University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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The overall aim of the Year One Preliminary Year Programme is to help you succeed in your future studies at UNNC. This programme will equip you with the language, study skills and foundation-level content knowledge that you will need to meet the demands of your future academic course.

To achieve this aim you will study both English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses and introductory content courses related to your major.  For full details of which modules are required for each department/major, please consult the tables and descriptions below.

year one

Year One Programme

 
 

Semester One
Module name Module code Credits Department/Major
Undergraduate Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts CELEN048 20 All departments excluding Business and EG international
Undergraduate Listening and Speaking in Academic Contexts CELEN049 10 All departments excluding Business and EG international
Introduction to Analytical Thought CELEN045 15 IB, IET, IC, IS, ES, Business&Eco international
Introduction to Business Economics CELEN042 15 IB, EIB, Business international
Introduction to Economics I CELEN063  15 IET, Eco international
Applied Linguistics I CELENCELEN044061 15 ES, EIB
Media and Texts: Society CELEN044 15 IC
Introduction to Politics and International Relations CELEN068 15 IS
The Scientific Method CELEN038 10 CS, MAM, EG, EnS, Arch, EG international
Foundation Algebra for Physical Sciences & Engineering CELEN036 10 CS, MAM, EG, EnS, Chemistry
Foundation Science A: Physics CELEN039 10 CS, MAM, EG, EnS, Chemistry
Architectural Drawing and Graphics:A CELEN059 20 Arch
Introduction to Academic Skills CELEF008 10 Business&Eco and EG international
Introduction to Statistics for Business and Economics A CELEF009 10 Business&Eco international
Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Economics A CELEF010 10 Business&Eco international
Electricity and Magnetism CELEN056 10 EG International
Foundation Mechanics   CELEN057 10 EG International
Foundation Algebra A CELEF005 10 EG International
Foundation Calculus A CELEF003 10 EG International
       
Semester Two
Module Name Module Code Credits Department/Major
Undergraduate Academic Oral Presentations CELEN050 10 All Divisions excluding Business and EG international
Undergraduate English in Specific Academic Contexts A: Arts & Social Sciences CELEN051 20 IB,IET, IC, IS, ES excluding Business international
Undergraduate English in Specific Academic Contexts B: Science & Engineering CELEN052 20 Arch, CS, MAM, EnG, EnS excluding EG international
Independent Research Project CELEF004 15 IET,ES,IC,IS ,Eco international
Introduction to Information Technology CELEF002 15 IB, FAM, Business International
Introduction to Business & Management CELEN041 15 IB, EIB,Business International
Introduction to Economics II CELEN064 15 IET, Eco international
Applied Linguistics II CELEN062  15  ES, ESIB
Media and Texts: Culture CELEN043 15 IC
Introduction to History CELEN065 15 IS
Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques CELEN037 15 CS, MAM, EG,EnS,Chemistry
Introduction to Programming and Algorithms CELEN046 15 CS, MAM
Foundation Science B: Chemistry CELEN040 15 EG, EnS, Chemistry, EG international
Architectural Drawing and Graphics:B CELEN060 15 Arch
Principles of Design CELEN053 15 Arch
Introduction to the Environment CELEN047 15 EnS
English for Specific Academic Purposes: Business and Economics CELEF007 10 Business, Eco international
English for Specific Academic Purposes: Science and Engineering CELEF006 10 EG international
Further Foundation Mechanics  CELEN058 10 EG international
Introduction to Statistics for Business and Economics B CELEF009 10 Business, Eco international
Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Economics B CELEF010 10 Business, Eco international
Foundation Algebra B CELEF005 10 EG international
Foundation Calculus B CELEF003 10 EG international

 

English language modules

Semester One

Undergraduate students will study these modules:

Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts focusing on developing the core strategies, skills and language that will enable you to read and write within a range of undergraduate-level academic contexts.  

Undergraduate Listening and Speaking in Academic Contexts focusing on the development of appropriate language, strategies and skills for understanding academic lectures, taking effective notes and participating in seminar discussions at undergraduate level.  

