Mathematics and Science Courses
PAB101 Preparatory Algebra for Business I (3 credits)
This course reviews and develops basic and intermediate Algebra skills. The primary learning outcome for this course is quantitative reasoning, which will require students to read and analyze data, develop mathematical models, draw inferences and support conclusions based on mathematical reasoning. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout the course with an emphasis on solving application problems. Topics include properties of exponents, algebraic expressions, polynomials, functions, the graphs of functions, linear functions, linear equations and systems of linear equations.  
Pre-requisites: None Co-requisites: None

PAB112 Preparatory Algebra for Business II (4 credits)
This course reviews and develops basic and intermediate Algebra skills. The primary learning outcome for this course is quantitative reasoning, which will require students to read and analyze data, develop mathematical models, draw inferences and support conclusions based on mathematical reasoning. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout the course with an emphasis on solving application problems. Topics include rational expressions, radical expressions, quadratic functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, graphs of functions and equations (rational, radical, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic).
Pre-requisites: PAB101 Co-requisites: None

PAM101 Preparatory Algebra for Medicine (3 credits)
This course reviews and develops basic and intermediate Algebra skills. The primary general learning outcome for this course is quantitative reasoning, which will require students to read and analyze data, develop mathematical models, draw inferences and support conclusions based on mathematical reasoning. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout the course with an emphasis on solving application problems. Topics include properties of exponents, algebraic expressions, polynomials, functions, the graphs of functions, linear functions, linear equations, systems of linear equations, rational expressions, radical expressions, quadratic functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, graphs of functions and equations (rational, radical, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic) 
Pre-requisites: None Co-requisites: None

PPC101 Preparatory Pre-calculus for Engineering and Science I (3 credits)
This course reviews and develops intermediate and advanced Algebra skills. The primary learning outcome for this course is quantitative reasoning, which will require students to read and analyze data, develop mathematical models, draw inferences and support conclusions based on mathematical reasoning. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout the course with an emphasis on solving application problems. Topics include algebraic expressions, mathematical models, polynomials, functions, graphs of functions, systems of linear and non-linear equations and equations (linear, absolute value, quadratic, polynomial, rational and radical).
Pre-requisites: None Co-requisites: None

PPC112 Preparatory Pre-calculus for Engineering and Science II   (3 credits)
This course reviews and develops intermediate and advanced Algebra skills. The primary learning outcome for this course is quantitative reasoning, which will require students to read and analyze data, develop mathematical models, draw inferences and support conclusions based on mathematical reasoning. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout the course with an emphasis on solving application problems. Topics include exponential functions, logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, polar coordinates and graphs of polar equations.
Pre-requisites: PPC101  Co-requisites: None

PHSF101 Preparatory Human Structure and Function I (4 credits)
The field of medical science and medical education has accumulated vast amounts of information about human systems biology including anatomy, physiology and molecular medicine (biochemistry, immunology, microbiology etc.). This course will concentrate on different organ systems that make up the human organism, understanding physiological processes and concepts. The laboratory section of the course is designed to augment the lectures by providing demonstrations and hands-on experimental learning. Topics include cells, body tissues, skin, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, blood and the gastrointestinal tract.
Pre-requisites: None Co-requisites: None

PHSF112 Preparatory Human Structure and Function II (4 credits)
The field of medical science and medical education has accumulated huge amounts of information about human systems biology including anatomy, physiology and molecular medicine (biochemistry, immunology, microbiology etc.). This course will concentrate on different organ systems that make up the human organism, understanding physiological processes and concepts. The laboratory section of the course is designed to augment the lectures by providing demonstrations and hands-on experimental learning. Topics include the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, immunity, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system and the reproductive system.
Pre-requisites: PHSF101 Co-requisites: None
PPHYM112 Preparatory Physics for Medicine (3 credits)
This course is designed to give students a solid foundation in basic physics, as it relates to the human body, as a preparation for undergraduate studies. The covered material will include the basics of mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and electromagnetism, and modern physics covering basic concepts of quantum physics, atomic nucleus and radioactivity.
Pre-requisites: PAM101 Co-requisites: None

