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About Foundation Program

Personnel 

Director Faical Ben Khalifa
Deputy Director Megan M. Putney
Secretary Fatima Barham , Nasser Al Shahri

Overview of Foundation Program

The General Foundation Program is a one-year bridge course intended to equip high school graduates to pursue university majors and is undertaken by most university students in Oman. The program focuses on four areas: English, Mathematics, IT, and general study skills.

Dhofar University’s Foundation Program follows the general standards and learning outcomes as outlined by the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA). It aims to impart quality education to students and prepare them for their various majors. With courses ranging from Beginner to Intermediate, it caters to the curricular and co-curricular needs of students to actively bridge the gap between secondary and tertiary education.

Since its inception, the Foundation Program has successfully met both these needs and the academic expectations of Dhofar University. There are presently more than 60 faculty members of various nationalities in the Foundation Program. The richness of their professional expertise and experience, their enthusiasm, and their involvement in the community constitute the backbone of the Foundation Program as it equips a steadily increasing student body.

Vision

The Foundation Program aspires to occupy a distinctive position amongst the Sultanate’s GFPs by imparting quality education.

Mission

The Foundation Program strives to equip students with quality, outcome-based education in a rich teacher-learner environment conducive to academic excellence and life-long learning.

Values

  • Academic excellence
  • Individual responsibility
  • Life-long learning
  • Quality education
  • Continuous improvement

Academic Units

There are 3 academic units in FP:

  • English Unit
  • Mathematics Unit
  • IT Unit

Study Plan

The following table summarizes the FP study plan:

  Hours Math Hours IT Hours
Regular Courses
English Level 1 20-25 Math Level 0 2   0
English Level 2 20 Math Level 1 5 IT Level 1 3
English Level 3 20 Math Level 2 5 IT Level 2 3
Law Courses
English Law Level 1 20 Math Level 1 4 IT Level 1 3
Arabic Courses
English Arabic Level 1 20   0 IT Level 1 3
Evening Courses
English Level 1 20/25 Pre-Level 1 Math 2    
English Level 2 20 Math Level 1 5 IT Level 1 3
English Level 3 20 Math Level 2 5 IT Level 2 3

English Language Unit

As English is the medium of instruction at Dhofar University, there is a clear need to approach English education in a systematic, meaningful, and purposeful manner. The English Unit offers incoming students with low proficiency in English an intensive program to help them pursue their studies in the major of their choice through the medium of English with the aim of immersing them in the language.

Twelve to fifteen hours a week are dedicated to Reading & Writing, with eight to ten hours a week dedicated to Listening & Speaking. Students take a midterm and a final exam. Grades are determined by exam results, as well as continuous assessment, portfolios, progress tests, and quizzes. The weighting for each skill area is as follows:

Skill Weight
Reading 30%
Writing 30%
Listening 20%
Speaking 20%

English Language Courses: 

Level 1
FPE 101A: Foundation program English Level 1
Course Description:
FP 101A is an intensive elementary-level English course designed to develop both English skills and good study habits. kills taught include Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking. Learning outcomes are aligned with Oman Academic Standards. Upon completion, students transition to FPE 102B (Level 2).
FPEL 100 – Foundation Program English for Law
Course Description:
FFPEL 100 is an intensive elementary-level English course for intended law-degree students designed to develop both English skills and good study habits. Skills taught include Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking. Upon completion, students are expected to have attained an elementary level of English.
FPEA 100 – Foundation Program English for Arabic
Course Description:
FPEA 100 is an intensive elementary-level English course for intended Arabic-degree students designed to develop both English skills and good study habits. Skills taught include Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking. Upon completion, students are expected to have attained an elementary level of English.
Level 2
FPE 102B: Foundation Program English Level 2
Course Description:
FPE 102B is an intensive pre-intermediate English course designed to develop both English skills and good study habits. Skills taught include Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking. Learning outcomes are aligned with Oman Academic Standards. Upon completion, students transition to FPE 103C (Level 3).
Level 3
FPE 103C: Foundation Program English Level 3
Course Description:
FPE 103C is an intensive intermediate English course designed to develop both English skills and good study habits. Skills taught include Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking. Learning outcomes are aligned with Oman Academic Standards. Upon completion, students transition to their respective majors.

