City and Regional Planning (CRP)



Course offering in the second semester 072 ( february 2008 ) :


CRP 501 Planning Theory (3-0-3)

History and definition of planning, determinants, goals and objectives of spatial planning.  Role, legitimacy and authority of planning.  General and specific theories, such as Descriptive, Prescriptive and Normative theories also in the context of developing countries.


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CRP 502 Planning Legislation (3-0-3)

An overview of planning legislation and a short history of planning process in Saudi Arabia.  Methods, techniques and instruments for implementing plans through decrees and administrative acts, the basis for urban and regional planning and its relation to Shariah Law as well as the structure and organization of Saudi public planning administration.  Discussion of zoning procedures, subdivision review practices and budget preparation and execution. 


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CRP 503 Urban and Regional Landuse (3-0-3)

History and definition of landuse planning.  The concept of policy, programming and planning. Determinants and systems guiding landuse development. Socio-economic development and Landuse.  Space requirements, Spatial distribution and localization concepts.  Landuse planning models.  Procedures for formal landuse plans.


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CRP 504 Urban Economics (3-0-3)

Issues of distribution of population and economic activities in urban areas.  Microeconomic principles to understand the economic nature of the urban system.  The economic aspects and models of urban growth and city size, land-use pattern, housing, transportation, environmental problems, unemployment, and public policy are discussed.


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CRP 505 Statistical Analysis in Planning  (3-0-3)

Probability, statistics, and decision theory and their applications in city planning.  Basic probability concepts, data classification and summarization, statistical sampling, hypothesis testing, goodness of fit, regression analysis, analysis of variance, contingency tables, and elementary Bayesian decision making.  Computer statistical packages will be utilized.


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CRP 506 Urban Planning Methods (3-0-3)

Context and role of data and analysis in city and regional planning.  The first part will deal with design of surveys including questionnaire planning and construction, data collection and data processing.  The second part will cover a range of methods and techniques used in planning such as forecasting techniques, decision models, programs evaluation and selections, program scheduling, etc.


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CRP 507 Computer-Aided Planning (3-0-3)

Information and experience with the rapidly growing field of Computer-Aided Planning.  Management Information Systems (MIS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Decision Support Systems (DSS), Knowledge Based Expert Systems and Automated Mapping and Graphing will be introduced.  Basic principles will be emphasized that are common to the design and use of software in this area.


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CRP 511 Urban Models (3-0-3)

Introduction to urban systems modeling in planning.  Models of population projection, residential location model, urban transportation/landuse models, spatial interaction models, gravitational models, employment analysis and economic base and regional income models.


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CRP 512 Advanced Quantitative Methods (3-0-3)

Different analytical techniques that are used by planners and policy makers in the planning process. Topics include Multivariate Analysis, Linear Programming, Non-linear Programming, and Queuing Theory.  Applications of these techniques in city and regional planning will be emphasized.


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CRP 513 Cartography and Photogrammetry  (3-0-3)

Cartography as instrumental tool for urban and regional planning. Topographic and thematic maps; maps for basic administrative use; systems and scales of maps; legends, keys and symbols; statistics and maps; terminology and automation of maps. There will be a discourse on remote sensing and photogrammetry with such topics as geometry of photographs, stereoscopic vision, terrestrial photogrammetry, etc. Some emphasis will be put on the interpretation of terrestrial photogrammetry and maps of all kind.


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CRP 514 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3-0-3)

GIS functional elements, attribute and spatial data structures, remote sensing and GIS, global GIS databases, and GIS Application Areas.  Case studies of GIS adoption and Application in Saudi Arabia and abroad, GIS planning and implementation, and future of GIS technology.


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CRP 515 Advanced Topics in GIS (3-0-3)

Technical aspects of GIS setup, GIS hardware and software, system configurations and data communications. Coordinate systems, map projections, Digital Elevation Models (DEM), TIN data structures, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). 


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CRP 519 Special Topics in Computer-Aided Planning (3-0-3)

Advanced topics are selected from the area of Computer-Aided Planning. 


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CRP 521 History of Urban Development and Planning (3-0-3)

History and origin of cities, their functions and structures, and theories of urban development and planning.  Impact of contemporary urban development on the socio-cultural and economic systems and urban policies.


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CRP 522 Urban and Rural Sociology (3-0-3)

Identification of similarities and differences in patterns of family life in urban/rural settings and their influence on urban/rural spatial structures.  Relationships between technological and social changes and policies and their impact on urban/rural spatial organization as well as urban planning and design concepts.  Discussion and examination of theories of urban/rural sociology in the context of Third World, Middle Eastern and Saudi Cities.


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CRP 523 Regional Planning (3-0-3)

Conceptual basis of regional planning; Inter-Regional analysis including regional input-output analysis, economic base theory, and migration; Intra-Regional analysis including location of industry, spatial structure of regions, and models of spatial interaction.


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CRP 524 Cultural and Physical Aspects of the Islamic City (3-0-3)

Historical development of the traditional Muslim towns.  Determinants of "Islamic" urban spatial structure.  The physical aspects of the urban form and the role of the socio-cultural factors and legal system in the structure of Muslim towns. Urban design principles of traditional Arab and Muslim towns.  Discussion of the problems of contemporary Islamic cities and the relevance of the traditional design principles to build future cities in the Islamic world.


