Nizar N. Othman

Nizar N. Othman
Cell Phone 00964 7701543122
Location Tishk International University Sulaimani Branch
Specialty Architecture Engineering

Nizar N. Othman

Architecture

Position: Head of Architecture Department / Assistant Lecturer
Faculty : Engineering.
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BackgroundResearchPublicationsCourses
Education (PhD, MSc/MA, BSc/BA)
2011-2014: Sc. in Theory of Architecture/ Sulaimani University, Iraq.

1990-1996: B.Sc. in Architecture Engineering / Mosul University, Iraq.

Teaching philosophy

My philosophy of teaching evolved from many years of teaching experience. As I reflect on my beliefs regarding teaching and learning, I find that my mission as a teacher is threefold:

  • to promote positive learning;
  • to spark learner enthusiasm for learning;
  • to direct students for project-based learning.

To accomplish this, I enjoy applying a wide variety of strategies based on essential management principles.

Cognitive functioning level(s) of the learner: Considering the cognitive functioning of learners is essential in order to implement and apply strategies that are appropriate for either concrete operational and/or formal operational learners. I routinely plan activities, such as brief writings, that can help me determine the cognitive levels of my students and tailor my instruction accordingly. Without this consideration, I would risk the possibility of my students experiencing ‘hit or miss’ learning.

Learning theory: I have valued many years of opportunities to apply significant contributions from various learning theories. The behavioral theory offers a wealth of principles that, when used appropriately, can benefit classroom learning and management at all levels. In concert with this, cognitive learning principles offer significant contributions from state-of-the-art neurosciences, particularly in brain-based research regarding memory systems and the active processing of intellectual operations. Some of my favorites that are well received by students include think-pair-share, classroom jigsaw activities, constructive controversies, and interactive lectures.

Cultural diversity, group culture, and learning style: Understanding both the learning style of individual learners and the cultural diversity of the class/group helps me both design and tailor effective instruction by implementing appropriate global and/or concrete strategies. Although a variety of learning styles are likely represented by learners in any large class/group setting, I routinely design my instruction using the research-based learning cycle; this cycle provides the framework for me to encompass a repertoire of effective strategies, which can both accommodate individual preferences, engage diverse learners, and help establish respect for differing preferences and perspectives.

Curriculum and Instructional Planning: An essential consideration for teachers pertains to overall curriculum and instructional planning. Whether the instructional approach is based on a behavioral model (direct instruction, mastery learning), a cognitive model (exposition/presentation), or a constructivist model (inquiry-based/Socratic methods, cooperative learning), I plan and implement lessons that clearly identify the lesson objective, anticipatory set, strategies for effective student engagement, and assessment options to measure student mastery. This helps me teach with both clarity and focus.

Assessment: I strongly believe that one can employ numerous options to accurately assess the understanding of course content among diverse groups of learners. To this end, I have developed (and continually use!) a firm foundation in assessment basics, from alternative types of assessment (rubrics, checklists, projects, portfolios, performance/diagnostic checks, presentations, etc.) to traditional exams/test construction. In this field, I have written an article about continuous assessment of students in order to motivate them to study. I strongly support the project-based assessment and I believe it accelerates students’ learning and success. However, I have performed above 50 great projects with bachelor students and evaluated their successes based on their teamwork, enthusiasm in the project, practical knowledge, and theoretical knowledge. I have seen that students, who were anxious about my class, has loved it and learned.

Previous positions
Feb 2012 – Jan 2017: Authorized Manager, Point Consultant Engineering Bureau, Sulaimani/Iraq.

Jul 2005 - Jul 2014: Project Architect, FDC-TEPE JV, Design & Construction of Sulaimani State University New Campus, Sulaimani/Iraq.

Mar 2005 – Jul 2005: Architect/Coordinator, Federal Development & Contracting Company FDC, Sulaimani/Iraq.

Jun 2004 – Mar 2005: Research Assistant, Architecture Department, College of Engineering, University of Sulaimani, Sulaimani/Iraq.

Jan 2004 – Mar 2004: Senior Finance/Admin Assistant, UNESCO, Amman/Jordan.

Aug 1998 – Jan 2004: Senior Finance/Admin Assistant, UNESCO, Sulaimani/Iraq.

Nov 1996 – Aug 1998: Research Assistant, Building Construction Department, College of Engineering, University of Sulaimani, Sulaimani/Iraq.

Nov 1997 – Feb 1998: Architect, Consultant Engineering Bureau CEB, College of Engineering, University of Sulaimani, Sulaimani/Iraq.

Mar 1998 – Jul 1998: Architect, KARRO, Local NGO, Sulaimani/Iraq.

Feb 1998 – Mar 1998: AutoCAD Trainer, Future Knowledge Computer Center, Sulaimani/Iraq.

May 1997 – Oct 1997: Chief Architect, KURDS, Sulaimani/Iraq.

Research interests
  • Art & Architecture
  • Architecture & Environment
  • The Language of Architecture
Supervision
Journals
  • Najim, Nizar, ‘The Influence of Deviation Concept in the Structure of Architectural Form – Applying Jean Cohen’s Model of Deviation in Architecture’, Sulaimani Journal for Engineering Sciences / Vol. 01 - No. 02 / 2015.
  • Najim, Nizar, “Benchmarking Perceived Quality among Gated Communities Using VIKOR: A study from Kurdistan Region of Iraq”, DOI: 10.4467/25438700SM.19.033.11370
  • Saadoon, K., J., & Othman, N., N., (2020). Benchmarking Perceived Quality among Gated Communities Using VIKOR: A Study from Kurdistan Region of Iraq (28/2019 pp. 82-88). Housing Environment.
  • Tayib, A., Oyhman, N., N., (2015). The Influence of Deviation Concept in the Structure of Architectural Form: Applying Jean Cohen's Model of Deviation in Architecture (sjes-10030 Vol. 2-No. 2). College of Engineering/University of Sulaimani/Kurdistan Region-Iraq
Proceedings
2020-2021

Fall Semester:
Basic Design I / Architectural Graphics I / Perspective Drawing
Spring Semester:
Basic Design II / Architectural Graphics II / Model Making

2019-2020

Fall Semester:
Basic Design I / Architectural Graphics I / Free-Hand Drawing II / Perspective Drawing
Spring Semester:
Basic Design II / Architectural Graphics II / Free-Hand Drawing I / Free-Hand Drawing III / History of Architecture I

2018-2019

Fall Semester:
Basic Design I / Architectural Graphics I / Free-Hand Drawing II / Perspective Drawing
Spring Semester:
Basic Design II / Architectural Graphics II / Free-Hand Drawing I / Free-Hand Drawing III / History of Architecture I / History of Architecture III

2017-2018

Fall Semester:

Basic Design I / Architectural Graphics I / Free-Hand Drawing II / Perspective Drawing

Spring Semester:

Basic Design II / Architectural Graphics II / Free-Hand Drawing I / Free-Hand Drawing III / History of Architecture I / History of Architecture III