Placement Test

Criterion Level Remarks
0 – 22 Level-1 Students who score 43+ on Cambridge University Online Placement Test and those who produce either an IELTS certificate with a band of 5+ or a TOEFL certificate indicating a score of 500+ are exempted from doing the FP. Such students join their Majors.
23 –32 Level-2
33 – 42 Level-3
43 and above Major

Mathematics and IT Unit

The two-term Mathematics course aims to bridge any gaps in students’ knowledge in mathematics. Basic Mathematics is taken in the first term, while Applied or Pure Mathematics (depending on the student’s major) is taken in the second term.

Similarly, the two-term IT course aims to equip students with basic IT fluency and competency skills. It emphasizes the essential components of a standard IT curriculum as specified for General Foundation Programs by Oman Academic Standards. The curriculum provides students with a basic understanding of computers, the use of word-processing software and the Internet, graphics, and other essential IT skills. It utilizes a practical approach by investigating a variety of situations across the technological spectrum. Details of Mathematics and IT courses are as follows:

  Course Name Contact Hours per week
FPM-101A (Basic) Foundation Program Math Level 1 5
FPM-102B (Pure& Applied) Foundation Program Math Level 2 5
FPML-100 Foundation Mathematics for Law 4

 

FPM-101A: Foundation Program Math Level-1 (Basic)
The aim of this course is to teach conceptual understanding and problem solving. The program covers Basic Algebraic Operations, Polynomials, Exponents, Radicals, Rational Expressions First Degree Equations and Inequalities, Quadratic Equations, Equation of a Circle, Straight Lines, and Basic Trigonometry.
FPM-102B: Foundation Program Math Level-2 (Pure & Applied)
The aim of this course is to prepare students for further study of higher-level mathematics at higher and other non-mathematics-related subjects. The program covers Graphs & Functions, Exponential & Logarithmic Functions, System of Linear Equations, Trigonometric Functions, Basic Statistics and Introduction to Probability.
FPML 100: Foundation Mathematics for Law
The aim of this course is to provide students who intend to major in Law with a basic understanding of mathematical concepts, including Algebra, Equations, and Fundamentals of Trigonometry. Students are also familiarized with the language of basic mathematics and how to solve real-life problems.

IT Unit Courses

Course Code Course Name Contact Hours per week
FPTL 100 Foundation IT For Law 3
FPT 101A Foundation Program IT Level 1 3
FPT 102B Foundation Program IT Level 1 3

Course Description

FPT 101A: Foundation Program IT Level 1
The aim of this course is to equip students with the knowledge and skills of IT necessary to source, communicate, and process information related to higher education. Students experience hands-on training with various day-to-day software packages, including MS Windows, Word, and Excel. Students are also exposed to basic IT-related concepts, computer operation, and file management.
FPT 102B: Foundation Program IT Level 2
The aim of this course is to further equip students with the knowledge and skills of IT necessary to source, communicate, and process information related to higher education. Students experience hands-on training with various day-to-day software packages, including MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Animation Software. Students are also exposed to concepts, practices, and usage of the Internet in day-to-day life.
FPTL 100: Foundation IT for Law
The aim of this course is to equip Law students with the knowledge and skills of IT necessary to source, communicate, and process information related to higher education in the field of Law. Students experience hands-on training with various day-to-day software packages, including MS Windows, Word, and Excel. Students are also exposed to basic IT-related concepts, computer operation, and file management.

Placement criterion for Math

Criterion Level Remarks
0 – 49 Level-1 Students who score 60+ in the Moodle-Based Math Placement Test are exempted from doing the Foundation Program. Such students join their Majors.
50 – 59 Level-2
60 – 100 Exempted

Placement criterion for IT

Criterion Level Remarks
0 – 59 Level-1 Students are exempted from taking IT and can join the majors if: 1) score 70+ in the Moodle-based IT Placement test or 2) provide an International (English) IC3 or ICDL certificate or 3) provide a Domestic (Arabic) IC3, ICDL certificate or any other equivalent certificate AND 60% score in an IT Challenge test.
59 – 69 Level-2
70 – 100 Exempted

Faculty & Staff of Foundation Program

FP ADMINISTRATION

NamePositionE-mailContact No.Office No.
Faical Hamadi Ben KhalifaDirector of FPfaical_khalifa@du.edu.om23237500202 D
Fatima BarhamSecretary IFBarham@du.edu.om23237501204 D
Megan Margaret PutneyLecturer - Deputy Director of FPmputney@du.edu.om23237550225 D
Michael HankinsIT Technical Support IImhankins@du.edu.om23237146218 A
Nasser Ahmed Said AL ShahriSecretary Inalshahri@du.edu.om23237502224 D

