Unit of General Studies

Overview

 

The Unit of general studies was established in 2005 in order to cater for the General Education Program, which is an absolutely vital component of tertiary education.  Having such a college will render both the required and elective courses relevant, enriching, and appropriate.  In addition, they will feature both originality and modernity.

Mission of the College

Ajman University has established the Unit of general studies based on its strategic vision and educational philosophy in its three dimensions: education, information and investment. It aims at providing students with a variety of competencies associated with a range of University requirements intended to lay the ground for their future progress and development, academically and professionally as well.

Learning Outcomes 

Upon completing the general education courses students should be able to:

   Outcome 1.       Demonstrate basic principles of sciences and mathematics.

   Outcome 2.       Communicate clearly and effectively in the spoken and written discourse.

   Outcome 3.       Acquire basic knowledge of Islamic culture.

   Outcome 4.       Demonstrate basic knowledge of social sciences or behavioral sciences.

   Outcome 5.       Demonstrate basic knowledge of humanities or art.

   Outcome 6.       Use Computer and Information Technology effectively and appropriately.

 

The Units

Units of the College

The College is composed of the following five sections:

— Basic Education Section

 It is responsible for the management of all General Education courses in the fields of Arabic Language, Islamic Studies and Culture, History, humanities, and UAE Society. For the full list of courses see next section.

  — Basic Science Section

  It is responsible for the management of all General Education courses in the fields of Mathematics/Statistics, Health, Biology, Chemistry, Environment, and Social Sciences. For the full list of courses see next section.

— Information Technology Section

It is responsible for offering General Education courses in the fields of IT, Internet, and Technology

— English Language Section

The section is in charge of the Intermediate and Advanced Levels of the Intensive English Program (IEP) which is offered to students that did not fulfill the English Language Proficiency Requirement but they had scored at least 450 in TOEFL or its equivalent. It is also responsible for ESP, English Communications Skills and English for Mass Media courses.

— Academic Counseling Section

The section is in charge of the orientation of new students to assist them in the transition from High School Environment to University Environment.   

— Offered General Education Courses

Every AU student is required to complete 30 credit hours in General Education covering the following areas: Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Languages, and Social Sciences & Humanities. After a review of all offered programs at AU, the Academic Council of Academic Affairs & Scientific Affairs identified 24 out of the 30 credit hours of General Education that could be taken by all AU students independently of their specialization. In fact, the College of University Requirements & Academic Counseling is responsible for offering 15 credit hours, see below, that are compulsory to all students and 9 credit hours to be chosen from a large number of courses covering the different areas of General Education.

 

Required Courses

 

Course Code

Course Name

Credit hours

0101000

Orientation

0

0102110

Islamic Culture

3

0102140

Communication Skills in Arabic Language

3

0104110

Computer Applications

3

0103110

Statistics

3

0103120

Environmental Sciences

3

 

Course Code

Course Name

Credit hours 

 

0115140

Principle of Mathematics

3

0115130

General Psychology

3

0115110

History of Science in Islam

3

0115120

Scientific Pioneering

3

   

0115150

The Art of Written Expression

3

 

0115160

Emirates Society

3

0115170

Educational Technology

3

0112110

Principles of Architecture & Art

3

0112120

Principles of Interior Design

3

0112130

Modern Technology and Society

3

  

0113110

Internet Concepts

3

  

0113120

Introduction to Information System

3

  

0114110

Economic Concepts

3

  

0114120

Entrepreneurship Development

3

0118110

Academic and Technology Ethics

3

0118120

General Biology

3

0118130

Oral Health

3

  

0118140

General Principles of Epidemiology

3

0118150

CPR-Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

3  

0119110

English Communication Skills

3

 

0117110

Chemistry of Life

3

  

0117120

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition

3

  

0117130

First Aid

3

  

0103130

Research Methodology

3

  

0117120

Applications of Remote Sensing & GIS

3

 

0119120

Introduction to Communication Sociology

3

  

0119130

Information Society

3

  

0120110

Legal Culture

3

 

 

Intensive English Program  

 

Level

TOEFL

IELTS

Paper-Based

Internet-Based

Advanced (AD)

480-499

54-60

Band 4.5

Intermediate (INT)

450-479

45-53

Band 4

TOEFL for Mass Media Students

400-449

32-44

Band 4

 

 

The student who starts in the Intermediate Level can register in the Advanced Level when he gets the required score as shown in the table while a Mass Communication student exit when he scores 450 on TOEFL or Band 4 on IELTS.

