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General Education

General Education Program

Goals

  1. Develop and continually improve oral and written communication skills.
  2. Increase awareness of Islamic culture, ethics, and personal values.
  3. Acquire well-rounded general knowledge skills in order to function effectively in modern society.
  4. Develop problem-solving skills for use in both academic and professional settings.
  5. Acquire and use information literacy skills.
  6. Maintain a quest for lifelong learning and personal development.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the CUCA General Education Program will be able to:

  1. Use information technology in business.
  2. Solve mathematical and environmental science problems.
  3. Think critically, ethically and culturally.
  4. Demonstrate English literacy.
  5. Study effectively for personal and professional development.

General Education Courses

Sr. Course Code Course Number Course Name
1 ACS 101 Communication Skills in Arabic
2 ACSE 101 Communication Skills (For non-Arabs)
3 BUS 204 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
4 CIS 101 Computer Fundamentals
5 CISA 101 Applications of Information Technology
6 ENG 101 English I
7 ENG 102 English II
8 ENGA 101 English I
9 ENGA 102 English II
10 ENV 201 Environmental Science
11 ENVA 201 Introduction to Environmental Science
12 HUM 101 Critical Thinking
13 HUMA 101 Critical Thinking
14 ISLA 201 Islamic Studies in Arabic
15 MGT 310 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
16 MTH 101 College Mathematics
17 MTHA 101 Principles of Mathematics
18 PSYA 101 Introduction to Psychology
19 REL 201 Islamic Studies
20 RELA 201 Islamic Studies in Arabic
21 RME 301 Research Methods
22 SCI 101 Science and Life
23 SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
24 SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology
25 SRMA 101 Research Methodology for Law
26 SSS 101 Study Skills
27 SSSA 101 Study Skills
28 STE 201 Statistics
29 UAE 201 UAE Studies
30 UAEA 201 UAE Studies in Arabic

Course Descriptions

General Education Courses

 

ACS    101:     Communication Skills in Arabic 

This course comprises the principal requirements that teach students the basic skills they need for learning Arabic Language such as listening, speaking, reading and writing through shortlisting some texts from the Holy Quran, the honorable Prophetic Sunnah. This course also aims at enabling students to communicate and express their own views and persuade other people and absorb their knowledge and expertise. Furthermore, it aims at qualifying students to solve the problems that require making the right decision to achieve their goals by utilizing the basic skills of Arabic language in different linguistic situations effectively.

 

ACSE    101:     Communication Skills (for non-Arabs) 

This course comprises the principal requirements that teach students the basic skills they need for learning Arabic Language such as listening, speaking, reading and writing through shortlisting some texts from the Holy Quran, the honorable Prophetic Sunnah. This course also aims at enabling students to communicate and express their own views and persuade other people and absorb their knowledge and expertise. Furthermore, it aims at qualifying students to solve the problems that require making the right decision to achieve their goals by utilizing the basic skills of Arabic language in different linguistic situations effectively.

 

BUS 204:    Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

In this course, students explore the key theories and research on entrepreneurship and innovation, and then examine their application in the broader and contemporary context. This includes corporate and public services, emerging technologies and economies, sustainability and development, and creating and capturing value from entrepreneurship and innovation. Readings, case studies, and discussions help organize the course material with clear and essential links between entrepreneurship and innovation. Finally, students will develop a comprehensive business plan.

 

CIS 101: Computer Applications

This course offers students exposure to basic personal computer operation and commonly-used programs. Included is familiarization with and practical use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, database, network, and internet software. 

 

 CISA 101: Application of Information Technology 

This course is an introduction to computer sciences. It focuses on understanding how computers work and the relation between their operation and their hardware and software. This course illustrates how software is used in word processing, creating spreadsheets, and designing databases and presentations. The course starts by familiarizing students with the definition of a computer, outlining the most important hardware used for input, output, processing and storage and discussing the relation between IT and the community, the problems related to the use of computers, precautions observed when using them and the attention paid to information confidentiality and security. Besides, the course offers students exposure to the privacy concerns related to using the computer, viruses and relevant means of protection, security of software and data, and the ethics and morals of using the computer. Finally, the course presents the commonly-used programs and their application by featuring the most recent software.

 

ENG 101: English I

This course is designed to instruct college Students in how to read academic texts with understanding and how to use them in a variety of Disciplines. The rhetoric chapters teach critical reading, paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, writing process, synthesizing, analyzing, researching, and Developing arguments. The anthology balances journal articles with works by public intellectuals in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

 

 ENG 102: English II

This course gives Students a basic introduction to fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, and drama and helps develop them creative skills in each area. Each genre section is self-contained and includes complete works as examples along with helpful advice about how to draw on the variety of techniques they use. The style is informal, practical, and positive.

