AREN2111 Architectural Design I (3 credits)
Foundation studio aimed at developing critical and conceptual design
skills. Students develop understanding of design through exploring 2 & 3D pattern making, form and space
compositions, exploration of design domain, design analysis and simple design
problems. Small projects are used to explore the domain of architectural design
and enhance communication skills.
Architectural Drawing (3 credits)
Training to enhance capabilities of drawings and graphic expression and
presentations manually. Introduction to drafting equipment and drawing,
freehand drawing including line and shapes, tones and textures, form and
structure, space and depth. Mechanical drawing including multi-view, paraline,
and perspective drawings, presentation techniques of shade and shadow and
AREN2411 History-I: Modern and Contemporary (2 credits)
Course examines historical development in western art and architecture
from the industrial revolution to the present. Focus is on understanding how
cultural settings shaped the direction of artistic thinking and built form in
each period. Emphasis is on technical developments, artistic movements,
institutions (such as Bauhaus) and important personalities.
Building Construction Methods (3 credits)
Types of structures and their construction methods and techniques.
Foundation, floor, wall and roof systems. Moisture and thermal protection of
floor, wall and roof. Doors and windows. Details of kitchen, bathroom, stair.
Elevators and escalators. Pre-fabrication techniques of building components.
Construction techniques of special form: dome, vault, shell, space frame and
metal structure. Local materials and construction system Special details, e.g.
damp proofing, termite control, insulation, etc Building system and process.
Building joints and movements. Indoor and outdoor finish, cladding.
Architectural Design 11 (3 credits)
Understanding the generic design process with emphasis on
conceptualization, order, function, and form and space relationship. Structure
and environment are also introduced as design issues. Design focus is on simple
buildings with limited functional and technical complexity for different sites,
situations, and programs, and design ideas are developed through analytical and
AREN3211 Architectural Design Theory (2 credits)
Course examines design theory as a means to develop cognitive and
problem solving skills. Difference between theory and design theory of
architecture is explored. Also explored are issues of order and organization,
phenomena of perception, elements and organizing principles of form and space,
ordering principles, design typology, designers and design thinking, and design
Introduction to CAAD (3 credits)
Course introduces students to digital media and its application in
architecture. Focus is on enabling skill acquisition in the use of AutoCAD and
3D Studio Max. Course introduces 2D drafting and 3D modelling using AutoCAD,
and modelling, rendering and animation using 3D Studio Max. Image processing
and Post production programs may also be explored.
Climate-responsive Design (3 credits)
This course addresses the impact of hot climate on architectural design.
Topics covered are: Climatic elements and site microclimate, Human comfort,
Solar control, Shading systems, Wind movements and ventilation, Urban
environment and dynamics of external space, Built environment and effects of
the building envelop.
Architectural Working Drawing (3 credits)
Introduce methods of preparing working drawing as part of building
construction documents and provides a hands-on experience in preparing such
documents. The course will emphasize the use of computer in generating such
drawings. Topics to be covered include: working drawing conventions, drawing
organization, working drawing of plans, sections, elevations, and details.
Architectural Design Ill (4 credits)
The course will address, through methodical design process, complex
architectural organization in terms of function, context, structure, formal
expression and environmental considerations. Also, the course will address
technical aspects such as choice of materials and the design of architectural
details. Human needs and values, visual and physical qualities of the designed
environment are expected to be addressed.
Building Mechanical Systems (3 credits)
Psychrometrics, human thermal comfort in the internal environment, basic
heat transfer in buildings, heating and cooling load calculation, introduction
to computerized cooling load calculation, air-conditioning systems and
equipment, air duct design, air distribution systems design, fan design,
vertical transportation systems design.
Architectural Acoustics (2 credits)
The course introduces theoretical foundations, computational approaches,
and design methods in architectural acoustics (room acoustics, building
acoustics, noise control). Topics include: review of physical properties of
sound, fundamentals of sound perception, prediction of air-borne and
structure-borne sound propagation, noise control, and relevant design methods.
AREN3412 History -II: Islamic and Vernacular (2 credits)
This course concentrates on Islamic architecture in different regions
and times. It searches for the forms while examining the embedded meanings and
symbolic appearances. It examines the design principles of different styles in
Islamic architecture. A field trip to observe and document a selected
traditional Omani architecture is undertaken as part of the course.
Building Illumination (2 credits)
The course introduces theoretical foundations, computational approaches,
and design methods in building illumination (daylighting, electrical lighting).
Topics include: Review of visual performance criteria and lighting psychology,
analytical and numeric methods for the prediction of lighting conditions in
interior spaces, lighting engineering and design methods.
Sanitary and Plumbing Design (2 credits)
Basic elements, organization, design and layout of plumbing, sanitation
and fire safety systems in buildings; plumbing systems including water sources,
water requirements, water supply and distribution in buildings; sanitary
systems including drainage, venting, storm water, waste disposal and recycling;
fire safety systems.
Architectural Design IV (4 credits)
Studio explores design at the scale of the urban context. Focus is on
designing a new housing neighbourhood or intervention aimed at
neighbourhood/district regeneration. Scope covers design of architectural
elements and their situation in the urban context. Attention is paid to
contextual issues, such as site, location, and climate. Social, cultural and
behavioural issues are also addressed.
