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Course Description Foundation

Foundation Studies Program Structure

Preamble

The Foundation Studies course is a one-year full-time study program comprised of 9 subjects and requiring the successful completion of 27 credit points of study.  The program

∙        Allows Education students to do Geography, History and Biology and thus develop good background knowledge for teaching

∙        Gives Business students the broader knowledge and skills background that FNU (or other benchmarking institutions) require for their courses that will be run at Fulton

∙        Gives those doing Theology the chance to learn some Accounting, a skill that will be very useful when they become ministers in charge of church business meetings and accounts etc.

The subject loads for all students are the same.

Pre-requisites

 Academic

         Successful applicants will have at least completed form six or its equivalent

Character    

         Applicants will be expected to show evidence of good citizenship.  A current character reference and police clearance report will be required.

Please note:

∙        Students applying for Foundation Studies will be accepted according to the quota system set by the College.

Sequence

Subjects in Foundation Studies areas offered in the following sequence

SEMESTER 1          Five subjects in each strand.

 

STRANDS

Periods per week

THEOLOGY

EDUCATION

BUSINESS

FSEN 001 English

5

FSBI 001 Bible

3

FSTS001 Tertiary Skills

3

BSCS124 Introduction to Computing

3

FSHI001 Introduction to Pacific History

FSEC 001 Economics

3

                                                                                                                                        TOTAL

17

SEMESTER 2          Four subjects in each strand

 

STRANDS

Periods per week

THEOLOGY

EDUCATION

BUSINESS

FSEN002 English

5

FSBI002 Bible

FSBY001 Biology

FSBI002 Bible

3

FSGE001 Geography

FSGE001 Geography

FSAC001 Accounting

3

FSAC001 Accounting

FSMT001 Mathematics

FSMT001 Mathematics

3

                                                                                                                                         TOTAL

14

Please Note:

∙        Tertiary Skills facilitates students’ transition from secondary to tertiary education

∙        BSCS 124 Computing is the same course that the Business Department run for first year Business, Education and Theology courses.  Thus Foundation students can be credited with this when they start their courses in the following year.

 SUBJECT DESCRIPTIONS

 FSEN001 English 1                                                                                                Credit Value 3

This subject is a general education subject, providing opportunity for students to improve their English and start developing the formal communication skills needed for tertiary study.  The main focus in this subject is writing, including sentence construction, paragraph writing, formal writing in different genre and the preparation and presentation of a research essay based on secondary research.  This is supported by a continuing emphasis on clear and critical thinking.  Opportunities will also be provided for students to develop their reading, researching, listening, comprehending and public speaking skills.

FSBI001 Foundation Bible                                                                        Credit Value 3

This subject begins with an overview of the origins, unity and inerrancy of the Bible.  It also provides students with Christian principles of life management and skills that will help strengthen their relationships with God, their families, and friends.  The main focus of the subject is how to use God’s word to resolve real life issues in day to day living.  Students will also be encouraged to model mature responsible reactions in order to strengthen relationships at home and in their workplace.  Lectures delivered in this class will enhance their communication and openness in all situations.

FSTS001 Tertiary Skills                                                                            Credit Value 3

This subject is a general education subject, providing opportunity for students to either learn for the first time, or improve upon, a variety of skills that are necessary for coping successfully with tertiary study and assignments.  The focus areas are general study skills, coping with written and oral assignments, data interpretation and test and exam preparation.  Opportunities will be provided for students to develop and practise skills in these areas.

BSCS124 Introduction to Computing                                                      Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to introduce the students to the world of computers.  The subject will enable students who have had no experience in using computers to gain the skills and knowledge needed to perform basic common tasks on the computer. Units that will be covered include: An introduction to the microcomputer, how to use the microcomputer, file management, and the application of software (namely Word Processing, Spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentations).

FSHI001 Introduction to Pacific History                                                 Credit Value 3

This course aims to give students a sound introduction to Pacific Islands’ history. It focuses on the histories of our Pacific Islands’ countries and includes political systems up to and including the period of the labour trade and the indenture labour system.

FSEC001 Economics                                                                                  Credit Value 3

The course is designed to give students an understanding of basic economic concepts and to explore economic issues affecting a variety of economic environments.  It enables students to be aware of the changing nature of the economic environment, to take an effective part in economic activity and to contribute to economic well-being in the society, church and country.

FSEN002 English 2                                                                                                Credit Value 3

This subject provides further opportunities for students to improve their English and communication skills.  The main focus in this subject is general writing skills, formal writing in different genre and the preparation and presentation of a research essay.  This is supported by a continuing emphasis on clear and critical thinking.  Opportunities will also be provided for students to develop their reading, researching, listening, comprehending and public speaking skills.  

FSBI002 Bible                                                                                             Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to provide students in the Foundation Studies Course with the opportunity to expand and increase their knowledge, understanding and skills in Biology gained in Semester 1.  It will also help students to develop a greater interest in and a positive attitude towards science, and prepare them as they advance to do further studies in this institution.

FSMT001 Mathematics                                                                             Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to provide students in the Foundation Studies Course with the opportunity to expand and increase their knowledge, understanding and skills in basic Mathematics.  This subject attempts to combine techniques which actively promote learning with a no-nonsense, systematic approach to the necessary factual content of this subject.

FSAC001 Accounting                                                                                Credit Value 3

This subject encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of business and management in contexts that students will encounter in life. It offers emphasis and focus in these areas and perspective ranging from the nature of business to everyday life skills necessities such income budgeting and filing. Through the incorporation of contemporary business theories and practices in the world today, this subject provides excellent grounding for student intending further tertiary study, future employment or simply, life after school.

FSGE001 Geography                                                                                Credit Value 3

This course is designed to give students a sound introduction to Pacific island geography. It focuses on major aspects of physical and human geography as well as on the relationships between humans and the environment.

FSBY001 Biology                                                                                       Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to provide students in the Foundation Studies Course with the opportunity to expand and increase their knowledge, understanding and skills in Biology.  It will also help students to develop a greater interest in, and a positive attitude towards, science and prepare them as they advance to do further studies in this institution.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework

The coursework of Foundation Studies subjects generally accounts for 60% of each subjects’ grades.  Each Foundation subjects employs a variety of assessment techniques as outlined in the detailed subject outlines.  Assessment techniques vary according to individual subject needs, but include:

∙        Short personal essays

∙        Longer research essays

∙        Literature reviews

∙        Primary research

∙        Oral presentations

∙        Practical tasks (such as data interpretation)

∙        Tests

Examinations

Each subject ends the course with a 2-3 hour examination that accounts for about 40% of the subject grade.