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Foundation in Arts
Student Guide

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Congratulations to you on embarking upon your university preparatory studies, and we welcome you to Sunway University
College where you can pursue your pre-university studies all the way through to undergraduate and postgraduate
Sunway University College has had more than two decades of experience in teaching and preparing pre-university students
for progression into various academic programmes at universities all over the world. For this reason, our academics have put
their expertise and experience together, to incorporate key elements for students to develop intellectually, emotionally and
socially, when we developed our Sunway Foundation programme.
The Sunway Foundation in Arts is a pathway programme that effectively prepares students for successful and smooth
transition into undergraduate studies at Sunway University College, offered in collaboration with Lancaster University, United
Kingdom. Owing to the quality of its provision and the scope of its curriculum, our Sunway Foundation in Arts qualification
is also accepted by certain local and foreign institutions.
Sunway University College is proud of its tradition of academic excellence and we offer a range of undergraduate programmes
which offers people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to continually learn and develop. The Sunway Foundation
in Arts programme prepares students to undertake many disciplines at tertiary level, from accounting, business, computer
science and hospitality management to art, design and performance.
Sunway University College is a rapidly growing institution; we are constantly upgrading and improving our hardware,
including buildings and facilities, and our software, comprising our people, programmes and the services we offer. All these
are done so that our students can obtain the best learning outcomes, and our stakeholders are assured of our best efforts.
Our students’ academic success rates have increased steadily over the years and market research statistics indicate that we
are currently in the top tier of private university colleges nationally.
At Sunway University College, there are lots of fun things to do when you’re not studying and our Tun Hussein Onn Library
offers the very best in library services to help you with your research and projects. When you enrol with us, you will find out
how we can help to unlock your talents and create the best possible future for you – take the first step with the Sunway
Foundation in Arts programme.

Elizabeth Lee
Executive Director / Principal
Sunway University College & Sunway Group of Colleges
Foundation in Arts
An academic bridge for students to transition effectively into tertiary
level studies

• Charts a learning strategy allowing students to move into Sunway’s undergraduate courses conducted in
collaboration with Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
• Enables students to set personal and academic goals and identities their individual talents.
• Develops social responsibility through community involvement and participation in extra-curricular
• Equips students with technical and soft skills necessary to be resourceful and successful in higher studies.
• Nurtures students to become confident leaders with good communication skills.
• Recognised in any other universities for admissions into appropriate undergraduate programmes.

Programme Outline
Core Subjects
Subjects in Mathematics and English help to develop students’ numerical and communication skills

Academic Electives
A variety of electives in Business, Computer Science, Communication and Psychology prepares students for
the academic rigour of undergraduate studies

Enrichment Subjects
Broadens student’s general knowledge; develops their critical thinking skills through understanding of
individuals, groups and events influencing the world around them

January, March and July
December, March and July
3 semesters
Programme Structure
• 3 semesters of 14-week duration
• All Core and Enrichment Subjects are compulsory
• 3 Academic Electives (at least one each semester) are compulsory
• MQA subjects: Malaysian Studies, Moral Studies, Islamic Studies (Muslims only) are compulsory. Foreign students are exempted.

Choice of subjects
Students are required to undertake Mathematics and English as core subjects each semester. They are advised to take elective
subjects and take 1 or 2 enrichment subjects each semester.

Core Subjects (4 credits) Academic Electives (4 credits) Enrichment Subjects (2 credits)

Mathematics Computer Science • Culture and Ideas
• Contemporary Business • Computer Science and Applications • Culture and Performance
Mathematics • Database Management and • Business Communication
• Mathematical Techniques Programming • Critical Thinking Skills
and Analysis • Introduction to Psychology
• Statistical Techniques Accounting
• Introduction to Accounting Techniques
English • Accounting Processes and Reports
• Language and Communication • World of Business Finance
• Communication:
Audience and Context Management
• Language and Knowledge • Microeconomics: Concepts and Models
• Macroeconomics: The Global View
• Management and Marketing

Communication (Coming Soon)

• Introduction to Advertising and Design
• Introduction to Mass Communication
Student Support System Assessment and Examination
We have special programme counsellors who provide • Evaluation is based on 50% coursework (quizzes, projects,
academic guidance and support. investigations, assignments and presentations) and 50%
examination at the end of each subject.
Attendance Policy • The final transcript will show a combined mark and grade
for all subjects. Successful students will be awarded the
• Attendance is expected for all lessons. Certificate of Completion.
• Parental confirmation and /or medical certificate are • Malaysian students must take a unit each in Malaysian
necessary for any absence. Studies and Moral Studies/Islamic Studies (for Muslim
• Unauthorised absence from class may result in the students). Students without a credit in SPM Bahasa
student being excluded from classes and examinations. Malaysia must take a third unit of Bahasa Kebangsaan.
• Warning letters will be sent to errant students and
*students will be rewarded 3 credits if they have a credit in SPM
parents will be informed.
Bahasa Malaysia Paper.

