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Preparatory Year Program

Objective Learning Resources Course Content Study Plan

Offered by the department of Basic Sciences, Natural Sciences is a 2-credit-hour course with 4 contact hours per week (over 8 weeks). On the completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Build good foundation in the Natural Science (Chemistry, Physics and Biology).
  • Acquire knowledge, obtain conceptual understanding and make informed decisions in Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Physics and Biology).
  • Develop an ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative studies in Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Physics and Biology).
  • Develop a problem-solving approach in Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Physics and Biology).
  • Communicate scientific information using a range of scientific terminology.
Learning Resources
Textbook :

Campbell Essential Biology with physiology, 4th edition, By: Simon. Reece. Dickey, Pearson, 2013-ISBN: 0321788257

Course Content

Natural Science introduces basic concepts and key ideas, providing opportunities to learn reasoning skills and a new way of thinking about our environment. This course helps students understand the basic concepts of the subjects of chemistry, biology and physics.
It focuses on atoms, periodic properties, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, and organic chemistry. Students will recognize motion, and laws of motion, momentum, work, potential energy and kinetic energy, energy conservation, electricity and electromagnetic field.
Course also concentrates on biological science, including an introduction to the disciplines of biochemistry, cell organization and genetics. Students will develop a basic understanding of the biological macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids) their structure and function, and name and describe the structure and function of cells. The course also introduces students to the core concepts of what genes are and how they work, enabling them to appreciate the transfer of genetic information in living cells.

Studing Plan
Course Weekly Activities:
Week lecture Topic (chapter/section) Assignment Notes
1 L1 Chemistry
8.1 Atomic structure.
8.2 Bohr model.
L2 8.4-5 Electron configuration and The periodic table Chapter 3,8.6 Metals, non-metals and semiconductors Homework
2 L3 9.2 valence electrons and ions.
9.3 Chemical bonds.
Quiz 1
L4 9.4-5 Bond polarity and composition of compounds, 10.1-2 Chemical formulas and chemical equations.
3 L5 12.1-2 organic compounds and hydrocarbons Chemistry, 12.2-4 organic compounds and hydrocarbons Chemistry. Quiz2
Major exam 1
4 L6 Physics
2.1 Describing motion., 2.2 Measuring motion, 2.6 Three laws of motion
L7 2.7 Momentum and Impulse, 3.1-2 Work and Motion, position and energy Homework
5 L8 3.3 Energy flow, 6.1 Concepts of Electricity, Quiz 1
L9 6.2 Electric Current, 6.5 Electromagnetic Induction
6 L10 7.1-2 Sources and Properties of light, 7.3-4 Evidence for Wave and Particles Quiz 2
Major exam 2
L11 Biology
Chapter 3. The Molecules of life: Organic compounds, Synthesis, Hydration , Carbohydrates and Lipids
7 L12 Chapter 3. The Molecules of life: Protein and Nucleic Acid Chapter 4. A tour of the cell, microscopic world of the cell Homework
L13 Chapter 4. A tour of the cell, the endomembrane system, Nucleus, Ribosome, chloroplasts, mitochondria, and the cytoskeleton. Quiz 1
8 L14 Chapter 10. The structure and function of DNA: Structure and Replication, genetic code, the flow of genetic information from DNA to RNA
L15 Chapter 10. The structure and function of DNA: The flow of genetic information from mRNA to protein. Mutation, viruses, and other infectious agents Quiz 2
9 Major exam 3

Grading Scheme:
Assessment task
Week due
Proportion of final Assessment
1 Quiz 1 2 5%
2 Quiz 2 3 5%
3 Homework 3 5%
4 Class activities - 4%
5 Presentation 3 10%
6 Major exam 1 End of Week 3 11%
1 Quiz 1 5 5%
2 Quiz 2 6 5%
3 Homework 6 5%
4 Class activities - 4%
5 Major exam 2 End of Week 6 11%
Total 100%
1 Quiz 1 7 5%
2 Quiz 2 8 5%
3 Homework 8 5%
4 Class activities - 4%
5 Major exam 3 9 11%
Total 100%
Name: Dr.Mohammed El Oirdi
Job Title: Lecturer
Office No.: 3054
Department: Basic Sciences
Ext(IP): 6814

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Name: Dr.Salman Hamad
Job Title: Lecturer
Office No.: 6056
Department: Basic Sciences
Ext(IP): 6810

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Name: Mr.Obadah Al Sayyed
Job Title: Lecturer
Office No.: 3048
Department: Basic Sciences
Ext(IP): 9034

Email :
Name: Mr.Salah Abo Saad
Job Title: Faculty member
Office No.: 3052
Department: Basic Sciences
Ext(IP): 5270

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Name: Mr.Faisal Haroon
Job Title: Lecturer
Office No.: 6046
Department: Basic Sciences
Ext(IP): 9033

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