Foundation in Science JPT/BPP(A9504)03/19

The new Foundation In Science programme is designed in such a way to equip the students with the necessary skills before they enroll for their degree programme. For instance, the foundation in science leading to biological science offers extensive studies in the biological field. The other streaming programmes offered are foundation in science leading to physical science and computer science.

Both programmes offered a vast knowledge in the related field of studies. The students will have an early exposure on the subject matter before they join the degree programme in the following years. This will help the students to develop and improve their understanding by providing the basic knowledge in that area. As part of the teaching-learning strategy, students will have to undergo a few assessments as part of the continuous assessment. The continuous assessment component comprises a combination of tests, mid-term examination, laboratory reports, and a presentation which accounts for an allocation of about 40-50 marks depending on the course.

Students choosing to specialize in the biological field will develop the scientific skills, theoretical and practical skills that provide an essential background that later will be introduce in the degree programme. The students will learn Biology from many aspects such as Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology and Applied Biology.

For example, in cell and molecular, students will learn the physiology and molecular aspects of cells in different domain of organisms. This will eventually help the students to understand the concept of DNA code, immune systems and the application of Biotechnology. The early exposure on the subjects will help the students to understand and score the subject better in their degree programme. The early hands-on during practical session will boost students confidence level to perform and carry out the experiments in the related field.

For example, the students will have to examine the anatomy of rat. During the practical session, the students will have to complete the task by dissecting a rat in order to observe the structures and organs. The aim of this course is to use scientific knowledge to solve real-world problems by providing the foundation and understanding which is trivial for a career as well as a platform to further research and technology advancement.

 

On the other hand, Foundation In Science leading to physical sciences will furnish students with the basic concept of electrical engineering, electronic components and laws. These are the fundamental concepts behind electronic devices and systems. At the end of the semester, the students should be able to construct a basic electronic circuit and apply basic circuit analysis. Students will learn to apply the knowledge acquired during lecture and practical session and make use for real application.

For Foundation In Science leading to computer science, this course is designed to introduce the basic principles and concepts of programming for students with no prior programming experience. The students will be guided to the areas such as designing a Web using HTML language and a hands-on for actual web development. Students will be exposed to various skills such as coding and debugging the source codes. Besides that, students will be introduced to the technology equipment used in information technology and expose them to the computing systems. Such exposure will help the students have a solid foundation in this area when they enrol into their Degree programme.

Programme content

The following courses make up the Foundation in Science (A 9504) programme curriculum:
  • Biology 1
  • Biology 2
  • Chemistry 1
  • Chemistry 2
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Fundamental English 1
  • Fundamental English 2
  • Mathematics 1
  • Mathematics 2
  • Computer Applications
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics 3
  • Applied Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • Introduction to programming
  • Mathematics for computing
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to web design

Minimum entry requirements

  • Students who wish to pursue degree programmes in Health, Pure and Applied Sciences, after completion of the Foundation of Science Programme at QIUP, the minimum entry requirements will be SPM or other equivalent qualifications approved by the University Senate and Ministry of Higher Education with credits in Mathematics, two Science subjects and two other subjects.
  • Students who wish to pursue degree programme in Medicine after completion of their Foundation in Science programme at Quest International University Perak (QIUP) primarily need to possess a minimum entry qualification of grade ‘B’ in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and one other subject at the SPM or equivalent level. These are mandatory requirements set by the Malaysian Medical Council and the Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Students who wish to pursue degree programmes in Dentistry or Pharmacy after completion of their Foundation in Science programme at QIUP will need to possess a minimum entry qualification of grade ‘B’ in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics at the SPM or equivalent level.

The above entry requirements also apply for students with ‘O’ Level qualifications.

Intakes
3 intakes in a year (January, May and September)

Mode of Study: Full-time

Duration: 1 year

Assessment:
Students’ ability is gauged through continuous assessments and a final semester examination. The continuous assessment component comprises  a combination of: tests / quizzes, mid-term examination, laboratory related reports, essays, presentations and projects / assignments, which accounts for an allocation of about 30-50 marks depending on the course. The balance of the marks is allocated for the final examination.