Assessment and Evaluation Policy

Graduation Requirements
• All assessments, assignments and examinations are set by
academic staff of the Pre-University department to assess • Students must successfully complete minimum 55 credits
the student’s understanding of a particular subject. (inclusive of MQA subjects).
• Examination papers are moderated by university faculty • Pass in all Core and 5 Enrichment subjects and at least 2
members to ensure that necessary standards and learning Academic subjects.
outcomes are achieved by the students. • Complete Malaysian Studies, Moral Studies/Islamic Studies
• The coursework component will allow students to and Bahasa Kebangsaan A (9 Credit Hours are allocated to
monitor, improve and set personal goals. these subjects).
• The examinations will evaluate the final learning objectives
and the standards required for the student to progress to University Application
tertiary studies.
• Students must attain the entry requirement (aggregate %)
• Students must be responsible for complying with the
of the undergraduate programmes they wish to pursue at
assessment requirements of individual subjects according
their university of choice.
to the subject outline provided.
• Calculation of aggregate (%) is based on a total of 40
• Stipulated dates for submission of assignments are to be
credits gained from the accumulation of all the subject
followed. Disciplinary action may be taken if students fail
credits below:
to submit their assignments on time.
• In the event a student misses an examination/assessment • A minimum of 8 subjects (4 credits each)
with a valid and acceptable reason (eg: hospitalisation) • A minimum of 2 subjects (2 credits each)
the student will write the paper at the earliest possible • Any one subject (4 credits) or 2 subjects (2 credits)
date with permission from the Director of Programme.
• Progress Report will be sent to parents every semester.

Entry Requirements for Sunway Undergraduate Programmes

Degree Sunway Foundation in Arts (FIA)
Entry Requirements

School of Business
BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance 65%
BSc (Hons) Business Management 65%
BSc (Hons) Business Studies 60%
Bachelor of Business (Victoria University) 60%

School of Computer Technology

BSc (Hons) Information Systems 60%
BSc (Hons) Information Technology 60%

School of Health & Natural Sciences

BSc (Hons) Psychology 65%

School of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Management

BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management 60%

School of Creative Arts & Communication

BA (Hons) in Communication
(Corporate Communication/Advertising Design 55%
Subject Descriptions
Core Subjects (4 Credits) Accounting Processes and Reports (PACT 002)
This subject builds on the knowledge gained in previous module
Contemporary Business Mathematics (PMATH 001) (PACT 001). Balance day adjustments on accruals and prepayments will
The subject equips the student with the knowledge and skills emphasise the importance of accruals accounting. Further accounting
to perform mathematical operations and apply numerical and entries for non-current assets and accounts receivables will be dealt with.
quantitative approaches in day to day problem solving. It deals with Bank reconciliation procedures will introduce the concept of cash control.
arithmetic operations, fractions and conversions and use of symbols Preparation of accounting reports of service businesses, companies and
in place of numbers in simple algebraic calculations. Techniques to multiple department organisations will show variations in the financial
solving linear equations, plotting of graphs to determine value will be statements. Performance assessment using financial ratios will enable
covered. It will also consolidate knowledge and skills for quantitative students to appreciate the importance of accounting as a means of
analysis and problem solving. communicating business information to stakeholders.

Mathematical Techniques and Analysis (PMATH002) Management and Marketing (PIBM 001)
This subject will provide working knowledge of ratios, proportions and This subject emphasises how vital business is and how it impacts every
percentages. Students work from using simple algebra to calculate aspect of our lives. The first part deals with the business environment,
financial transactions to using simultaneous or quadratic equations ownership and its determinants, internal and external factors in
to solve problems. It involves recognition of arithmetic and geometric planning business strategies, and steps taken in setting up a business.
sequences. The subject will include use of graphical and numerical The second part deals with the management styles, organisational
means for optimisation, use of matrix arithmetic to solve problems. factors, motivational theories and leadership. The third part deals with
It will also teach the skills needed for data analysis, probabilities and marketing and its importance in all the sectors. It focuses on product,
statistics. place, promotion and price.

