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Key Fact
  • Program name
    Preparatory Year for Graduate Programs
  • Program code
    PYG
  • Dept. chair
  • Program length
    2 Years
  • Credit hours
    26

 About the Program

 

The Effat University Preparatory Year for Graduate Programs is designed to serve both the academic and professional industries. It aims to bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate education and supply industries with well-prepared and highly qualified candidates. This two semesters value-adding academic program provides subject and language preparation for students who want to enter graduate programs (taught and researched) including, but not limited to, engineering-related fields, computers science and information systems, architecture, design, arts, humanities, social sciences, business, or STEM at any university - local or international. 

The main objectives of the program are:

To provide students with top-tier and advanced knowledge in their field of specialization;
  • To provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to design and conduct high quality research;
  • To prepare student to be outstanding scholars, self-directed and highly disciplined;
  • To prepare students to become excellent communicators, which is a skill highly required in different domains which teaching and quality research output are part of;
  • To equip students with strong quantitative and analytical skills,
  • To develop students’ creativity, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills 
  • These objectives are accomplished through the distinctive features of the Program: 
  • Supervised Research Project 
  • A very valuable feature of this holistic preparatory Year is the opportunity to carry out a research project of the students’ choice, supervised by a suitable academic and language expert from Effat University.
  • The Weekly Cycle and Structure of Classes
  • A distinctive feature of the Preparatory Year for graduate programs at Effat University is that language and subject study are integrated: language classes are specific to each subject and classroom activities are designed to help students develop vocabulary, oral and written skills appropriate to the subject.​

 Learning Outcomes

​​Students are required to have following four skills:

Knowledge:

  1. To demonstrate a deep understanding of the principles, theories and concepts in their field of choice.

Cognitive Skills:

  1. ​To synthesize theoretical and analytical skills in order to provide innovative ideas for complex theoretical or practical real world problems related to the field of specialization.
  2. To apply advanced knowledge and research methodologies and techniques in order to test innovative ideas and provide creative solutions.
  3. To design, conduct and communicate research output effectively.

Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility

  1. ​To demonstrate high level of responsibility and autonomy. 
  2. To demonstrate the ability to interact, cooperate, and lead in a multicultural group.

Communication, Information Technology and Numerical Skills

  1. ​To communicate effectively and use technology creatively to achieve the desirable results​

 Graduation Requirements

To complete 26 credits hours of the program as per the program plan

 Architecture and Design (PYGA)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course #

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

Course #

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

PYGG 001

Research Methodology

None

4

 

Elective (2)

Dept. Approval

4

PYGG 002

Philosophy and Philosophers

None

4

 

Elective (3)

Dept. Approval

3

PYGG 003

Statistics for Graduate Studies

None

2

 

Elective (4)

Dep. Approval

3

 

Elective (1)

Dep. Approval

3

PYGG 004

Research Project

PYGG 001, PYGG 002, and PYGG 003

3

Total

13

Total

13


Students in Architecture and Design track has to select 4 courses from the following table:​​​

Course code

Course Title

Credits

Pre-requisite

PYGA 001

Urban Design

(3-0-3)

None

PYGA 002

Housing and Economics

(3-0-3)

None

PYGA 003

Comparative Architecture Thoughts

(3-0-3)

None

PYGA 004

Energy and Design

(3-0-3)

None

PYGA 005

Planning and Design of Human Settlement

(3-2-4)

None

PYGA 006

Urban Conservation

(3-0-3)

None

PYGA 007

Introduction to Real Estate

(4-0-4)

None

PYGA 008

Visualization in Design

(3-2-4)

None

PYGA 009

Color and Lighting Principles

(3-0-3)

None​

 Business (PYGB)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course #

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

Course #

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

PYGG 001

Research Methodology

None

4

 

Elective (2)

Dept. Approval

4

PYGG 002

Philosophy and Philosophers

None

4

 

Elective (3)

Dept. Approval

3

PYGG 003

Statistics for Graduate Studies

None

2

 

Elective (4)

Dept. Approval

3

 

Elective (1)

Dept. Approval

3

PYGG 004

Research Project

PYGG 001, PYGG 002, and PYGG 003

3

Total

13

Total

13


Students in Business track has to select 4 courses from the following table:​

Course code

Course Title

Credits

Pre-requisite

PYGB 001

Mathematics

(3-0-3)

None

PYGB 002

International Marketing Strategy

(3-0-3)

None

PYGB 003

Operation Management

(3-0-3)

None

PYGB 004

Principle of Accounting and Finance

(3-0-3)

None

PYGB 005

Entrepreneurship in Broad Perspective

(3-0-3)

None

PYGB 006

Personnel and Human Resources Management

(3-0-3)

None

PYGB 007

International Business and Economics 

(4-0-4)

None

PYGB 008

Fiqh Al-Muamalat

(3-0-3)

None

PYGB 009

Introduction to Business Administration

(3-0-3)

None

PYGB 010

Strategic Management

(3-0-3)

None​

 Computer Science and Information Systems (PYGC)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course #

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

Course #

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

PYGG 001

Research Methodology

None

4

 

Elective (2)

