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Course Description The course aims at enhancing MUET band 5 and 6 students with higher level of academic skills necessary for them to function effectively in academic settings. It assists students in utilizing critical thinking and communication skills through exposure to current and global issues. Students will explore and analyze information from various sources. They will also be engaged in problem solving activities through discussions and presentations. This course adopts immersive and self-directed learning approaches to optimize learning through the learning contract.


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Course Evaluation 1.Project 2.Critique Circle 3.Final Exam

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1. Project : 40% - Group work 4-5 students a) Outlne of Project


Progress outline

b) Conferencing (3) Group Facebook


Individual assessment

c) Project Report


Group Assessment

d) Project Presentation

15% Individual Assessment 20-25 mins of a roundtable discussion

2. Critique 30% a) Critique Circle 10% Class blog (100-120 words per posting) b) Critique responses 5% c) Written Critique 650-700 words


3. Final Exam 30 % Read an article on current issues Answer open ended questions

Description of Evaluation Components 1.Project 2.Critique Circle 3.Final Exam

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1. Project (40%) Goal To be able to investigate a specific problem in a community involving a non-governmental organization (NGO) and analyse the general public responses to the problem. Learning Outcomes Students should be able to: i. describe a community’s problem ii. design a research tool(s) on the issue iii. write an effective project report iv. present the problem and solution/s in the form of a roundtable discussion


1. The project is done in groups of 4 or 5. Each group is to select an authentic problem involving a nongovernmental organization (NGO) (i.e. orphanage, old folk homes, Malaysian Nature Society) where English is used. 2. Each group needs to design a research tool(s) in order to identify and investigate the causes and solutions of the problem faced by the community or NGO.

3. Each group should refer to at least 3-5 articles from any 2 different sources (e.g. books, internet, and nonelectronic sources) on the problem and its solution/s.

4. Each group collects and analyses the data. 5. Each group members should propose solutions to the problem identified.

6. Students’ progress will be monitored in the Conferencing sessions: C 1: discussion on the research problem and materials gathered. Prior to Conferencing 1, the group submits an outline of the research project which consists of the topic, the research tool(s) and the targeted respondents. C 2: discussion on the research design and literature review which are submitted earlier via online. The progress outline will be evaluated in this conferencing. C 3: discussion on the data analysis and findings which are submitted earlier via online. Each student will be evaluated in this conferencing.

7. Each group compiles and organizes the information gathered in a written report complying with UKM Style Guide (Gaya UKM). 8. The length of the report should be about 15 to 20 pages, A4-sized paper, margin 1 inch and 1.5 spacing. Font size: 12, Times New Roman. 9. Each group submits a hardcopy of the completed Project Report draft for instructor’s feedback in week 14.

10. In week 14, each group holds a sit-down roundtable discussion in about 20 – 25 minutes on the issue. 11. After each presentation, there will be a Question & Answer Session with the audience in which everyone in the group will be accessed individually.

3. Critique (30%) Goal To be able to give a written critique on an argumentative article. Learning outcomes Students should be able to: i. read and analyze critically information in an argumentative article ii. present and support their opinions on the issue(s) in the article

Procedure A. Online Critique Circle (10%) Week 4 - 6: 1. Students elect a moderator to create a class blog. 2. Students read and analyze the argumentative article posted online by the course committee. 3. Students write the online critique based on at least 2 criteria of the critical reading guidelines. 4. Each posting should be around 150 - 200 words and supported by excerpts from the article and evidence from other sources.

B. Critique Responses (5%) Week 4 - 6: 1. Students comment on each other’s postings. 2. Each student should submit at least two postings onto the plenary/class blog. 3. Each posting should be around 100 - 120 words.

C. Written Critique (15%) Week 6 - 9:

1. In groups of four, students find an argumentative article and post it online for instructor’s approval. 2. Students read and hold an online discussion. 3. Students analyse the selected article based on at least three criteria of the critical reading guidelines 4. Each student writes his or her critique in 650 - 700 words and submits the critique in hard copy form.

Final Exam (30%) Goal To evaluate students’ abilities in comprehending and responding to an article on important and current issue(s). Learning outcomes Students should be able to: i. read and identify main points in an article ii. write and support their opinions on the issue(s) in an article iii. give suggestions related to the issue(s)


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The exam comprises one article on an important and current issue. Students read the article and write the answers to openended questions based on the following: o identifying main points o expressing opinions o giving suggestions o making inferences The exam will be administered in Week 15/16. Time allocated is 2 hours.

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