Course Information

Course Title       : Integrated Intensive English – Level-2 - Intensive Reading 2.

Course Code      : FOUND 104, 105, 106

Prerequisite       : None

Credits              : 16 hours

Teaching Hours  : 16 Hours of Lecture per Week

Teaching Methods:  Interaction between instructor and students, pair work and group work

Course Description

Integrated Intensive English - Level 2 is a learner- centered syllabus designed to develop an overall English language proficiency at the pre- intermediate level in order to prepare the students for the challenges of the intermediate studies in level 3. It revises and extends many of the structures covered at the Elementary level and perfectly offers a higher level of communicative activities ranging from controlled to free tasks encouraging the students to explore the language within contexts related to daily life. The course facilitates the students’ critical thinking which leads them to become active and autonomous learners.  Moreover, it helps the students learn a wide range of high frequency vocabulary and develop their writing proficiency using realistic topics and language functions which are motivating and useful in real life situations.

Department Goals Addressed in this Course:

This course addresses the following department goals:

  1. To help students acquire adequate proficiency in the English language and prepare them for their undergraduate studies, at the academic departments.
  2. To prepare students in their study skills and learning patterns through note-taking, searching for and collecting information from different sources, doing projects and writing assignments that help them in their academic studies.

Department Program Objectives

By the end of this course, the following program objectives will be achieved:

  1. Participate in a discussion on a topic relevant to their studies by asking questions, agreeing/disagreeing, asking for clarification, sharing information, expressing and asking for opinions.
  2. Paraphrase information (orally or in writing) from a written or spoken text or from graphically presented data.
  3. Prepare and deliver a talk of at least 2 minutes. Use library resources in preparing the talk, speak clearly and confidently, make eye contact, use body language to support the delivery of ideas and respond confidently to questions.
  4. Write texts of a minimum of 100 words, showing control of layout, organization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary.
  5. Take notes and respond to questions about the topic, main ideas, details and opinions or arguments from an extended listening text (e.g. lecture, news broadcast).
  6. Follow spoken instructions in order to carry out a task, with a number of stages.
  7. Listen to a conversation between two or more speakers and be able to answer questions in relation to context, relationship between speakers, register (e.g. formal or informal). 
  8. Read a text of about 300 words and identify the main idea(s) and extract specific information, in a given period of time.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Grammar:

  1. Distinguish between the uses of different tenses in a real-life context.
  2. Use future forms in a real-life context while speaking and writing.
  3. Integrate active voice, passive voice and reported speech correctly and appropriately both in speaking and writing.
  4. Compare people, places, things and ideas using comparatives and superlatives of adjectives to ask/give clarification/information and/or express/ask opinion.
  5. utilize different modals accurately in a given context to express ability, make requests, offers etc., while speaking and writing.
  6. Use infinitives to express purpose in an appropriate context.
  7. Relate various quantifiers with different forms of nouns correctly while writing and speaking.
  8. Use real and unreal conditional sentences in an appropriate context.

Vocabulary:

  1. Expand vocabulary through recognizing nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, collocations and prepositions.
  2. Differentiate between words, phrases and expressions needed in social interaction like inviting people, using the phone, etc.
  3. Use the newly-learnt vocabulary items, in everyday situations.

Speaking:

  1. Paraphrase information from a spoken text.
  2. Participate in discussions on a topic relevant to their studies by following and formulating questions, instructions and requests. 
  3. Use reasons to explain and justify their personal opinions. 
  4. Produce a clear and confident talk of about 2 to 3 minutes with accurate pronunciation and appropriate fluency, making eye contact and using body language.
  5. Use intonation, tone, sequence words and conjunctions in conversations.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary and idioms used in everyday situations.