ENGLISH LANGUAGE UNIT

NamePositionE-mailContact No.Office No.
Umamaheswara Rao BonthaAssistant Professoru_bontha@du.edu.om23237530221 D
Fatima KashoobLecturerfkashoob@du.edu.om23237521226 D
David G WiliamsInstructordwilliams@du.edu.om23237516227 D
Adnan EteiwiLectureradnann_eteiwi@du.edu.om23237511214 D
Ahmed Al AniLecturera_alani@du.edu.om23237512219 D
Amal Hassan Mursi EssaInstructoramursi@du.edu.om23237513211 D
Carmel HankinsLecturerCarmel@du.edu.om23237513212 D
Chowlur BhargaviLecturerChowlur@du.edu.om23237515219 A
David HeavinInstructordheavin@du.edu.om23237517228 D
Ebaa Refaie Qasim MomaniLecturerEbaa@du.edu.om23237518217 D
Farida Nawaz KhanInstructorFarida@du.edu.om23237519233 D
Hyder Al MughrabiLecturerh_mughrabi@du.edu.om23237522205 D
Iain Douglas BlackInstructoriblack@du.edu.om23237520215 D
Jonathan TitcombInstructorjtitcomb@du.edu.om23237528231 D
Jonathan DunneteInstructorjrdunnette@du.edu.om23237526234 D
Lise Marie LacasseInstructorllacasse@du.edu.om23237371227 D
Mohamed Hamid AchamsiInstructormachamsi@du.edu.om23237525208 D
Mahija NambiarLecturerm_veetil@du.edu.om23237529207 D
Merin John CharuvilaLecturermerin@du.edu.om23237531218 D
Millie PauloseInstructorMillie@du.edu.om23237532219 A
Paul Benjamin Henry PearceInstructorppearce@du.edu.om23237510210 D
Nathaniel LotzeInstructornlotze@du.edu.om23237533228 D
Ramadevi SakhamuriLecturerrama_devi@du.edu.om23237534235 D
Rashida Azhar IqbalInstructorriqbal@du.edu.om23237535229 D
Shanta SasidharanLecturerShanta@du.edu.om23237536233 D
Sophie HollowayLecturersholloway@du.edu.om23237547206 D
Sucharitha GopalanLecturers_gopalan@du.edu.om23237551213 D
Syed Arshad Ali ShahLecturersali@du.edu.om23237552216 A
ThangaduraiInstructortkadarkarai@du.edu.om23237553220 D

MATHS UNIT

NamePositionE-mailContact No.Office No.
Mohammad MustafaLecturerm_mustafa@du.edu.om23237540225 A
Tariq MeflehInstructorKalkhshpan@du.edu.om23237541235 A
Wesam Sameh Tawfiq Al KaradshehLecturerwesam@du.edu.om23237544230 A
Wajdi Hamza DawodLecturerwalredany@du.edu.om23237542228 A
Waqar Ahmad KhanLecturerwkhan@du.edu.om23237543227 A

IT UNIT

NamePositionE-mailContact No.Office No.
Veeraiyan MaruthappanLecturerveeraiyan@du.edu.om23237560206 A
Anita VenugopalLecturerantia@du.edu.om23237561207 A
Bhagyalatha ChintaLecturerLatha@du.edu.om23237563209 A
Waqas Javed KhanLecturerwjkhan@du.edu.om23237564212 A

FP Downloads

English
LVL 1 – T1 Course Syllabus   Download  
LVL 1 – T1 Listening and Speaking Study Guide   Download  
LVL 1 – T1 Reading and Writing Study Guide   Download  
LVL 2 –T1 Course Syllabus   Download  
LVL 2 –T1 Study Plan Reading and Writing   Download  
LVL 2 –T1 Study Plan Listening and Speaking   Download  
LVL 3 – T1 Course Syllabus   Download  
LVL 3 – T1 Listening and Speaking Study Guide   Download  
LVL 3 – T1 Reading and Writing Study Guide   Download  
IT
LVL 1 –T1 IT Syllabus and Study Guide   Download  
LVL 2 –T1 IT Syllabus and Study Guide   Download  
Manuals & Handbook
Induction Manual 5.7.2016   Download  
Math
LVL 1 – T1 Basic Maths Syllabus & Study Plan   Download  
LVL 2 – T1 Applied Maths Syllabus & Study Plan   Download  
Pre Level – 1 Maths Syllabus & Study Plan   Download  

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