KDU College’s School of Pre-University Studies launches Foundation Studies (Science)

The Foundation Studies (Science) reflects heavily on the essential knowledge student must have in embarking on their tertiary studies. In the new modular system of subject offered in the Foundation Studies (Science), students are trained to be able to think logically and challenge themselves in analysing and verifying facts.
Transitioning into tertiary education from secondary school is not always easy. For secondary school leavers, one way to ensure that they are able to cope and have a smooth transition is by enrolling into a good pre-university or foundation studies programme that grounds them in the fundamentals of their studies and prepares them to meet the challenges ahead. 
Backed with years of experience in preparing students to meet the vigorous demands of tertiary education worldwide, the School of Pre-University Studies (SPUS) at KDU College is introducing its new Foundation Studies (Science) programme, which will begin in January 2016. 
The Foundation Studies (Science) is designed to prepare students for wide range of pathway selection in science studies. Its modules reflect heavily on the essential knowledge that students must have before continuing their chosen degree programmes, be it biomedical, pharmacy, medicine, engineering, computer science, and many others.
It’s new modular system has redefined the traditionally known science subjects such as Chemistry, Biology and Physics into specialised modules such as Physical Chemistry, Population Biology, Electromagnetism and Radioactivity, just to name a few. Such specialised modules are in line with the demands of the tertiary education which itself is very specific.
For instance, for students who are planning to pursue engineering, elective modules in the programme such as Light and Waves, Electromagnetism and Radioactivity, and Mechanics will provide a wide range of basic and applied knowledge which lays the foundation for an engineering degree.
Apart from its functionality as an entry qualification for degree programmes in different science pathways, the Foundation Studies (Science) also emphasises on critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills. Science is ever evolving and to be a good scientist or engineer, knowledge is not the only ultimate X factor a student needs.
In fact, students must be well equipped with research skills and be self-sufficient in keeping up with the pace of the science field. “A students must be able to think logically and challenge themselves in analysing and verifying facts,” explained Ms. Sathyavathy Rasanayagam, Head of School of Pre-University Studies. She continued, “It is quite evident that an undergraduate degree programme places a demand on unique sets of attributes from the student, and this is where the curriculum design of the Foundation Studies (Science) comes in. The programme doesn’t only focus on delivering knowledge but gradually moulds the students to achieve those attributes.”
The programme is suitable for students from science stream background who wants to pursue their tertiary education in sciences, physical sciences and life sciences. The programme is also a move away from traditional classroom-based education, and takes on various active learning methodologies, from lectures and tutorials to flipped classroom, blended learning, problem-based learning, project-based learning and hands-on practical sessions.
At KDU College, the student-lecturer interaction goes beyond the classroom, be it via face to face meetings or via the e-learning portal out of the office hours. “We highly encourage students to keep a close rapport with the lecturers, as education is not limited to scheduled hours in a classroom setting. We are dedicated to help students to realise their ambition and in that spirit, no one is left behind,” said Ms. Sathyavathy.
In order to ensure students make the right choice for their undergraduate programme, the School of Pre-University Studies provides them with industrial exposure, through visits corporate organisations and relevant industries. Through field visits such as these, students will be able to garner ideas from experts in different fields with regards to the exact nature and the various demands of the job. “Students will get first-hand knowledge on job attributes and with this experience, we believe they will be able to make an informed decision for their career pathway,” added Ms. Sathyavathy.