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International College Dundee delivers the first stage of your IIB programme – the International Stage One (IS1).

International Stage One (IS1)

The IS1 is the equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate degree. IS1 is designed to help you develop knowledge and understanding within your subject area, as well as your English Language and study skills, before you continue onto your chosen University of Dundee undergraduate degree. Studied across three terms, you will continue straight onto Year 2* of your degree programme once you have successfully completed your IS1.

 

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Course structure

Every IS1 has a number of core compulsory modules:

This module develops students’ understanding of the demands placed on them by university study, of the conventions of academic study and of the notion of good and unacceptable academic practice, whilst scaffolding the acquisition of academic language and study skills.

This module provides a foundation in mathematical knowledge and skills and explores the way in which technology can contribute to the learning process and provide a range of ways of communicating information.

The module provides students with an introduction to government and society in the British Isles, explaining the main features of British democracy, and exploring key features of British society, class, ethnicity, gender, rights and obligations.

Academic subjects

There are also a number of subject-specific modules which relate to your chosen route.

Your year of study is called International Stage One and you can choose a specialist pathway in:

Overview

The Art & Design pathway at ICD allows international students to access a number of exciting and challenging undergraduate degrees at the renowned Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Course Description

The Art & Design pathway at International College Dundee is a fantastic way to start your creative degree. It is a pathway to a number of undergraduate degrees at Dundee, including Fine Art and Product Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

As an Art & Design student at ICD, you will study modules designed to both increase your awareness of key concepts in art and design theory, and encourage you to expand your creative skills through studio practice. You will also study the foundations of psychology, expanding your awareness of human behaviour to inform your creative work in the future.

  • Guaranteed continuation onto degree at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design when you successfully complete the IS1 Art & Design
  • Modules ranging from Psychology to Studio Practice
  • Small class sizes
  • Dedicated student support
  • Specialist teaching

Methods of assessment

  • Continuous assessment and feedback
  • Project work and testing

Teaching

  • Small classes
  • Practical workshops in some modules

 

Modules

 

Cultural Context

The module exposes students to the rich cultural diversity which inspired earlier practitioners in their field and supports the development of a critical understanding of contemporary, historical and cultural influences which inform their own practice as art, design or media specialists.

 

Film, Media and Popular Culture

Students are introduced to critical and cultural theory, and their understanding of the theoretical aspects of film and TV production is developed with an emphasis on storytelling. Students learn about and reflect on the processes involved in film and TV programme production and consider the relationship between film and programme makers and their audiences.

 

Introduction to Psychology

Students will be offered a historical overview of Psychology, and go on to study aspects of Social, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, exploring anti-social behaviour, the nature and structure of human memory and the developmental theories of Piaget and Vygotsky.

 

Studio Practice

Students work in a variety of media, consolidating their skills and developing a range of techniques which will enable them to produce a portfolio of work in response to the module. A range of basic skills will be developed including drawing, painting, 3D sculpture and model-making. Students will be encouraged to develop their critical and conceptual thinking, and to develop their ideas using sketch books and design sheets.

 

Digital Media


This module looks at a range of digital media and software in relation to students’ ways of working. Students will not only gain practical skills in the conventional tools of digital art and design but will also be encouraged to explore the possibilities of digital media to enhance the potential of their work through experimental approaches.

Overview

 ICD offers an exciting alternative start to joining the University of Dundee School of Business. By studying Business at ICD, you gain an excellent grounding in the basics of business – which could eventually lead to a dream career.

Course Description

The IS1 in Business will give you a grounding in the basics of business, encompassing key economic, legal and management principles. You will also develop maths skills that are vital for understanding accounting practices. 

The School of Business is a leading teaching and research centre with a prestigious reputation. Graduates of many business-related programmes are eligible for exemptions from modules and examinations if they wish to take a further professional qualification in marketing or accountancy. 

  • A guaranteed place on the next stage of your degree when you successfully complete IS1 (first year)
  • Continue to one of the UK’s top business schools
  • A wide range of final degrees to choose from
  • Some exemptions from professional examinations upon gaining degree
  • Supportive environment

Methods of assessment

  • Continuous assessment and feedback
  • Project work and testing

Teaching

  • Small classes giving individual attention

 

Modules

 

Data Analysis

This module provides a sound foundation in statistical knowledge and skills and covers an introduction to probability, hypothesis testing, the interpretation of data in context, the application of data to problem-solving, and experimentation.

Microeconomics

This module provides the appropriate foundation in economic theory and focuses on the economic decision-making by individuals and businesses. The main topics covered include demand and supply, the operation of the price mechanism, productivity and profits, division of labour, scarcity, choice and allocation of resources, market structure, consumer demand theory, perfect competition, monopoly and oligopoly.

 

Macroeconomics

Students study basic models of the economy starting with a closed economy model that investigates the links between investment, government spending, taxation and consumption on the occurrence of unemployment and then progressing to an open economy model which also looks at the influence of international trade.

 

Introduction to Financial Accounting

This module covers accounting records and their source materials, double-entry bookkeeping, checking accuracy and preparing a trial balance, calculation of key ratios and interpreting a Statement of Financial Position and Income Statement.

Introduction to Management Accounting

This module focuses on the techniques of management accounting that are used to collect, process, and present financial and quantitative data within an organisation to aid performance management, cost control, planning and pricing and, through these, the process of managerial decision-making.

 

International Business Management

This module looks at business structure and the impact of internal and external factors on business growth and development. It introduces students to different approaches to management and leadership within businesses, and how thinking about management has developed over time. Marketing is used as a context into which to look at businesses’ responsiveness to the market and the need for strategic planning.

 

Financial Management

This module looks at financial management in business and personal contexts. Students are introduced to the ways in which businesses are financed; how their financial performance is monitored and controlled; and how international and national factors may impact them.

Overview

An undergraduate degree in Computing will provide you with the understanding and ability to design and develop all types of software. This includes the fundamentals of computer science, the principles of programming and algorithms. Computing offers access to a range of future career opportunities such as Software development, Systems Analysis and Information Management.

Course description

Our IS1 in Computing has been designed in partnership with experts from the University of Dundee’s School of Science and Engineering. This course offers you subject-specific preparation within Computing and will allow you to develop your ability to use software development tools. Upon successful completion, your will continue onto year two of your chosen Computing degree.

Methods of assessment

  • Continuous assessment and feedback
  • Project work and testing 

Teaching

  • Small classes with individual attention
  • Practical workshops in some modules 

Modules

Introduction to Software Development

This module will provide students with the fundamental knowledge and basic skills required to design and develop software.

Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms

In this module, students will learn the theory and Java implementation of commonly used data structures in computing and to improve general programming skills by applying these data structures to solve problems. 

Core Mathematics

This module provides students with the mathematical terminology, notations, conventions, and units required in Science, Engineering or Computer Science, including algebra, differential calculus, set theory and probability and experimental laws.

Further Mathematics

In this extension module, students begin to study advanced mathematical techniques, problem solving and scenario modelling, including algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry and vectors & forces.

+ Two modules chosen from options below:

Term 1:

Matter and Waves

The main topics studied are the properties of waves – reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction; the nature of solids and fluids; heat and gases; the structure of the atom; properties of the nucleus; electrons, radiation, fission and fusion.

OR

Mechanics

Students study vectors including Cartesian components and position vectors; forces and equilibrium, including the action of forces and a particle in equilibrium; relative motion, including velocity and acceleration; Newton’s Laws of Motion and applications; friction and Hooke’s Law; work, energy and power, including kinetic energy, conservation of mechanical energy and work done by a variable force.

Term 3:

Data Analysis

This module provides a sound foundation in statistical knowledge and skills and covers an introduction to probability, hypothesis testing, the interpretation of data in context, the application of data to problem-solving, and experimentation.

OR

Engineering Project

This module provides students with the opportunity to study all aspects of a project related to engineering, including project design and management, social and environmental impact, and sustainability.

Continuation Degrees

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Computing
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Computing (Human Computer Interaction)1
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science

 

1 These courses are 3-year rather than 4-year meaning students will continue to year one of this degree and not year two.

Overview

With so many career options and routes of study, our integrated degrees give you the best possible start to your academic studies in Engineering & Physical Sciences.

Course Description 

Engineering is a broad and exciting field. The IS1 Engineering and Physical Sciences course covers its major mathematical and scientific principles and gives you an excellent foundation for further study; the heavy focus on maths, physics and programming also ensures that you’ll deepen your understanding during this first additional year of your undergraduate degree.

  • Guaranteed continuation to a wide choice of degree options upon successful completion of IS1
  • Module choices reflective of your degree
  • Small class sizes
  • Student support
  • Specialist teaching

Methods of assessment 

  • Continuous assessment and feedback
  • Project work and testing

Teaching

  • Small classes
  • Practical workshops in some modules

Modules

 

Data Analysis

This module provides a sound foundation in statistical knowledge and skills and covers an introduction to probability, hypothesis testing, the interpretation of data in context, the application of data to problem-solving, and experimentation.

Pure Mathematics

This module provides students with the mathematical terminology, notations, conventions, and units required in Science, Engineering or Computer Science, including algebra, differential calculus, set theory and probability and experimental laws.

Mechanics

Students study vectors including Cartesian components and position vectors; forces and equilibrium, including the action of forces and a particle in equilibrium; relative motion, including velocity and acceleration; Newton’s Laws of Motion and applications; friction and Hooke’s Law; work, energy and power, including kinetic energy, conservation of mechanical energy and work done by a variable force.

 

Electricity, Electronics & Fields

In electricity and electronics: current and change, use and limits of Ohm’s Law, capacitors in DC circuits, AC circuits, transistors and logic circuits.

