Urban Land Use Planning

Program Level:Undergraduate

Welcome to Department of Urban Land Use Planning, Institute of Technology, Ambo University


Learning Outcomes/ Graduate profile

After successfully completing the Bachelor of Science in Urban Land Use Planning program, graduates should be competent in the following areas: Most of all, the graduate in the field must possess the skills and the knowledge, to undertake studies of social, economic, political and environmental dynamics of a defined spatial or urban entity in the process of defining the orderly organization of urban activities in space & time.

Furthermore, the graduate must be able to understand and analyze why, how and with what consequences societies intervene, shape, organize and change natural and built environments, of urban settings in order to secure an agreed range of social, economic and environmental objectives.

In specific, a graduate in B.Sc. degree in Urban Land Use Planning must be competent in the following areas:-

  1. In the interpretation and use of different urban maps; plans; documents; policies; etc.
  2. In the preparation of city wide plane, LDP and neighborhood plan.
  3. In acquiring and analyzing basic socioeconomic and physical data for planning purpose.
  4. In the planning of different social & physical urban infrastructures
  5. In the systematic and coherent taxonomy/classification of urban land use.
  6. In the undertaking basic urban planning research.
  7. In the ground surveying and plotting
  8. In the urban project coordination and management
  9. In the urban development coordination and leadership


Fundamentals of Professional practice

Ethics and Conduct

All graduates had to adhere to a proper code of conduct imposed by the profession and the public at large. The code of conduct normally emanates from the principles of the profession. The following main points constitute ethical issues of the professions:

  1. Faithfulness to the public: Town and regional planner have to uphold the highest moral standard in the practice of his/her profession as advisor and policy initiator to public bodies. The interest of the public or public cause shall outweigh over that of individuals.
  2. Knowledge of the profession: Ill-advising, whether from ignorance or malicious intent, both affect the public and clients. The Town/regional/land use planner has to update  He/she so that the advice one provides is grounded in appropriate knowledge.
  3. Obligation to the client: Town/regional/land use planners have the obligation towards their client to provide services in a professional manner. They have to act as unbiased faithful advisors to their clients.

Registration / Licensing / Certification

It is necessary to ensure that qualified persons conduct professional practices. This is necessary to ensure appropriate use of resources is of prime importance to the public. Currently, the Ministry of

Infrastructure does the registration and licensing of professionals. However, the Ministry is desirous to give this authority to professional associations, but the associations are not yet ready to take the task. Educational institutions or the Ministry of Education normally does the certification. Town/regional/land use planning has to be a profession that is protected by law so that only those qualified will practice the profession to the best interest of the public.

Proof of Professional Knowledge & Ability

Every applicant for professional registration, licensing or certification should be required to demonstrate an acceptable level of professional knowledge and ability to the relevant professional organization. This is preferably done through examination. In fact in situations where there are many institutions offering similar educational certificates, it is mandatory to 13 institute examinations to ascertain professional competence. This is especially of paramount importance in countries, such Ethiopia, where verification of the validity of continuous assessment by employers is difficult.

Role of Professional Institutes

The role of professional institutes or association of town and regional planners is very wide.

Societies help to keep professional excellence, code of conduct, and to update members on technological aspects of the profession. More importantly, professional societies help to maintain quality standards by allowing or denying membership rights. 

Continuing Professional Development

The frontiers of knowledge are never static. The advent of urbanization and the ensuing globalization are apt to change established relations in human and environmental system. Members of the profession have the obligation to update themselves. The practice of town and regional planning being multidisciplinary in nature members have to keep abreast with developments in other related fields too.

Practical project work in towns and Cities

The Program offers various integrated project work within surrounding towns and cities based on real problem identification. In the practical project work outside the university the students will become familiar with different socio-cultural, economic, physical and environmental cities context. They will gain a better understanding of Urban Land Use Planning sciences and contexts that help them for performing practical planning. The courses will be tailored to the needs of the cities and towns in an interdisciplinary way. 

Graduate Attributes and Skills

The generic attributes and skills that graduates are expected to develop during their studies are listed below:

  • Ethicsdeveloping awareness and holistic understanding of their role as responsible citizens in an increasingly globalized context.
  • Critical thinking and problem solvingapproaching to practical problems in a theoretically knowledgeable, rigorous, and questioning manner. They are able to devise solutions, select the most appropriate one, implement it, and reflect on its performance.
  • Creative thinkingthinks laterally and develops creative ideas.
  • Individual and team work–capable of working effectively alone or in a team, to be self-managing, and to show independent judgment and also to work with the inevitable planning teams.
  • Communicationeffective communicators, applying oral, written, and electronic communication skills. They can interact confidently in a variety of settings, with a range of people from both genders, individually and in team situations, from peers to the wider community.
  • Life-long-learning–appreciate that learning is continuous and have the ability to continue learning throughout life. They have developed a variety of approaches to learning, including self-directed, collaborative and self-reflective processes.

In addition to the above, graduates are also expected to have the following specific attributes needed to participate effectively in the urban land use planner’s professions:

  • Scientific-theoretical and analytical skillsThe graduates have developed scientific and analytical skills especially through the courses of history and theory, sociology, economy, planning law and environment.
  • Method-based and problem-solving approachThe exercises within the courses enable graduates to take a targeted approach to problem solving in their work.


A career in urban land use planning and designing requires knowledge of planning and design philosophy, analytical methods, problem formulation and resolution, law and local government, and the aesthetic, cultural, social, economic, ecological, and physical characteristics of human settlement. The proposed undergraduate preparation provides a comprehensive and coherent education in the humanities, modern analytical methods, the social and natural sciences, and the problem solving orientation of the professions.

Because of the interdisciplinary emphasis of the program and the ever-evolving roles of the can expect to perform several types of activities in a variety of settings over their careers. They will have the following competence:

  • The use of land in the city, in the suburbs, and in rural areas, and particularly with the transition from one use to another;
  • Competent to act on human activities on a limited physical environment and the possible mitigation of those impacts; preparation of project proposals for urban development plans;
  • Capable to prepare social and physical infrastructural plans and designs;
  • Proficient to prepare urban and neighborhood design, LDP and structural plan;
  • Talented to coordinate and also involve in leadership and management of urban centers;
  • Capable to prepare design of the city and its surrounding region so as to facilitate the activities in which people need and desire to engage;
  • Having an adequate knowledge of urban design, planning, and the skills involved in the planning process;
  • Having an adequate knowledge of the means of achieving environmentally sustainable design;
  • Identification of social needs and the design and provision of services and facilities to meet those needs;


Here the entry requirement to the program should be clearly and specifically stated. The entry requirement should be in line with the University Senate Legislation.

Admission Requirements

Admissions for undergraduate studies, technical and vocational education and training graduates with pertinent qualifications and who satisfy entrance qualifications assessment set by the Ministry.

Admissions to all undergraduate continuing education programs shall be processed through the college/institute/school registrars, in consultation with the University Registrar, according to policies set for such admissions. 


Duration of Study

The duration of study in the program is ten semesters, (i.e. 5 years study period like any engineering programs of Ambo University).

Total European Credit Transfer System (ECTS): 300

Duration: 10 semesters, i.e. 5 years including internship.


Graduation Requirements

A student is required to take courses that will bring the total credit point of minimum 300 ECTS for graduation with the Degrees of Bachelor of Science in Urban Land Use Planning. Student must take and pass all the required courses to satisfy the requirement for graduation. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required in all courses taken. In addition, a minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required in the core courses of the Program. Other requirements are same as those of the University graduation requirements.

Program Type: Weekend and Regular

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