Listening:

  1. Identify the gist/main ideas of a spoken text.
  2. Demonstrate critical involvement in listening activities which become more complex as they progress through the level.
  3. Show understanding of comprehension questions when listening to formal and informal conversations.
  4. Organize information using strategies such as note taking and classifying.
  5. Identify the use of intonation, tone, sequence words and conjunctions in conversations which help detect feelings, attitudes and useful information.
  6. Infer the meaning of unfamiliar words or phrases from the context of a familiar topic.
  7. Follow spoken instructions in order to carry out a task/tasks.

Reading:

  1. Identify the topic and main ideas of a given text of around 300 words.
  2. Read a one to two-page text for specific details using an increasing range of skills, strategies and knowledge.
  3. Use context to explain unfamiliar words while reading.
  4. Understand how texts are made cohesive through the use of linking devices such as pronoun reference.
  5. Infer information using clues from text and background knowledge in order to read critically.

Writing:

  1. Use conjunctions to link or to write complete sentences.
  2. Use ‘time order words’ to complete a paragraph or to reorder sentences to get a meaningful paragraph.
  3. Revise sentences and paragraphs including the punctuation, spelling and grammar mistakes.
  4. Organize paragraphs correctly using topic sentences, supporting details and concluding sentences.
  5. Write well-formed pieces of writing (about 150 words) of different genres.

Embedded Outcomes Related to General Study Skills

  • Managing Time and Accepting Responsibility

  1. work in pairs or groups and participate accordingly.
  2. Bring required materials (pens, pencils, folder, etc) to class.
  3. Work to imposed deadlines.
  4. Show respect to for teachers and others and their rights to have a difference of opinion.
  5. use a variety of study techniques.
  6. Complete homework on time.
  7. Organize and keep a portfolio of one’s work.
  • Research Skills

  1. List the key ideas to guide search for information
  2. Use the library system for finding, borrowing and returning library material.
  3. Use an English- English dictionary for language learning.
  4. Find specific information using internet search engines and electronic resources.
  5. Summarize and paraphrase information using in one’s own words.
  • Taking Notes

  1. Recall and define main concepts.
  2. Utilize abbreviations’ and symbols.
  3. Use English rather than Arabic for notes in margins and glossing vocabulary.
  4. Support key points with relevant additional details.
  5. Organize information to enable quick reference at a later date.
  6. Use notes to create a summary.
  7. Reproduce key Information and supporting details from notes in one’s own words.
  • Giving Presentation

  1. Outline and define main concepts.
  2. Address questions from the audience.
  3. Speak in a clearly audible and well-paced voice.
  4. Achieve the key aim of informing the audience.
  5. Make use of audio/ visual aids when giving oral presentations.
  6. Maintain some eye contact with the audience.
  7. Observe time restrictions in presentations.
  8. Organize and present information in a logical order at a comprehensible speed.

Course Policies

Attendance Policy

Regular class attendance is expected from all students. Attendance falling below 80% (more than 10 one-hour classes or 7 one-hour-and-a half classes) will result in such students becoming ineligible to sit for the final examination. Absence from lectures should be informed to the Registrar. Emergency cases of absence due to hospitalization or due to death of an immediate family member should be supported with approved documented evidence, so that such cases can be considered favorably. In such cases, absentees will be awarded “Drop” rather than “Fail”.

Expectations and Appropriate Behavior of College Students

  • Students are expected to come to the class on time and to participate in the classroom activities and discussions.
  • Students are expected to turn off cell phones, tablets, and other such electronic devices during class. All electronic devices must be kept in bags/pockets while students are seated in the classroom.  Exceptions are permitted only after the teacher’s prior consent.
  • Students are expected to stay in class until the class is dismissed. If a student requires an early dismissal (for a personal reason), this should be arranged with the teacher before the class begins.
  • Students are expected to be attentive and to avoid talking with their peers while the teacher or other students are speaking.