Semester Two

Undergraduate students will study either 1 or 2, and 3:

  1. Undergraduate English in Specific Academic Contexts a (Arts and Social Sciences Pathways: International Business; English Studies; International Communications and International Studies) focusing on the development of language and skills for reading, writing, listening and speaking, with specific reference to undergraduate Arts and Social Science academic contexts.
  2. Undergraduate English in Specific Academic Contexts b (Science and Engineering Pathways: Engineering and Computer Science; Environmental Science) focusing on the development of discipline-specific EAP reading, writing, listening and speaking skills within a range of Science and Engineering academic contexts.
  3. Undergraduate Academic Oral Presentations focusing on the development of appropriate language, strategies and skills for the effective delivery of oral presentations in undergraduate academic contexts.

 

Content modules

Introduction to Information Technology

Module code: CELEF002

Credits: 15

Module content:

This module will help students to develop an understanding of information and communication technology (ICT) concepts and their applications to studies and businesses. It will also introduce project development and research skills to help students in using the software and databases for managing project development process, searching for e-resources and organising the references. Overall, this module provides students with an understanding of the fundamental requirements for using digital resources, interacting with online communities as well as initiating online activities.

 

Introduction to Business and Management

Module code: CELEN041

Credits: 15

Module content:

This module provides an introduction to the impacts of individuals, groups, and structures upon behaviour within organizations, as well as the strategies they follow to compete in the marketplace. It will help students to gain knowledge and understanding of the management of resources and operations, the development of appropriate business policies and strategies to meet stakeholder needs within a changing environment and a range of contemporary and pervasive business and management issues.

The module will develop an appreciation of business, and in particular the analysis of management approaches, which will improve qualitative skills including the ability to work with case studies and apply business models to business problems and phenomena.

 

Introduction to Business Economics

Module code: CELEN042

Credits: 15

Module Content:

This module introduces students to the basic microeconomic theory of the market and the firm, as well as the macroeconomic setting within which firms operate. The topics covered under microeconomics include economic systems; resource allocation; market demand, supply and equilibrium; the theory of the firm (production, cost and revenue); market structure (perfect competition and monopoly); and under macroeconomics, the income flow model; AS-AD model; macroeconomic problems and macroeconomic policy instruments; balance of payment account and exchange rate.

The module will introduce students to basic economic tools and concepts in order to prepare them for further studies in business and related areas.

 

Applied Linguistics I

Module Code: CELEN061      

Credits:15

Applied Linguistics II

Module Code: CELEN 062  

Credits: 15

Module Outline (for both I and II):

This module provides an introduction to the study of English language. Students will engage with core areas of linguistics including pragmatics, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, becoming acquainted with key concepts and terminology. The module will raise awareness of the practical applications of linguistic study and students will be encouraged to connect insights gained to their own experiences and observations of language. The module will introduce psycholinguistics as a means of understanding human language acquisition and the way in which language is processed by the brain. This module will be presented through a mixture of lectures and seminars. 

 

Media and Texts: Society

Module code: CELEN044

Credits: 15

Module content:

This module provides an introduction to the academic study of media, communications and society. In trying to consider some of the consequences of digital technologies and the Internet, it will take the opportunity to address the historical context and how the press, cinema and television have each in their own ways had an impact and effect on media, communication and society. The module will also strike a balance between using, as appropriate, media texts and examples from Asia and also European/western case studies and research to help students develop their critical thinking skills by enabling them to reflect upon their own patterns and experience of media consumption.

 

Media and Texts: Culture

Module code: CELEN043 

Credits: 15

Module content:

This module will enable students to engage with the academic research into the complexities of media, communications and culture. In particular, it will address issues of representation and to what extent the cultural and creative industries negotiate, with success – or not – the tensions and challenges inherent in the media, identity and ideology. Students will critically examine, and challenge, how media texts construct the world, and in doing so, develop their understanding of various discourses and language. The module will build upon the knowledge and understanding gained as a result of success in Media and Texts: Society (CELEN044) and extends this into a deeper cross-cultural awareness through analysis of media texts drawn from different cultures, eras, forms and patterns of distribution. In addressing issues of Media and Identity, the students will be encouraged to deploy a critical and sensitive understanding of media representations of gender and sexualities, race and ethnicity, cultures and sub-cultures and so on. based in part on their own media consumption but also linking this to the academic research.

