General Foundation Program

Degree awarding body: SCD

Institutional accreditation status

Institutionally Accredited by Oman Academic Accreditation Authority & Overseen by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research & Innovation in the Sultanate of Oman.

Description

The General Foundation Program (GFP) is an integral part of Scientific College of Design (SCD). It is a non-credit program designed to equip students with the Basic English language skills to be successful in their major programs in the college. Instructors present topic-centered lessons that integrate various skills through innovative classroom activities and materials which aim at supporting students’ English language learning to the level required for completing their higher educations.Although the English language constitutes the main aspect of the General Foundation Program, other key areas of focus are also emphasized including IT skills, Mathematics, study skills, CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), and research.

Mission of the Department

The mission of the General Foundation Program is to enhance students’ proficiency in English language, Math, Information Technology, Research, and Study Skills by providing a student-centered teaching- learning environment to successfully engage in their academic programs and foster independent lifelong learning.

General foundation program objectives

  1. To select reading techniques to effectively read academic passages for textual analysis and responsive
  2. To use listening strategies to actively analyze information presented in lectures/talks.
  3. To participate actively in conversations/discussions/presentations to express their opinions orally in various
  4. To use appropriate essay writing techniques to produce coherent, cohesive and accurate essays of various
  5. To evaluate information effectively and ethically to complete a major-related research
  6. To recognize the concepts of applied mathematics proficiently in a variety of
  7. To select appropriate computer literacy concepts and skills to make academic work effective and efficient.

Level 1

256 hours over 16 weeks

Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening and Grammar

Level 2

352 hours over 16 weeks

Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Grammar, Study Skills, Math and Computer

Level 3

352 hours over 16 weeks

Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, CALL , Research, Math and Computer

General foundation program learning outcomes

  1. Recognize reading comprehension strategies for various text-types to analyze and perform a
  2. Apply listening strategies in different arenas to identify specific information and take
  3. Display knowledge of communication techniques to effectively take part in oral discussions and presentations.
  4. Develop effective, accurate, cohesive and coherent essays by employing the conventions of academic writing.
  5. Assess relevant information to complete an art & design related research report in an APA documentation style.
  6. Identify applied mathematical concepts algebraically and geometrically in related
  7. Demonstrate understanding of the essential elements and software applications of a computer to efficiently complete an academic task.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Nidham Odeh
English Language, Basic Sciences, and Humanities Head of Department
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Dr. Sylvia James
English Language, Basic Sciences, and Humanities Instructor
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Shahlan Al-Abdullah
English Language, Basic Sciences, and Humanities Instructor
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Noor Al-Ayasrah
English Language, Basic Sciences, and Humanities Instructor
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Dr. Harini Methuku
English Language, Basic Sciences, and Humanities Instructor
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Tariq Rifaai
English Language, Basic Sciences, and Humanities Instructor
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Fakhri Al-Najjar
English Language, Basic Sciences, and Humanities Instructor
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Naji Hassan
English Language, Basic Sciences, and Humanities Instructor
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Naji Al-Khodoor
English Language, Basic Sciences, and Humanities Instructor
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Dr. Alaaedein Moustafa Qoussini
English Instructor
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Contact Admissions Office

  • 24513232 – 24513233
  • info@scd.edu.om
  • Scientific College of Design Airport Heights – Murtafa’a Street, P.O. BOX: 1656, P.C. 114 Matrah Sultanate of Oman

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