Urban Planning and Design

The spatial planning engineering program at Birzeit University aims for the preparation of distinguished planning engineers, who combine between the knowledge and skills of planning and the knowledge of other engineering discipline; to ensure coherence and integration necessary for the application of the profession; by maintaining its customs and traditions while working to consolidate the values ​​of the new civilization and upgrading it to keep up with the times.

-      The development of the understanding of the concept of spatial planning and the strengthening of its foundation and components to the student, by defining it as a social phenomenon stemming from the society’s needs. And the development of the students understanding of the importance of this field with its various layers for the building of the local community

-      Enhancing the students ability of using various tools in the areas of spatial analysis and pin pointing the urban issues while developing strategies and planning solutions

-      Development of the student’s capacity in the fields of planning, landscape, and architectural design while also expanding on the design of spaces, and urban spaces with its surroundings, finally understanding the relationship between design and the social, economic and regulator urban environment

-      Introducing the student to the different schools and styles which formed the cultural heritage of mankind, and to provide the knowledge and critical and analytical skills necessary to achieve communication and interaction with the history of urbanization and its present

-      Teaching to document the urban monuments while training on collecting data and analyzing it. Introducing the student to the needed skills for research in spatial planning including its methodologies, structure, and outputs.

-      Providing the student with the skills to choose the best systems for planning, construction, and their method; while applying the modern urban systems which fits with the Palestinian context

-      Clarifying the relationship between spatial planning and other fields of knowledge such as humanities, sociology, psychology, geography and others.

-      Development of the concepts with regards to sustainable development, and highlighting its importance as an integral part of spatial planning

-      Connection between the university and the market including official and private institutions, and the interaction with existing projects and planned as cases for study and research.

-      Promoting the spirit of teamwork among students and give the student the knowledge of ethics and values.

The graduate of the program acquires the following knowledge, skills and concepts:

-      Shows knowledge of scientific terminology related to own specialization.

-      Shows understanding of the physical and geographical facts related to specialization

-      Shows understanding of the sense of spatial planning and its foundation and components.

-      Shows knowledge and understanding of the theories of spatial planning

-      Shows knowledge and understanding of the history and evolution of spatial planning and landscape.

-      Shows knowledge and understanding of the Palestinian legislation for spatial planning

-    Links urban systems and the needs of the Palestinian society and their own legislation.

-   Links spatial planning and other fields of knowledge.

-    Connects and explains the relationship between spatial planning and sustainable development.

-   Fluent in the use of various tools in the field of spatial planning.

-    Formulates projects for government agencies and prepares the necessary documents for them

-    Applies scientific principles to the design and development of facilities and spaces creatively.

-   Analyzes the various planning problems and proposes solutions.

-   Links scientific knowledge with reality.

-    Employs the theories of spatial planning and its history in planning and urban design and re-urbanization.

-   Employs technology and software to perform various statistical analyses.

-    Employs the skills of scientific research on the subject of spatial planning for the architectural codification and documents data and analysis.

-      Planning at the national, regional and global levels.

-      Spatial planning in all its aspects (planning towns and villages).

-      Develop detailed plans for residential capitals

-      Planning and design of open spaces (public and private gardens, parks ... etc.).

-      Rehabilitation of historic and architectural complexes and their development.

-      Urban Design (Housing Projects, recreational and tourist areas, the development of urban centers and villages, and sports complexes, areas with the use of special .... etc.).

-      Work in public and private institutions, and local government institutions, according to the needs of growth and development.

-      Studies and research and consulting.

Student must complete the following requirements:

Course type

Credit hours

University Requirements

21

Faculty of Engineering Requirements

30

Specialization Compulsory courses

101

Specialization electives

6

University Electives

6

Total

164

A. Compulsory Courses: 21 credit hours of courses include the following:

Course ID

Credit hours

ARAB135 | ARABIC LANGUAGE SKILLS 1

3

ARAB136 | ARABIC LANGUAGE SKILLS 2

3

ENGC141 | ENGLISH COMMUNICATIONS - (B)

4

ENGC231 | ENGLISH COMMUNICATIONS - (A)

3

CULS331 | MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION

3

CULS332 | MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ARAB THOUGHT

3

PHED120 | PHYSICAL EDUCATION

2

B. Faculty of Engineering Requirements:

Course ID

Credit hours

Pre-requisite

MATH1411 | CALCULUS 1

4

-

MATH1321 | CALCULUS 2

3

MATH141

PHYS111 | GENERAL PHYSICS LAB 1

1

-

PHYS112 | GENERAL PHYSICS LAB 2

1

PHYS111 + PHYS132

PHYS141 | GENERAL PHYSICS 1

4

MATH141

PHYS132 | GENERAL PHYSICS 2

1

MATH132 + PHYS141

CHEM143 | CHEMISTRY FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS

4

-

ENCE232 | STATICS

3

PHYS141

ENME120 | WORKSHOP

2

-

ENME121 | ENGINEERING DRAWING

2

-

ENAR211 | VISUAL COMMUNICATION 1

1

-

ENAR220 | COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

2

Department Approval

C. Specialization courses: those are divided into Specialization Compulsory courses (101 credit hours) , and Specialization Electives  (6 credit hours)

a. Specialization Compulsory courses: 101 credit hours

Course ID

Credit hours

Theoretical hours

Practical hours

Pre-requisite

ENCE223 | MECHANICS 1

2

2

 