 

Introduction to Economics I

Module Code: CELEN063

Credits: 15

Introduction to Economics II

Module code:CELEN064

Credits:  15

Module content:

Students study how to explain and analyse economic issues and arguments, evaluate economic information, and organise, present and communicate ideas and judgements clearly. The syllabus covers a range of basic economic ideas, including an introduction to the price system and government intervention, international trade and exchange rates, the measurement of employment and inflation, and the causes and consequences of inflation. Learners also study the price system, the theory of the firm, market failure, macroeconomic theory and policy, and economic growth and development.

 

Foundation Science A: Physics

Module code: CELEN039

Credits: 10

Module content:

The aims of the module are to develop the student's awareness of an ability to solve basic problems in the fields of electrical principles, engineering statics and dynamics, wave motion, sound and geometric optics, properties and characteristics of fluids and their measurement. This module will introduce students to the following concepts:

  • the basic knowledge of electricity and magnetism required for entry into Engineering Faculty courses.
  • scalars and vectors, also giving a broad grounding in the basic response of rigid structures to imposed forces.
  • the physical explanations of light and electrons, from practical applications to physical models of light and electrons.
  • an elementary understanding of the properties and characteristics of fluids and their measurement (density, (normal) pressure, shear stress, relative density, kinematic viscosity, surface tension, Pascal's law, compressibility).
  • fluids statics (hydrostatics), pressure on submerged surfaces, forces on curved and inclined submerged surfaces (e.g. force on a pipe outlet), buoyancy.

 

The Scientific Method

Module code: CELEN038

Credits: 10

Module content:

The main aims of the module are: 1) to provide students with the basic skills to understand and apply the scientific method in their chosen disciplines; 2) to foster evidence-based, logical thinking; and 3) to develop the necessary communication skills to convey technical concepts with precision and flexibility. The module specifically introduces the following:

  • deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning and the role of evidence;
  • basic laws of probability and statistics, and their connection to estimates of uncertainty;
  • the analysis of uncertainty in experimental procedures;
  • general report writing in engineering, architecture or computer science;
  • analysis, using the scientific method, of the historical evolution of threshold concepts in physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science; and
  • basic computer knowledge skills in the form of computer modelling.

 

Foundation Algebra for Physical Sciences and Engineering

Module code: CELEN036

Credits: 10

Module content:

The aim of the module is to provide students with the confidence, mathematical knowledge and fluency in algebraic techniques core to quantifying and analysing basic problems in engineering or science. Further, this module should enable students to develop algebraic mathematical techniques and their application to problem solving. This module provides a basic course in algebra, required in elementary quantitative analysis relevant to the modelling of problems in engineering and physical sciences. A key element is to provide basic algebra and trigonometric mathematical skills. The module will cover: algebraic manipulation; remainder, factor, and binomial theorems; finding roots using numerical methods; matrices and solving system of equations; complex numbers; partial fractions; sequences and series.

A one hour session each week will provide lecture and example activities. A weekly workshop will be used flexibly between supervised tutorial and further example activities to consolidate learning and problem solving. Use will be made of e-learning support and directed self-study.

 

Electricity and Magnetism

Module code: CELEN056

Credits: 10

Module content:

The aim of this module is to develop students’ awareness and ability to solve problems in the field of basic electric principles. The student will acquire the following skills: 1) an ability to solve problems relevant to an understanding of basic electrical and magnetic principles; 2) an ability to collect analyse, and evaluate experimental data relating to simple DC circuits; and 3) an ability to use PSpice (a software programme) to simulate simple circuits containing resistors and capacitors.

 

Foundation Mechanics

Module code: CELEN057 

Credits: 10

Module content:

The aim of this module is to further students’ understanding of mechanics in terms of both static and dynamic behaviour. The student will improve their skills in this respect for the following concepts: centripetal force, motion in horizontal and vertical circles,
projectile motion in two dimensions, simple harmonic motion, Hooke’s law, linear momentum in two dimensions, coefficient of restitution, rotational motion, pressure, and Bernoulli’s equation. Lastly, the students will also develop an ability to collect analyse, and evaluate experimental data relating to some of the aforementioned concepts.

