BSc in Architecture and Urban Planning – Program Structure

The Department’s principal undergraduate training program is BSc Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. This program provides a comprehensive education in the field of Architecture and it leads to the award of Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. The program extends to five academic years and one semester for internship.

1. Program Modules

The courses of the program are grouped into 11 major categories, which are further clustered into twenty-eight different but strongly interrelated modules. These are:

Category No. Course Code Description
Professional Studies 1 Introduction to the Architectural Profession Arch 3012 Introduction to professional practice
Arch 4011 Introductory Design Project
2 Professional Practice Arch 5021 Theory of Architectural practice
Arch 5022 Architectural practice and Management
Theory and History 3 History of Architecture Arch 1032 History of Architecture I
Arch 2031 History of Architecture II
Arch 2032 History of Architecture III
4 History of Ethiopian Architecture Arch 3041 History of Ethiopian Architecture
5 Theory  of Architecture Arch 3052 Theory of Architecture I
Arch 4051 Theory of Architecture II
Communication Skills 6 Basic Communication Skills Arch 1061 Communication skills I
Arch 1062 Communication skills II
7 Computer Graphics Arch 2071 Communication Skills III
Arch 2072 Communication Skills IV
8 Advanced Presentation Techniques Arch 3081 Communication skills V
Arch 3082 Model Making Workshop
Design 9 Basic Design Arch 1091 Basic Design I
Arch 1092 Basic Design II
10 Fundamentals of Architectural Design Arch 2101 Architectural Design I
Arch 3101 Architectural Design II
11 Social, Cultural and Tech. Aspects of Architecture Arch 3112 Architectural Design III
Arch 4111 Architectural Design IV
12 Advanced Architectural Design Considerations Arch 5121 Architectural Design V
Arch 5122 Architectural Design VI
13 Urban Design Arch 3131 Urban Design I
Arch 3132 Urban Design II
14 Urban Planning Arch 4141 Urban Planning I
Arch 5141 Urban Planning II
15 Landscape Architecture and Ecology Arch 3141 Landscape architecture
Arch 4141 Ecological Architecture
Building Construction and Techniques 16 Basic Construction Materials and Systems Arch 1151 Building Materials and Construction I
Arch 1152 Building Materials and Construction II
17 Construction of Building Elements and Component Arch 2161 Building Materials and Construction III
Arch 2162 Building Materials and Construction IV
18 Construction Workshops Arch 1171 Workshops I
Arch 1172 Workshops II
19 Theory and Design of Structures Arch 1182 Theory and Design of Structures I
Arch 2181 Theory and Design of Structures II
Arch 2182 Theory and Design of Structures III
Arch 3181 Theory and Design of Structures IV
20 Surveying Arch 3192 Surveying
Sustainable Housing Strategies 21 Sustainable Housing Strategies Arch 5201 Appropriate Building Technology
Arch 5202 Low-cost Strategies in Design
Building Science 22 Building Science Arch 3211 Architectural Science I (Water)
Arch 3212 Architectural Science II (Light)
Arch 4211 Architectural Science III (Heating, Cooling and Vent.)
Arch 5211 Architectural Science IV (Acoustics)
Integrated Projects 23 Integrated Projects (intermediate) Arch 3222 A coordinated design project I
Arch 4221 A Coordinated Design Project II
24 Integrated Projects (Advanced) Arch 5231 A Coordinated Design Project III
Arch 5232 A Coordinated Design Project IV
Common Courses 25 Common Courses Elan 201 Sophomore English
Math 231 Applied Mathematics
Phil 101 Logic
Phil 201 Civic Education
Econ 101 Introduction to Economics
 Additional Relevant Courses 26 Elective I Arch 5252 Interior Design
Arch 5254 Advanced Urban Design
Arch 5256 Advanced Landscape Architecture
27 Elective II (Two out of three) Arch 6261 Construction Management
Arch 6263 Restoration and Preservation
Arch 6265 Advanced Building Structures
Thesis 28 Bachelor Thesis Arch 6271 Bachelor Thesis
2. Sequence of Courses

Different courses are organized under each module. The sequence of courses and the credit hour assigned to each course (both in the Ethiopian and European system) is presented as follows:

