The objectives of the paper is to culminate all student’s learnt outcome throughout the program, from the lectures, seminars, discussions, projects, prior experience, and professional practice in an intellectual genuine work. It aims at synthesizing theories and methods in order to propose solutions for real life urban planning and management problems. Being the highest level of work undertaken, the paper aims to demonstrate the dose of knowledge student gained throughout the course.

  • Scope: the paper normally report on a research project or an extended analysis of a topic. It is an individual work on a selected real life urban planning and management problem, with particular emphasis on social, political, financial, institutional, legal and technical aspects of the selected problem. Includes a research on urban design and planning processes, specifications, urban policy, plan, program and project implementation. With special emphasis to presentation techniques in the visual and written media.
  • Structure: The paper is structured into a logical consequence of the suggested urban planning methodology. The paper by virtue will require broad, detailed data collection, analysis, synthesis, development of alternatives, and presentation of appropriate planning goals, solutions, interventions, recommendations, policies, concepts, and plans; at the regional, urban or local scale.
  • Duration: The time allowed for the completion of the paper is during the fourth semester. Extra or additional time and extensions are bound with the Graduate College’s regulations.  
  • Style: Style should apply visual design principles to concept development and design analysis, with successful knowledge of presentation techniques, visual communication and color schemes. Techniques to include Objects, Models, Graphs, Maps, Tables, Photographs, Drawings or diagrams, Computer-assisted presentations and Digital image editing techniques .

 Candidates have to comply when preparing the paper with the international quality and standards. 

By the end of the course, students will acquire the ability to:

  1. develop their abilities to think rationally about the relationship between theory and practice, and strategically about the relationship between man and his built environment.
  2. open students to practice team working and self-critiques; and develop self confidence in dealing with intricate urban problems, and increase analytical capacity in response to a real-world planning project and derivation of solutions.
  3. develop competence in generating conceptual, thematic, and technical solutions to urban planning and management problems.