 

Architectural Drawing and Graphics A  

Module code: CELEN059

Credits: 20

Architectural Drawing and Graphics B

Module code: EE0DGB

Credits: 15

Module outline:

The module will introduce students to basic architectural graphic presentation and representation skills. Design skills relevant to an architectural education programme will be introduced and developed to enable the students to represent their architectural design projects during the BArch course.

The content will include fine art training such as indoor/outdoor pencil sketching, life and still drawing, 2D graphic design and 3D model making using different material (card, paper, balsa wood, etc.).

The module consists of weekly seminars and studio workshops. Students will be expected to undertake private study following the weekly sessions to practice and further develop the skills and techniques introduced.

 

Introduction to Analytical Thought

Module code: CELEN045

Credits: 15

Module content:

This module introduces the fundamental components of analytical thought which underpin study in British higher education institutions and provides practice in their application within Arts and Social Sciences academic disciplines.

In particular, it develops skills in analytical thinking and reasoning.  It focuses on the abilities to problem solve, and to present and evaluate an academic argument or viewpoint.  It supports participants in developing confidence in their own reasoning, and with flexibility and fairness in considering different viewpoints.

 

Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques

Module code: CELEN037

Credits: 15

Module content:

The aim of the module is to provide students with the confidence, mathematical knowledge and fluency in mathematical techniques to help solve basic problems in engineering or science requiring the use of differential or integral calculus. This module provides a course to consolidate previous studies in differential calculus and introduce a range of mathematical topics used in the analysis of problems in engineering and physical sciences. The module will cover techniques and applications of differentiation and integration, and differential equations. Application to solving real life problems is developed.

A two hour session each week will be used flexibly between lecture, example and supervised tutorial activities. Additionally, weekly workshops will consolidate learning and problem solving through example and assessment activities. Use will be made of e-learning support and directed self-study.

 

Introduction to Programming and Algorithms

Module code: CELEN046

Credits: 15

Module content:

How can we automate the process of sorting a list of names into order, or finding a person in a phone directory?  How can we make it as fast as possible? Answering these kinds of questions is the aim of the first section of this module which introduces the basic techniques for designing and analysing algorithms for various kinds of problems. After we have such an algorithm, how do we make a computer carry it out? The second part of the module teaches basic programming skills to allow translation of algorithms into working computer programs, and provides a basis for further study of programming. The topics chosen in this module are designed to give the student a solid grounding in the concepts underlying programming and the practical problem solving and analytical skills required to apply those concepts in a well-structured manner.

This module comprises two sections. The first section (approximately 6 weeks) focuses on algorithms and there are 2 one-hour lectures and 2 one-hour seminars per week; the 1st seminar on the lecture homework questions, the 2nd seminar on the concepts presented in the lectures. In the second section (approximately 4 weeks) the focus switches to programming concepts and practice. Again, there are 2 one-hour lectures, but seminars become a single two-hour lab in a computer room per week.

Although students will be expected to learn the theoretical concepts presented, the module heavily emphasises practical work and practice. Programming skills cannot be learnt by anything other than doing, so completing non-assessed work is required to have a realistic chance of success in this module.

 

Principles of Design

Module code: CELEN053

Credits: 15

Module outline:

The module will introduce students to the principles of design across a wide range of professional disciplines with a particular emphasis upon architecture. Ideas, philosophies and attitudes from different backgrounds influencing architectural design will be discussed. The module consists of weekly lectures and seminars from academics and professional focusing on the basic principles and approaches to design.

 

Foundation Science B: Chemistry

Module code: CELEN040

Credits: 15

Module content:

The initial aims of the module are primarily to provide students with the necessary pre-requisite skills required for the study of modules that require a knowledge of chemistry and to provide students with a working knowledge of basic chemical principles and practice. The module then aims to set organic and inorganic chemistry in an engineering context and to provide basic information in these topics. Students should understand the key industrial chemistry processes using the basic information provided. The module also covers organic and inorganic chemistry with industrial examples for use in subsequent courses in engineering. This will be achieved by providing lectures, example classes and laboratories. The topics covered will include: chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, chemical units of measurement, molarity, acids and bases, stoichiometry, redox, equation balancing, rate of reaction, solubility and equilibria.