Statistical Analysis (PMATH003) World of Business Finance (PIBF 002)

This subject will teach skills to make inferences and predictions using This subject introduces finance and the importance of financial
suitable statistical techniques. Students will learn data analysis from information. The subject looks at the different sources of finance and
tables and graphs, calculate median and quartiles and central tendency the factors affecting it. The topics will also include understanding
and determine measures of dispersions. The second part looks at how budget and budgeting. It will deal with why financial information is
to use sets and count arrangements and selections to solve problems important to particular users and the types of reports which financial
in probability. It will also include the understanding and application of and management accounting yield to help decision making. Aspects of
normal and binomial distributions. cost-volume-profit analysis will also be included. Subject also builds on
breakeven analysis and capital investment appraisal. Students will have
Language and Communication (PLNG 001) better understanding of the financial world.
This subject focuses on strengthening basic language skills to enable Microeconomics - Concepts and Models (PECO 001)
students to construct well structured expressions in writing and
oral communication. Reading with critical awareness and extracting This subject investigates the choices that people, groups and societies
important view points from a range of literary and expository texts to face as they confront the problem of satisfying their unlimited wants
make notes, to summarise and paraphrase their understanding will with limited resources. This subject aims to analyse and understand the
be the centre of learning. Awareness of the influence of media in our allocation, utilisation and distribution of scarce resources that determine
everyday life will also be a part of the learning and communication our wealth and well-being. It develops the knowledge, reasoning and
process. interpretation skills that form an important component of understanding
personal, business and government behaviour at the local, national and
Communication: Audience and Context (PLNG 002) global levels.
The students are empowered with a well developed language skill to Macroeconomics - The Global View (PECO 002)
communicate with confidence their views and opinions. To convey
information, opinions on contemporary issues and recognition and The discipline of economics is one of particular relevance in the world
analysis of diverse opinions and the validity of claims are central to today. It is concerned with determining a country’s overall levels of
this course. Students will read informational texts and literary works output, employment, inflation, growth and its external stability. The
from various time periods across cultures. Analysis of visual texts effects on changes in monetary/fiscal policy in short run and long run
(advertisements and documentaries) and writing for targeted audience perspective is assessed. It assesses government objectives and how
will be stressed in the course. they can be achieved. Economic models are used to analyse events in
macroeconomic perspectives. Students will assess, evaluate, and criticise
Language and Knowledge (PLNG 003) the economic performance of a country.
The subject builds on the structures and conventions in English Computer Systems and Applications (PCSC001)
texts that develop the ability to use language to arrive at expressing
independent views and opinions; able to substantiate, drawing on Knowledge of computers has become an important skill in studies
their readings of literary, expository and informational texts and skills and work. This subject focuses on the basics of computers, types of
of referencing. The focus is on building an appropriate style of writing computer systems and their application in the business settings. It will
for academic purposes. look at system components, data processing cycle, computer software
and hardware. Word processing, spreadsheet processing and data based
management will also be explored.

Academic Electives (4 Credits) Programming and Web Development (PCSC 002)

