to-

·       Demonstrate the basic principles of describing and presenting data;

·       Explain the role of statistics in different brunches of urban planning;

·       Describe and compute different measures of central tendencies and dispersion.

URP 1254: Engineering Survey (Field Work & Studio)

Course Overview

The course is designed for the First year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. This course will be conducted simultaneously with its theoretical counterpart URP 1253. Students of this course are expected to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge from URP 1253.

Course Objectives

This is a practical, hands-on course fully supported by its theoretical concept. This course is aimed at making the students proficient in using different survey equipment. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

At the end of the course the students will be able to-

·       Explain the rules of handling different survey components;

·       Identify what equipment to be used for what sorts of survey;

·       Carry out topographic survey using both total station and RTK-GPS;

·       Process and use the collected data by Total Station and GPS;

·       Organise the collected data in the form of digital maps.

ARCH 1256: Graphic Reproduction and Computer Aided Design (Studio/Project)

Course Overview

The use of urban graphics in consultation is a powerful way of conveying information without using jargon and enables the sharing of a vision between councils, development authorities, developers and communities. Communicating ideas visually can be a powerful tool in helping planners to explain complex policies and proposals. Knowledge on reading urban graphics aids planners to take vital decisions on development. The course is designed for the first year undergraduate students in planning so that they gain knowledge and skills for graphic communication, design and outreach. Students will gain the ability to draw, interpret and present urban graphics effectively and produce diagrams, presentations and reports in electronic format, and use physical models in their academic and professional life.

Course Objectives

This course intends to:

·       Introduce planning students to the computer programs most commonly used to prepare conventional architectural drawing

·       Enable students to use graphic software and model building techniques for making creative and effective graphical presentation

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This is a practical, hands-on course. After completion of this course, it is expected that the students will be able to:

·       Draw the conventional architectural drawing utilizing their knowledge and skills in graphic software;

·       Present urban raster and vector graphics. This includes: creating page layouts for graphic presentations, layering analytical graphics over aerial photographs, scanning and editing hand drawn work, producing computer generated images and conventional architectural drawing and generating three-dimensional massing models;

·       Produce posters, pamphlets, reports, models and other graphical presentation materials appropriate for their future academic as well as professional life.

URP 1257: Introduction to Construction Engineering and Management

Course Overview

This course aims to introduce fundamental concepts of civil engineering constructions to students. It discusses properties of commonly used construction materials and their roles in engineering construction, types and components of different civil engineering structures and fundamentals of construction management.

Course Objectives

The course will help students to gain understanding and knowledge on:

·       Different types of commonly used construction materials, and their availability

·       Engineering properties of different construction materials

·       Types and components of different civil engineering structures.

·       Interpreting different types building drawings

·       Fundaments of engineering geology and soil mechanics

·       Basics of construction practices and management

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

At the end of the course the students will be able to-

·       Estimate the construction cost of basic infrastructures;

·       Explain general building requirements;

·      Develop professional aptitude to manage construction projects.

CSE 1262: Database Management (Lab./Project)

Course Overview

The term database is a structured collection of data stored which can be stored in digital form. Before the actual data is stored in the database, we should clearly specify the schema of the database and different techniques used to manipulate the data stored in a database. This course provides students with the essential concepts, principles, and techniques of modern database systems from a user perspective. From a theoretical point of view, this course covers the essential principles for the design, analysis, and use of computerized database systems. The design and techniques of conceptual modelling, database modelling, database system architecture, and user/program interfaces are presented in a unified way.

Course Objectives

This is an introductory course in database and file management systems. It will help students to develop an understanding of the role of database development and management. The course will provide a solid platform to-

·       Develop an appreciation of the role of data, files and databases in information systems.

·       Understand the database development activities

·       Be familiar with data modeling concepts (E-R and Class diagrams) used in database development.

·       Be able to create databases and pose complex SQL queries of relational databases 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

At the end of the course the students will be able to-

·       Demonstrate knowledge to design database;

·       Design form connecting multiple tables;

·       Choose the data modeling concepts (E-R and Class diagrams) used in database development;

·       Identify standard query language (SQL);

·       Construct database report.

MATH 1273: Mathematics II

Course Overview

The course is designed for the first year students of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline. Students of this course are expected to learn the application of mathematics in Urban and Rural Planning. This course has been designed to develop the analytical skill of the students to analyse and interpret data in the later stage of their degree programme.

Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is to build students knowledge, understanding and expertise in a range of mathematical methods, learn to use mathematical reasoning in the planning context and develop students’ ability to apply mathematical knowledge in problem-solving situations. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

At the end of the course the students will be able to-

·       Comprehend the basics of permutation and combination and binomial theorem;

·       Demonstrate the application of mathematical modeling in urban and rural planning;

·       Reveal the application of matrix, vector, logarithmic and exponential functions in urban and rural planning;

·       Construct mathematical models to analyse and interpret planning problems.