 

ENGA 101:  English I 

This course is designed to develop oral and written communication skills. It assists students with building new skills and refining previous English skills. The course presents a variety of grammatical structures in a functional manner that would help promote the learner´s communicative competence, improves fluency, and expands familiarity with common vocabulary. It also provides learners with basic English skills such as listening, reading and writing while also encouraging speaking in the classroom context.

 

ENGA 102    : English II  

This course aims at developing the students’ communication standard by building on the previously acquired skills in ENGA 101. The variety of the grammar elements presented through this course will enhance the students’ written standard and push their communicative competence to a higher degree. Besides, this course helps students improve their listening skills and enrich their vocabulary, which gives them more self-confidence when trying to communicate in English. On another level, this course improves the students’ reading skill through in-class and assigned readings to be done outside the classroom.

 

ENV 201: Environmental Science 

This interdisciplinary approach to our world emphasizes the history of environmental concerns, species interaction (both with each other and their environment), air, water, soil and biological resources, population dynamics, toxicology, energy sources, waste management, renewable energy, hazardous chemicals and other related topics. Basic principles of science are incorporated throughout the course.

 

ENVA 201:  Introduction to Environmental Science   

This course addresses the concept of environment, the ecological system, the problem of resources exhaustion and maintenance, reasons for starvation catastrophes in the world, food production, environmental contamination, its reasons, components, distribution and the forms and risks of contamination. In addition, the course focuses on the significance and protection of wild and marine plantations and animals. Finally, the course sheds light on the importance of energy and metallic minerals in the ecological system as well as all forms of desertification.

 

HUM 101: Critical Thinking

This course explores the process of thinking critically and helps students think more clearly, insightfully, and effectively. Relevant examples drawn from student experiences and contemporary situations help students develop the abilities to solve problems, analyze issues, and make informed decisions in their academic, career, and personal lives. The course includes substantive readings, structured writing assignments, and ongoing discussions designed to help students develop language skills while fostering sophisticated thinking abilities.

 

HUMA 101: Critical Thinking 

This course explores the process of thinking critically and helps students think more clearly, insightfully, and effectively. Relevant examples drawn from student experiences and contemporary situations help students develop the abilities to solve problems, analyze issues, and make informed decisions in their academic, career, and personal lives. The course includes substantive readings, structured writing assignments, and ongoing discussions designed to help students develop language skills while fostering sophisticated thinking abilities.

 

ISLA 201: Islamic Studies  

This course discusses the linguistic and technical meanings of culture as well as the concept of Islamic culture and its relation to the comparative terms such as religion, science, thought and civilization. The course also discusses the relation between the Islamic culture and other cultures as well as the role of Islamic culture in realizing development. The course outlines the basic sources of Islamic culture (Quran and Prophetic Traditions) and its additional secondary sources (Prophet’s Biography, Unanimous Agreement of Muslim Scholars, Analogy and Customary Traditions). The course sheds light on the peculiar features of the Islamic culture such as attitude, comprehensiveness, moderation and balance, humanitarianism and positive realism as well as its main fields (faith, acts of worship and morality). This course manifests the most important contemporary trends such as the various forms of cultural invasion (proselytism, orientalism and westernization) and the approach adopted by the Islamic culture towards secularism and globalization.

 

MGT 310: Innovation and Entrepreneurship  

In this course, students explore the key theories and research on entrepreneurship and innovation, and then examine their application in the broader and contemporary context. This includes corporate and public services, emerging technologies and economies, sustainability and development, and creating and capturing value from entrepreneurship and innovation. Readings, case studies, and discussions help organize the course material with clear and essential links between entrepreneurship and innovation. Finally, students will develop a comprehensive business plan.

 

MTH 101: College Mathematics

This course provides a sound, intuitive understanding of the basic concepts students need as they Pursue careers in business, economics, plus life and social sciences. It includes a brief review of intermediate functions that, graphs, algebra, equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems, graphing of conic sections, along with single variable calculus, which includes: limits, continuity, derivatives, and applications of derivatives as well as indefinite and definite integrals and some applications.

 

MTHA 101: Principles of Mathematics 

This course familiarizes students with real figures, solution of‎simultaneous inequalities, algebra, linear factors and equations, their systems, graphs of equations and mathematical functions needed by students in their university study.

 

PSYA 101 : Introduction to Psychology  

This course includes a full explanation of the basic principles of psychology in terms of its origin, development and branches, and trying to apply those principles in daily and practical life. This course introduces the student to the most important schools in the field of psychology with a focus on learning, motivation and perception. In addition to research on personality and memory, what is the nervous system, colorful intelligence, and what are mental illnesses and ways to treat them. It also adds important information about identifying the strengths and weaknesses of any personality, and what facts and capabilities a person has for the purpose of benefiting from them in knowing the points of imbalance and turning them into strengths.

 

REL 201: Islamic Studies

The Islamic Studies course introduces Islam in a manner that the students can relate it to their life and the society at large. The pillars of Eeman and Islam are taught with a view to explain what Islam stands for as a code of life. The culture of Islam is explained in detail in a comparative way with the other cultures. The course begins with the basics of Islam. The main teachings of Islam are imparted with a modern outlook, relating it to the current world and its challenges. It shows the great role of Islamic civilization on humanity. The course is taught with a view to provide solutions to the existing problems in the light of Islam. 

 

RELA 201: Islamic Studies in Arabic  

This course discusses the linguistic and technical meanings of culture as well as the concept of Islamic culture and its relation to the comparative terms such as religion, science, thought and civilization. The course also discusses the relation between the Islamic culture and other cultures as well as the role of Islamic culture in realizing development. The course outlines the basic sources of Islamic culture (Quran and Prophetic Traditions) and its additional secondary sources (Prophet’s Biography, Unanimous Agreement of Muslim Scholars, Analogy and Customary Traditions). The course sheds light on the peculiar features of the Islamic culture such as attitude, comprehensiveness, moderation and balance, humanitarianism and positive realism as well as its main fields (faith, acts of worship and morality). This course manifests the most important contemporary trends such as the various forms of cultural invasion (proselytism, orientalism and westernization) and the approach adopted by the Islamic culture towards secularism and globalization.

 

RME 301: Research Methods

The course is designed to introduce research process where students learn to understand the problems and formulate research questions and hypotheses. Students gain insight into choosing the right research design, construction of research instruments, sampling, both qualitative and quantitative data collection, data analysis and report presentation.

 

SCI 101: Science and Life

This course covers a variety of issues such as the cell, nutrition, environment, contamination, extinction, energy and the development of science. These modules assist the students in increasing their knowledge base on the concept of science, human life and its contemporary requirements including the environment, contamination and the optimal utilization of energy.

 

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

This course is an introduction to the study of people and interaction with each other, the environment, and various social groups. Students develop awareness of the relationship between individual beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, plus the greater society and culture. They will also learn how to apply sociological concepts to current issues that affect individuals, modern society, and the international community.

 

SOCA 101:  Introduction to Sociology  

This course is an introduction to the study of people and interaction with each other, the environment, and various social groups. Students develop awareness of the relationship between individual beliefs, Attitudes, and Behaviors, plus the Greater society and culture. They will also learn how to apply sociological concepts to current issues that affect individuals, modern society, and the international community.

 

SRMA 101: Research Methodology for Law  

This course addresses two main axes. The first axis covers a general definition of the methodologies of scientific research, stages and steps of preparing a research as well as the research policy. The students shall be familiarized with the means of using resources and references included in web pages.

The second axis more specifically teaches students the methods and resources of legal research and how they are used in writing research papers. It also sheds light on the formal and objective aspects of legal writing in a manner, which develops the students’ skills in writing, analyzing and preparing future researches and studies. This course also includes an applied part as the students shall be commissioned to prepare a research on one of the legal issues under the supervision of a specialized professor in the field of the research. The supervisor shall discuss the students in their researches.

 

SSS 101: Study Skills

This course Equips Students with the study skills needed for success in undergraduate studies. Also It is useful for acquiring skills that can be used in personal lives as well as in the workplace. Several students learn techniques they can use in the areas of communication, research practices, teamwork, computer literacy, creativity, critical thinking, presentation skills, and overall literacy.

 

SSSA 101: Study Skills  

The course introduces the development of the mental and behavioral aspect of personal aspects, and supports it with the necessary academic competencies of self-management and self-development skills. It also seeks to confirm and establish basic concepts in building and developing the owner of the student’s personality, as well as acquiring knowledge and excellence industry, planning for the future and managing time and making sure to present creative ideas and communication Successful and conflict management, and everything that leads to creativity studying and preparing for exams, the use of the library and writing scientific research.

 

STE  201 : Statistics

This course is designed to understand common statistical computations and their practical uses in health care settings. Topics explored include the current health care industry, basic math and statistical computations, vital statistics and mortality rates, census and occupancy rates. The course includes theoretical and practical lectures to keep students engaged in the material, while ensuring a practical and discerning knowledge of key data and statistical concepts.

 

UAE 201: UAE Studies

This course presents the foundations of United Arab Emirates society with special emphasis on the historical, social, economic, political, and cultural aspects.

 

UAEA 201 : UAE Studies in Arabic   

This course studies the humanitarian communities in general and pays a special attention to the general features and main components of the UAE community including UAE geographic location, population, demographic growth, gender and general composition of its people. The course also discusses the economic and geographical aspects of the population, family issues, family and tribal systems, and the nature of rule in the tribal community. The course addresses the nature of services provided to the community during the pre and post-oil stages and studies the role of cultural, educational, and media organizations as well as their services provided to the UAE community.

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