Mathematics Unit

Introduction

About Mathematics Unit

The three-term math course aims to bridge any gaps in students’ knowledge of math prior to their enrolling in their degree programs.

Four hours a week are dedicated to each of the three levels. Students take a midterm and a final exam. Grades are determined by exam results, as well as continuous assessment, portfolios, and quizzes. All students in Level 2 take a comprehensive Moodle-based exit exam.

Math Courses

 

 

Course Title Course Name Contact Hours per week
FPM 100 (Pre-level) Pre-level 4
FPM 101A (Basic) Level 1 4
FPM 102B (Pure & Applied) Level 2 4
FPMA 100 Math for Arabic 4
FPML 100 Math for Law 4
FPMS 100 Math for Social Work 4

 

 

FPM 100  (Foundation Program Math Pre-level)
FPM 100 is a pre-level math course designed to develop both math skills and good study habits. Skills taught include conceptual understanding and problem solving in the following topics: real numbers, basic algebraic operations and properties, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, first degree equations and inequalities, and real-life problems. Learning outcomes are aligned with Oman Academic Standards. Upon completion, students transition to FPM 101A (Math Level 1).
FPM 101A (Foundation Program Math Level 1: Basic)
FPM 101A is a basic math course designed to develop both math skills and good study habits. Skills taught include conceptual understanding and problem solving in the following topics: exponents, rationalizing denominators, quadratic equations and complex roots, circles, straight lines, linear inequalities, metric unit measurements, basic trigonometry, right triangles, and real-life problems based on the Pythagorean Theorem. Learning outcomes are aligned with Oman Academic Standards. Upon completion, students transition to either the applied or the pure stream of FPM 102A (Math Level 2).
FPM 102B (Foundation Program Math Level 2: Applied)
The applied stream of FPM 102B is an applied math course designed to develop both math skills and good study habits, and to prepare students for further study of higher-level math. Skills taught include conceptual understanding and problem solving in the following topics: graphs of exponential and logarithmic functions, three types of symmetry of equation, quadratic functions, real-life problems based on exponential functions, the inverse relation between exponents and logarithms, basic statistics, and an introduction to probability. Learning outcomes are aligned with Oman Academic Standards. Upon completion, students transition to their respective majors.
FPM 102B (Foundation Program Math Level 2: Pure)
The pure stream of FPM 102B is a pure math course designed to develop both math skills and good study habits, and to prepare students for further study of higher-level math. Skills taught include conceptual understanding and problem solving in the following topics: graphs of exponential and logarithmic functions, three types of symmetry of equation, real-life problems based on exponential functions, the inverse relation between exponents and logarithms, basic trigonometric functions, identities, sine and cosine, long division, partial fractions, basic statistics, and an introduction to probability. Learning outcomes are aligned with Oman Academic Standards. Upon completion, students transition to their respective majors.
FPMA 100, FPML 100, FPMS 100 (Foundation Program Math for Arabic, Law, and Social Work)
FPMA/L/S 100 is a basic math course designed to develop both math skills and good study habits for students who intend to major in Arabic, law, or social work. Skills taught include conceptual understanding and problem solving in the following topics: real numbers, basic algebraic operations and properties, polynomials, circles, straight lines, metric unit measurements, basic trigonometry, right triangles, and real-life problems based on the Pythagorean Theorem. Learning outcomes are aligned with Oman Academic Standards. Upon completion, students transition to their respective majors.

Placement Test

Criterion Level Remarks
0 – 39 Pre-level Students who score 60+ on the Moodle-based math placement test are exempted from the Foundation Program’s math requirements.
40 – 49 Level-1
50 – 59 Level-2
60 – 100 Colleges
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