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Foundation in Science

     
  

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Fees: Malaysian – RM8,950 per semester, Non-Malaysian – RM10,130 per semester
Intake: 3-semester programme: April and July / 2-semester programme: September
Campus: Malaysia
School:

Faculty of Science

Course overview

The Foundation in Science programme at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is a passport to the undergraduate degrees offered by the Faculty of Science. The modules offered are specifically tailored for direct progression to our undergraduate programmes. With plenty of opportunities to interact with students and staff, you will be given the chance to fully explore the Faculty of Science. This will help support you to identify, and then pursue, a degree in the science field of your choice.

To fully prepare you for your chosen area of study, the Foundation in Science has specialist module pathways in biomedical sciences, bioscience, biotechnology, computer science, geography, psychology and pharmacy, as well as covering topics in mathematics, chemistry, and biology. You will also be given extra support in English language and study skills, so you can progress to the undergraduate level with confidence.

What is the Foundation in Science?

The foundation programme runs full-time for either three semesters or two semesters. The three semester programme is ideal if you have completed a minimum of 11 years of formal education. The two semester programme is suitable if you have completed at least 12 years of formal education but need to enhance your skills in order to undertake an undergraduate degree.

After you have completed the foundation programme successfully you can then go on to study one of our undergraduate degree programmes.

How you are taught

You will follow a dedicated pathway through the foundation programme, based on your choice of degree programme – for example, psychology or computer science. Additional optional modules give you the opportunity to study science topics outside of your pathway which can provide complementary pathways into other degrees offered by the Faculty of Science.

Course structure

Each semester consists of 15 weeks, with 10-12 weeks of teaching and two weeks of examinations. If you study for the three-semester programme, you would take all appropriate modules. If you opt for the two-semester programme you would take the appropriate modules for the first and second semesters.

The Foundation programme has three annual intakes.  The three-semester programme commences in April and July; the two-semester programmes starts in September.

Progressing to degree level

On successful completion of the foundation programme,you can choose from the following undergraduate courses depending on your academic performance and interest.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
3 Semester Programme (Intakes in April and July)
SPM A minimum of 5 Bs in academic subjects, including mathematics and one science subject, excluding religious studies, moral studies and languages
GCSE/IGCSE A minimum of 5 Bs including mathematics and a science subject excluding religious studies and languages
2 Semester Programme (Intake in September)
A Level CCC, including mathematics and 2 science subjects, excluding general studies
IB Diploma 24 points, including 5 points in mathematics and 4 points in science subjects
STPM BBB, including mathematics and 2 science subjects, excluding Pengajian Am
UEC A minimum of 5 Bs including mathematics and a science subject, excluding religious studies, moral studies and languages
English language requirements
IELTS:  6.0 (no elements below 5.5)
TOEFL (iBT):  79 (no element less than 19)
PTE (Academic): 55 (minimum 51)
SPM:  grade B +
1119 (GCE-O): grade C
GCSE/IGCSE:  grade C
UEC:  grade B3
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test
Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Foundation

 

Modules

First semester:

Compulsory modules

English Language and Study Skills 1

This module provides an introduction to study skills and to academic reading, writing and listening in addition to enhancing English language competency. These introductory subjects prepare students for full participation in their foundation year studies


Information Technology and Design

This module provides an understanding of the basic computer concepts, diversity of peripheral devices available for computer systems and basic software application skills.


Maths for Science 1

The aims of the module are to provide students with knowledge on algebra’s rules and indices as well as quadratics and polynomials.


Introduction to Atoms and Bonding

This module provides an introduction to atomic structure as well as atoms, moles and equations. It also offers a basic understanding of chemical bonding and structure, a basic understanding of the periodic table and an introduction to states of matter.


Cells and Molecules

This module provides the basic information of biochemical molecules of life, cellular components and function, movements across membranes and reproduction. It also introduces the relationships and between molecules and cell.


Laboratory Practicals in Science

This module provides the basic information of safety when working in the laboratory, introduction to good laboratory practice and some applied methodologies used in the biological laboratory. It also introduces a platform for students to work in groups to produce project with topics related to biological sciences.


Second semester:

Compulsory

Study Skills for Science

The aims of the module are to provide students with knowledge on good presentation skills, both individual and as a group, as well as effective use of IT packages for delivering presentations. Information retrieval and time management skills will also be developed through this module.


Maths for Science 2

This module provides students with an introduction to set theories as well as a basic understanding of graphs and its transformations.


Biosciences

Ecology, Energy and the Environment

This module provides the basic information on ecology and how the various species of organisms live together in one environment. It also looks at how energy is managed in both mammals and plants. This includes the topics of energy conservation and nutrient recycling as well as the effect of development to the environment.


Physical Chemistry

This module provides students with an introduction to chemical energetics, a basic understanding of redox reactions, an introduction to dynamic equilibria, acids, bases and buffers, as well as a basic understanding of reaction kinetics.


Computer Science

Electronic Information – World Wide Web

This module aims to introduce skills and knowledge on the Internet and World Wide Web and teach students to develop a web site by using HTML and CSS/scripting language.


Principles of Programming

This module considers basic programming concepts and principles, object oriented programming principles and design and testing.


Pharmacy

Ecology, Energy and the Environment

This module provides the basic information on ecology and how the various species of organisms live together in one environment. It also looks at how energy is managed in both mammals and plants. This includes the topics of energy conservation and nutrient recycling as well as the effect of development to the environment.


Physical Chemistry

This module provides students with an introduction to chemical energetics, a basic understanding of redox reactions, an introduction to dynamic equilibria, acids, bases and buffers, as well as a basic understanding of reaction kinetics.