Students will have a two hour lecture, a two hour laboratory session and a one hour tutorial each week. Students will be expected to prepare prior to laboratory sessions by reading the lecture notes, completing tutorial exercises and reading the laboratory worksheets.

 

Further Foundation Mechanics

Module code: CELEN058

Credits: 10

Module content:

The aim of this module is to further students’ understanding of mechanics in terms of both static and dynamic behaviour. The student will improve their skills in this respect for the following concepts: centripetal force, motion in horizontal and vertical circles, projectile motion in two dimensions, simple harmonic motion, Hooke’s law, linear momentum in two dimensions, coefficient of restitution, rotational motion, pressure, and Bernoulli’s equation. Lastly, the students will also develop an ability to collect analyse, and evaluate experimental data relating to some of the aforementioned concepts.

 

Introduction to the Environment

Module code:  CELEN047

Credits: 15

Module content:

This module integrates knowledge of atmospheric, oceanic, freshwater, geomorphological and ecological processes to inform an understanding of global systems and environmental change. The module considers: basic principles of climate and general circulation patterns in the atmosphere and ocean, basic principles of geomorphological systems, basic principles of biogeography, ecology, evolution and biochemical cycling.

The module is delivered through a mixture of weekly lectures and bi-monthly field work exercises to support the knowledge gained though the lectures. Fieldwork will be conducted in the local area and will include freshwater zooplankton sampling, marine invertebrate sampling on sedimentary shores and measuring infiltration rates.   

 

Introduction to Politics and International Relations 

Module code: CELEN068

Credits: 15

Module Content:

This module looks at what political science is. This is answered by discussing some of the main questions that political science tries to answer and by beginning to think about why politics is different in various countries and regions around the world. The module introduces students to two different theoretical approaches to political science – those that emphasise the behaviour of individuals and those that emphasise the role of institutions. Finally, the module looks at different methods used by political scientists when trying to answer these questions. This part of the module shows how political science uses theory and methods to study one of the core themes in political science, ‘democracy’. Having looked at different ways of measuring democracy, we explain different reasons why states might become democratic, looking at both economic and cultural explanations. The structure of this module is designed in such a way that it encourages students to think like a political scientist; analyse political behaviour; analyse political institutions and assess political outcomes.

 

Introduction to History

Module code: CELEN065

Credits:15

Module Content:

This module explores the diverse and complex ways in which historians have approached the study of the past during the modern era. Focusing on how the profession has changed since the rise of historicism in the late nineteenth century, it introduces students to some of the most important developments in historical method and examines the challenges and influences from other disciplines, including Marxist ideology, gender studies and literary theory. This module encourages students to think about, and reflect on, their own practice as historians.

 

Introduction to Statistics for Business and Economics A&B

Module code: CELEF009

Credits:A+B=20

This module provides a foundation course in core statistical techniques required for analysing and solving problems in business and economics. A key element is to provide broad understanding of statistical analysis tools for the real business world. This module particularly prepares international students ONLY for the module Quantitative Methods 1b (NUBS Y2 course), so that at the end of year 1 (preliminary year) programme, international students and local Chinese students will be at par in terms of knowledge in maths and statistics. This module will introduce international students to the basics of statistics in the 2017-2018 both autumn and spring semesters. Teaching topics include probability, correlation, distribution, estimation for population, hypothesis and so on.

 

Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Economics

Module code: CELEF010

Credits:A+B=20

This module provides a foundation course in core mathematical techniques required for analysing and solving problems in business and economics. A key element is to provide broad understanding of mathematical skills in algebra and calculus analysis tools for the real business world. This module prepares international students ONLY to a level equivalent to A level Mathematics and to enter the module Quantitative Methods 1b (NUBS Y2 course), so that at the end of year 1 (preliminary year) programme, international students and local Chinese students will be at par in terms of mathematical knowledge. This module will provide overseas students only with an introduction to mathematics in the 2017-2018 both autumn and spring semesters. Teaching topics include algebra, linear equation, and transposition of formulae, logarithms, derivatives, differentiation, optimization, and matrix and so on.