Redemptive Exams and Appeals of Results policy:

Only students who do not attend the exams or have a medical emergency during the early beginning of exams can apply and sit for a redemptive exam. Students should apply for a redemptive mid-term exam, in writing, with a reasonable excuse. Excuses must be approved by the head of department and the course teacher before a student is allowed to sit for a deferred mid-term exam. Students must abide by the date of deferred exam set by the course teacher. Otherwise, he/she is given (zero) in the exam. If the deferred examination application is rejected, the student fails the exam and is given (zero) by the teacher.

Applications for an incomplete final exam should be submitted to the Department of Admission and Registration within two weeks from the end of final examinations. All approved incomplete exams shall take place within four weeks from the beginning of the following semester. All students must abide by the incomplete exams’ dates announced by the academic department. If a student does not abide by the announced date, he/she is given (zero) in the exam.

Students can appeal their results after the announcement of final exams results. All grade review applications must be submitted to the Department of Admission and Registration within two weeks from the final announcement of results. The Department of Admission and Registration is responsible for the formal announcement of grade review results to students after being reviewed by the concerned academic department.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Al-Buraimi University College is committed to creating a “plagiarism-aware” culture, permitting the college to ensure an effective means to identify and control student plagiarism and document the sanctions to be enforced in the event of any proven act of plagiarism.  Any academic work presented by students is assessed on the assumption that the work submitted by him/her is his or her own, unless designated otherwise.  Plagiarism is considered as an act of academic dishonesty. Students who submit written work which is not their own or which is not properly documented shall undergo appropriate disciplinary measures. Disciplinary measures will be decided by the BUC Disciplinary Committee for Students and may take the form of an academic sanction based on the nature of plagiarism and amount of academic dishonesty act. Any cases of recurring plagiarism will bring about more severe penalties.

Textbooks and Supplementary Materials

Textbooks:

Liz and John Soars. New Headway Plus (Elementary) Course Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-477242-6.

Burgmeier, Arline. Inside Reading Intro. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-19-441626-9.

Savage, Alice and Masoud Shafiei. Effective Academic Writing Intro. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-19-432345-1

Supplementary Materials

Handouts prepared by the course coordinator together with the UFP instructors who teach the course.

Recommended Websites and Links:

www.oxfordlearn.com

www.oup.com/elt/student/insidereading

www.effectiveacademicwriting.com

Course Information

Course Title                   : IC3

Course Code                 : IC3

Prerequisite                   : none

Credits                          :  3

Teaching Hours              :  3 Hours of Lecture per Week

Teaching Methods          :  Interaction between instructor and students,

 pair work and group work

 

Course Description

IC3- the internet and computing core certification – tests basic computer skills and understanding of the internet to promote success in school ,the IC3 program enjoys worldwide recognition as the global standard for digital literacy. This course comprises of three units:

  1. Computer Fundamentals, This unit identifies computer hardware types of computers, the functions of computer hardware components and  operating system.
  2. Key Applications, This unit covers popular word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications and the common features of all applications.
  3. Living Online, This unit covers the skills for working in an internet or networked environment.

 Department Goals Addressed in this Course

 This course addresses the following department goals:

1. To enable students to use and practice basic computer skills that help them to handle computers, internet and other technical devices.

Department Program Objectives

According to the Oman Academic Standards for General Foundation Programs a Higher Education Institute (HEI), which issues an accredited ICDL certificate and uses it for the General Foundation Program (GFP) will be deemed to have met the IT program standards and will automatically pass the assessment of its Computing Program. Al-Buraimi University College, through its UFP, issues an accredited IC3 certificate which is used to meet the standards of Foundation Computing Program. The IC3 program is supervised and directed by UFP director and IC3 Instructors. 

Course Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Computing Fundamentals

  1. Start and exit a Windows application and utilize sources of online help
  2. Describe features of the typical window
  3. Organize and modify files and folders
  4. Identify various input or output devices
  5. Recognize various storage systems
  6. Identify application programs and system software
  7. Use the control panel to modify settings

Key Application

  1. Modify text and documents including the ability to use automatic formatting tools
  2. Create and manipulate tables in a document
  3. Modify worksheet data, structure and data in a worksheet
  4. Differentiate and analyze data using formulas, functions and charts in a worksheet
  5. Create and modify simple presentations
  6. Create and manipulate different types of databases
  7. Use simple queries to analyze data

Living Online

  1. Identify network fundamentals and the benefits and risks of network computing
  2. Distinguish the relationship between computer networks, other communication networks (like the telephone network) and the Internet
  3. Demonstrate how electronic mail works
  4. Identify different types of information sources on the Internet
  5. Use web browsing application to explore the internet
  6. Use search engines to get information

Textbooks and Supplementary Materials

Textbooks

CCILearning  , KUDOS, IC3 Computing Fundamentals , 2012 ,ISBN: 978-1-55332-370-9.

CCILearning  , KUDOS, IC3 Key Application  , 2012 ,ISBN: 978-1-55332-371-6.

CCILearning  , KUDOS, IC3 LivingOline , 2012 ,ISBN: 978-1-55332-372-3.

Supplementary Materials

Handouts prepared by the course coordinator.

Recommended Websites and Links:

CCI Learning Solutions Inc. : (http://ccilearning.com/).

Course Policies

Attendance Policy

Regular class attendance is expected from all students. Attendance falling below 80% (more than 10 one-hour classes or 7 one-hour-and-a half classes) will result in such students becoming ineligible to sit for the final examination. Absence from lectures should be informed to the Registrar. Emergency cases of absence due to hospitalization or due to death of an immediate family member should be supported with approved documented evidence, so that such cases can be considered favourably. In such cases, absentees will be awarded “Drop” rather than “Fail”.

Expectations and Appropriate Behavior of College Students

  • Students are expected to come to the class on time and to participate in the classroom activities and discussions.
  • Students are expected to turn off cell phones, tablets, and other such electronic devices during class. All electronic devices must be kept in bags/pockets while students are seated in the classroom.  Exceptions are permitted only after the teacher’s prior consent.
  • Students are expected to stay in class until the class is dismissed. If a student requires an early dismissal (for a personal reason), this should be arranged with the teacher before the class begins.
  • Students are expected to be attentive and to avoid talking with their peers while the teacher or other students are speaking.

Redemptive Exams and Appeals of Results policy:

Only students who do not attend the exams or have a medical emergency can apply and sit for a redemptive exam. Students should apply for a redemptive mid-term exam, in writing, with a reasonable excuse. Excuses must be approved by the head of department and the course teacher before a student is allowed to sit for a deferred mid-term exam. Students must abide by the date of deferred exam set by the course teacher. Otherwise, he/she is given (zero) in the exam. If the deferred examination application is rejected, the student fails the exam and is given (zero) by the teacher.

Applications for an incomplete final exam should be submitted to the Department of Admission and Registration within two weeks from the end of final examinations. All approved incomplete exams shall take place within four weeks from the beginning of the following semester. All students must abide by the incomplete exams’ dates announced by the academic department. If a student does not abide by the announced date, he/she is given (zero) in the exam.

Students can appeal their results after the announcement of final exams results. All grade review applications must be submitted to the Department of Admission and Registration within two weeks from the final announcement of results. The Department of Admission and Registration is responsible for the formal announcement of grade review results to students after being reviewed by the concerned academic department.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Al-Buraimi University College is committed to creating a “plagiarism-aware” culture, permitting the college to ensure an effective means to identify and control student plagiarism and document the sanctions to be enforced in the event of any proven act of plagiarism.  Any academic work presented by students is assessed on the assumption that the work submitted by him/her is his or her own, unless designated otherwise.  Plagiarism is considered as an act of academic dishonesty. Students who submit written work which is not their own or which is not properly documented shall undergo appropriate disciplinary measures. Disciplinary measures will be decided by the BUC Disciplinary Committee for Students and may take the form of an academic sanction based on the nature of plagiarism and amount of academic dishonesty act. Any cases of recurring plagiarism will bring about more severe penalties.