Psychology

Introduction to Psychology 1
This module considers psychological theories, concepts and applications. It also covers the following core areas of psychology: social psychology, developmental psychology, and psychological methods and statistics.

Additional elective module

Foundations of Management

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop critical understanding of organisations by considering the basic principles of management and the range and nature of activities associated with management of organisations in a dynamic external environment.


Third semester:

Compulsory

Maths for Science 3

This module considers set theory, elementary probability and an introduction to statistics.  It also offers an introduction to complex numbers and a basic understanding of vectors and matrices.


Biosciences
Genetics and Living Systems

This module provides the classic principles of transmission genetics, and conceptual approach of molecular genetics.  This module also covers population genetics in nature, variation and simple genetic engineering techniques.  This module addresses the basics of regulation, coordination and defence, which includes the topics of homeostasis; temperature, water and ion regulations; response and coordination; infectious disease and immunity. 


Organic Chemistry

This module provides students with an introduction to chemical functional groups, a basic understanding of different types of organic reaction as well as an introduction to spectroscopy of organic molecules. 


Computer Science

Digital Media

This module aims to develop skills and basic understanding about digital, multimedia elements and also to design and generate multimedia titles with good creativity imaginations.


Introduction to C Programming

This module aims to enable students with no or little knowledge of programming to learn essentials of programming in the computer language, write simple programs and use language reference material to expand knowledge.


Communication Technology

This module provides the basic concepts of communication technology including: introduction to electronic mass media, computers and consumer electronics and networking technologies. 


Pharmacy

Genetics and Living Systems

This module provides the classic principles of transmission genetics, and conceptual approach of molecular genetics.  This module also covers population genetics in nature, variation and simple genetic engineering techniques.  This module addresses the basics of regulation, coordination and defence, which includes the topics of homeostasis; temperature, water and ion regulations; response and coordination; infectious disease and immunity. 


Organic Chemistry

This module provides students with an introduction to chemical functional groups, a basic understanding of different types of organic reaction as well as an introduction to spectroscopy of organic molecules. 


Introduction to Pharmacy as a Profession

This module introduces students to some of the basic areas of symptom and medicines management.  This is achieved through a combination of face-to-face teaching, directed study, community pharmacy placements and project work. 


Psychology

Introduction to Psychology 2

This module considers psychological theories, concepts and applications.  It also covers the following core areas of psychology: physiological psychology, cognitive psychology and abnormal psychology. 


Additional elective module

Business Functions

This module considers business functions such as human resource, marketing and operations whilst providing students with the opportunity to develop critical understanding of organisations by considering the basic principles of various business functions

Introduction to Critical Thought

Thanks to advances in communications technology, one characteristic of the modern world is the high volume of information coming from various sources at great speeds. While this is superficially positive, problems can become more complex especially when information can often be conflicting and as such, the ability to make informed and disciplined decisions is imperative for students and professionals alike.

Introduction to Critical Thought is a module that introduces students to the mental processes underpinning analytical thought and aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and components of analytical thought across various academic disciplines and the ability to apply them. In particular it focuses on the abilities to problem solve and to present, evaluate, support and defend an academic argument or viewpoint. Students will study the concepts of logic, reason, belief and truth; develop an awareness of thought and problem solving; learn the techniques of persuasion; and investigate academic argumentation across disciplines.

 

Careers

Biomedical Sciences:

For students progressing to Biomedical Sciences:

Our biomedical sciences degree is purposely designed to maximise your career options. It will equip you with skills that enable you to undertake hands-on science careers in research and development in the laboratories of institutions such as universities, public health services and the pharmaceutical industry.

There are also a number of hands-off science career paths, such as scientific journalism, medical information officer and patent advisor. You will also develop abilities across a range of highly-transferable skills such as analytical thinking and critical reasoning will allow you to thrive in a wide range of work sectors from IT to finance.

Biosciences:

For students progressing to Biosciences:

There are many different applications from our courses, which may involve agriculture, horticulture, food and food-processing, forest products, marine applications, phytoremediation, pharmaceuticals, medical and non-food uses of plants and industrial crops. Graduates may also choose to develop careers in areas as varied as scientific writing, marketing or education.

Computer Science:

While many computer science graduates are employed in a wide variety of jobs, including:

  • computer analysts
  • IT consultants and planners
  • network/systems designers and engineers
  • researchers
  • software designers and engineers
  • web designers and developers

as well as roles across advertising and marketing, business and financial analysis, legal and quality assurance professions. Some of our graduates have gone on to work for traditional computer companies such as Adobe, Google, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft.

Pharmacy:

Pharmaceutical scientists are central to the discovery and development of new drugs, formulation science and the design of novel drug delivery systems and therapeutics. Graduates can embark on a range of careers including: research managers in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, chemical or biotechnology industries; academics in institutions of higher education;medical sales and marketing; scientific writing, and other appointments which require a general science background.

Psychology:

Psychologists work in many areas in the public and private sector, from schools and hospitals to management consultancies, high-tech industries and even professional sports teams. Many of our graduates will go on to choose psychology as a career – as researchers and teachers of the subject, or as practitioners in a range of sub-disciplines of psychology, such as clinical and counselling, educational and school, engineering, sports, forensic, health, and industrial/organisational.

Psychology graduates can also progress to a career in research, in either the public sector or the private sector. Research psychologists employed by businesses may work on a wide variety of projects, including creating new ways of targeting advertising campaigns, developing new forms of 3D cinema, and assessing new drugs to treat depression.

Contact

Faculty of Science
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000 
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005
 
 
 

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
fax: +6 03 8924 8001 (Malaysia)/8005 (International)

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