PPHYE101 Preparatory Physics for Engineering and Science I (3 credits)
This course is designed to give students a solid foundation in basic physics as a preparation for undergraduate studies. The course includes a mandatory laboratory that includes a set of experiments that run parallel to the theoretical materials covered in class. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, the physical concepts of force and motion, energy, energy transformation, conservation laws.
Pre-requisites: Pre-Calculus Co-requisites: None

PPHYE112 Preparatory Physics for Engineering and Science (3 credits)
This course is designed to give students a solid foundation in basic physics as a preparation for undergraduate studies. The course includes a mandatory laboratory that includes a set of experiments that run parallel to the theoretical materials covered in class. Topics include the basics of electrostatics, simple circuits, magnetism, electrometric waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
Pre-requisites: PPC101 and PPHYE101 Co-requisites: None

PCHE101 Preparatory Chemistry I (3 credits)
This course designed to give students a solid foundation in basic chemistry as a preparation for undergraduate studies. Students will learn of the central role of chemistry in science, the history and development of simple models used to describe the material world, with an emphasis on structure of matter at the atomic and molecular level. Students will learn how major classes of compounds, with characteristic properties, can be identified by gaining an appreciation of how different atoms interact with each other. They will understand that structure determines physical and chemical properties. They will understand different types of chemical bonds; covalent, metallic and ionic bonds. They will learn also, the structure of organic compounds and their relative properties depending on the functional groups.
Pre-requisites: None Co-requisites: None

PCHE112 Preparatory Chemistry II (3 credits)
This course is designed to give students a solid foundation in basic chemistry as a preparation for undergraduate studies. Students will learn the arithmetic of chemical equations and to carry out calculations using balanced equations. They will apply kinetic theory to gases to explain their properties. Students will explore the gas laws experimentally and use these laws to carry out calculations. They will understand the thermochemical reactions and how to calculate the energy released or absorbed during a chemical change. The properties of acids and bases will be discusses along with measurement and calculation of pH. A basic appreciation of buffer action will be attained. Oxidation and reduction will be defined and reactions involving these processes will be carried out and their balanced equations deduced. Electrochemical reactions and electrochemical equations will be introduced to the students with the emphasis on the importance of the different applications of electrochemical reactions such as batteries, fuel cells and electrolytic cells.
Pre-requisites: PCHE101 Co-requisites: None

PBIO112 Preparatory Biochemistry (3 credits)
This introductory course is designed to provide a solid foundation in basic biochemistry for pre-medical students and students entering the allied health sciences. The course begins with a brief survey of the principles of organic chemistry including functional groups, acidity, basicity, stereochemistry, and chirality of organic molecules. This is followed by a comprehensive survey of biochemistry with emphasis on the structure and function of biomolecules including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, neurotransmitters, hormones, and nucleotides. The course also provides an introduction to metabolic pathways and bioenergetics.
Pre-requisites: PCHE101 Co-requisites: None

PBUS101 Introduction to Business (4 credits)
This course provides students with the basic theoretical and practical skills needed to undertake business studies at the undergraduate level. It achieves this feat by introducing students to the contemporary business world, entrepreneurship, the business of managing, strategy, people in organizations, the principles of marketing, and accounting & finance. The course consists of textbook readings, lectures, interactive in-class discussions, and analyses of contemporary events relevant to business. Special attention is given to both the Saudi and U.S. business contexts.
Pre-requisites: None Co-requisites: None

PIE112 Introduction to Engineering Innovation (3 credits)
Engineering Innovation is an exciting UPP course level for motivated new students with an aptitude in math and science and an interest in engineering. In this course students will learn how to think like an engineer and develop the necessary problem-solving skills. The course will provide students with a hands on, experiential learning experience, which will provide: working knowledge of contemporary engineering practice, the problem solving process, and the tools and technologies engineers employ, as well as an understanding of the design process including competition, cost, quality, scheduling and manufacturability considerations. Numerous topics in various engineering disciplines will be covered with inspiring presentations, guest-speakers, team projects, and hands-on activities.
Pre-requisites: None Co-requisites: None

