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Prince Sultan University was originally founded in 1999 as Prince Sultan Private College, but, in 2003, the Ministry of Higher Education declared it to be a university. It was inaugurated by HRH Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud who was the Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation, and Inspector-General. PSU is a non-profit institution established in Riyadh by Al-Riyadh Philanthropic Society for Science and licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education. PSU is the first private University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


The Business community of Riyadh first evolved the idea of founding the university. They decided PSU to HRH Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz to celebrate his home coming after successful medical treatment aboard. HRH Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz congratulated the community for this initiative, and he gave a generous donation to express his personal support for this important undertaking. HRH Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz has been the Chairman of the board of Directors of the Riyadh philanthropically society for science since the very beginning, and in this capacity, he has been instrumental in the establishment of Prince Sultan university of which he is an enthusiastic patron.

PSU received its first enrolment applications at the beginning of the academic year 1999/2000 (1420/1421 AH) and the university has a number of current academic programs, each run by an independent Department

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Course Code:

CS 101

Course Title:

Computer Programming I


Term :                                    



Fall 2013

Instructor :                

Dr. Eng. Manal Farrag

This course teaches basic programming and problem solving concepts. Emphasis will be on techniques of problem analysis and the development of algorithms and programs.



This course introduces essential concepts to students to understand the use of computers and their functions in business.  Provides students with development of their personal competency in practical application, specific knowledge, and, advanced capabilities in practical problem-solving skills, using online communication tools necessary for effective performance in business classes and the business world.

An overview of database systems (definitions, evolution, architecture and applications). Data modeling. Entity-relationship and relational data models. Database query languages and standards. Database design: theory and methodology

Course Code:

CS 285

Course Title:

Discrete Mathematics


Term :                                   



Fall  2013

Instructor :              

Dr. Eng. Manal Farrag

This course is an introduction to sets, functions, logic, truth tables, Boolean algebra, algorithms, integers and matrices, mathematical reasoning, recursion, discrete probability and probability theory, discrete structures.

An introductory study of evolution, services, and structure of operating systems. It covers the basic concepts of operating system design and implementation an management of system resources such as Central Processing Unit (CPU), Input/Output (110) devices, memory, and software. Examples given from modem operating systems such as Unix and Windows-driven operating systems. The students are given practical hands-on experience in implementation and testing of some components of small multi-programmed operating systems.

This course covers the software development process, from requirements elicitation and analysis, through specification and design, to implementation, integration, testing, and maintenance (evolution). A variety of concepts, principles, techniques, and tools are presented, ecompassing topics such as software processes, project management, people management, software requirements, system models, architectural and detailed design, programming practices, verification and validation, and software evolution.

Introduction to application and techniques in multimedia. A study of principles and practice in Computer enhanced multimedia. Developing skills to produce multimedia products by learning and presenting information incorporating graphics, animation, video, sound and text.

This course covers the major aspects of web programming and development. It starts with a short introduction on the web architecture and underlying technologies, HTML, Cascading Style sheets and JavaScript (Client Side Dynamic Content). The course then proceeds to cover Server Side Web Application Development in depth, including the multi-tier development model (data tier, business tier, presentation tier), web database development, authentication, navigation, working with XML, state management, caching, …etc.

This   course describes the key aspects of a software project. It begins with the   job description of a software manager and then addresses those topics germane   to successful software development management including organizing the   software development team; interfacing with other engineering organizations   (systems engineering, quality assurance, configuration management, and test   engineering); assessing development standards; selecting the best approach and   tailoring the process model; estimating software cost and schedule; planning   and documenting the plan; staffing the effort; managing software cost and   schedule during development; risk engineering; and continuous process   improvement. Personnel management topics, including performance evaluations,   merit planning, skills building, and team building, are also covered.

The course will introduce the tasks of eliciting, modeling, analyzing, specifying, documenting, validating, and managing a set of software requirements. Techniques and methodologies for requirements engineering will be studied. This includes such issues as scenario/use case approaches, documentation standards, structured analysis, detection of conflicts and inconsistencies, requirements management, and application of requirement engineering to various types of systems.


  • Identify stakeholders and work with them effectively
  • Be able to elicit and organize requirements.
  • Apply different analysis techniques.
  • Specify requirements using requirements templates and modeling      techniques
  • Negotiate and prioritize requirements
  • Validate requirements according to different criteria.
  • Represent functional and non-functional requirements.
  • Specify software quality attributes
  • Detect and resolve feature interactions.

Applied software engineering   research course. In-depth analysis of current research trends, research   methodologies, data acquisition and analysis, and research findings   reporting. Students will be required to conduct a research project.

