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Kingdom of Saudi

Arabia
Ministry of Higher
Education

Qassim University
College of Architecture,
Planning and Design

Course Specifications
Institution: Qassim University
College:
College of Architecture, Planning and Design
Program: B.Sc in Architecture
Department offering the course: Architecture Dept.

A. Course Identification & General Information


1. Course Title: Critical Thinking
2. Credit Hours: 3

Lecture: 3

Course Code: ENG 104


Tutorial: 0 Practical: 0

3. Program in which the course is offered: Arch Program


4. Name of faculty member Responsible for the course:
Prof. Dr. Tomas Ucol-Ganiron Jr
5. Year: 1st

Level: 2nd Level

6- Pre-requisites of the course : - ENG 104


7- Co-requisites of the course: - Not applicable
8- Location if not on main Campus: -

Total: 3

Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia
Ministry of Higher
Education

Qassim University
College of Architecture,
Planning and Design

B. Objectives of the Course


1- Summary of the main learning outcomes for students enrolled in the course
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
Identify the basic parts of speech used in reading selections.

Recognize basic sentence patterns used in a text.

Identify the main idea of short reading passages.

Manipulate 6 basic sentence patterns including use of correct word forms.

Write short narrations and summaries of short text. Additional Course Goals.

2. Course development plans


Plans for Course Development:
- Increase of web-based reference material through the establishment of a web-site linked
to the college site and including text and exercise materials.
- Updating the course material through the continuous development of the college
undergraduate plan and the curriculum.

C- Course Description:
1- Course contents:
Topic
Talking about Language: Language
words (Noun, verb, adjective, adverb,
preposition, etc.) Correct usage.
Activity No. 1-(#1.1-1.7) pp.7, English
Vocabulary in Use by McCarthy
Proper Pronunciation and Diction
Reading Skills 1: Jobs and At School
and University.
Reading Skills 2: Communications
Sentence
Coordination
and
Subordination
Activity No. 2-(Completion Questions

Week /
Date

Hours

Lectures

1st-

2nd-3rd

Tutorial/
Practical

Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia
Ministry of Higher
Education

Qassim University
College of Architecture,
Planning and Design
#1-10)pp. 138-139, English Grammar by
Rozakis
Activity No.3-(Multiple Choice #1-10)
pp. 139-141, English Grammar by
Rozakis
William Shakespeare Filmography
Punctuations
Activity No. 4-(Multiple Choice #1-10)
pp. 158-160, English Grammar by
Rozakis
Activity No. 5- (Further Exercises # 12) pp. 160, English Grammar by Rozakis
Film No. 1- The Story of Queen
Elizabeth 1

4th -5th

6th

7th -8th

9th

10th

11th

Long Quiz 2

9th

Strong and Valid Arguments


Class Discussion (#13-19, pg. 52)
Activity No. 5(#13, pg. 52)

12th

Midterm Examination

13th

Long Quiz
Developing Writing Style
Activity No. 7 (Multiple Choice 1-10)
pp.192-193, English Grammar by
Rozakis
Film No. 3-The Untold Story of Prophet
Isaiah and Prophet Mohammed
Midterm Examination)
Writing Correct and Complete
Sentences
Writing Business Letter, Career
Objective and CV
Practice Reading
Bobs Day at Work (pp. 11-12), Speak
English by Gillett
Activity No. 8-Actual Reading (pp.1718), Speak English by Gillett

Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia
Ministry of Higher
Education

Qassim University
College of Architecture,
Planning and Design
Understanding American Music
14th
(Mellow and Romantic)
15th
Group Project Presentations
16th
Final Exam
2- Course components (total contact hours per semester): 60
Lecture
45

Tutorial
15

3
3

3
3

0
0

Laboratory

Practical/ Field work/ Internship

Other:

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3. Additional private study/learning hours expected for students per week.


4 hrs

4 Intended Learning Outcomes of the Course (ILOs)


a. Knowledge.
(i) Description of the knowledge to be acquired

Develop strategies of reading for a deeper understanding.


State opinions based on reading.
Use free writing as a way to develop simple opinion paragraphs.
Infer vocabulary meanings from context.
Use conventions of writing including indentation, margins, capitalization and
punctuation.
Develop the professional objective, education sections, experience section, skills
section and honors & award section of resume.

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop that knowledge

Lectures
Assignments, at home
Discussions in the Class
Case study Report (data collection, internet search, and reporting)

(iii) Methods of assessment of knowledge acquired

Quizzes: to assess understanding of the course knowledge.


Assignment reports: to assess ability to answer some comprehensive questions.
Midterm Exams: to assess understanding of the course knowledge.
Final Exam: to assess understanding of the course knowledge.

Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia
Ministry of Higher
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Qassim University

College of Architecture,
Planning and Design
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b. Cognitive (Intellectual) Skills.


(i) Cognitive skills to be developed

The ability to use reading and writing in the interpretation of architectural plans
The ability to perform conversation with proper pronunciation and enhance good
diction.
The ability to write and design cover letters and CV for applying architecture jobs.

