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Preparatory Year Program

The YEL & PYI Preparatory Year Program is a qualifying program designed to prepare students to enter the specialized degree programs offered at any of the colleges or institutes of the RCYCI. The program aims at developing students’ academic competencies and functional skills to enable them to succeed in their chosen area of study as well as to adapt to their new learning environment.

The Preparatory Year Program equips newly admitted students with the essential knowledge and skills in English, mathematics, computer, and academic skills that qualify them to study and succeed in their different specializations. To that end, the Prep-Year provides a conducive, interactive teaching and learning environment that fosters transferrable capabilities including creative and critical thinking, problem-solving through inquiry, and independent life-long learning.

Students are enrolled in the PYP after receiving admission from RCYCI. All students are required to successfully complete the compulsory courses before they select their specialization in the Associate or Bachelor’s programs. The PYP is divided into two regular semesters where students study courses in English, mathematics, academic study skills, computer skills, and physical education. Students also have axes to a range of extracurricular activities that are organized for the students in their preparatory year through the English Language Club, Students Learning Resource Center, Writing Center, and Public Speaking Club.

 

Program Mission

The mission of the YEL& PYI English Preparatory Year Program (PYP) is to prepare Saudi students to develop linguistic and communicative competencies to enter specialized degree programs offered at any of the institutions of the RCYCI. The PYP achieves its mission by teaching English in a disciplined environment that fosters self-reliance, personal responsibility, and critical thinking skills.

 

Program Educational Objectives

  • To equip the students with adequate general, academic and technical English skills needed in their degree program
  • To provide the students with the Mathematical and analytical skills needed in their degree program
  • To develop the students’ academic skills required in the new learning environment and needed in their degree program
  • To improve the students’ physical fitness and knowledge of healthy lifestyles
  • To enhance students’ basic computer skills needed in their degree program

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate sufficient command of English equivalent to B1 on CEFR level
  • Apply mathematical reasoning and computational techniques required in their degree program
  • Demonstrate academic professionalism and ethics required in their degree program
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving skills in conventional and innovative ways as required in their degree program
  • Demonstrate physical fitness and healthy lifestyles
  • Use computer and common software applications at recognized level of competence 

 

Course Descriptions

Semester 1

ENG 001 - English I is a first-semester, 8 credit hour English course (CEFR Level A1-A2) designed to prepare high school graduates planning to pursue their undergraduate studies at RCYCI, where the medium of instruction is English. The course is part of the Preparatory Year English Program and follows an integrated approach to teaching the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with the focus on developing fluency and accuracy. The course uses blended learning strategies that emphasize student-centered learning, use of ICT, and collaborative activities that promote 21st century skills.

This is an introductory level Mathematics course designed to provide the necessary algebraic skills and fundamental knowledge of mathematical concepts required in other Mathematics, Basic Sciences and Technical courses. The topics include: The real number system, manipulating algebraic expressions, the laws of exponents, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, solving equations and inequalities, complex numbers, introduction to functions, Synthetic division, Remainder and Factor Theorem, Zeros of polynomial functions and an introduction to graphing.

This is the first course in series designed to provide the necessary algebraic skills and sound foundation of mathematical concepts required in other Mathematics, Business and Social Sciences courses. The topics include: Decimals, percentages, Real Number System, Exponents, Order of operations, Expressions, Rectangular Coordinate System, Introduction to Graphs, Linear Equations and Inequalities with one variable, Linear Equations with two variable, Systems of Linear Equations; the usage of electronic/ scientific calculators is emphasized.

This course provides students with an integrated fitness program in which they can reach a level of fitness that enables them to carry out their daily duties in keeping with their conditions and the demands of their studies. Through this program, the course equips students with the ability to lead and active, fatigue-free life. In addition, the students practice basketball skills and are taught the rules so that they can practice this game properly.

This course is designed to improve student learning in academic and work environments. The course deals with different aspects of university/ college social life, such as setting measurable and realistic goals, determining the objectives through organized work. It also motivates students to participate in the classroom, take notes, demonstrate time management skills, practice methods of reading, and sit for examinations successfully. It also makes students accept the fact that success results from effort.

Semester 2

English II is a second-semester, 8 credit hour English course (CEFR Level B1) designed to prepare preparatory year students to pursue their undergraduate studies in the science and engineering programs at RCYCI, where the medium of instruction is English. The course follows an integrated approach to teaching the four language skills, with a focus on developing fluency and accuracy, as well as keeping a balance between general and technical English. The course emphasizes student-centered learning, use of ICT, and collaborative activities that promote 21st century skills.

English II is a second-semester, 8 credit hour English course (CEFR Level B1) designed to prepare preparatory year students to pursue their undergraduate studies in the business programs at RCYCI, where the medium of instruction is English. The course follows an integrated approach to teaching the four language skills, with a focus on developing fluency and accuracy, as well as keeping a balance between general English and workplace English. The course emphasizes student-centered learning, use of ICT, and collaborative activities that promote 21st century skills.

This course is designed to provide the necessary mathematical skills and fundamental knowledge of mathematical concepts required in other Mathematics, Basic Sciences and Technical courses. The topics include: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, the unit circle, trigonometric functions (definitions, graphs and inverses), right triangles, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, the trigonometric form of complex numbers, matrices, systems of linear equations, partial fractions and conic sections.

This course second in series is designed to provide the necessary algebraic skills and sound foundation of mathematical xBusiness and Social Sciences courses. The topics include: Operations on Polynomials, Factoring Polynomials, Solving Quadratic Equations, Graphing Quadratic Equations, Operations On Rational Expressions, Solving Rational Equations, Proportions and Variation, and Introduction to functions.

This course provides second-semester students with an integrated fitness program in which they can reach a level of fitness that enables them to carry out their daily duties in keeping with their life conditions and the demands of their studies. In addition to practicing various fitness-based skills and various sports activities as required in Physical Education I, this course also introduces students to risks associated with sport activities and their methods of prevention.

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