Academic Programs
Dhofar University

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, Matrices, 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

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