Foundation Program Overview

Foundation Program Courses

An Overview of the Foundation Program

The Foundation Program at Sultan Qaboos University is a mandatory requirement for all students. The program is designed to prepare the students who have been accepted to study at the university to achieve the required learning outcomes in accordance with the academic standards of the Omani Authority for Academic Accreditation (OAAA).

The program prepares students in English language, Mathematics, Information Technology and Study Skills.

Foundation Program Courses

The following table summarizes all the available FP courses:

Field

Course

University Program

 

 

English language

FPEL0120

English & Bilingual Programs (English-Arabic)

       (FPEH for Humanities

        FPES for Sciences)                                        

FPEL0230

FPEL0340

FPEH/FPES 0450

FPEH/FPES 0560

FPEH/FPES 0603

FPEL1025

FPEL 1026

(For courses in Humanities taught in Arabic)

FPEH/FPES 0400

FPEH/FPES 0600

FPEL 0700

 (Summer Courses)

 

 

 

Mathematics

FPMT0106(Mathematics for Humanities)

(Arabic)

FPMT0107 (Mathematics for Economics)

Economics (English language)

FPMT0108 (Mathematics for Sciences)

Sciences (English language )

Information Technology

FPCS0101  (Basic   Computing Skills in English)

English & Bilingual Programs (English-Arabic)

FPCS0102 (Basic Computing Skills in Arabic)

Humanities colleges (Arabic language)

 

Teaching Staff

The Foundation Program includes a large number of staff with expertise in teaching on a number of programs and courses. Each course in the FP is headed by a Course Leader (CL) who administers the course. It is important for students to know the name of the CL of their Foundation Program course because it may be necessary for them to consult with the CL on certain matters.

 

The Placement and Exit Tests

During the orientation period before teaching commences, the Foundation Program administers Placement and Exit tests to determine each student’s proficiency level in English, Math and IT. Based on the results of the tests, students are  allocated to courses and groups of equal ability.

If a student is placed in a level too demanding for his/her level, it is unlikely that the student will cope with the level of instruction and s/he may be unable to satisfy the requirements of that level. Similarly, if a student is placed in a level that is too easy for him/her, s/he will probably be bored and will not benefit from the instruction. Therefore, the Placement Test is very important and should be taken seriously so that you are placed at a level that will benefit you the most.

The First Week

When teaching at the university commences, students are expected to have finalized their accommodation and transportation arrangements, and to have found the location of their classrooms.

Students will be registered automatically in their FP courses by the Foundation Program Registration Office.

Classroom numbers are given in the timetables provided by the Deanship of Admissions and Registration (A&R).

On the first day of classes, students should go to their classrooms with their stationery (pens, pencils and papers) to meet their teachers who will explain the study program to them and arrange for distribution of course materials.

It is very important for all the students to know their teachers' names, office numbers, and telephone extension numbers. Students should also find out the titles and codes of their courses. They should write all this information down in a notebook.

What should you do when you have a problem?

The Foundation Program assists students with problems they may encounter during their study. Students should follow the procedure below when they have a problem:

  • First, the student should go to his/her course teacher to explain the problem and ask for help.
  • If the teacher is unable to help with the problem, the student can then refer the problem to the Course Leader (CL) in the Foundation Program.
     
  • If the CL cannot help with the problem, the student should then go to the Student Affairs Officers in the CPS for English courses or the registration officers in the Foundation Program Unit for Mathematics and IT courses.
     
  • If a Student Affairs Officer is unable to help, the student should seek the help of the Head of Department or the Deputy Director of Academic Programs who may refer the matter to the Student Advising and Registration Department in the CPS.
     
  • Only if the matter remains unresolved, should the student contact the Director of the CPS.

For problems regarding credit courses (non-FP courses), students should consult the CL as well as the academic advisor assigned to him/her in the colleges.

Visiting your teacher

Students may need to visit their teacher in his/her office to discuss topics that they may not have understood in class. They can see their teacher during his/her office hours. Teachers put their timetables (indicating their office-hours) on their office-doors. Students should note these timings (as well as their teacher's office number) so that they can arrange to visit the teacher when s/he is most likely to be there. Students are advised to send emails to their teachers to arrange for appointments.

Student Affairs Officer (CPS)

One of the responsibilities of the Student Affairs Officer is to help students if they experience difficulties with their language course registration.

The Student Affairs Officer also works with CLs, academic advisors, the Foundation Program Unit, the Deanship of Admissions and Registration, the Deanship of Student Affairs, the Student Counseling Centre and other university authorities to help students solve their problems.

Academic and Social Advisors (Foundation Program)

SQU recognizes the importance of academic advising in guiding the students to progress successfully through their study in the University.

The role of the Academic Advisors in the Foundation Program is to guide students through their study period and help them to fulfill their Foundation Program requirements. Students are advised to discuss various aspects of their courses with course instructors, course leaders and the academic advisors in the Registration Office at the Foundation Program. Students can also refer to the Social Advisor in the Foundation Program Unit regarding their absences or any personal problems that might be affecting their studies.

Student Counseling Centre

Sultan Qaboos University provides a number of services to assist students, including the Student Counseling Centre. The center provides a comprehensive program of support services to help Sultan Qaboos University students to adjust to the demands of the university environment. These services are designed to enhance the student's educational experience by supporting his/her development and helping him/her to grow self-awareness, to identify his/her needs and problems, and to develop appropriate problem-solving techniques so s/he will be able to meet the demands of college life and be better prepared for work life on the completion of his/her studies. The Centre's counseling services provide individual counseling, group counseling, psychological consultation, a developmental counseling program, workshops, specialized training courses, and other services provided by specialist counselors.

As the student moves into this new stage of his/her academic life, he or she will find the university environment and academic study different from that of high school. Consequently, the student may well have many questions and concerns. If so, s/he should not hesitate to visit the Student Counseling Center where help with all aspects of life (academic, personal, or social) is offered.

If the Student Affairs Officer refers a student to the Student Counseling Center, s/he should follow this advice because the Student Counseling Center may be in a better position to help the student. After visiting the counselors there, the student should return to the Student Affairs Officer in the Foundation Program to brief them on the counseling s/he has received.