Task ForceOnImproving Arts & HumanitiesAt KFUPM
AGENDATask Force MembersTask Force ChargesGER ComponentsGER Report FindingsAcademic Committee RecommendationsCurrent GS and IAS ElectivesAccomplishmentsTask Force Recommendations
Task Force TeamDr. Ibrahim Al-Jabri, LeaderDr. Eid Al-Shammari, MemberDr. Khudair Al-Khudair, MemberDr. Hocine Bahlouli, Member
Charges of the Task ForceUpdate report on GER submitted to VRAA.Identify accomplishments made.Recommend options for adding 2 GS courses in the curricula as recommended by Academic Committee.
GER Components Identified in the ReportMath and SciencesMathematical SciencesQuantitative ReasoningNatural SciencesScience, Technology and SocietyCritical thinkingComputer LiteracyCommunication Skills (Arabic and English)Written CommunicationOral CommunicationVisual & Electronic CommunicationReligion and HumanitiesIslamic StudiesEthics Social SciencesHuman behaviorSocial, cultural, and political processesAttitudes and skills for healthy lifePhysical Education
Report FindingsAfter updating the GER report, the Task Force found the following:
There are variations in the GERs from department to department.There is no well defined understanding of GER components in all departments.Almost anything that is not part of the core/concentration requirements is considered GERs.There is inadequate coverage of the human behavior. Arts and Humanities are almost absent: history of civilizations, economic developments, industrial revolution, philosophy, linguistics, There is insufficient coverage of the social, cultural, and political processes. A lack of social sciences ( psychology and sociology) in our GER curriculum.
Academic Committee RecommendationsThe Academic Committee discussed the GER report and made the following recommendations: The report recommendations should be made available to departments to see what GERs exist and what need to be implemented.Departments should revise their curricula so that the degree plan has room for more GS courses (2 courses) to satisfy GERs in Social Science and Human behavior.Faculty with special skills for the recommended courses should be hired.
Current GS ElectivesThe University offers some of the following GS courses:
GS 200: Info Searching SkillsGS 221: Industrial Sociology & ProductionGS 321: Principles of Human BehaviorGS 423: International RelationsGS 424: Planning & Social DevelopmentGS 427: Man & Environment
Current IAS ElectivesThe University offers some of the following IAS courses:
IAS 411: Contemporary Islamic WorldIAS 416: As-Sirah An-NabawiyyahIAS 418: Contemporary Financial Transactions in IslamIAS 419: Inimitability of Al-Quran
KFUPM Accomplishments to Improve GERsOpening a new GS DepartmentAppointment of a Chairman for the DepartmentIntroducing two IAS course:IAS 212: Professional Ethics.IAS 322: Human Rights in IslamTransforming two IAS courses:IAS 201: Writing for Professional NeedsIAS 301: Oral Communication SkillsSearching for hiring more GS faculty members.
Task Force Recommendation
There must be a common GER courses for all colleges. (i.e. University Requirements).Departments may add relevant GER courses as seen fit for their students.A full revision of the present IAS credit-hour requirements is very much needed. We should speed up building our capacity in the new GS department to take care of the shortcoming in the GERs.
Task Force Recommendation (contd)In order to make up for the addition of 2 GS courses (6 Credit Hours) recommended by the Academic Committee, the Task Force recommends the following options:
Task Force Recommendation (contd)
Option #1:Reduce the IAS credits from 14 to 8.Option #2:Reduce the IAS credits from 14 to 10.Reduce the COOP credits from 9 to 6.Option #3:Reduce the IAS credits from 14 to 10.Reduce the Major credits by at least 2.
TF Recommendation (contd)The Task Force recommends adopting option #1 for the following reasons:The IAS and GS courses are part of the GERs.Some IAS courses have little benefit compared to potential GS courses. (e.g. IAS 101 and IAS 111 syllabi contain material to which students have been exposed in the high school).
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