English Courses
PENG 003 Preparatory English 3 (4 credits)
PENG 003 is a 4-credit hour, 14-hour/week, 8-week course that specifically aims to develop the students' four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on writing. The primary aim of the course is to enable students to write coherent, organized sentences to form one paragraph with a review of mechanics, sentence patterns and correct usage. The emphasis of the communication component is to understand the speaker's focus, recall facts, list, distinguish between main ideas and details, and use strategies to identify, form, and express ideas while activating prior knowledge. The reading goal is to enable students to identify main ideas and supporting details, cultivate vocabulary, think about word meaning, increase reading fluency, verify information, and use reading strategies.
Pre-requisites: None Co-requisites: None

PENG 004 Preparatory English 4 (4 credits)
PENG 004 is a 4-credit hour, 14-hour/week, 8-week course that specifically aims to develop the students' four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The first primary aim of the course is to develop students' reading skills including understanding main ideas, supporting details and making inferences. The writing goal aims to enable students to understand the structure and features of a paragraph including topic, supporting and concluding sentences. The emphasis of the communication component is on understanding main ideas and supporting details while listening to academic lectures on a variety of subjects. Additionally, students will develop note-taking strategies to organize and synthesize the ideas expressed in lectures.
Pre-requisites: PENG 003 or acceptable minimum score on placement exams Co-requisites: None

PENG 005 Preparatory English 5 (4 credits)
PENG 005 is a 14-hour/week, 8-week course that specifically aims to develop the students' four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on reading, writing and grammar. The first primary aim of the course is to develop students' skills to read, reflect upon, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in a variety of texts. The writing goal aims to enable students to compose different kinds of clear, well-organized and coherent paragraphs including narrative, descriptive, process, logical division of ideas, and compare/contrast paragraphs. The emphasis of the listening and speaking component is on oral communication and the retention and analysis of information based on students' abilities to listen and comprehend. Students listen to a variety of real-life recordings and critically discuss the topics.
Pre-requisites: PENG 004 or acceptable minimum score on placement exams Co-requisites: None

PENG 006 Preparatory English 6 (4 credits)
PENG 006 is a 14-hour/week, 8-week course that aims to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with emphasis on reading, writing and sentence structure. The reading component centers on extending students' ability to interact with the written word, to reflect upon, analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate information from a variety of textual forms. The writing component centers on extending students' ability to express themselves in the written word, to compose clear, well-organized, and coherent short texts that incorporate a variety of rhetorical modes including opinion/persuasive and compare/contrast essays. The speaking and listening component centers on extending students' ability to interact effectively using the spoken word, to interact with the spoken word, to reflect upon, analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate information from a variety of live and recorded audio sources.
Pre-requisites: PENG 005 or acceptable minimum score on placement exams Co-requisites: None

PENG 007 Preparatory English 7 (3 credits)
PENG 007 is a 12-hour/week, 8-week course that specifically aims to develop the students' four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on reading, writing and grammar. The emphasis of the listening and speaking component centers on oral communication and the retention and analysis of information based on students' abilities to listen and comprehend. Students listen to a variety of real-life recordings and critically discuss the topics. The second primary aim of the course is to develop students' skills to read, reflect upon, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in a variety of texts. The third primary goal aims to enable students to write different kinds of clear, well-organized and coherent essays including argumentative and cause/effect.
Pre-requisites: PENG 006 or acceptable minimum score on placement exams Co-requisites: None

PENG 008 Preparatory English 8 (3 credits)
PENG 008 is a 12-hour/week, 8-week course that mainly focuses on reading and writing, with implicit emphasis on listening and speaking. The first primary goal of this course is for students to gain exposure to a wide range of texts (pathway related texts, essays, articles, professional journals, and literature) that will provide the basis for their essay writing that students engage in during the course. This course is designed to improve students' critical reading and thinking skills, increase analytical, inferential and evaluative comprehension, expand vocabulary skills, and employ effective study strategies for use across academic disciplines. The second primary goal is to hone the students' academic writing skills, and enable them to write clear, well-organized and coherent argumentative essays. The general use of academic writing conventions are promoted throughout the writing component as students are expected to incorporate basic citations in their writing at this level to avoid plagiarism.
Pre-requisites: PENG 007 Co-requisites: None



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