PIASS • Program of Urban Management



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Program of Urban Management

Main objective of the programme
The Bachelor’s Programme in Urban Management at Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) will provide both basic management techniques and analytic skills necessary for sustainable and effective management of rapidly evolving urban environments. The curriculum provides every candidate with the opportunity and responsibility to develop a preferred specialty in one or more key areas of practice, such as environmental management; health systems planning; environment impact assessment; urban land use planning; and environmental hazard management.
The curriculum seeks to build students ‘professional judgment skills through applied course work and field experience, while inspiring awareness of, and appreciation for, research and theory from many contributing disciplines. In this way, it will contribute to training and building capacity/skills for our urban managers who will appreciate a multidisciplinary approach in sustainably managing the major challenges that our urban societies face. The graduate of the programme will be expected to develop skills that would enable them undertake situational analysis of the urban areas in regard to human settlements, planning and management issues, develop monitoring and evaluation tools for urban projects and generally be managers who are able to co-ordinate various actors in the urban management.
Programme specific objectives
Specifically, the Programme aims at equipping the student with:
  • Knowledge and understanding of urban processes and problems, urban planning and management theories (and practices), methods and techniques;
  • An integrated and applied knowledge and techniques of urban planning and management for effective task execution and problem solving in urban areas;
  • Capability to effectively communicate in a multi­stakeholder working environment;
  • Skills in strategic management and policy design in urban planning and management sector;
  • Skills in a range of relevant areas including governance, urban finance and economics, community ownership and empowerment, sustainable-behaviors;
  • Solid foundation and a critical assessment of policy analysis with a systematic exposure to alternative theoretical and political perspectives, with an emphasis on social justice and ethics.
  • Basic key knowledge in housing and community development, economic and workforce development, social policy, or finance for community and economic development, environment, energy use and Sanitation;
  • Skills in organizing a platform where multi-stakeholders can interact and converge, and facilitate processes using their solid negotiation and moderation skills
The programme is also aiming at:
  • Producing urban planners/managers who are confident to apply their knowledge and skills in understanding urban related problems in society and make a useful contribution to the solution;
  • Applying knowledge, skills and experiences acquired in urban management to contemporary issues of population, environment and gender;
  • Equipping students with knowledge, technical tools, skills and confidence that they will need to take up their responsibilities as community service providers;
  • Understanding and exploit contemporary technologies in urban planning and management for the benefit of society;
  • Putting in place strategies to support urban planning and management needs of society;
  • Providing continuous, relevant and positive contribution to the improvement of urban management in Rwanda;
  • Exhibiting relevant knowledge on planning, setting research projects, analyzing results, and using them in solving real problems facing the society.

Modules Components

Level: I (YEAR I)
IMST 5112 Mathematics and Statistics
5112-1 General mathematics                                                      5112-2  Statistics
5112-3 Financial mathematics
PEC 5113 Principles of Economics
5113-1 Micro-economics
5113-2 Macro-economics
5113-3 Rwandan economy
ICS 5114 Introduction to computer skills 15
SSK 5115 Study Skills
5115-1 Study skills and strategies
5115-2 Introduction to scientific research
5115-3 Academic writing techniques
RUD 5126 Introduction to Rural and urban development
5126-1 Rural and urban space
5126-2 Rural - urban livelihoods
5126-3 Rural-urban linkages
HIS 5127 History of development of world Cities
5127-1 Introduction to history of urbanization
5127-2 Evolution of urbanization in the third world
5127-3 Challenges of urbanization in third word cities
GIS5128 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 15
PRS5129 Principles of Remote Sensing 15
Total Credits   120
Level: II (YEAR II)
Module Codes Module components Credits
EUM 5211 English for Urban management
5211-1 English for academic purposes
5211-2 English applied to urban planning and management
UPE 5212 Introduction to urban planning and environmental management
5212-1 The Rural and urban space
5212-2 Rural – urban livelihoods
5212-3 Rural-urban linkages and relationships
LAD 5213 Introduction to Land Administration
5213-1 Land administration paradigm
5213-2 Land administration as a career
5213-3 Land rights management
RUS 5214 Rural and Urban Sociology
5214-1 Rural sociology
5214-2  Urban Sociology
UDT5225 Urban Development and Social Transformation
5225-1 Urbanisation and environmental change
5225-2 Social and economic dimensions in urban development
5225-3 Urban sustainable development and social transformation
UMM 5226 Urban Management Methods
5226-1 The Urban environment
5226-2 Urban management: monitoring and evaluation methods
5226-3 Mitigating urban problems
CDC5227 Management of Cities in Developing Countries
5227-1  Main issues in developing word cities
5227-2  Best practices and lessons learned from developed countries cities
5227-3 Cases studies related to third world cities management
CGL5228 Cartography and Graphical Language
5228-1 Concepts and definitions of cartography and graphic language
5228-2 Type of data and visual variables
5228-3 Mapping quantitative and qualitative data and 3D visualization
Total Credits   120
Level:  III & IV (YEAR III)
Module Codes Module Components Credits
UGL 5311 Urban governance and land law
5311-1 Institutional framework on access and use of land
5311-2 Principles and theories of land governance
UDH5312 Urban development and housing provision
5312-1 Housing provision from human rights perspective
5312-2 Urban housing markets, tenure and delivery
5312-3 Government housing policy to urban and rural settlement in developing countries
TIP 5313 Transport and infrastructure planning and management
5313-1 Main issues in urban transportation planning and management
5313-2 Urban transport and land use implications
5313-3 Urban transport and environment: Sustainable transport and mobility
USE 5314 Urban sanitation and environmental management
5314-1 Principles of urban environment management
5314-2 Waste management and sanitation
3043 Environmental Impact assessment
Total Credits   60
Level:  IV (YEAR III)
ModuleCodes Module components Credits
APF 5425 Public finance
5425-1 Public Finance
5425-2 Public Procurement
UDP 5426 Planning and monitoring of urban development projects
5426-1 Planning of urban development project
5426-2 Monitoring urban development projects
ENT5427 Entrepreneurship Skills 10
RM 5428 Research Methods 10
INT 5429 Internship ( Industrial Exposal) 15
Total Credits   60

Level: V (YEAR IV)
Module Codes Module Components Credits
ESU5511 Ecology and sustainable urban dynamics
5511-1 Introduction to urban ecology
5511-2 Green city and sustainable urban management
MCC  5512 Management of change processes in Cities
5512-1 Change processes in cities
5512-2 Management techniques of urban change processes
RPD  5513 -Research project and Dissertation 20
UCR  5524 Urban competitiveness and resilience
5524-1  Urban competitiveness
5524-2  Urban resilience
5524-3  Relationship between competitiveness and resilience of cities
NCD  5525 Negotiation and Cities Development
5525-1 Partnership in city development processes
5525-2 Government-citizens relationships and urban development
UIA 5526 Urbanization and social Impact assessment
5526-1 Urbanisation and development
5526-2 Urbanisation and socio-economic impacts
Total Credits   120
Award: Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Urban Management