Duration

One Year (Including Summer)

Medium of instruction

English

Degree awarding body

SCD

Institutionally Accredited by OAAAQA & Overseen by the MOHERI in the Sultanate of Oman

Program Mission

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.

Program Description

The General Foundation Program (GFP) is an integral part of Scientific College of Design (SCD). It is a non-credit program founded in 2004 taking into account the students’ need to improve their English language skills so that they can efficiently enroll in the various disciplines available in the college. Although the English language constitutes the main aspect of the General Foundation Program, other key areas of focus are also emphasized including study skills, CALL, Research, IT skills and Mathematics that were introduced to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in these areas.

Program Objectives

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

Program Learning Outcomes

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

Exit Exam

An exit exam is conducted for all GFP3 students by the end of each and every semester. This is to make sure that the GFP requirements and academic standards are successfully met.

Certificates of Attainment

A GFP student is not eligible to get a certificate of GFP completion ‘certificates of attainment’ unless he/she fulfills all GFP requirements; that is, passing all GFP courses including Math and IT.

Clubs and Extracurricular Activities at GFP

This club in provides a good opportunity for students to use English language in a friendly and comfortable setting. It gives participants the chance to take part in many extracurricular activities at their own convenience and choice.

first
Year
Semester 1

GFPL1/3

Listening & Speaking

4

GFPR1/3

Reading

4

GFPW1/3

Writing

4

GFPG1/3

Grammar

4

Semester 2

GFPL2/3

Listening & Speaking

4

GFPR2/3

Reading

4

GFPW2/3

Writing

4

GFPG2/3

Grammar

4

GFPS2/3

Study Skills

2

GFPM02

Math

2

GFPC02

Computer

2

second
Year
Semester 1

GFPL3/3

Listening & Speaking

6

GFPR3/3

Reading

4

GFPW3/3

Writing

4

GFPCALL3/3

Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

2

GFPRCH3/3

Research

2

GFPM03

Math

2

GFPC03

Computer

2

Semester 2
Semester 1

GFPL1/3

Listening & Speaking

4

GFPR1/3

Reading

4

GFPW1/3

Writing

4

GFPG1/3

Grammar

4

Semester 2

GFPL2/3

Listening & Speaking

4

GFPR2/3

Reading

4

GFPW2/3

Writing

4

GFPG2/3

Grammar

4

GFPS2/3

Study Skills

2

GFPM02

Math

2

GFPC02

Computer

2

Semester 1

GFPL3/3

Listening & Speaking

6

GFPR3/3

Reading

4

GFPW3/3

Writing

4

GFPCALL3/3

Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

2

GFPRCH3/3

Research

2

GFPM03

Math

2

GFPC03

Computer

2

Semester 2

Course Details

Purpose of Placement Test

Students who apply to study in Scientific College of Design should take placement tests in English Language, Math and Computing. Although placement tests are not “Pass” or “Fail” tests, they are used as indicators of a student’s current competence of English Language, Math and Computing. They help in placing students into appropriate levels in the General Foundation Program.

Test Administration

  1. Placement Tests at SCD are conducted online, so students should be available in the college 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the test to collect their Placement Test entry tickets, pass words, and the test instructions from the Admission Office.
  2. Students should bring their Identity Cards to be allowed to take the placement test.
  3. The results of the placement test are announced by the Admission Office within two working days at the latest.

Composition of the Placement Tests

ComponentQuestionsMarkDuration
A. English Language
Listening5010030 minutes
Reading5010055 minutes
Grammar707035 minutes
Writing31100[Objective/20 minutes + Essay writing/40 minutes]=60 minutes
B. Math2510030 minutes
C. Computing5010030 minutes

Head of English Language, Basic Sciences, and Humanities

Congratulations on your admission to Scientific College of Design, one of the most prominent and accredited colleges in the Sultanate of Oman! We do know that you are about to begin one of the most exciting stages in your life, and we are here for this purpose- making your academic life more interesting and more successful. We aim at preparing you to smoothly embark on your college journey. The English Department adopts flexible strategies to enhance your English language proficiency, Math, Computer and study skills. All the faculty members in the department are always ready and more than happy to support you. They are committed to making your academic journey at SCD an enriching experience. We assure you that the department always spares no efforts to make you well- prepared for your chosen programs.

Dr. Nidham Odeh,
Head of English Language, Basic Sciences, and Humanities
Scientific College of Design

Dr. Sylvia D’mello
Instructor

English Language Basic Sciences & Humanities

Shahlan Abdullah
Instructor

English Language Basic Sciences & Humanities

Noor Al-Ayasrah
Instructor

English Language Basic Sciences & Humanities

Dr. Harini Methuku
Instructor

English Language Basic Sciences & Humanities

Tariq Rifaai
Instructor

English Language Basic Sciences & Humanities

Fakhri Al-Najjar
Instructor

English Language Basic Sciences & Humanities

Naji Hassan
Instructor

English Language Basic Sciences & Humanities

Manhal Al Rawahi
Instructor

English Language Basic Sciences & Humanities

Dr. Alaaedein Qoussini
Instructor

English Language Basic Sciences & Humanities

1

English language: in order to be promoted to the next level, a student has to attain an average mark of 60% in the English courses taken in the current level provided that he/she attains at least 50% in each and every course he/she studies in a given semester

2

Math and IT (GFP-Levels 2 & 3 only): a student should score 60% and/or above to be promoted to the next level

General Foundation Program

Tuition Fees

DurationCredit HoursFeesOther FeesSub Total
Grand Total0 OMR

* Fees / tuitions are subject to changed accoridng to the college financial polcies / procedures and upon MoHERI approval

Finance Details

Oman Arab Bank

3128231666500

Bank Muscat

0313029205120016

*All payment are accepted through bank deposit.