 

Introduction to Anlytical Thought

Module code: CELEN045

Credits:15

Module Content:

This module introduces the fundamental components of analytical thought which underpin study in British higher education institutions and provides practice in their application within Arts and Social Sciences academic disciplines. It covers the following areas:

  • definitions of analytic thought; analytic thought in academic contexts; barriers to analytic thought
  • criteria governing the credibility of sources: expertise, reputation, bias and corroboration
  • deductive and inductive logic. The structure of arguments, the notions of validity and truth, some basic forms of valid arguments & the limitations of deductive reasoning
  • inductive logic, arguments & reasoning flaws/logical fallacies
  • hypothetical reasoning,  assumptions, and the strategic use of analogies and metaphors in argumentation
  • counter arguments and rebuttals
  • evaluating arguments through the examining how thesis statements, reasons, and evidence combine to form good arguments
  • oral and written arguments
  • language and persuasion: manipulation and the media
  • problem solving and creative thinking

 

Introduction to Academic Skill

Module code: CELEF008

Credits:10

Module Content:

This module develops the academic literacy skills necessary for the successful processing and production of academic discourse. It covers the following areas:

  • the development of intensive and extensive academic reading skills
  • the purpose and organization of different academic texts
  • strategies for taking notes from written academic sources
  • systematic development of core academic vocabulary with reference to the AWL (Academic Wordlist)
  • a process-based approach to academic writing
  • sentence and paragraph structure in academic writing
  • understanding and applying academic referencing conventions
  • understanding of oral presentation structure and language;
  • awareness of how verbal and non-verbal aspects of oral communication interact;
  • the ability to select and organize oral presentation material appropriately;
  • knowledge of techniques to capture and hold an audience’s attention.
  • recognizing supporting information and topic change
  • discourse markers and signpost language

 

Independent Research Project

Module code: CELEF004

Credits:15

Module Content:

This module develops the core language, strategies and skills that will enable students to complete a secondary research project in an area related to their future academic discipline. It provides input on the following key areas:

  • Choosing a research project focus
  • Ways of structuring a research project
  • Setting timelines for project management
  • Carrying out a literature review
  • Developing academic arguments and synthesizing sources
  • Evaluating and incorporating data and graphic information
  • Understanding and applying appropriate academic referencing conventions
  • • Accessing library and online academic resources
  • Further development and consolidation of existing academic writing skills related to subject discipline

 

Foundation Algebra A&B

Module code: CELEF005

Credits:A+B=20

Module Content:

  • Simplifying algebraic expressions (Manipulation of numbers, BODMAS Rule, Surds);
  • Functions (Composition, Inverse, Quadratic, Logarithmic and Exponential functions);
  • Polynomial functions (Remainder and Factor Theorems);
  • Trigonometry (Addition & Factor Formulae, Inverse functions);
  • Numerical Methods for solving equations (Bisection and Fixed-point Iteration);
  • Binomial Theorem (including applications of generalized Binomial Theorem);
  • Matrices (Algebra of matrices, inverse matrix, solving systems of equations);
  • Complex numbers (Algebra of complex numbers, polar form);
  • Partial fractions (non repeated linear, repeated linear, quadratic forms);
  • Sequences (Arithmetic, Geometric, Harmonic, Fibonacci sequences);
  • Series (Arithmetic, Geometric, Power series, method of differences).

  

Foundation Calculus A&B

Module code: CELEF003

Credits:A+B=20

Module Content:

  • Geometry (Line in plane, Second degree curves, Tangent and Normal lines);
  • Functions (Standard functions and their graphs);
  • Basics of Trigonometry (useful for limits and differentiation examples);
  • Limits and Continuity of a function;
  • Differentiation (Rules of differentiation);
  • Higher order derivatives (Second and higher order);
  • Maclaurin’s series (Function expansions);
  • Application of derivatives (Tangent and Normal lines, Optimization problems);
  • Numerical methods for solving equations (Newton-Raphson method);
  • Integration (Techniques of integration; Definite integrals);
  • Applications of integration (Area and Volume);
  • Numerical methods for area estimation (Trapezoidal, Simpson’s);
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs);
  • Solving ODEs (Variables-Separable form);
  • Applications of ODEs (Growth and Decay problems).