Kuwait University
College of Life Sciences

Information Science Department

General Education Courses

CLS 100 Arabic Language (3-0-3)

This course examines the structure of Modern Standard Arabic. Emphasis is placed on the study of the rules of sentence formation in Arabic, as well as the patterns of coordination, complementation, predications, and modification. Students focus on enhancing their proficiency in Arabic and developing basic skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing in Modern Standard Arabic.

CLS 101 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3-0-3)

In this course the student will learn that environmental science is an integrative, multidisciplinary approach to understanding and resolving environmental problems. A problem-solving framework is used to define the subject through the use of a series of case studies designed to reflect the diversity of contemporary environmental issues.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 103 Arabic Writing and Presentation Skills (3-0-3)

This course falls into two major parts: writing and presentation skills. In writing, the course develops students' academic writing skills including reports, articles and writing coherent paragraphs and short essays. In presentation, the course develops students' speaking skills through class discussions and oral presentations. Technological skills are incorporated through internet-based research and computer-assisted presentation tasks.

CLS 104 Biology (2-3-3)

This course examines fundamentals of biology, bio-molecules, cell & cell organelles, biological membrane structure and function, cellular metabolism, photosynthesis, ATP, cellular respiration, DNA structure and genetic code, cell division, Mendelian genetics, and organization of cells into tissues.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 105 Chemistry (2-3-3)

This course introduces students to basic chemistry concepts and calculations. Topics include basic principles of measurement and the scientific method; chemical equilibrium; atomic structure and periodicity; bonding models.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 107 College Algebra (3-0-3)

This course examines fundamentals of algebra and its application to the real world situations, polynomials, rational expressions, complex numbers, systems of linear equations, elementary matrices and their applications.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

 


CLS 108 Applied Calculus (3-0-3)

This course reviews areas of basic mathematics such as trigonometry, analytical geometry in two dimensions, linear equations, functions and their graphs, derivatives and its geometric interpretation, simple integration and its application. (Problems will be focused on the following areas: Food nutrition, information technology, environmental sciences, etc.).

Prerequisite: ELU 106

 


CLS 109 Statistics (2-3-3)

This course introduces data sampling, organizing, and summarizing. Measures of central tendency and spread. Correlation and Regression. Probability and sampling distributions. Statistical inference with application from many fields.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

 


CLS 110 Personal Fitness and First Aid (3-0-3)

This course is provides students with the information they need to make responsible health decisions about nutrition, fitness, and first aid situations. It examines current practices and trends in physical fitness programs. An overall view of the basic fundamentals of First Aid is presented with an emphasis on decision making in crisis situations.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 120 Humans and Their Environment (3-0-3)

This course provides broad-based coverage of a topic critical to the future of the world, humans, and their effect on the environment. The environment, actions which alter the environment, and actions designed to protect the environment are inherently interdisciplinary. It emphasizes how alterations in human activity can reduce the impact we have on the environment.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 125 Chemistry & Our World (3-0-3)

This course is intended to develop an understanding of basic chemistry principles and to show the application of chemistry to everyday life. Utilization of the scientific method on practical applications are used to illustrate both the potential benefits and the limitations of chemistry.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 130 Ethics and Practices (3-0-3)

This course examines the ethical duties of professional practice in such fields as architecture, business, environmental sciences, nutrition, etc. Focus is placed on case studies which evoke conflicts between personal convictions and public responsibilities.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

 


CLS 131 Introduction to Communication and Media (3-0-3)

This course provides an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to human communication. Overview of interpersonal, mass, integrated marketing and interactive/digital communication.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 132 Women in the Workplace (3-0-3)

This course examines the similarities and differences in the work experiences of men and women within organizations. Topics include gender role attitudes, occupational segregation, gender and leadership, and workforce diversity.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 135 Leadership Development (3-0-3)

This course is designed to challenge students to expand their understanding of their own leadership potential. Topics include leadership styles, and case-studies of leadership in different organizational and managerial situations. Students learn about effective leadership and citizenship in multicultural environments with an emphasis on communication, ethics, management, and vision.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 139 Introduction to Environmental Technology Management (3-0-3)

This course introduces the basic concepts of technology management and project management. Topics to be covered will include: principles of management, analysis of management functions, basic managerial functions and tools as applied to technology management, key factors determining successful management of technology, the decision making process, the tools of productivity.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 161 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3-0-3)

This course introduces students to the principles of entrepreneurship. Topics include influence of entrepreneurship on business culture, survey of cultural aspects of entrepreneurship in multiple settings, and success stories are presented through case studies.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 220 Social and Economic Trends in the Gulf (3-0-3)

This course explores the many facets of social and economic trends that are emerging in modern Gulf societies. It raises the students' awareness of the dynamics of globalism and its impact local and regional communities. It identifies socioeconomic trends and analyzes their causes and implications for the Gulf region as a whole and Kuwait in particular.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 221 Social Perspective on Environmental Issues (3-0-3)

This is an interdisciplinary course involving a number of social and behavioral sciences. It is designed to help students learn that environmental problems are fundamentally social problems and that environmental concerns and priorities of people differ with culture; the perception of a problem and the means for its resolution involves the interplay between social, economic, and biophysical concepts.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 230 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication (3-0-3)

This course emphasizes interpersonal communication including cultural, gender-related, relational, and individual factors which influence communication patterns. It also considers nonverbal behavior, and listening. Attention is paid to both conceptual understanding and development of interpersonal communication skills.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CLS 253 Technical Writing (3)

This course in an advanced writing course designed to improve the technical writing skills students may need once they enter the job market. The focus of this course is on the finer point of technical writing. Cohesion, coherence, accuracy and fluency. Two types of writing are practiced in this course: recommendation reports and summaries of articles or abstracts. Using the format of the recommendation report, students focus on the analysis, presentation and interpretation of data. Using up-to-date articles from periodical literature related to science and engineering, students identify and extract main ideas, reorganize these ideas logically, and produce a written summary or abstract of the article.

