Course Description (CHE)

6) Critical Thinking

– Number of credits: 3 (theory)

– Prerequisites/Previous subjects: no

– Course Description: Critical Thinking studies a process which is indispensable to all educated persons–the process by which we develop and support our beliefs and evaluate the strength of arguments made by others in real-life situations. It includes practice in inductive and deductive reasoning, presentation of arguments in oral and written form, and analysis of the use of language to influence thought. The course also applies the reasoning process to other fields such as business, science, law, social science, ethics, and the arts.

7) Engineering Ethics and Professional Skills

–  Number of credits: 3 (theory)

– Prerequisites/Previous subjects: no

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce engineering students to the concepts, theory and practice of engineering ethics. It will allow students to explore the relationship between ethics and engineering and apply classical moral theory and decision making to engineering issues encountered in academic and professional careers. Our society places a great deal of responsibility on its professionals and requires that they conduct themselves in a manner fitting to the place of prominence accorded to them by the community. Studying and understanding professional ethics is as much a part of your development as an engineer as is the study of higher order mathematics You must be able to broaden your mind and be open to society’s ever-changing character. It is important that you learn to share ideas and concepts although you may not always agree; therefore, we will be working in teams on majority of the assignments in this course.

8) Academic English 1 (Writing AE1, and Listening AE1)

–  Number of credits: 4 (theory)

–  Prerequisites/Previous subjects: no

–  Course description:

Writing AE1: This course provides students with instruction and practice in essay writing, including transforming ideas into different functions of writing such as definitions, classifications, cause – effects, arguments. Through reading a few representative university-level texts, students will develop the ability to read critically and write accurately, coherently, and in appropriate academic style in response to those texts. They will also practice necessary skills to write a research report.

Listening AE1: To provide students with the study skills needed to listen to academic lectures, take effective notes and prepare for examinations.

9) Academic English 2 (Writing AE2, Speaking AE2)

–  Number of credits: 4 (theory)

– Prerequisite: no/Previous subject: Academic English 1

–  Course Description:

Writing AE2: This course provides an overview of the organizational format for a research paper and assists students in completing research projects in any content area course by providing assistance in writing effective research papers using a step-by-step process approach. Course content includes the components of a research paper, and techniques of selecting and narrowing topics; writing argumentative thesis statements; outlining; locating and documenting sources; taking notes. Students also have to read extensively about a chosen topic to explore different ideas of multiple authors about that topic. Students work with projects relating to their content area courses.

Speaking AE2: Students are provided with practical strategies for effective presentations. They also have chance to practice giving presentations in class and receive feedback.