 

Level

Organization

Other Courses

Advanced

Contact teaching hours: 6 + 3 for Independent Learning in the English Lab.

Up to 3 Additional courses from the College of University Requirements

Intermediate

Contact teaching hours: 12 + 3   Independent learning in the English Lab

2 Additional Courses from the College of University requirement

TOEFL for Mass Communication Students

Contact teaching hours: 9

Not more than 3 courses

                  

TOEFL

Course Code

Seq.

Course Name

Weekly Hours

105000

2

TOEFL AD/ Independent Learning

3

105101

2

TOEFL AD/ Listening, Speaking & Reading

3

105102

2

TOEFL AD/ Grammar & Test Practice

3

105200

2

TOEFL INT/ Independent Learning

3

105201

2

TOEFL INT/ Listening & Speaking

3

105202

2

TOEFL INT/ Reading

3

105203

2

TOEFL INT/ Grammar

3

105204

2

TOEFL INT/ Test Practice

3                               

IELTS

Course

SEQ.

Course Name

Weekly Hours

105000

3

IELTS AD/ Independent Learning

3

105101

3

IELTS AD/ Listening & Speaking

3

105102

3

IELTS AD/ Reading & Writing

3

105200

3

IELTS INT/ Independent Learning

3

105201

3

IELTS INT/ Listening

3

105202

3

IELTS INT/ Speaking

3

105203

3

IELTS INT/ Reading

3

105204

3

IELTS INT/ Writing

3

 

Students exit the IEP   successfully if they achieve one of the following:

TOEFL

IELTS

Paper-Based

Computer-Based

Internet-Based

Band

500

173

61

5

 

Course Description

 

101000   ORIENTATION (0 Cr. Hrs.)

This course will inform new students about academic policies and procedures, help with the academic and social transition to higher education, prepare students to make reasoned and well-informed choices, and enable them to become competent members of the university community. The course presents an overview of the foundation and objectives of the university and provides information on career and academic issues, policies and procedures about the registration roles. Also, it gives them brief advice in the social, personal and career orientation, study and time management and achieving success at university.

102110   Islamic Culture (3 Cr. Hrs.)

This course aims at providing students with knowledge about culture, Islamic faith and beliefs, sources of legislation and characteristics of Islam. It will also deal with some contemporary issues from an Islamic perspective such as human rights, women status, globalization and environment.

102120          The Miraculousness of the Holy Kuran  (3 Cr. Hrs.)

The course deals with the concepts of the miraculousness of the Holy Kuran; its types and necessity; and the principles pertinent to it with special emphasis on its scientific dimension. It also covers the miraculousness in Sunah to illustrate aspects of miraculousness based also on principles agreed upon by muslim scholars.

102140 Communication Skills in Arabic Language (3 Cr. Hrs.)     

This course aims at providing students with communication skills in Arabic language, such as: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. These skills are taught and achieved through the use of selected texts from traditional poetry, modern poetry and prose. There is also an emphasis on students' academic and cultural surroundings in which they live and interact with. 

102140   Communication Skills in Arabic Language (Non-Arabs) (3 Cr. Hrs.)

This course aims at providing non-Arab students with Communication Skills in the Arabic language.     It focuses on the following skills:  reading, writing, speaking and listening. It also aims at encouraging students to communicate in Arabic in their environment, university and society

103110   Statistics for Science (3 Cr. Hrs.)

This course is designed for students who need to gain skills in basic statistics knowledge. It covers the essential statistical topics that students in sciences subjects are expected to know. It is a basic course where essential material in statistics is covered. The first part of the course deals with data tabulation and calculation of descriptive measures. The second part covers basic concepts of probability, probability laws of addition and multiplication and bays' law. The third part covers the discrete distributions namely (Binomial and Poisson) and continuous distribution, where the emphasis on Standard Normal Distribution. The fourth part covers the linear regression analysis and correlation.  