This course introduces the students to the concept of international business and exposes them to the actual practices of such concepts through analysis of cases and interactive exercises. The major topics of emphasis in this course includes nature and changes of international business, economic  theories, international environment, foreign environmental forces, international strategy, assessing the market and exporting and importing practices.


This course provides an overview of the global financial system in which financial managers and investors operate.  The purpose of the course material is to apply general finance concepts specifically to the management of financial institutions.  We will examine the evolving structure and role of financial markets and financial institutions in providing financial intermediary services to the economy in the dynamic Information Age. Attention will be given to financial markets in the context of intense global competition, increased capital mobility and global harmonization due to the recent domestic and international deregulation of financial intermediaries.  Additionally, the various forms of risks faced by financial intermediaries will be covered, with an emphasis on the risk management techniques available to managers of financial institutions like commercial banks.

Riyadh Philanthropic Society for Science





 مؤسسة الرياض الخيرية للعلوم                       




 جــــــــامعة الأميـــر سلطــــان

Interior Design Engineering




قسم هندسة التصميم الداخلي

ID 407

Building Services Integration

1st  Semester 2013 - 2014

Course Syllabus


Course Code   : ID 407                                                                                   Prerequisite: None

Course Title     : Building Services Integration                                               Credit Hours: 3 Hours                   Faculty: Dr. Buthayna Eilouti, Professor of Architecture                    


Catalog Data

This is a theory course at an introductory level. It focuses on multi dimensional aspects of environmental design and integration of building services as required by an interior designer. The focus will be on understanding of the preliminary concepts of environmental design and various other services to enable the student in analyzing studio problems of advanced complexity.

ID Mission:

The ID program aims to educate students who are prepared for professional ID practice immediately following graduation. General education courses provide the student with a grounding in the liberal arts traditions, values and critical thinking.

Class Schedule:                      Sun- Tue-Thu: 10 am -11 am,

Office Hours:                         Sun- Tue-Thu: 11 am- 12 noon

Course Goals:

  1. Prepare students to integrate the “Science of Buildings” with the Design
  2. Sharpen the technical communication skills
  3. Strengthen the scientific thinking ability with respect to the building and environment
  4. Expose the students to real life building services issues
  5. Strengthen skills of observation of the environment within and outside the building as an influencing parameter
  6. Enhance environmental sensibilities in order to produce sustainable design solutions

Course Objectives

  • Objective 1: Appreciate the necessity of sustainable design
  • Objective 2: Understand various environmental systems integral to design 
  • Objective 3: Exposure to the energy scenario of Saudi Arabia, its current challenges and opportunities
  • Objective 4: Develop site planning skills within the frame work of bio-climatic design
  • Objective 5: Engineering thermal comfort in the context of Saudi Arabian climate
  • Objective 6: Acquaint knowledge about various water and waste disposal systems
  • Objective 7: Learn various materials and methods with respect to heat and sound insulation
  • Objective 8: Application of the above skills in analyzing the existing buildings
  • Objective 9: Encourage learning and observation of the nature and enhance communication skills
  • Objective 10: Expand knowledge about passive systems and holistic design for sustainability

Course Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students should be able to: include environmental systems approach in their design exercises systematically, appreciate the ergonomics and advantages of bio-climatic approach in all the disciplines of thermal, visual and aural comfort in building design. In addition, students will be encouraged to:

  • Contribute positively to the class through active participation in class room discussions
  • Conduct small case studies in existing buildings
  • Apply various conceptual skills acquired in parallel design exercises.
  • Integrate services, sustainability and indoor ergonomics with design
  • Contribute to overall sustainability in thinking and in process.


Upon completing this course, you are expected to:

  1. Define basics of comfort, health and environmental physics along with energy balances in buildings in Saudi Arabia.
  2. Identify construction and building materials, methods of construction and site planning techniques in the context of bio-climatic design.
  3. List principles of the design for thermal, visual (lighting) and aural (acoustic) comfort in buildings.
  4. Discuss theories of the Integration of various utility systems like water, waste disposal and appliances with design.

Cognitive Skills

Upon completing this course, you are expected to:

  1. Translate passive design knowledge to practical design solutions.
  2. Develop observation and evaluation skills for building services.
  3. Develop Environmental sensibilities and their impacts on design.
  4. Employ principles of thermal exchange in design analysis
  5. Evaluate existing buildings and assess their design strengths and weaknesses.
  6. Compare existing design strategies in different national and international buildings.