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these cognitive skills

Lectures
Assignments, at home
Discussions in the Class
Case study Report (data collection, Internet search, and reporting)

(iii) Methods of assessment of students cognitive skills

Quizzes: the ability to use writing in composition of architectural topics and enhance
the listening skills through film showing
Assignment reports: the ability to improve the parallelism of sentences and observe
proper correct usage of nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs, prepositions and
conjunctives.
Midterm Exams: the ability to use reading comprehensions and writing skills.
Final Exam: the intellectual skills such as interpreting and listening skills and ability
to analyze correct usage of sentence.

c. Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility


(i) Description of the interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility to be developed

Team work
Ideas development and sharing with others

(ii)

Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills


Assignments, at home
Discussions in the Class
Case study Report (data collection, Internet search, and reporting)

(iii) Methods of assessment of students interpersonal skills


Unified reports and Seminars: to assess the integration done by the student in a
unified report and presentations.
Oral Group Exams: to assess interactive and communication abilities.

Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia
Ministry of Higher
Education

Qassim University

College of Architecture,
Planning and Design

d. Communication, Information Technology and Numerical Skills


(i) Description of the skills to be developed in this domain.

Use of the internet advance search


Technical report writing

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills


Assignments, at home
Assignment Reports (data collection, Internet search, and reporting)
(iii) Methods of assessment of students numerical and communication skills
Assignment Reports: to assess technical report writing abilities.
Discussion Groups: to assess interactive and communication abilities.
e. Psychomotor (if applicable) & Other Non-cognitive Skills
(i) Description of the psychomotor or other skills to be developed and the level of performance required
Not Applicable

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills

-----------------(iii) Methods of assessment of students psychomotor skills

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Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia
Ministry of Higher
Education

Qassim University
College of Architecture,
Planning and Design
5- Schedule of Assessment Tasks for Student During the Semester:
Assessment
1
2
3
4

Assessment task (test, group project, examination etc.)

Week due

Weight of

Quiz 1
Assignment 1
Quiz 2
Quiz 3

2%
2%
2%
2%

Long Quizzes

6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13

Quiz 4
Quiz 5
Mid Term Exam2
Assignment 2
Continuous class evaluation
Group reports and seminars
Attendance
Final Exam

Week 2
Week 4
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
& Week
14
Week 8
Week 9
Week 12
Week 13
1st -15th
Week 13
1st -15th
Week 16

15%
2%
2%
15%
2%
2%
2%
2%
50%

D. Student Support:
- 6 Office hours per week are offered by the instructor to aid the students and support

them.

10hours/week

E. Learning Resources:
Title

Author

Edition

Publishing
Company

ISBN

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1. Required Text(s)

Rozakis, Laurie, English Grammar for Utterly Confused(1st Edition), McGraw-Hill,


California, 2011.
2. Essential References
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Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia
Ministry of Higher
Education

Qassim University

College of Architecture,
Planning and Design
3- Recommended Books and Reference Material (Journals, Reports, etc) (Attach List)

Gillett, Amy, Speak English Like an American (1st Edition), McGraw-Hill, Cali-fornia,
2011.
Mc Carthy, Michael and Felicity ODell, English Vocabulary in Use (Elementary),
Cambridge University Press, New York, 2010.
4-.Electronic Materials, Web Sites etc

Course materials are uploaded on the College Web-Site (www.qec.edu.sa) to be available


for the students.
5- Other learning material such as computer-based programs/CD, professional standards/regulations
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F- Facilities Required
1. Accommodation

- Lecture Room (5x6 m) equipped with Smart Board, White Board, Data Show,
Overhead projector,
2. Computing resources

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3. Other resources

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G Course Evaluation and Improvement Processes


1 Strategies for Obtaining Student Feedback on Effectiveness of Teaching

Questionnaire,
Observing the students opinions recorded in the college student site
Appeal box
Carrying out extensive questioners by a sample of the distinguished students
just after the graduation from the college.

2 Other Strategies for Evaluation of Teaching by the Instructor or by the Department

Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia
Ministry of Higher
Education

Qassim University

College of Architecture,
Planning and Design
Periodical review of the teaching methods by both the department council and
the education affairs vice dean. Questionnaire,
Observing the students opinions recorded in the college student site
Appeal box
3 Processes for Improvement of Teaching

Evaluation of the course outlines by external staff member from outside the
university
Periodical contact with the different architecture authorities and industries for
evaluating and getting their feedback and suggestions concerning the course
outlines.

4. Processes for Verifying Standards of Student Achievement

It is planned to:
Check marking of a sample of student work by an independent faculty member.
Exchange periodically, and remark a sample of assignments with a faculty
member in King Saud University (KSU).
5. The planning arrangements for periodically reviewing course effectiveness and planning for
improvement.

- Assessment and evaluation of the level of achieving the course outcomes through
a continuous improvement process (part of a quality assurance system established
by the university),
- Consequently, actions are to be taken to improve the course delivery when
necessary.
- Review of the course objectives, outcomes and curriculum each 2 years.