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CRP 525 Urban Renewal Planning (3-0-3)

Changes in urban land use and the socio-economic structures of urban settings. Emphasis will be on historical districts revitalization and regeneration.  Goals, plans and operations of adaptive re-use and regeneration of local traditional as well as modern districts are discussed and presented.


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CRP 526 Planned Cities and Towns (3-0-3)

The origin of new towns concepts as an approach to urban development in Saudi Arabia particularly and the Middle East in general.  Analysis of planning and designing processes.  Examination of issues and problem in new town development. Comparative evaluation of new towns in Arab, Islamic and Western World.  Review of new industrial towns in Saudi Arabia. 


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CRP 527 Rural Development Planning (3-0-3)

Ideas, concepts, policies and programs for developing rural areas on national, regional and local level.  The links between national policies and rural areas, such as population growth and urbanization and their impact on rural areas.  Different models of rural development with specific emphasis on the hierarchy in the physical structure from small towns, villages, to hamlets (hijar).  Specific topics of planning and design of rural areas in the region will be presented.


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CRP 531 Planning Workshop (1-8-3)

Physical planning elements and concepts to analyze and design the plans of a city-district (harah) or a city in small groups of students as teams to offer experience with group dynamics.  Application of urban planning process, theories and methods are discussed to solve physical urban/rural problems.


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CRP 532 Theory on Urban Form and Design (3-0-3)

Review of architecture and urban design history.  Theories and concepts of urban spatial design.  Elements and analysis of the concept of urban space.  Major theoretical and critical responses to the crises of the modern urban environment.  Discussion of urban design concepts through analysis of urban settings in the region.


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CRP 533 Public Works Management  (3-0-3)

Principles of legislation and regulations of Public Works Management are introduced and its history.  Administrative structure of agencies responsible for public works in the Kingdom. Basic budget appropriation for operation, capital projects and budget  balancing, borrowing and subsidies. 


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CRP 534 Housing Policies (3-0-3)

Overview of the housing stocks and its function as a commodity.  The private housing development process versus the public one.  The user and housing design.  Housing rehabilitation and conservation as a community development strategy.  Adaptive reuse and urban revitalization and manufactured housing.  The overall evaluation of housing supply and demand versus housing need based on local demographic developments and general housing strategies at the local, regional, and national levels.


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CRP 535 Urban Infrastructure Planning (3-0-3)

Planning for and management of urban infrastructure projects.  Identification of physical infrastructure systems such as water and sewage systems, urban transportation networks,....etc.   Management, finance and budgeting, and operation and maintenance of infrastructure projects.  Case studies of local urban infrastructure systems will be discussed.


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CRP 536 Urban Transportation Systems (3-0-3)

Planning and management of urban transportation systems. Functional description, planning, and analysis of transportation systems.  Characteristics of major transportation modes in Saudi Arabia. Current research, technology, and policy issues are stressed.


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CRP 537 City and Regional Planning in Arid Zones (3-0-3)

Discussion of problems and planning aspects specific to arid zones.  Different factors influencing the built environment in the arid regions including climate, water, vegetation, and soil.  Emphasis on basic considerations on problems of urban sites; economically related aspects of urbanized regions; specific problems of construction and site selection; the design of specific urban physical city-scape and landscape in arid zones forms. Physical planning for sustainable resources.


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 CRP 538 Environmental Planning and Management (3-0-3)

Major aspects of environmental analysis, planning and management.  Problems and principles of site analysis, land use methods, and geologic hazard planning. Natural resource, pollution and residuals management.  Economics of renewable and non-renewable resources, and the economic cost of environmental controls. Environmental impact assessment and local case studies of environmental management. 


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CRP 590 Special Topics in City and Regional Planning (3-0-3)

Advanced topics are selected from the broad area of city and regional planning. 


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CRP 599 Seminar  (1-0-0)

Graduate student working towards his MCP degree is required to take this course at least once during his degree program and contribute to the general area of his Final Planning Project research. Grades are Pass or Fail.


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CRP 601 Final Planning Project  (1-12-6)

The student has to utilize his knowledge and skills developed during his graduate studies in dealing with a complete city and regional planning problem under the supervision of a CRP graduate faculty member.  The student is expected to deal with the selected topic in his selected concentration area.  The Final Planning Project report will be presented and evaluated by a faculty committee representing the student's area of concentration.

Prerequisite:  All required courses and at least four elective courses.


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Other Courses Offering in The Second Semester 072 ( February 2008 ) :

College of Environmental Design  (CED)

        Architecture (ARC)

        City & Regional Planning (CRP)

        Construction Engineering & Management (CEM)

         Architectural Engineering (ARE)



College of Engineering Sciences  (CES):

         Petroleum Engineering (PETE)

         Chemical Engineering (CHE)

         Mechanical Engineering (ME)

         Electrical Engineering    (EE)

         Civil Engineering (CE)


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College of Computer Sciences & Engineering  (CCSE):

         Computer Engineering  (COE)

         Systems Engineering   (SE)

           Information and Computer Science (ICS)



College of Industrial Management  (CIM)


         Management Information System ( MIS )

          Marketing  ( MKT )

          Accounting ( Acct )

         Finance (FIN)

         Management ( MGT )

        Economics  ( ECON)


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College of Sciences  (CS)

          Chemistry  (CHEM)

         Earth Sciences  (ES)



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