Interpersonal Skills & Responsibility

Upon completing this course, you are expected to:

  1. Enhance personal confidence in the students’ professional skills.
  2. Collaborate with other peer students in research/case study phases.
  3. Associate your environmental design strategies with cultural solutions.
  4. Formulate original solutions for environmental design problems.
  5. Reflectively provide feedback about energy audits and solutions.


Communication Skills, Information Technology & Numerical Skills

Upon completing this course, you are expected to:

1.Express field learning using photography, sketching and other visual/ oral presentation methods.

2.Translate bio-climatic and services concepts into practical design solutions later

3.Enhance verbal presentations of environmental and sustainable solutions.

  1. Model design problems and solutions by digital and manual media.



Attendance will be checked at the beginning of each class & after break. University regulations will be strictly followed for students exceeding the maximum number of absences. In addition, 10% point/day will be deducted from the grade of any submission for each unexcused absence.


Quizzes will be part of this course. No make-up quizzes will be conducted except in the case of a documented emergency.

Term sub-projects

Term sub-projects will be conducted individually and for one session. For each submission, each student will submit either a professional report, hard presentation, soft presentation etc. as communicated. 

Grading System:

Mid-Term Exam          15%

Major Exam                15%

Project                         15%

QUIZES                     10%

Attendance                 5%

Final Exam                  40%

Student Conduct

It is the responsibility of each student to adhere to the principles of academic integrity.  Academic integrity means that a student is honest with herself, fellow students, instructors, and the University in matters concerning her educational endeavors.  Cheating will not be tolerated in this course. University regulations will be pursued and enforced on any cheating student.

Contribution of Course to Meeting the Professional Component:

The course contributes to building the fundamental basic concepts of bio-climatism and sustainable design. It aims at integrating various services early on with the design process; and to develop a holistic design approach and vocabulary in students. In addition, this course addresses the specific needs of the design endeavour in harsh climatic context of Saudi Arabia.

Category Content:      Theory core course: 3 Cr.

Course Material and Resources:

  1. Fordham Max, Environmental design, An Introduction for Architects and Engineers, Taylor and Francis, 2006 (Prescribed Book)
  2. Ellen Adward, How Buildings Work- THE NATURAL ORDER OF ARCHITECTURE, Oxford University Press, 2005
  3. Roaf, Susan et al, Eco House -3 , A Design Guide; Architectural Press, 2009
  4. Szokolay S V, Introduction to ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE, the basis of sustainable design, Architectural Press, 2004


Course Description:

This course introduces students to techniques, materials and applications used in painting; the concept of rending interior spaces. Traditional painting methods and contemporary approaches will be explored. Medium that will be covered in this course for future use in interior design courses are: pencil, color pencil, pen, watercolor, gouache, chalk pastel, and acrylic paints.  We will have power point presentation on artist paintings.

Course Objectives:

  • To introduce rendering concepts, theories, principle and elements into final interior designs through paint.
  • To provide an overview of the importance of rendering into the field of interior design and architecture
  • To assist students in developing discipline and professionalism in their works rendering of surfaces and techniques used in interior design and presentations. 

Course Attachments:

ID 203 Painting Syllabus

ID 203 Grading Criteria

Course Description: 

In this course we will explore and study the fundamentals of free hand drawing to developed basic skills and perspective techniques based on art elements, principles and concepts of design.


Course Objectives:

  • To provide an understanding of the basic elements of drawing; lines, shapes and form, value, texture, light and composition
  • To provide an understanding of the principles of composition and of the practice of translating three-dimensional forms onto a two-dimensional surfaces.
  • To provide an understanding of art, the role of drawing in art and the relationship of drawing in the art and design world.
  • To assist students in articulating their thoughts, opinions and ideas about their own work.
  • To expose students to the complex visual, physical and mental activities of drawing.

Course Attachments:

ID 131 Syllabus & course outline

ID 131 Grading Criteria

ID 131 Powerpoint Presentation

Review Homework

Dear Students

Lecture 10: Elements of Islamic Architecture

 Assignment 6:

You're going to submit a poster A2 (mat board) including modelling for 2 of the elements studied. due on Thursday 19/12/2013


Dr. Moshira El Rafey

IENG 001 is an intensive course for teaching students the skills of   reading and writing via enhancing their vocabulary and preparing them for the   PYP.

This course is designed to familiarize learners with key concepts in the field of Psycholinguistics. The course covers three main components of Psycholinguistics; namely, language production, language comprehension and language loss. The course deals with both the oral and written modes of language, whether listening/reading for comprehension or speaking/writing for production, and examines the relation between the brain mechanisms and language with special reference to language disorders.