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Introduction

Environmental Design programme presents a number of futuristic strategies that can be used in the process of design to improve the harmony between the user, the building and the environment in which it is placed. An interdisciplinary approach is used in fusing technical and scientific knowledge with philosophical and ethical issues to address environmental issues in built environment, schools, homes, workplaces, hospitals, parks and industrial areas. Research based value added degree aimed at upgrading professional practice of engineers, planners and designers and also to provide better job prospects at home and abroad. The preparation and development of this program is facilitated by the British council under the DFID Higher Education Link Scheme Experts from a foreign university and local engineering universities have played an advisory role and contributed in curriculum designing. The programme is supported by a project entitled "Enabling Sustainable Design Practices Focusing on Built Environment" under the HEC-BC Joint Higher Education Links Programmes Through this project we aim to arrange tutor trainings regarding sustainability and its implementation in the built environment. In addition, video programmes are recorded to provide additional supporting material to the students in visual form. Up till now more than 20 projects all over Pakistan have been identified, recorded and are made a part of the MS programme. The Programme is offered in three regions: Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The study centers are established at regional campus AIOU in Karachi and Lahore and Main Campus AIOU, Islamabad. It is planned to expand to Peshawar, Multan and Faisalabad. The admissions are offered in the Spring Semester and are advertised in February. Since 2003, more than 1300 students have taken admission in the programme.

Eligibility Criteria

Sixteen years of education equivalent will be required for admission in the MS Programmes. Professionals with PGD Environmental Design holding Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical, Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Industrial and Environmental Engineering with at least 2nd division. Bachelor in Architecture, Bachelor in Town Planning, Bachelor of Urban Engineering, Architecture Engineering, Art and Architecture with at least 2nd division. MSc Home Economics with specialization in Housing, Architecture and Interior Design with at least 2nd division are eligible for admission. BTech Civil, Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical (Hons.), BS Geology, BS Environmental Engineering, BS Home Economics (Interior and Environmental Design) will also be given chance to continue for MS after PGD Environmental Design.

Selection Process

Merit Based

Duration

Two years/ Four Semesters

Medium of Instruction

English

Teaching Methodology

Face to Face Classes.

AIOU Credits Required

30 Credit Hours for MS Environmental Design

1. Ecological Design: Cities, Transport and Landscape -7771
2. Building Evaluation Techniques-7774
3. Work Place Design-7775
4. Environmental Consideration in House and Housing Design-7777

1. Statistical Methods in Environmental Health-7772
2. Health Care Designs-7776
3. Design for Children-7778

1. Research Thesis-7790

1. Research Thesis-7790

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Workshop

Three days workshop for each course

Thesis

Compulsory

Practical

Lab/Field based

Viva

Compulsory

Collaborations

The preparation and development of this program is facilitated by the British Council under the DFID Higher Education Link Scheme Experts from a foreign university and local engineering universities have played an advisory role and contributed in curriculum designing. Linkage is established with following institutions for the development and Implementation of Environmental design programme at National and International level. 1. All Public sector universities offering Architecture, civil engineering programmes (NED, UET Lahore, Taxila, Jamshoro, COMSATS and NUST, Islamabad). 2. National College of Arts Lahore, Dawood College of Engineering Karachi 3. Council for Works and Housing Research 4. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 5. CDA, LDA, RDA, EPA, PDA etc. 6. Lead International 7. Design and Innovation Department UKOU 8. Global Eco-village Network (Findhorn Foundation Scotland) 9. Pishwanton Ecological Design Training Centre 10. Centre for Natural Design Research, University of Dundee UK.

About

The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.