Engineering in 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.

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 164 credit hours of courses distributed as follows:

Credit Hours

Requirements

21-22

University requirements

30

Faculty Requirements

107

Program Requirements

6-5

Free Electives

164

Total

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1. Compulsory Courses (101 credit hours)

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

ENCE223

Mechanics 1

ENCE232

ENCE317

Surveying Lab For Architecture And Planning Engineering

ENCE327 or Concurrent 

ENCE327

Surveying For Architecture And Planning Engineering

ENAR1211 or ENME121

ENCE431

Transportation Engineering

ENCE330, ENPL334

ENAR229

History of Architecture

Acceptance to the program

ENAR231

Principles of Architectural Design 1

ENAR1111, ENME121

ENAR243

Architectural Presentations and Perspective

ENME121, ENAR211

ENAR329

Theories of Architecture (for Planning Student)

ENAR229

ENAR3301

Architecture In Palestine

ENAR2381 or ENAR329

ENAR3391

Building Constructions

ENCE234 for CIVIL ENG. or
ENAR231 for SPATIAL ENG.

GEOG230

Human Geography

 

GEOG232

Cartography

GEOG230

SOCI333

Urban Sociology

ENPL333

ENPL231

Open Spaces Design

ENAR231

ENPL333 

Landscape Design

ENPL231

ENPL234

History of Spatial planning and Landscape

ENAR229

ENPL236

Horticulture and Ecology

ENPL231

ENPL331

Housing Design

ENPL231

ENPL332

Urban Development and Revitalization

ENPL331

ENPL333

Principles of Spatial Planning 1

ENPL234

ENPL334

Principles of Spatial Planning 2

ENPL333

ENPL335

Legislation and Laws of Planning

ENPL333

ENPL336

Theories of Spatial Planning and Landscape

ENPL234

ENPL338

GIS

GEOG232, ENAR220

ENPL401

Practical Training

ENPL434, ENPL437

ENPL412

Advanced Skills

4th year students

ENPL414

Seminar in Spatial Planning

ENPL336

ENPL421

Environmental Planning

ENPL334

ENPL422

Planning Statistics

ENPL333

ENPL425

Landscape Ecology

ENPL234, ENPL236

ENPL433

Introduction to Infrastructural Planning

ENPL334

ENPL434

Road Planning and Development

ENPL421

ENPL437

Rural Planning and Development

ENPL332, ENPL335

ENPL438

Management of Planning Projects

ENPL332, ENPL334

ENPL520

Introduction to Graduation Project

ENPL401, ENPL437,  5th year students

ENPL530

Graduation  Project

ENPL520

ENPL531

Advanced Spatial Planning

ENPL437

ENPL537

Principles of Regional Planning

ENPL336

ENPL539

Land Administration

ENPL335

2. Specialization Electives (6 credit hours):

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

GEOG335

Introduction to Remote Sensing

ENPL338 or GEOG232

ECON337

Engineering Economy (for engineering students only)

ENPL333

ENPL431

Rehabilitation of Historical Sites

ENAR3301, ENPL332

ENPL432

Forestry

Department approval

ENPL532

Planning and Gender

Department approval

ENPL534

Visual Culture of Space

Department approval

ENPL536

Principle of Spatial Planning 3 (Spatial Planning in Palestine)

ENPL334

ENPL538

Special Topics in Spatial Planning

Department approval