Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning

Entrance Requirements

Admission to the Degree programme shall be as stipulated in General Academic Regulation 20.20
Applicants for admission to level 100 must have a minimum Grade of C in English Language, Mathematics, and Geography. Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of grade C in Art or Design and Technology.
Students will upon successful completion of Level 400 (spatial) be awarded Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (BScURP), and will have an option to pursue Level 500 (specialist), of which upon successful completion, will be awarded Master of Arts Professional Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MAURP). Applicants with a BScURP or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.0may be admitted into Level 500 of the provisionally accredited degree programme by the Royal Town Planning Institute, UK. (http://www.rtpi.org.uk/item/3779/23/5/3)

Programme Structure

The programme is structured as follows:

  • 1 year of preparatory pre-plan component with selection of cognate subjects that will lead to a smooth transition from preparatory to planning studies.
  • 3 years of professional planning studies designated as spatial planning component
  • 1 year of professional planning studies designated as specialist planning component

Level 100

Semester 1

Core courses

URP110 Introduction to Planning and Built Environment (3)
ENS101 Introduction to Environmental Science I (3)
STA101 Mathematics for Social Sciences I (3)
ECO111 Basic micro-economics (3)

General courses

COM131 Communication and Academic Literacy Skills (FET) (3)
ICT121 Computer Skills Fundamentals (2)

Semester 2

Core courses

URP111 History of Planning (3)
ENS102 Introduction to environmental Science I (3)
STA102 Mathematics for Social Science II (3)
ECO112 Basic macro-economics (3)

General courses

COM132 Academic and Professional Communication (FET) (3)
ICT122 Computer Skills and Fundamentals (2)

Level 200

Semester 3

Core courses

URP220 Planning theory I (3)
URP221 Planning graphics and communication (4)
CGB213 Principles of Cartography (3)
URP222 Planning methods and techniques (3)
ENS 242 Introduction to remote Sensing
ARB216 Computer Aided Drafting (3)

Semester 4

Core courses

URP223 Site Planning and Design I (4)
URP224 Planning theory II (3)
URP225 GIS for Planners (3)
URP222 Planning Methods & Techniques
ENS243 Introduction Remote to Sensing (3)

Winter session

URP226 Planning Practice/Internship I

Level 300

Semester 5

Core courses

URP320 Planning Practice (3)
URP321 Transportation Planning & Management (3)
URP322 Environmental Land Use Planning (3)
URP323 Site Planning and Design II (4)

Optional courses

LAW338 Law and the Environment or
SOC329 Urban Sociology

Semester 6

Core courses

URP325 Urban & Regional Economics (3)
URP326 Neighbourhood planning and design (4)
URP327 Infrastructure Planning and Management (3)
URP328 Planning Practice/Internship II (8 weeks) (3)
URP329 Gender and Planning

Optional courses

SOC335 Rural Sociology
URP324 Facilities and Service Planning (3)

Level 400

Semester 7

Core courses

URP420 Planning Legislation (3)
URP421 Planning and Management for Climate Change (3)
URP422 Urban Regenerating and renewal (4)
URP423 Settlement Planning and Design 1 (4)

Optional courses

URP424 Land and Property Development (3)

Semester 8

Core courses

URP425 Contracting and Planning Project Management (3)
URP426 Settlement Planning and Design II
URP427 Planning ethics (3)
URP428 Urban governance and management (3)
URP429 Intergrated Housing Studies (3)

Optional courses

RES310 Property Management (3)
URP430 Healthy City Planning (3)

Level 500

Semester 9

Core courses

Urban Design, Environment and Housing Specialization

URP500 Research Methods and Techniques (3)
URP501 New Urbanism (3)
URP502 Landscape Planning and Design (3)
URP503 Integrated Housing Studies (3)

Planning Policy and Strategy Specialization

URP500 Research Methods and Techniques (3)
URP505 Integrated Development Planning (3)
URP506 Regional and Rural Planning and Development (3)
URP507 Comparative Planning (3)

Planning Methods and Techniques

URP500 Research Methods and Techniques (3)
URP510 Planning Support Systems (3)
URP511 Development Impacts Analysis (3)
URP512 Public Participation and Negotiations Techniques (3)

Optional courses

Urban Design, Environment and Housing Specialization

URP504 Health city Planning (3)
ENS404 Environmental Impact Assessment (3)

Planning Policy and Strategy Specialization

URP508 Administrative and Policy Planning (3)
URP509 Smart Growth Planning (3)

Planning Methods and Techniques Specialization

URP513 Community Planning Methods and Scenarios (3)
URP514 Urban Ecological footprint methods (3)

Semester 10

Core courses

URP 315 Research Project (15)