Semester Course No Course Cr. Hrs. Cont. Hrs. ECTS Prerequisite
1 Arch 3012 Introduction to Professional Practice I 2 2 2
Arch 1012 Introductory Design Project 2 2 2
Arch 1061 Communication Skills I 3 5 7
Arch 1151 Building Materials and Construction I 3 4 5
Arch 1172 Workshop I 2 3 3
Enla 201 Sophomore English 3 4 4
Math 231 Applied Mathematics 4 5 7
Total 19 25 30
2 Arch 1032 History and Theory of Architecture I 3 3 3
Arch 1062 Communication Skills II 4 5 7 Arch 1061
Arch 1091 Basic Design I 3 7 7
Arch 1152 Building Materials and Construction II 3 4 6 Arch 1151
Arch 2171 Workshop II 2 3 3 Arch 1172
Arch 1082 Theory and Design of Structures I 3 4 4
Total 18 26 30
3 Arch 2031 History of Architecture II 3 3 3 Arch 1031
Arch 2071 Communication Skills III 4 5 7 Arch 1062
Arch 1092 Basic Design II 3 7 7 Arch 1091
Arch 2161 Building Materials and Construction III 3 4 6 Arch 1152
Arch 2181 Theory and Design of Structures II 3 4 4 Arch 1182
Phil 101 Civic Education 3 3 3
Total 19 26 30
4 Arch 2032 History of Architecture III 3 3 3 Arch 2031
Arch 2072 Communication Skills IV 3 5 5 Arch 2071
Arch 2001 Architectural Design I 4 7 8 Arch 2091
Arch 2162 Building Materials and Construction IV 3 4 6 Arch 2171
Arch 2182 Theory and Design of Structures III 3 4 4 Arch 2191
Phil 201 Introduction to Logic 3 3 3
Total 18 26 30

 

Semester Course No. Course Cr. Hrs. Cont. Hrs. ECTS Prerequisite
5 Arch 3041 Ethiopian History of Architecture 3 4 4 Arch 2031
Arch 3192 Surveying 3 4 3 Arch 2102
Arch 3081 Communication Skills V 3 5 5 Arch 2072
Arch 2102 Architectural Design II 4 7 6 Arch 2102
Arch 3121 Urban Design I 3 4 4 Arch 2102 Arch 2031
Arch 3141 Landscape Architecture 3 5 4 Arch 3101
Arch 4211 Architectural Science I(Heat and Cooling) 2 3 4
Total 21 32 30
6 Arch 3052 Theory of Architecture I 3 4 3
Arch 3111 Architectural Design III 4 7 4 Arch 3101
Arch 3122 Urban Design II 4 7 4 Arch 3131
Arch 2081 Model Making workshop 2 3 5 Arch 1062
Arch 3212 Architectural Science II(Light) 2 3 4 Arch 3221
Arch 3222 A Coordinated Design Project I 4 7 10
Total 19 31 30
7 Arch 4051 Theory of Architecture II 3 4 4
Arch 5232 Architectural Design IV 4 7 4 Arch 3112
Arch 4131 Urban Planning III 4 7 4 Arch 3132
Arch 4141 Ecological Architecture 2 3 4
Arch 3211 Architectural Science III(Water) 2 3 4 Arch 2102 Arch 2031
Arch 4221 A Coordinated Design Project II 4 7 10
Total 19 30 30
8 Internship 30

 

Semester Course No. Course Cr. Hrs. Cont. Hrs. ECTS Prerequisite
9 Arch 5021 Theory of Architectural Practice 2 3 3
Arch 5121 Architectural design V 4 7 3
Arch 5131 Urban Planning IV 4 7 4
Arch 5201 Appropriate Building Technology 3 4 4
Arch 5211 Architectural Science IV( Acoustics) 2 3 4
Arch 5231 A Coordinated Design Project III 6 9 12
Total 21 33 30
10 Arch 5021 Architectural Practice and Management 2 3 3
Arch 5122 Architectural Design VI 9 17 3
Arch 5202 Low-cost Strategies in Design 2 3 4
Arch 5232 A Coordinated Design Project  IV 6 9 12
Arch 5252 Interior Design 3 5 [4]
Arch 5254 Advanced Urban Design [3] [4]
Arch 5256 Advanced Landscape Architecture [3] [4]
Total 18 30
11 Arch 6261 Construction Management [3] [4]
Arch 6263 Restoration and Preservation [3] 5 [4]
Arch 6265 Advanced Building Structures [3] [4]
Arch 6271 B.Sc. Thesis 12 22
Total 18 30