Preliminary Year Programme

Preliminary Programme 1

The overall aim of the Year One Preliminary Year Programme is to help you succeed in your future studies at UNNC. The Preliminary Year Programme (PYP) aims to help students make the transition from high school to university and from their previous learning to an international, all-English learning environment. 

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.

 

Accreditation

Authoritatively accredited high-quality courses: 35 academic English and academic content courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL).

RVC - UNNC Pre-Sessional Validated programme Aug22toSept23 (1)

 

Module List

Semester 1

Module Title

Module code

Credits

School / Degree

Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts

CELEN048

20

IB,ECO,IC,IS,ES,EG,CS,MAM,EnS,EIB,Arch

Oral Communication Skills A

CELEN069

10

IB,ECO,IC,IS,ES,EG,CS,MAM,EnS,EIB,Arch

Critical Thinking in Academic Contexts

CELEN045

15

IB,IC,IS,ES,EIB,Arch,IB Intl

Critical Thinking in Academic Contexts

CELEN102

10

ECO

Introduction to Business Economics

CELEN042

15

IB,IB Intl

Introduction to Economics I

CELEN063 

10

ECO

Essentials of Linguistics

CELEN061

15

EIB,ES

Media and Texts: Society

CELEN044

15

IC

Introduction to Politics and International Relations

CELEN068

15

IS

The Scientific Method

CELEN038

10

EG,EnS,EG Intl

Foundation Algebra for Physical Sciences & Engineering

CELEN036

10

EG,CS,EnS

Foundation Science A: Physics

CELEN039

10

EG,CS,MAM

Architectural Drawing and Graphics A

CELEN059

15

Arch

Introduction to Academic Skills

CELEF008

10

IB Intl,EG Intl,CS Intl,MAM Intl 

Electricity and Magnetism

CELEN056

10

EG Intl,CS Intl,MAM Intl 

Foundation Mechanics  

CELEN057

10

EG Intl,CS Intl,MAM Intl 

Foundation Algebra A

CELEF103

10

EG Intl,CS Intl,MAM Intl 

Foundation Calculus A

CELEF105

10

EG Intl,CS Intl,MAM Intl

Advanced Foundation Maths 1

CELEN083

20

MAM

Foundation Maths for Economics 1

CELEN088

10

ECO

Introduction to Algorithms

CELEN086

10

CS,CS Intl,MAM Intl

Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Economics A

CELEN107 10 IB Intl

Introduction to Statistics for Business and Economics A

CELEN109 10 IB Intl

Introduction to the Environment

GEOGF002 10 EnS

 

Semester 2

Module Title

Module Code

Credits

School / Degree

Oral Communication Skills B

CELEN082

10

IB,ECO,IC,IS,ES,EG,CS,MAM,EnS,EIB,Arch

English in Specific Academic Contexts a: Arts & Social Sciences

CELEN051

20

IB,ECO,IC,IS,ES,EIB

English in Specific Academic Contexts b: Science & Engineering

CELEN052

20

EG,CS,MAM,EnS,Arch

Reading and Vocabulary Enhancement

CELEN091

15

IC,IS,ES

Introduction to Information Technology

CELEF002

15

IB,IB Intl

Introduction to Business & Management

CELEN041

15

IB,EIB,IB Intl

Introduction to Economics II

CELEN064

10

ECO

Language in Mind and Society

CELEN062 

15

EIB,ES

Media and Texts: Culture

CELEN043

15

IC

Introduction to History

CELEN065

15

IS

Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques

CELEN037

15

EG,CS

Foundation Science B: Chemistry

CELEN040

15

EG,EnS,EG Intl

Architectural Drawing and Graphics B

CELEN060

15

Arch

Principles of Design

CELEN053

15

Arch

English for Specific Academic Purposes: Business and Economics

CELEF007

10

IB Intl

English for Specific Academic Purposes: Science and Engineering

CELEF006

10

EG Intl,CS Intl,MAM Intl

Further Foundation Mechanics  

CELEN058

15

EG Intl,CS Intl,MAM Intl

Foundation Algebra B

CELEF104

10

EG Intl,CS Intl,MAM Intl

Foundation Calculus B

CELEF106

10

EG Intl,CS Intl,MAM Intl

Mathematical Software

CELEN085

10

MAM

Advanced Foundation Maths 2

CELEN084

20

MAM

Foundation Maths for Economics 2

CELEN089

20

ECO

Introduction to Mathematical Software and Programming CELEN087 15 CS,CS Intl,MAM Intl 
Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Economics B CELEN108 10 IB Intl
Introduction to Statistics for Business and Economics B CELEN110 10 IB Intl
Environmental Data Science & Programming GEOGF001 15 EnS
 

 

English Language Modules

Semester One

Undergraduate students will study these modules:

  • Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts (RWAC)  focusing on developing the language, core strategies and skills that will enable you to read and write within a range of undergraduate-level academic contexts. 
  • Oral Communication Skills A (OCSa)  focusing on the development of appropriate language, strategies and skills for understanding academic lectures, taking effective notes and participating in seminar discussions and presentations at an undergraduate level.

