Foundation Year Program (FYP)

Introduction:

The Foundation Year Program at Sulaiman Al Rajhi University aims towards achieving the purposeful vision of SRU to become a leading institution in education, research, and services at national and regional levels. We aim to prepare academically and intellectually highly qualified students to contribute to the development of societies through building leaders, quality education, research and services.

Purpose:

In order to achieve this, the FYP has been specially designed to prepare students for enrollment in the undergraduate Medical, Applied Medical Sciences and Nursing programs offered at SRU by developing the required standards for English language skills, Basic Sciences knowledge, and communication, study and IT skills. It has also integrated an introduction to the Problem-based Learning approach (PBL) which is the educational methodology of SRU’s College of Medicine.

Professional Behavior:

Not only does SRU strive to build knowledgeable students, but also aims to instill in them professional behavior values that will continue follow them into their careers. To do this, the FYP employs a vigorous professional behavior policy that helps develop crucial characteristics in students including responsibility, time management skills, ethics, teamwork and academic honesty. 

Mission and Objectives:

The overall purpose of the Foundation Year Program is to prepare students for the enrollment in the undergraduate Medical and Applied Medical Sciences programs offered at SRU by developing the required standards for English language skills, basic sciences knowledge, communication, and study and IT skills. The objectives of the program are to qualify the students with the necessary skills to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to follow scientific, medical and technical course content in the English language.
  2. Develop English Grammar, Reading, Listening & Speaking, and Writing skills at the upper intermediate level.
  3. Explain basic Biochemistry, Biology, Medical Physics and Biostatistics knowledge in the English language at the basic level.
  4. Develop study and research skills needed for effective learning at the introductory level.
  5. Demonstrate communication skills for effective communication in health care professions at the introductory level.
  6. Demonstrate skills in information communication technology needed for effective technological communication at the intermediate level.
  7. Recognize problem-based and student-centered learning systems at the basic level.

    Educational Methods:

    The FYP has adopted several major educational methods as a strategy to reach its intended learning outcomes (ILOs) including:

    1. Developing detailed and aligned course specifications for all courses.
    2. Adopting clear assessment plans and rubrics for all continuous and final assessment to promote assessment for learning.
    3. Utilizing lectures, group work, continuous assessment, feedback sessions and final assessment to promote a balanced teaching and learning environment.
    4. Using E-learning and online sources and other multimedia tools to enhance learning abilities.
    5. Establishing fixed office hours for all courses in order to provide extra one on one tutorial sessions for students.
    6. Choosing the latest and most relevant books and materials to ensure a state-of-the art curriculum.
    7. Recruiting and hiring highly qualified and motivated instructors that adopt a student-centered approach to teaching.

    Semester One:

    Credit Hours Course Name Course Code
    2 English Reading (1) ENGL-101
    2 English Listening & Speaking (1) ENGL- 102
    2 English Writing (1) ENGL- 103
    2 English Grammar (1) ENGL- 104
    2 Medical Terminology ME-201
    2 Study Skills STS-101
    3 Biochemistry CHEM-201
    1 Information Communication Technologies COM-102
    16 Total

    Semester Two:

    Credit Hours

    Course Name

    Course Code

    2

    English Reading (2)

    ENGL-201

    2

    English Listening & Speaking (2)

    ENGL- 202

    2

    English Writing (2)

    ENGL-203

    2

    English Grammar (2)

    ENGL-204

    2

    Biostatistics

    STAT-101

    2

    Communication Skills

    COS-201

    3

    Human Biology

    BIOL-201

    2

    Medical physics

    PHYS-203

    17

    Total

    English Language Exemption Policy:

        1. For students to be exempted from English language courses for the first and second semesters of the Foundation Year Program (FYP), they must fulfill the following conditions:
          • The student must receive at least an overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS (or equivalent) to be eligible for exemption from all first and second semesters English language courses.
          • The student must submit the official IELTS result certificate (or equivalent) to the Student Admissions Department no later than the end of September of the same academic year.
          • The student will then receive an (A+) grade for all first and second semesters English language courses and is not required to attend them.
          • All exemptions must be approved by the English Department and Vice Deanship.
        2. For students to be exempted from English language courses for the second semester only of the Foundation Year Program (FYP), they must fulfill the following conditions:
          • The student must receive at least an overall score of 6.0 in the IELTS (or equivalent) to be eligible for exemption from all second semester English language courses.
          • The student must submit the official IELTS result certificate (or equivalent) to the Student Admissions Department no later than the end of January of the same academic year.
          • The student must pass all first semester English courses.
          • The student will then receive an (A+) grade for all second semester English language courses and is not required to attend them.
          • All exemptions must be approved by the English Department and Vice Deanship.

    For information on Business English courses, please visit: the Link here

    English Test Equivalency Table:

    TOEFL

    IELTS

    STEP

    PBT

    CBT

    IBT

    625-680

    263-300

    113-120

    7.5-9

    -

    600

    250

    100

    7

    -

    575

    232

    90-91

    6.5

    -

    550

    213

    79-80

    6

    97

    525

    196

    69-70

    5.5

    -

    500

    173

    59-60

    5

    83

    475

    152

    49-50

    4.5

    -

    450

    100

    39-40

    4

    -

    425

    115

    29-30

    3.5

    -

    400

    93

    19-20

    3

    -

    Faculty of School

    الأستاذ ناصر سليمان

    الأستاذ ناصر سليمان

    محاضر لغة إنجليزية

    n.suleman@sr.edu.sa

     الأستاذ محمد ماهر بسيسو

    الأستاذ محمد ماهر بسيسو

    مشرف برنامج السنة التأسيسية محاضر

    m.bsiso@sr.edu.sa

    الدكتور عدنان عثمان العبيد

    الدكتور عدنان عثمان العبيد

    رئيس قسم اللغة الإنجليزية

    a.alobaid@sr.edu.sa
    لأستاذ محمد مسعود

    لأستاذ محمد مسعود

    محاضر لغة إنجليزية

    m.mohammeduddin@sr.edu.sa

    الأستاذ محمد رمضان

    الأستاذ محمد رمضان

    محاضر لغة إنجليزية

    m.ramzan@sr.edu.sa

    الأستاذة روميسا البشير

    الأستاذة روميسا البشير

    مساعدة مشرف برنامج السنة التأسيسية لقسم الطالبات و محاضرة لغة إنجليزية

    a.albashir@sr.edu.sa

    الأستاذة إيرين ستروثايد

    الأستاذة إيرين ستروثايد

    محاضرة لغة إنجليزية

    e.strotheide@sr.edu.sa