Dept. Approval

4

PYGG 002

Philosophy and Philosophers

None

4

 

Elective (3)

Dept. Approval

3

PYGG 003

Statistics for Graduate Studies

None

2

 

Elective (4)

Dept. Approval

3

 

Elective (1)

Dept. Approval

3

PYGG 004

Research Project

PYGG 001, PYGG 002, and PYGG 003

3

Total

13

Total

13


Students in the Computer Science and Information Systems track has to select 4 courses from the following table:​​

Course code

Course Title

Credits

Pre-requisite

PYGC 001

Compiler Construction

(3-0-3)

None

PYGC 002

Computational Discrete Optimization

(3-2-4)

None

PYGC 003

Computational Optimization

(3-2-4)

None

PYGC 004

Project Management

(2-2-3)

None

PYGC 005

Advanced Programming

(2-2-3)

None​

 Engineering (PYGE)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course#

Course ​Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

Course#

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

PYGG 001

Research Methodology

None

4

 

Elective (2)

Dept. Approval

4

PYGG 002

Philosophy and Philosophers

None

4

 

Elective (3)

Dept. Approval

3

PYGG 003

Statistics for Graduate Studies

None

2

 

Elective (4)

Dept. Approval

3

 

Elective (1)

Dept. Approval

3

PYGG 004

Research Project

PYGG 001, PYGG 002, and PYGG 003

3

Total

13

Total

13


Students in the Engineering track has to select 4 courses from the following table:​

Course code

Course​ Title

Credits

Pre-requisite

PYGE 001

Digital Communication Systems

(3-0-3)

None

PYGE 002

Power System Control

(2-2-3)

None

PYGE 003

Advanced Electronics

(2-2-3)

None

PYGE 004

Dynamic System and Control

(3-2-4)

None

PYGE 005

Advanced Digital System Design and Implementation

(2-2-3)

None

PYGE 006

Principles of Chemistry

(2-2-3)

Dept. Approval

PYGE 007

Principles of Physics for Engineers

(2-2-3)

Dept. Approval

PYGE 008

Mathematics for Engineers

(2-2-3)

Dept. Approval

PYGE 009

Lab and Simulations

(1-1-4)

Dept. Approval

PYGE 010

Modeling and Simulation for Engineering Systems

(2-2-3)

Dept. Approval

PYGE 011

Physics and Chemistry for Energy Engineering

(2-2-3)

Dept. Approval

PYGE 012

Introduction to Renewable Energy

(3-1-3)

Dept. Approval

PYGE 013

Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

(3-2-4)

Dept. Approval​​

 Humanities (PYGH)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course#

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

Course#

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

PYGG 001

Research Methodology

None

4

 

Elective (2)

Dept. Approval

4

PYGG 002

Philosophy and Philosophers

None

4

 

Elective (3)

Dept. Approval

3

PYGG 003

Statistics for Graduate Studies

None

2

 

Elective (4)

Dept. Approval

3

 

Elective (1)

Dept. Approval

3

PYGG 004

Research Project

PYGG 001, PYGG 002, and PYGG 003

3

Total

13

Total

13


Students in the Humanities track has to select 4 courses from the following table​

Course code

Course Title

Credits

Pre-requisite

PYGH 001

Advanced Arabic Writing

(3-0-3)

None

PYGH 002

Approaches to Translation and Interpreting

(3-0-3)

None

PYGH 003

Arabic Discourse Analysis

(3-0-3)

None

PYGH 004

Introduction to Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting

(3-0-3)

None

PYGH 005

English Structures and Functions

(3-0-3)

None

PYGH 006

Liaison Interpreting

(3-0-3)

None

PYGH 007

Linguistics Applied to Translation

(3-0-3)

None

PYGH 008

Phonetics and Phonology for Translators

(4-0-4)

None

PYGH 009

Standard Spoken Arabic and Public Speaking

(4-0-4)

None

PYGH 010

Style and Syntax in Arabic

(3-0-3)

None​

 Social Sciences (PYGS)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Course#

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

Course#

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credits

PYGG 001

Research Methodology

None

4

 

Elective (2)

Dept. Approval

4

PYGG 002

Philosophy and Philosophers

None

4

 

Elective (3)

Dept. Approval

3

PYGG 003

Statistics for Graduate Studies

None

2

 

Elective (4)

Dept. Approval

3

 

Elective (1)

Dep. Approval

3

PYGG 004

Research Project

PYGG 001, PYGG 002, and PYGG 003

3

Total

13

Total

13


Students in the Social Sciences track has to select 4 courses from the following table​​

Course code

Course Title

Credits

Pre-requisite

PYGS 001

Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

(3-0-3)

None

PYGS 002

Fundamental Concepts of Social Psychology

(3-0-3)

None

PYGS 003

Key Issues and Controversies in Psychology

(3-0-3)

None

PYGS 004

Learning and Human Development

(3-0-3)

None

PYGS 005

Philosophy of Psychology

(3-0-3)

None

PYGS 006

The Brain and Behavior

(4-0-4)

None​

Contact Information
Dept. Chair
Tel.+966 122137550
Assistants
Tel.+966 122137554 

Effat Alumnae

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