103110      Statistics for Art (3 Cr. Hrs.)

This course is designed for students who need to gain skills in basis statistics knowledge, so it covers the essential statistical material and topics that students are expected to know. The first part of the course deals with data tabulation and calculation of descriptive measures. The second part covers basic concepts of probability such as population, sample, sample space and probability laws of addition and multiplication. The third part covers the discrete and continuous distribution, where the emphasis on Standard Normal Distribution. The fourth part covers the linear regression analysis and correlation.

103120   Environmental Sciences (3 Cr. Hrs.)

This course is designed for students who need to gain knowledge in environmental sciences in general. Special emphasis is given to water and energy resources because of their importance in the Arab region and the world. The course includes three basic modules: environment, water and energy. The environment module covers the population dynamics, natural resources, pollution, remote sensing and GIS applications, environmental protection and sustainable development. The water module discusses the hydrologic cycle, basics of hydrogeology and water quality and water-related problems in the Gulf Region. The third module covers the conventional and non-conventional energy resources, energy production and use and energy management and sustainability.

103130   Research Methodology   (3 Cr. Hrs.) 

The course provides students with some basic tools of research methods in different fields. It covers the research process including: formulating research questions, sampling and surveying, measurement (scaling), data organization, data analysis, methods of extracting knowledge from the readable materials, searching for relevant references, and writing research reports.

104110 Computer Applications (3 Cr. Hrs.)

This course is an introduction to the most common software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and other features found in current software packages. Students will also acquire knowledge related to basic computer concepts and components.

10510  TOEFL ADVANCED (9 Hours)

The advanced course aims to foster and develop further both language proficiency and test-taking strategies.  It also aims to encourage students to maximize their exposure to the language by encouraging them to be independent learners who can benefit from the different resources available to them such as the English lab, MOODLE and other online sources.

 10510  IELTS ADVANCED (9 Hours)

The advanced course foster and develops further English proficiency and test-taking strategies.  Besides attending classes, students are encouraged to make use of the different learning resources available to them such as the English lab, MOODLE and the Internet.  They also take active roles by using pair-work, group work, bridging the information gap, doing presentations, etc.

10520 TOEFL INTERMEDIATE  (15 Hours)

The course gives students intensive practice in language skills: listening, reading and writing.  It also focuses on vocabulary and grammar together with test-taking strategies in order to develop proficiency in the English language and perform efficiently in the TOEFL exam.  Learning takes place in a user-friendly and anxiety-free environment.

10520  IELTS INTERMEDIATE (15 Hours)

IELTS requires proficiency in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are exposed to intensive practice so as to develop their communicative competence. They learn in a user-friendly and anxiety-free environment, making use of the different resources such as the English lab, MOODLE and the Internet.

112110   THE PRINCIPES OF ARCHITECTURE & ART (3 Cr. Hrs)

The course introduces the student to the world of architecture and art through a series of lectures which highlight this subject by exploring visual presentations, videos, and slideshows. In addition, the course gives the student the chance to practice what he has visualized by creating drawings, pictures, and other media outcomes as required.

112120   Principles of Interior Design (3 Cr. Hrs)

The aim of this course is to introduce students to elements and principles of interior design and expose them to contemporary designs. Students will be able to understand the principles of interior design and appreciate its impact on their surroundings.

112130    Modern Technology and Society  (3 Cr. Hrs)

The course covers definition of and differences between   science, engineering and Technology, history of technological developments that changed society, philosophical theories of the interaction between technology and society, ethical and legal issues  that arise because of the use of modern technologies, Entrepreneurship  in  Modern Technologies, the role that   modern technologies play in shaping life style of individuals and society, the role of modern technology  in politics, economy, health, and  the ways individuals interact,  the impact of modern technologies on the environment,  immerging and future technologies and possible effects on society.

113110 Internet Concepts (3 Cr. Hrs)

This course is designed as an introduction to the Internet and World Wide Web. It starts by introducing the history of the Internet and includes the use of internet applications and the basics of web page and web site production, in addition to matters such as Internet security, cookies, viruses, etc.

113120   Introduction to Information Systems (3 Cr. Hrs)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the topic of information systems (IS) and how organizations use it to support a variety of tasks ranging from basic day to day activities to creating competitive advantage in the market place. It will focus on topics such as business process reengineering, collaborative computing, electronic commerce, the impacts of IS upon organizations and society, ethical use of information systems, types of information systems, and how to analyze and design information systems. 

114110 Economic Concepts  (3 Cr. Hrs)

This course is an integrated introduction to the analysis of individual firms and markets, as well as aggregate economic variables. These include inflation, unemployment and economic growth, with a focus on the state's role in attempts to regulate the economy. Thus, efforts will be focused on learning how societies use scarce resources to produce and distribute commodities among its various people.

114120   Entrepreneurship Development (3 Cr. Hrs)

 Based on the economic and social dimensions, the entrepreneurship development concept has become an imminent part of life. This course aims to highlight the economics of entrepreneurship, its role in venture creation and facilitation of capital resource. The course also aims at describing the management strategies for starting up businesses which necessarily includes the business plan. The course focuses on all the basic tenets of entrepreneurship development.

115110   History of science in Islam (3 Cr. Hrs)

The course consists of four units. In first unit, we elaborate on introductory aspects related to history of science in general and the science in the context of the Islamic Culture in particular. This unit includes: nature of human knowledge, the term science and scientific method, significance of the recent concern of studying history of science, scientific achievements of ancient nations and the cultural context of the scientific accomplishments of the intellectuals of the Islamic Culture. The second unit is devoted to the achievements of the scientists of this culture in medical sciences and prominent figures in these fields. In the third unit, we concentrate on the field of natural sciences and mathematics and prominent figures in these fields in the context of the Islamic Culture. Last, we discuss, in the fourth unit, agricultural endeavors in the Islamic Culture in addition to the impact of this culture on the scientific progress on Europe. 

115120   Scientific Pioneering           (3 Cr. Hrs) 

The course consists of four distinct units. The first unit deals with the human knowledge, introduction to epistemology, science and scientific method and the nature of scientific explanation of observed phenomena. In the second unit, we study the societal influence on science, first by illustrating the theoretical basis of this influence, then by illustrating this influence via real societal examples extracted from ancient and recent history. The third unit is devoted to studying the salient features of modern science and technology, including particularly: science and natural resources and intellectual property and patents. In the last unit we discuss the scientific impact on human behavior and thought. 

115130 General Psychology (3 Cr. Hrs)

The course aims to provide students with basic concepts, methods, techniques and theories of psychology as applied to the field and practice of several academic discipline specialties.  The course also introduces areas of psychology dealing with biology, learning, motivation, human development, personality, social, maladjustment and other topics.

115140   Principles of Mathematics   (3 Cr. Hrs)

This course deals with algebraic equations of degree 1 and 2, the elementary ideas of plane geometry; Cartesian coordinates system, equations of line, circles, linear inequalities and systems of inequalities. Also, basic notions of real functions such as limits, continuity, and differentiability are studied along with simple applications. In addition basic knowledge about matrices and their algebra is provided.

115150 The Art of Written Expression

The course analyzes writing practices within and across disciplines, recognizing the role writing plays in consolidating knowledge in a retrievable form which is easily accessible within each academic specialization. This course highlights the processes, practices and application of written expression in various academic fields. Students have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of important discourses within their particular area of study.

115160  Emirates Society (3 Cr. Hrs)

This course covers topics related to the nature of UAE society before and after the discovery of oil, and its effect on the political, geographical, cultural, social and educational aspects of national life.

115170          Educational Technology   (3 Cr. Hrs)

This introductory course surveys the field of educational technology through the historical development of Educational Technology, an overview of modern classroom applications, and an examination of trends and issues surrounding the use of technology for teaching and learning.

117110 Chemistry of Life (3 Cr. Hrs)


 The course aims to provide students with the basic knowledge of chemical principles needed in the daily life. It deals with the development of life on Earth from its origins (Chemistry of life, Cells) and the characteristics of living things.

117120          Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3 Cr. Hrs.)

This course discusses the fundamental principles of human nutrition and their application to food selection. Emphasis is placed upon the Essential Nutrients and their vital importance as well as the recommended dietary allowances and other dietary guidelines, which promote health maintenance and disease prevention. Moreover, answers to the questions of “What is the Nutrition, Why is it important for our life? and How do we easily adjust the life style based on what is learned” will be highlighted. 

117130          First Aid         (3 Cr. Hrs.)

This course aims to teach the skills and knowledge critical to saving life and minimizing the severity of injury or sudden illness. Safety awareness and accident prevention are emphasized.

117150   Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS     (3 Cr. Hrs.)

This course introduces students to the basic elements of spatial sciences, including Global Positioning System (GPS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS). Students are taught how to locate themselves and determine their direction with a GPS. Students will study data collection, acquisition and processing in a much wider sense than the visible spectrum, including IR, UV and microwave zone of the electromagnetic spectrum in the RS. Finally, students will learn how to capture, store, retrieve, display and interpret data through GIS; identify the art of image interpretation and enhancement.

118110    Academic and Technological Ethics (3 Cr. Hrs.)

The course is concerned about ethical issues related to the misuse of scientific and technological advances, miscommunication of scientific research results, the ethical aspects related to the actual practice of scientists in their scientific endeavors and the lack of ethics in all facets of academic character at all levels of educational standing. The course starts with clarifying the relevance of discussing ethical issues in the present age, then it discusses examples of misbehaving by students and instructors in educational institutes at all levels. Next, we discuss examples of the random growth of modern technology without paying attention to ethical standards and finally we shine some light on the miscommunication and fraud in research results among scientists. Stress is made on case studies related to aspects mentioned above.

118120 General Biology (3 Cr. Hrs)

This course provides students with general knowledge of biology. The students are provided with a basic knowledge of chemistry of the living materials, the cell structure, types and functions. The students are also provided with a good knowledge concerning the cell division, general embryology and genetics. A basic knowledge about the morphological features of the tissues and recognizing their roles in forming organs and organisms integrate the above information. The students are also provided with a brief knowledge concerning the human health & common diseases.

118130 Oral Health (3 Cr. Hrs)

This course defines the responsibilities of the individual within the community of dental health education with emphasis on the etiology of dental disease, methods for prevention, and principles of nutrition in relationship to oral health and preventive dentistry.

119110  English Communication Skills (3 Cr. Hrs)

This course aims to satisfy students’ immediate needs in the communication field in both their academic environment and their future needs as professionals.  It covers, among other things: the concept  of human communication and its problems; communication and culture; telephoning; interview skills; conducting and participating in meetings; note-taking; presentation skills; knowing your audience; developing a positive public image; writing for the web. The course is practically oriented to ensure interactivity and that students play a very active and constructive role.

119120   Introduction to Communication Sociology (3 Cr. Hrs)

 This course focuses on the inevitable social role of communication in society.

Communication is considered to be an efficient tool for human and social interaction.

The course clarifies some of the effects, functions and dysfunctions of mass communication in society. The course concentrates on the role of communication in different social fields, and analyzes its role in public service sectors and non- governmental organizations (NGOs)

The course is also intended to make students aware of sensitive topics to avoid using words that might offend or upset people.

119130   Information Society (3 Cr. Hrs)

         The course focuses on the information revolution in all fields around the world. It concentrates on the characteristics of information society, its consequences, challenges and future implications on the Arab society under the information revolution and the international information market map.

120115 Legal Culture (3 Cr. Hrs)

The course addresses itself to general legal concepts at a macro level of generality such as the rule of practice and its characteristics, sources of obligation with reference to the rules of malpractices. It also deals with: the trader, commercial business and documents; labor law, rights and duties of workers, termination of contracts and penal law illustrated by well-known crimes such as robbery, fraud etc. In addition, matters related to administrative decisions are covered such as the employee rights and duties, the marriage contract and the wife’s rights and duties.