Structure of Program

The Foundation Program encompasses three broad areas of learning such as English Language & Study Skills, Mathematics and Computing Skills. Under these three areas, several distinct courses are taught namely English Language, General Study Skills, BM & PM, Document Design & Typing and Internet Research Skills.

These courses, each of which is one semester in length, are normally studied at the same time over a period of one academic year, before entering Level 1 of program. The courses are available in each of the three study modes i.e., Fulltime, Part-time and Special Part-time.

The academic year is divided into two semesters (Engineering & ITMB), Foundation 1 (F1) and Foundation 2 (F2), into three semesters (Medicine & Pharmacy), Foundation 3 (F3). You must study and pass F1 before studying the more challenging F2, and F2 before F3.

For more details about the contents and topics covered in each course at different levels, please click here

Foundation Level 1 Courses - F1
English Language & Study Skills 1 Basic Math Computing Skills 1 Self-study

Foundation Level 2 Courses - F2
English Language & Study Skills 2 Pure Math Computing Skills 2 Self-study

Foundation Level 3 Course - F3
English Language & Study Skills 3

Teaching and Learning

Learning and Teaching Strategies The majority of the Foundation Program is delivered through classroom interaction where the focus is on student-centred learning. This means that instead of the teacher giving a lecture where you sit and listen, you are expected to take part by asking or answering questions, solving problems or actively engaging in group work with fellow students in the classroom. You will acquire knowledge and skills through a combination of different strategies, briefly described below.

1. Classroom Interaction: In English Language & Study Skills modules classroom interaction takes the form of student-centred activity with minimal “teacher talking time” and maximum emphasis on your participation. In Mathematics and Computing Skills, you will learn through more traditional lectures but you will also be expected to solve problems, undertake experiments and work in groups on projects.

2. Self-Study: You are encouraged to maximise your use of the allotted self-study time to complete coursework and project-based activities. Study skills, mostly embedded in the English Language & Study Skills modules, help you develop strategies to become an effective independent learner. Space (such as quiet areas and study carrels in the Library, the Learning Resource Centre and student study areas in the basement) is allocated within the Airport Heights campus, for your pursuit of knowledge and skills.

3. Use of Technology to Assist Learning: We use lots of educational technologies such as BlackBoard, Moodle and Smartboard, together with computer assisted language learning (CALL) applications, to assist in the delivery of the Foundation Program.

Program Assessment Methods

You will be given lots of opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the learning outcomes of the Foundation Program. We use both formative and summative assessment tools and methods in each of the modules comprising the program. For more details on assessment, please refer to the specific module handbooks uploaded as soft copy in NU portal.

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