For International Pathways students (in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathmatics or Business)

  • Introduction to Academic Skills develops the academic literacy skills necessary for the successful processing and production of written and spoken academic discourse.

Semester Two

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

  • English in Specific Academic Contexts a:Arts & Social Sciences (Arts & Social Science Pathways: International Business, International Economics and Trade, International Communications, International Studies and English) focusing on the development of language and skills for reading, writing, listening and speaking, with specific reference to undergraduate Arts & Social Science academic contexts.
  • English in Specific Academic Contexts b:Science & Engineering (Science & Engineering Pathways: Architecture; Computer Science; Engineering & Environmental Science) focusing on the development of discipline-specific EAP reading, writing, listening and speaking skills within a range of Science & Engineering academic contexts.
  • Oral Communication Skills B (OCSb) builds on the work done in semester 1, with further focus on the development of the appropriate language, strategies and skills for the effective delivery of individual oral presentations in undergraduate academic contexts.

 For International Pathways students either 1 or 2:

  • English for Specific Academic Purposes: Science and Engineering focusing on the development of appropriate academic English language skills for the effective undertaking of written assessment and academic oral presentation (in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathmatics)
  • English for Specific Academic Purposes: Business and Economics focusing on the development of appropriate academic English language skills for the effective undertaking of written assessment and academic oral presentation (in Business).

 

Content Modules

 Introduction to Information Technology

        Module code: CELEF002

        Credits: 15

Module content:

 

Introduction to Business and Management

        Module code: CELEN041 

        Credits: 15

Module content:

 

Introduction to Business Economics

        Module code: CELEN042

         Credits: 15

Module content:

 

 Essentials of Linguistics

         Module Code: CELEN061      

         Credits: 15

Module content:

 

Language in Mind and Society

         Module Code: CELEN062  

         Credits: 15

Module content:

 

Media and Texts: Society

        Module code: CELEN044

        Credits: 15

Module content:

 

Media and Texts: Culture

         Module code: CELEN043 

         Credits: 15

Module content:

 

Introduction to Economics I

        Module Code: CELEN063

        Credits: 10

Module content:

 

 Introduction to Economics II

         Module code: CELEN064

         Credits:  15

Module content:

 

Foundation Science A: Physics

        Module code: CELEN039

        Credits: 10

Module content:

 

The Scientific Method

         Module code: CELEN038

         Credits: 10

Module content:

 

Foundation Algebra for Physical Sciences and Engineering

        Module code: CELEN036

        Credits: 10

Module content:

 

Electricity and Magnetism

        Module code: CELEN056

        Credits: 10

Module content:

 

Foundation Mechanics

        Module code: CELEN057 

        Credits: 10

Module content:

 

Architectural Drawing and Graphics A

        Module code: CELEN059

        Credits: 15

Architectural Drawing and Graphics B

         Module code: CELEN060 

         Credits: 15

Module Content (for both A and B):

 

Critical Thinking in Academic Contexts

        Module code: CELEN045, CELEN102

        Credits: 15

Module Content:

 

Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques

         Module code: CELEN037

         Credits: 15

Module Content:

 

 Principles of Design

        Module code: CELEN053

        Credits: 15

Module Content:

 

Foundation Science B: Chemistry

        Module code: CELEN040

        Credits: 15

Module Content:

 

Further Foundation Mechanics

        Module code: CELEN058

        Credits: 15

Module Content:

 

Introduction to Politics and International Relations 

        Module code: CELEN068

        Credits: 15

Module Content:

 

Introduction to History

        Module code: CELEN065

        Credits: 15

Module Content:

 

Introduction to Statistics for Business and Economics A&B

        Module code: CELEN109, CELEN110

        Credits: 10 for each module


Module Content:

 Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Economics A&B

        Module code: CELEN107, CELEN108

        Credits: 10 for each module

Module Content:

 

 Introduction to Academic Skills

        Module code: CELEF008

        Credits: 10

Module Content:

 

Reading and Vocabulary Enhancement

        Module code: CELEN091

        Credits: 15

Module Content:

 

Foundation Algebra A&B

        Module code: CELEN103, CELEN104

        Credits: 10 for each module

Module Content:

 

 Foundation Calculus A&B

        Module code: CELEN105, CELEN106

        Credits: 10 for each module

Module Content:

 

 Advanced Foundation Maths - 1 

        Module code: CELEN083

        Credits: 20 

Module Content:

 

Foundation Maths for Economics - 1 

        Module code: CELEN088

        Credits: 10 

Module content:

 

Introduction to Algorithms 

       Module code: CELEN086

       Credits: 10 

 

Module content:

 

 Mathematical Software

        Module code: CELEN085

        Credits: 10 

Module content:

 

Advanced Foundation Maths - 2 

       Module code: CELEN084

       Credits: 20 

 

Module content:

 

 Introduction to Mathematical Software and Programming

        Module code: CELEN087

        Credits: 15 

 

Module content:

 

Foundation Maths for Economics - 2 

       Module code: CELEN089

       Credits: 15 

 

Module content:

 

Introduction to the Environment

       Module code: GEOGF002

       Credits: 10

Module content:

 

Environmental Data Science & Programming

        Module code: GEOGF001

        Credits: 15

Module content: