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University of Calgary Calendar 2017-2018 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions I International Foundations Program IFPX
International Foundations Program IFPX

Students must be admitted into the International Foundations Program to enrol in these courses, or by consent of the International Foundations Program office. Students will be registered by IFP in all courses depending on their placement in the Pathways, Bridging or Preparation stream.

Notes:

  • Except where noted, courses are graded but not included in GPA and will not count as credit towards any University degrees.
  • These courses may not be audited.
International Foundations Program 150       Academic Writing and Grammar I
Develop basic writing and grammar skills of standard written English. The focus is placed on the development of simple and compound sentences. Students will also learn appropriate use of modifiers, noun phrases, past and future verb tenses, repositions, comparatives, articles, spelling, punctuation and work on expanding their range of academic vocabulary.
Course Hours:
6 units; F(10-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Preparation stream Qatar campus.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 150)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 153       Reading Comprehension and Proficiency I
The development of academic literacy skills. Topics covered are reading for comprehension, improvement in reading speed, and vocabulary expansion. Development of dictionary and thesaurus skills via use of monolingual English dictionaries and thesauri will also be an essential aspect of the course. Other sub-topics covered will be word forms, determining meaning for words in context, and the use of basic affixes in the prediction of meaning.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(5-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Preparation stream Qatar campus.
Corequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 150 and 157.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 153)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 157       Listening Comprehension and Oral Fluency I
Continues the development of basic listening comprehension and speaking skills. Listening strategies and exercises will focus on comprehension of live or recorded audio instructions. Students will focus on comprehension and identification of vocabulary, argument development, main ideas and other specific details during listening practice. Speaking will focus on oral grammar, pronunciation, and basic rules of Canadian English discourse.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(5-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Preparation stream Qatar campus.
Corequisite(s):
International Foundations Program IFPX 150 and 153.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 157)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 160       Academic Writing and Grammar II
Develop writing fluency through study and practice of compound and complex sentence patterns used in standard written English. The main focus will be the process of paragraph analysis and composition. A also integrates aspects of complex grammar structures and their appropriate usage.
Course Hours:
6 units; F(10-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 150, 153, and 157 or admission to IFP Preparation stream Qatar campus.
Corequisite(s):
International Foundations Program IFPX 163 and 167.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 160)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 163       Reading Comprehension and Proficiency II
Emphasizes the development of academic literacy skills. Instruction will be focused on recognition of word pair analogies, common idiomatic expressions, and higher-level vocabulary. Students will also learn about inference, context clues, and predicting meaning from their readings, as well as multiple genres of reading materials in fiction and non-fiction.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(5-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 150, 153, and 157 or admission to IFP Preparation stream Qatar campus.
Corequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 160 and 167.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 163)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 167       Listening Comprehension and Oral Fluency II
A continuation of the development of listening comprehension and speaking skills. Focus will be placed on the development of pronunciation skills, public speaking, formal class presentations, appropriate use of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, and development of interviewing strategies. Listening strategies and exercises will focus on comprehension of live or recorded audio instructions and stories.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(5-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 150, 153, and 157 or admission to IFP Preparation stream Qatar campus.
Corequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 160 and 163.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 167)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 230       Foundational Academic Reading and Writing for Business Studies
Develop academic skills in reading and writing pertinent to business studies. Facilitate the acquisition of reading comprehension skills in order to extract meaning from a specific context. Focus on skills to structure ideas and produce short texts.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; Q(1.5-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Pathways stream with Haskayne School of Business.
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 235       Foundational Academic Listening and Speaking Skills for Business Studies
Develop academic skills in listening and speaking pertinent to business studies. Facilitate the acquisition of listening comprehension skills in order to extract meaning from academic listening events. Focus on speaking skills to communicate and report ideas in academic business settings.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; Q(1.5-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Pathways stream with Haskayne School of Business.
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 236       Academic Reading and Writing for Business Studies
Foster academic skills in reading and writing pertinent to business studies. Develop reading comprehension skills to evaluate and incorporate meaning. Focus on skills to communicate ideas and arguments through conventional texts.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; Q(1.5-0) 
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 230.
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 237       Academic Listening and Speaking Skills for Business Studies
Develop academic skills in listening and speaking pertinent to business studies. Facilitate the acquisition of listening comprehension skills in order to extract meaning from academic listening events. Focus on speaking skills to communicate and report ideas in academic business settings. Foster academic skills in listening and speaking pertinent to business studies. Develop listening comprehension skills to construct meaning through integrated and multimodal academic listening events. Focus on speaking skills for persuasion through meaning-driven interaction in academic business settings.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Pathways stream with Haskayne School of Business.
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 250       Introduction to Academic Written Communication Skills for Engineering
Introductory scientific writing skills including reading in scientific texts to develop research skills, sense of audience, tone, register, organization patterns, grammar and mechanical concepts, and vocabulary, with a focus on lab reports.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Pathways stream with Schulich School of Engineering.
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 257       Introduction to Academic Oral Communication Skills for Engineering
Academic oral language skills in technical/scientific contexts including presentations, group problem solving, creating lecture notes, and pronunciation, as well as effective study skills and habits.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Pathways stream with Schulich School of Engineering.
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 270       Academic Writing and Grammar I
Designed for low to high intermediate students of English as an additional language. A focus on skills required for writing academic paragraphs, from brainstorming ideas to the final written product. The paragraph writing will progress to essay writing through the course requiring a more precise use of language for description, opinion and explanation. Writers will practice their critical thinking skills as they analyze and evaluate the topic-related issues and develop their own ideas and ways to express them.
Course Hours:
6 units; F(8-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Bridging or Preparation streams.
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 273       Reading Comprehension and Proficiency I
Designed for low to high intermediate students of English as an additional language. Students will use a variety of strategies to read academic and non-academic text to build vocabulary in context, and to understand how authors structure language to communicate information and opinion in different types of compositions. Students will practice their critical thinking skills as they analyze and evaluate the readings and express their own ideas.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(4-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Bridging or Preparation streams.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 173)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 277       Listening Comprehension and Oral Fluency I
Designed for mid-level to high intermediate English as a second language students. Students will practice and develop their listening skills covering a wide range of academic topics in a variety of presentation styles. Improving pronunciation and practicing communication skills for a variety of settings along with the development of critical thinking.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(4-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Bridging or Preparation streams.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 177)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program  280       Academic Writing and Grammar II
To improve high intermediate to low advanced students' academic writing skills. Refine the essay structure with a focus on mastering the chronological, comparison and contrast essays. Emphasis will be placed upon the sequence of steps in the writing process. Students will learn varied sentence types, more sophisticated writing techniques, advanced grammar, research topics, and documenting academic references
Course Hours:
6 units; F(8-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 270, 273 and 277 or admission to IFP Bridging or Preparation streams.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 167)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 283       Reading Comprehension and Proficiency II
For high intermediate to low advanced students to continue to refine their reading skills within theme-based chapters. Students will build academic vocabulary, study word derivatives, and will increase their ability to use an advanced English dictionary. Students will learn and use critical thinking strategies to respond to texts and articles through discussion, debate and written assignments. In addition, students will begin to explore academic journals of interest to their future studies.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(4-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 270, 273 and 277 or admission to IFP Bridging or Preparation streams.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 183)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 287       Listening Comprehension and Oral Fluency II
High intermediate to low advanced students continue to develop their academic listening and speaking skills. Students will hone critical thinking skills, academic vocabulary and practice pronunciation. Students will also attend on-campus lectures of their choice to practice note-taking.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(4-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 270, 273 and 277 or admission to IFP Bridging or Preparation streams.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 183)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 290       Academic Writing and Grammar III
Develop advanced writing skills while reviewing the various organizational patterns for multi-disciplinary academic essays. Advanced grammatical and mechanical concepts are fostered. Students will develop an understanding of the process approach to writing, appropriate referencing, documenting, paraphrasing and summarizing. Critical thinking strategies will be promoted in order for students to create individual conclusions about issues.
Course Hours:
6 units; F(8-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 280, 283 and 287 or admission to IFP Bridging or Preparation streams.
Notes:
Students may take one 3 unit (half course), with IFP Academic Co-ordinator approval, while enrolled in Tier 3 courses.
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 183)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 293       Reading Comprehension and Proficiency III
Develop advanced reading skills and effective reading strategies for the genres of text found at the undergraduate level. These texts will be used for obtaining information and building vocabulary. Students will employ critical thinking strategies in order to reach independent conclusions and respond analytically.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(4-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 280, 283 and 287 or admission to IFP Bridging or Preparation streams.
Notes:
Students may take one 3 unit (half course), with IFP Academic Co-ordinator approval, while enrolled in Tier 3 courses.   
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 193)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 297       Listening Comprehension and Oral Fluency III
Master the listening and speaking skills necessary for undergraduate study. Lectures from a variety of disciplines will be analyzed so that students can develop valuable comprehension strategies, including preparing for a lecture and taking effective notes. Academic discussions about complex, abstract and detailed topics covered in the lectures will be held in order to analyze, problem-solve and make decisions. Oral presentation techniques, pronunciation and critical thinking strategies will be further explored by the students.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(4-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 280, 283 and 287 or admission to IFP Bridging or Preparation streams.
Notes:
Students may take one 3 unit (half course), with IFP Academic Co-ordinator approval, while enrolled in Tier 3 courses.  
Also known as:
(formerly English for Academic Purposes Program 197)
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 332       Advanced Academic English for Business Studies
Facilitate the synthesis of written discourse adhering to the characteristics of academic language in business studies. Focus on language analysis skill to produce coherent written discourse and ease the processing for the receiver.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 236.
Notes:
May be used to fulfill the junior English requirement in the BComm program. See the Haskayne School of Business for more information. Not available for credit towards degree programs outside of the Haskayne School of Business.
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International Foundations Program 334       English for Professional Business Purposes
Facilitate applied language skills for further studies and professional communication in business studies. Focus on persuasive communication skills required for both oral and written discourses in professional business settings.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 237 and 332.
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 350       Advanced Academic Written Communication Skills
Advanced scientific and technical communication for extensive writing tasks in the Schulich School of Engineering. Participants will read scientific and technical writing, develop research skills and information literacy, critically analyze data, enrich vocabulary focused on scientific contexts, and foster rhetorical understanding and synthesis of information.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 250.
Notes:
May be used in lieu of Communications Studies 363. See Schulich School of Engineering Program Details for further information. Not available for credit towards degree programs outside of Schulich School of Engineering.
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International Foundations Program 357       Advanced Academic Oral Communication Skills
Advanced academic oral language and academic communication skills for use in the Schulich School of Engineering. Participants will learn skills for communication in technical contexts, and develop fluency, accuracy and clarity. Tasks will include note taking on extended lectures, research and critical thinking, presentations, discussion leading and group problem-solving.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
International Foundations Program 257 and admission to IFP Pathways stream with Schulich School of Engineering.
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 451       Introduction to Academic Written Communication
Basic scientific writing skills and written academic communication expectations for use in engineering contexts. Focus will include how to read scientific texts, developing research skills, written communication contexts, grammar and mechanical concepts, and audience, as well as developing academic and scientific vocabulary.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 455       Introduction to Academic Oral Communication
Participants will develop their English speaking and listening skills for use in engineering contexts through participation in academic presentations, note-taking, and group problem solving scenarios.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 459       Fundamental Academic Communication
An introduction to the academic culture and communication expectations for study including physical and online infrastructure, as well as improve language skills necessary to navigate university entrance and commence studies.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(5-0.5T)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.      
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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International Foundations Program 559       Advanced Academic Communication
Participants will develop writing for scientific reports, technical writing, and applications, and develop reading skills for identifying bias, synthesizing information, vocabulary acquisition and researching. Presentation skills, as well as note-taking and questioning strategies, will also be practiced.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(5-0.5T)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.    
GRADED, NOT INCLUDED IN GPA, NO CREDIT TOWARDS DEGREES
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Graduate Courses
International Foundations Program 651       Advanced Academic Written Communication for Engineering
Facilitate the synthesis of written discourse adhering to the characteristics of academic language in the Master of Engineering program. Focus on writing and research skills required for graduate level academic studies.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Pathways stream in the Master of Engineering program, or consent of the program.
Notes:
Course is graded but not included in GPA and will not count as credit towards any University degree.
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International Foundations Program 655       Advanced Academic Oral Communication for Engineering
Facilitate applied language skills for communication in the Master of Engineering program. Focus on oral communication skills required for graduate level academic studies.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to IFP Pathways stream in the Master of Engineering program, or consent of the program.
Notes:
Course is graded but is not included in the GPA and does not count for credit towards any University degrees.
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