Introduction To Accounting Techniques (PACT 001) With the advancement of technology, new applications are introduced
to automate our jobs and tasks on hand. An insight into programming
Accounting is fundamental to understanding how a business operates with Visual Basic will enable students to explore and develop simple
and performs. The first part introduces the double entry system and computer applications of their own. Students will learn to identify, apply
the concepts of separate entity and the logic behind the accounting and solve common applications involving mathematical and business
equation. The use of day books to organise business data to facilitate problems, using tools such as Visual Basic. They will also be introduced to
posting will be dealt with. This will proceed to preparation of simple Internet components such as www, File saver, IP, E-mails, security issues
financial statements. The second part will deal with depreciation and in the web systems and content development using MS Frontpage.
allowance for doubtful debts and their impact on financial statements.
The emphasis will be on procedures and concepts underlying them.
Enrichment Subjects (2 Credits) Culture and Ideas (PAF 011)
This subject helps students to understand the development of culture,
Broad knowledge and understanding of human experiences thoughts and ideas across time and region. They will have insight into
are the central drive of the subjects in this list. For 2011, various cultural traditions and ideas to understand their own place
the choice of subjects is limited to five, and all of them in the global society. Students will be exposed to representations of
are compulsory. The subjects are designed to enrich their human experience especially what has been written in words and in
experience, learning and preparation for the demands of practices of social rituals. The impact of cultural, economic and social
tertiary studies and post-tertiary employment. roots of modernity and how it shapes the lives of their generation is
explored. The three main areas of study are The Histories, The Modernity
Critical Thinking Skills (PLNG 013) and Globalisation: Borderless Identity.
The ability to think critically and to solve problems are the
fundamentals for lifelong learning. This subject explores Culture and Performance (PAF 001)
various forms of arguments used in academic disciplines. This, in line with Culture and Ideas, looks as the physical manifestations
It will focus on how to make good judgment about of culture and the arts in structures, paintings, drama and dance. The
information and arguments. It will create opportunities important artistic expressions in historic timelines and the influence of
to reflect and review one’s own arguments and develop political, social and economic impact on physical expressions is one of
intellectual and personal discipline. the areas of study. The advent of photography and the new revolution
of expression and its impact on film making and other visual contexts
Business Communication (PLNG 012) are also explored.
The subject introduces students to different channels
of communication and techniques used to convey a Psychology (PPSY 001)
message. The subject will enable students to understand This subject is designed to stimulate the student’s curiosity, initiating
the communication process and to communicate more them to the broad and diverse field of psychological principles and
effectively both in writing and in spoken forms in a business human behaviour. They will be exposed to theories, research and
environment. The subject is intended for students to build applications. It will serve as an impetus for students to think critically
confidence in presentations and public speaking. and enable them to understand the scientific approach in studying
human attitudes, emotions and behaviour. Students will also be
exposed to states of consciousness, personality, motivation, gender
and human sexuality and a glimpse into abnormal behaviour.

Guide to Subject Combinations for

University Studies
(a suggestion)

Accounting and Finance Psychology

English and Mathematics (24 Credits) English and Mathematics (24 Credits)
Introduction to Accounting, Accounting Processes & Combination of any three subjects (12 Credits)
Reports and Introduction to Business Finance (12 Credits) 5 Enrichment Electives (10 Credits)
5 Enrichment Electives (10 Credits) Compulsory Subjects (9 credits)
Compulsory Subjects (9 Credits)

Computer Science/IT
Business and Commerce English and Mathematics (24 Credits)
English and Mathematics (24 Credits) Computer Systems & Applications/
Microeconomics & Macroeconomics and Introduction Programming & Web Development/
to Business Marketing & Management (12 Credits) any one other Academic Elective (12 Credits)
5 Enrichment Electives (10 Credits) 5 Enrichment Electives (10 Credits)
Compulsory Subjects (9 Credits) Compulsory Subjects (9 Credits)
• Australian Matriculation
• Cambridge GCE A Level
• Canadian International Matriculation Programme
• Monash University Foundation Year
• Sunway Foundation in Arts


• Diploma in Business Administration
• Diploma in Information Technology
• Diploma in Graphic & Multimedia Design
• Diploma in Interior Design
• Diploma in Fine Art
• Diploma in Nursing
• Diploma in Hotel Management
• Diploma in Tourism Management
• Diploma in Events Management
• Diploma in Performing Arts
• BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance
• BSc (Hons) Business Management
• BSc (Hons) Business Studies
• BSc (Hons) Information Systems
• BSc (Hons) Information Technology
• BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management
• BSc (Hons) Psychology


(Majors in Business, Actuarial Science, Communication,
Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Psychology,
Engineering, Aviation, Computer Science, Architecture)


(Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia)
• Accounting, Banking & Finance, Financial Risk Management,
International Trade and Marketing

• Masters in Management
• Masters in Money, Banking & Finance
• MSc in Computer Science (by research)


Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia


Governed and owned by Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (800946-T) • Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)
Operating Company: Sunway University College Sdn Bhd (653937-U) • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
• Certificate in Finance, Accounting & Business (CFAB)
No. 5, Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway, • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)
46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
+6 (03) 5635 8630 • Intensive English Programme (IEP) • International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS)

All information is correct at the time of printing (Dec 2010)