Foundation Program

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Program Description

The Foundation Program is a four-semester program designed to help students meet the entrance requirements for their program of choice by offering foundation English, Mathematics, and Science courses.

Students enroll in the required core English, Mathematics and Science according to their UDST placement test scores and their planned program of study. Depending on their level at entry, students can complete the Foundation Program in as little as one term.

Students may be eligible to take credit-bearing courses pertinent to their Program of choice in their final semester of the Foundation Program pending course availability and overall number of contact hours.
 

Objectives of the Program

Pending on the required preparatory courses, by the end of the Foundation Program, students:

  • Listen and respond to listening tasks up to seven minutes long about targeted academic topics.
  • Read and respond to texts about targeted academic topics up to 750 words.
  • Give a seven-minute presentation on a targeted academic topic.
  • Write targeted academic essays of up to 300 words.
  • Solve, analyze and apply linear equations.
  • Use graphing techniques, data management analysis, and algebraic manipulations.
  • Discuss the fundamental principles of Biology.
  • Discuss fundamental concepts of Chemistry and perform basic chemical calculations.

Admission Requirements

High school graduation certificate with an overall average of 60% or higher and the minimum required score on the UDST English and Math placement tests.

Applicants who do not meet the entrance requirements may be considered on an individual basis. Please contact the Admissions and Registration Department for further information.

Applicants who provide evidence of English language proficiency will be exempt from having to take English foundation courses:

The required score on the UDST English Placement Test or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Admissions and Registration Department.

OR

A valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, listening) below 5.0 for degree programs.

Program Plan and Courses

COURSE
NUMBER
COURSE TITLE   HOURS/WEEK
Pre-Req Co-req CR LEC LAB
SEMESTER 1 (15 WEEKS)
FL1110 Academic English I - - 0 150

60

SEMESTER 2 (15 WEEKS)
FL1120 Academic English II FL1110 - 0 150 60
SEMESTER 3 (15 WEEKS)
FL1130 Academic English III FL1120 - 0 150 60
MA1029 Preparatory Mathematics - FL1130 0 90 -
CH1012 Preparatory Chemistry FL1120 FL1130/MA1029 0 45 -
SEMESTER 4 (15 WEEKS)
FL1140 Academic English IV FL1130 - 0 150 60
BL1012 Preparatory Biology FL1130 FL1140 0 45 -
Various Selected Credit Courses See UDST Academic Catalog for course descriptions.

 Grading Basis

Percentage marks are as awarded:

  • 70% is required to pass Foundation English Courses.
  • 60% is required to pass Foundation Math and Science Courses.
COURSE
NUMBER
COURSE TITLE CEFR DESCRIPTOR CEFR
RANGE
OOPT
RANGE
FL1140 Academic English V Independent User – Threshold Plus B1 – B1.2 57 - 64
FL1130 Academic English III Independent User - Threshold B1.1 – B1 49 - 56
FL1120 Academic English II Basic User – Waystage Plus A2 – A2.1 39 - 48
FL1110 Academic English I Basic User – Waystage A1.1 -A2 25- 38

 

English Learning Outcomes

INDEPENDENT USER High B1 FL1140
Can listen and respond to simulated, authentic monologues or dialogues in a variety of English accents up to seven minutes long, about targeted academic topics.
Can read and respond to texts about targeted academic topics, written in a variety of formats, up to 750 words.
Can give a seven-minute presentation on a targeted academic topic. Can write an essay up to 300 words on a targeted academic topic.
Can use High B1-level vocabulary and grammar in written and spoken interaction.
 
INDEPENDENT USER Low B1 FL1130
Can listen and respond to simulated, authentic monologues or dialogues about targeted academic topics in a variety of English accents up to five minutes long.
Can read and respond to texts about targeted academic topics, written in a variety of formats, up to 550 words.
Can give a five-minute oral presentation on a targeted academic topic.
Can write an essay to a prompt or question about a targeted academic topic up to 250 words. Can use Low B1-level vocabulary and grammar in written and spoken interaction.
 
BASIC USER High A2 FL1120
Can listen and respond to monologues or dialogues on general topics up to four minutes long. Can read and respond to texts written in a variety of formats about general topics up to 400 words.
Can give a four-minute presentation on a general topic.
Can write an essay up to 225 words to prompts or questions about a general topic. Can use High A2-level vocabulary and grammar in written and spoken interaction.
 
BASIC USER Low A2 FL1110
Can listen and respond to monologues or dialogues about general topics up to three and a half minutes long.
Can read and respond to texts written in a variety of formats about general topics up to 250 words.
Can give a three-minute presentation on a general topic.
Can write a paragraph and basic essay up to 175 words on a general topic.
Can use Low A2-level vocabulary and grammar in written and spoken interaction.
 

 

Course Description

Co-requisite: FL1140
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of Biology including the Cell, Cell processes, and Genetics.

Co-requisite: FL1130 and MA1029
This course is designed to help students develop the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of Chemistry including the Atom, Compounds, and Chemical reactions. Students will also learn to do chemical calculations related to Moles and Stoichiometry.

This course is for students with English proficiency at the Basic User level of CEFR High A1. It is taught using an integrated approach, and aims to improve students’ ability to complete activities in English with competence. The course focuses on familiar and less familiar contexts of language used with topics related to home, school, lifestyle, and work. Success strategies are embedded within the course. Upon course completion, students will have English proficiency at the Basic User level of CEFR Low A2.

Pre-requisite: FL1110
This course is for students with English proficiency at the Basic User level of CEFR Low A2. It is taught using an integrated approach, and aims to improve students’ ability to complete activities in English with competence. The course focuses on familiar and less familiar contexts of language used with topics related to home, school, lifestyle, and work. Success strategies are embedded within the course. Upon course completion, students will have English proficiency at the Basic User level of CEFR High A2.

Pre-requisite: FL1120
This course is for students with English proficiency at the Basic User level of CEFR High A2. It is taught using an integrated approach. It aims to improve students’ ability to complete activities in English with competence. The course focuses on a range of language contexts, including unfamiliar and academic topics. Success strategies are embedded within the course. Upon course completion, students will have English proficiency at the Independent User level of CEFR Low B1.

Pre-requisite: FL1130
This course is for students with English proficiency at the Independent User level of CEFR Low B1. The course is taught using an integrated approach, and aims to improve students’ ability to complete activities in English with competence. The course focuses on academic contexts of language use, and incorporates topics related to Information Technology, Business, Engineering, and Health Science. Success strategies are embedded within the course. The course prepares students for their future program of studies. Students who complete this course will be better able to write a variety of standardized, internationally recognized English assessment tools. Upon course completion, students will have English proficiency at the Independent User level of CEFR High B1.

Co-requisite: FL1130
This course in preparatory Mathematics aims to help students develop fundamental mathematical skills and thereby increase their chances for success in future credit Mathematics courses. Students will learn how to solve linear equations, analyze the equation of a line, and apply linear equations to solve rates and proportions. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of graphing techniques, data management analysis, and algebraic manipulations.

International Accreditation

English Language Programs of the Foundation Studies Unit at the University of Doha for Science and Technology is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2016 through August 2026 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org

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