Prerequisites: An accumulated total number of 50 credit hours, ELU 126

CLS 260 Career Perspectives (3-0-3)

This course introduces students to the process of career planning and development through self-assessment, exploration of business options, and early planning. The course provides weekly individualized feedback to students on spoken and written communication skills and on the substance of career-related projects.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

AAD 100 Art Appreciation (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the basic concepts and vocabulary of visual art and design (sculpture, painting, architecture, ceramics, textile arts, and printmaking).

Prerequisite: ELU 106

AAD 105 The Language of Art (3 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the language of art. Students are introduced to the terminology used to discuss art, and to the structure and style of writing about art. Prose models, written in a variety of styles, are studied and used as examples by students to write about art.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

AAD 110 The Art of Drawing (3 Credits)

This is a beginning drawing course and is intended for everyone, not just for artists. The purpose of this course is to introduce the concepts and skills that will enhance the student's ability to observe, draw and organize information visually, using a variety of materials and techniques. All drawing is introduced with the emphasis on observation.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

AAD 112 Painting I (3 Credits)

The aim of this course is to develop the basic skills, techniques and processes of painting with an understanding of basic color principles. The integration of paint application and color principle develops an awareness that painting and color are used not only as mediums for representation, but also as mediums for expressive purposes. Artists' paintings are analyzed to understand their reasons for using particular techniques and their use of color.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

AAD 203 Art and Architecture of the Modern World (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the historical development of the visual and spatial arts from the beginning of the modern period in approximately 1500 to the present age.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

AAD 220 Photography I (3 Credits)

This course introduces the history of photography. Lighting and composition. Interior and exterior photography. Processing black and white film. Developing a personal photographic style.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

AAD 230 Basics of Graphic Design (3 Credits)

This course is a basic introduction to graphic design. Its vocabulary is both verbal and visual, and requires the use of software programs that are most commonly used in the graphic design field. Students learn the basics of media literacy and criticism.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

AAD 240 Basics of Interior Design (3 Credits)

This course is intended to provide the student with a broad understanding of interior design and knowledge of historical and social foundations of design, and to develop in the student a keen awareness of the professional responsibilities of an interior designer.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CSL 131 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3-0-3)

This course discusses disorders of spoken communication, their functional effect on quality of life for individuals with communication disorders. It also introduces intervention techniques for specific disorders of speech, language/hearing in context of social, cultural, linguistic diversity.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

CSL 211 Introduction to Linguistics (3-0-3)

This is an introductory course on the scientific study of natural language including the basic concepts of phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics with emphasis on Arabic. Besides, applied aspects of linguistic principles will be discussed.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

FSC 102 Foundations of Family Sciences (3-0-3)

This course includes individual study of a topic in family sciences such as family systems theory, child development, current research topics, family communication, etc.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

FSC 103 Psychology in Everyday Life (3-0-3)

This course integrates traditional principles of psychology as a way of helping students to know themselves, their culture, and their society. It combines elements of sociology and philosophy with a psychological base to provide a more holistic approach to the study of life experience.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

FSC 104 The Human Body (3-0-3)

This course explores the structures and functions of body organs. Gross and microscopic anatomy will be related to normal physiology of the body.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

FSC 105 Personal Nutrition & Women's Health Issues (3-0-3)

This course examines historical and current health issues affecting women. Topics include applied nutrition, selection of an adequate diet, dietary standards, tables of food composition, and dietary problems.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

FSC 110 Introduction to Human Nutrition and Food Science (3-0-3)

This course will introduce the macro and micro nutrients in the diet, food sources of nutrients and their fate in the human body. Nutrition related health problems, socioeconomic factors affecting dietary habits, basics of good nutrition and healthy life style will be discussed. The role of nutritionists and food scientist and technologist in health institutions, the food industry and foodservice.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

FSC 261 Marriage & Family Relationships (3-0-3)

This course explores the foundations of stable and positive family relationships in light of a married couple's expectations of family life. It examines psychology of family relations: definition and importance, the legal, social and emotional ties that support family systems. Various family system theories are examined in the light of the Kuwaiti family experience.

Prerequisite: ELU 106

FSC 273 Child and Media (3-0-3)

This course examines questions of child's relationship to texts and materials in media such as books, films, broadcast and recorded programs, CD-ROMs, computer programs, video games, Internet texts, and various toys and associated commodities. The course takes the approach that audiences are not necessarily victims, nor are they passive forces.

Prerequisite: ELU 106