Building Electrical Systems (3 credits)
Introduction, electrical safety, DC circuits, AC circuits, poly-phase,
transformers, electrical systems, electrical wiring for various types of
buildings, electrical distribution and circuit design, and electrical drawing.
Graduation Project I (4 credit)
CIVL4206; Co-requisite. CIVL4216)
First part of the graduation project aimed at developing a comprehensive
architectural solution that serves the society. Starting with selecting a
project, programming studies, site selection, and compiling a technical report.
This part will consider general requirements for structural, environmental, and
building services. Focus in assessment is on the architectural solution.
Specifications and Quantities (2 credits)
The course focuses on the principles underlying specification writing
and material selections and the preparation of project tender documents.
Understanding various types of materials according to international and local
standards. Bill of quantities calculations and ways of integrating drawings
Graduation Project II (3 credits)
AREN3816, AREN4115, AREN4818)
The second part of the graduation project course is focusing on
integrating the structural and building system designs with the previously
accomplished architectural design in part one. The first phase of the course is
devoted to design structural and services systems and preparation of related
working drawing. Then, architectural solution revision and preparation of final
presentation to be addressed.
AREN3611 Principles of Settlement planning (2 credits)
Overview of the historical development of human settlements. Examination
of different types, morphology, structure and growth of settlements. Overview
of factors influencing settlement form and growth. Contemporary urban form with
emphasis on the influence of rapid urbanization. Examination of settlement form
in Oman in the context of global practices. Sustainability issues in settlement
AREN4205 Residential Planning and Design (2 credits)
Course examines housing planning, design and financing issues with a
focus on urban areas. Issues covered include housing problems, housing market
and planning, family cycle and housing demand, delivery systems, types of
housing, housing design, criteria for housing location, and neighbourhood
planning. Concepts such as territoriality, sense of place and defensible space
are also examined.
AREN4304 Special Topics in Computer Aided Design (2 credits)
Course explores emerging ideas and applications of information
technology in architecture. It provides a forum for faculty to share research
findings and or experience in the use of Computer Aided Design, or to explore
the use of particular computer programs. The course also serves to cater for
the CAD interest of students.
AREN5403n Omani Vernacular Architecture (2 credits)
Introduction to Omani cities, villages, desert settlements, and
landscape. Urban settlement and architecture in Different regions in Oman.
Religious Architecture: traditional & contemporary mosques, memorial
buildings. Defense architecture. Urban and architectural elements. Building
materials, light and climatic considerations. Decorative interior elements.
Cultural spatial presentation, space syntax, form, style and outside influence.
AREN4203 Behavioral Factors in Housing Design (2 credits)
Introduction to the science of spatial behaviour. Perceptual learning
and way finding. adaptation. motivation. emotion development and cultural and
personal context, and the process of feedback. Human Senses (vision; olfactory,
auditory, touch) and Sensory process. Perception cognition. Social influence on
behaviour and space syntax. Personal space and territoriality.
AREN5801 Solar Energy in Buildings (2 credits)
Available solar radiation, radiation on opaque and transparent
materials, theory, types, and performance of solar collectors, energy storage in
solar systems, solar water heating in buildings, passive and active solar
heating, design of solar heating systems, solar cooling in buildings, desiccant
cooling systems, economics of solar systems, computer applications.
Sustainable Design in Hot Climates (2 credits)
This course addresses the methodology of sustainable architectural
design in hot climates. Course contents are: Classifications of climatic
regions in Oman, Global issues of sustainability, Comparison of active and
passive thermal designs, Climatic impact on traditional architecture,
Metropolitan microclimate, Optimization of building form, Analyses of
contemporary passive design systems.
Computer Aided Lighting Design (2 credits)
The course will give a review in lighting design (day lighting and
artificial lighting). Introducing overview of modelling of the building and
simulation of lighting. Concepts relating to the simulation of daylight,
sunlight and artificial lighting in buildings. Use of on-market simulation
tools such as: Ecotect and Radiance software.
AREN3809 Architectural Conservation Techniques (2 credits)
The course will cover: evolution of historical conservation, historic
buildings and architectural cultural heritage, conservation decisions, ethics,
and values, conservation team, causes of decay in historic buildings. The
course will introduce different methods of intervention and techniques, and
examples from different geo-climatic regions and periods.
Modern Building Construction Systems (2 credits)
Advanced aspects of building construction and green building solutions,
new technological aspects of building structure and material: reinforced
concrete, prefabrication, pre-cast concrete, steel framing systems; innovative
building envelope systems: curtain walls, window walls, glazing and roofing
systems; new industrialized methods of designing and assembling buildings.
Architectural Professional Practice (2 credits)
Issues affecting current architectural theory and practice. Legal
framework of practice and the role of the architect in building industry and
process. The regulatory system: planning and urban design controls, building
code and approval process. Management principles and practices for the range of
architectural practice. The selection process and the conditions of the design
market. Responsibilities and liabilities of different building professionals in
all sectors of practice as the outcome of their relationship to local
authorities and current building legislation.
AREN5805 Building Energy Conservation & Analysis (2 credits)
Energy conservation as a design determinant, energy use in buildings in
Oman, design techniques to minimize energy consumption in building, mechanical
and electrical systems, energy conservation standards & codes, computer
models for estimating building energy consumption, computer-aided energy
analysis and evaluation of alternative building energy conservation measures
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