ENCE232

ENCE330 | SURVEYING 1

3

2

3

ENME121

ENCE431 | TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING

3

3

 

ENCE 330, ENPL334

ENAR229 | HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE

2

2

 

Acceptance to the program

ENAR231 | ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 1

3

1

6

Acceptance to the program

ENAR243 | ARCHITECTURAL PRESENTATIONS AND PERSPECTIVE

3

1

9

ENME121, ENAR211

ENAR329 | THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE

2

2

 

ENAR229

ENAR330 | FIELD SCHOOL ON LOCAL PALESTINIAN ARCHITECTURE

3

2

3

ENAR329

ENAR339 | BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS

3

2

3

Civil engineering students- ENCE22: Planning students: ENAR231

GEOG230 | INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

3

3

 

-

GEOG232 | PRINCIPLES OF CARTOGRAPHY

3

3

 

GEOG230

SOCI333 | URBAN SOCIOLOGY

3

3

 

ENPL333

ENPL231 | DESIGN OF OPEN SPACES

3

1

6

ENAR231

ENPL232 | LANDSCAPE DESIGN

3

1

6

ENPL231

ENPL234 | HISTORY OF SPATIAL PLANNING AND LANDSCAPE

3

3

 

ENAR229

ENPL236 | HORTICULTURE AND ECOLOGY

3

3

 

ENPL231

ENPL331 | HOUSING DESIGN

3

1

6

ENPL231

ENPL332 | URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND REVITALIZATION

3

1

6

ENPL331

ENPL333 | PRINCIPLES OF SPATIAL PLANNING 1

3

2

3

ENPL234

ENPL334 | PRINCIPLES OF SPATIAL PLANNING 2

3

2

3

ENPL333

ENPL335 | LEGISLATION AND LAWS OF SPATIAL PLANNING

3

3

 

ENPL333

ENPL336 | THEORIES OF SPATIAL PLANNING AND LANDSCAPE

3

3

 

ENPL234

ENPL338 | GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

3

2

3

GEOG232, ENAR220

ENPL401 | PRACTICAL TRAINING

0

 

 

ENPL434, 437

ENPL412 | ADVANCED SKILLS IN SPATIAL PLANNING

1

 

3

4th year students

ENPL414 | SEMINAR IN SPATIAL PLANNING

1

2

 

ENPL336

ENPL421 | ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING

2

2

 

ENPL334

ENPL422 | PLANNING STATISTICS

2

2

 

ENPL333

ENPL425 | LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY

2

1

3

ENPL234,236

ENPL433 | INTRODUCTION TO INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING

3

3

 

ENPL334

ENPL434 | ROAD PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

3

2

3

ENPL421

ENPL437 | RURAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

3

1

6

ENPL332,335

ENPL438 | MANAGEMENT OF SPATIAL PLANNING PROJECTS

3

3

 

ENPL332,334

ENPL520 | INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATION PROJECT

2

 

 

ENPL401,437,  5th year students

ENPL530 | GRADUATION PROJECT

3

 

 

ENPL520

ENPL531 | ADVANCED SPATIAL PLANNING

3

1

6

ENPL437

ENPL537 | PRINCIPLES OF REGIONAL PLANNING

3

2

3

ENPL336

ENPL539 | LAND ADMINISTRATION

3

3

 

ENPL335

b. Specialization Electives: 6 credit hours

Course ID

Credit hours

Theoretical hours

Practical hours

Pre-requisite

GEOG335 | INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING

3

3

 

ENPL338,GEOG232

ECON337 | ENGINEERING ECONOMICS

3

3

 

ENPL333

ENPL431 | REHABILITATION OF HISTORICAL SITES

3

2

3

ENAR330, ENPL 332

ENPL432 | FORESTRY

3

3

 

Department approval

ENPL532 | PLANNING AND GENDER

3

3

 

Department approval

ENPL534 | VISUAL CULTURE OF SPACE

3

3

 

Department approval

ENPL536 | PRINCIPLES OF SPATIAL PLANNING 3 (SPATIAL PLANNING IN PALESTINE)

3

2

3

ENPL334

ENPL538 | Special Topic

3

3

 

Department approval

D. Elective courses: The student to take 6 credit hours from the university courses