In fields and their effects: forces, potential energy, intermolecular fields, electrical and gravitational fields, launching satellites from Earth, measuring magnetic fields and their forces, principles of electromagnetic induction, inductance and transformers.

 

Engineering Project

This module aims to introduce students to engineering and scientific projects. They have the opportunity to study all aspects of a project related to their particular field of study; develop a range of skills to research the project; consider the problems involved in its implementation; investigate it from a number of perspectives (including project design, management, social and environmental impact and sustainability); and report their findings in written form and through a presentation.

Further Mathematics

In this extension module, students begin to study advanced mathematical techniques, problem solving and scenario modelling, including algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry and vectors & forces.

 

Depending on your degree choice, you also study either:

 

Chemistry 1

This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to Chemistry. The main topics covered are: formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox, thermodynamics and bonding.

 

OR

 

Matter and Waves

The main topics studied are the properties of waves – reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction; the nature of solids and fluids; heat and gases; the structure of the atom; properties of the nucleus; electrons, radiation, fission and fusion.

Overview 

The Life & Biomedical Sciences pathway at ICD allows you to access a range of exciting undergraduate degrees – such as Pharmacology or Molecular Biology.

Course Description

The application of research from life and biomedical sciences can change lives – and in some cases, save them. As a discipline, it’s a fascinating and rewarding journey that connects with many other areas of study.

The pathway in Life & Biomedical Sciences is a different way to begin a range of exciting undergraduate degrees. International Stage One will give you an excellent grounding in a variety of areas within the field: you will then continue to stage 2 of your chosen specialist degree and subject area, studying directly with the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.

Dundee is the top university in the UK for Biological Sciences according to the Research Excellence Framework (2014). Leading scientists are involved in both the planning and teaching of courses at Dundee, and students benefit from up-to-date and well-equipped facilities for practical work.

  • Guaranteed continuation to a wide choice of degree options upon successful completion of IS1
  • Small class sizes
  • Student support
  • Specialist teaching

Methods of assessment 

  • Continuous assessment and feedback
  • Project work and testing

Teaching

  • Small classes
  • Practical workshops in some modules

Modules

 

Data Analysis

This module provides a sound foundation in statistical knowledge and skills and covers an introduction to probability, hypothesis testing, the interpretation of data in context, the application of data to problem-solving, and experimentation.

Cell Biology

The main topics covered are: biological molecules; cellular structure and function; the structure of chromosomes; cell division and movement through cell membranes, including diffusion and osmosis; structure and properties of enzymes and metabolic pathways such as catabolism and anabolism; and aerobic and anaerobic respiration.

 

Anatomy and Physiology

The main topics covered are the human skeletal system, including the structure of bone tissue, bone growth and development, and the classification of bones; articulations; muscle types; and nervous tissue. Students also study the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems.

 

Further Studies in Biology

This module looks at genetics, ecology and plant biology. Each topic contains areas within it that are controversial and stimulate ongoing debate around the role of science within human society, and the nature of human interaction with the wider natural world.

 

Chemistry 1

This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to Chemistry. The main topics covered are: formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox, thermodynamics and bonding.

Chemistry 2

The main topics studied are: equilibria, including the dynamism of equilibria and the application of Le Chatelier; acid-based equilibria, including Brønsted–Lowry Theory, weak and strong acids and bases and the principles of acid-based titrations; and kinetics, including factors affecting reaction rate, collision theory, thermodynamic and kinetic stability, and catalysis.

 

Matter and Waves

The main topics studied are the properties of waves – reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction; the nature of solids and fluids; heat and gases; the structure of the atom; properties of the nucleus; electrons, radiation, fission and fusion.

Overview

Nursing focusses on providing care and support to individuals and is considered a highly rewarding career within the health care sector. The ICD pathway in nursing offers you an alternative route to an undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Dundee. 

Course description

The ICD pathway in nursing will enhance your English language capabilities and develop your academic study skills. You will study full-time for 30 weeks over three terms and upon successful completion you will progress onto the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree[CW1] . You will continue your undergraduate studies at the School of Nursing and Health, which is one of the Top 100 Universities in the world for nursing.

Methods of assessment

  • Continuous assessment and feedback
  • Project work and testing

Teaching

Small classes with individual attention

Modules

Introduction to Psychology

After looking at the subject’s historical development, three particular areas are studied. The main focus within Social Psychology is on antisocial behaviour. Cognitive Psychology focuses on the nature and structure of memory: capacity, duration and encoding in short- and long-term memory. Developmental Psychology covers the developmental theories of Piaget and Vygotsky, including key developmental concepts and how each may be applied to the process of learning.

Further Studies in Biology

This module looks at genetics, ecology and plant biology. Each topic contains areas within it that are controversial and stimulate ongoing debate around the role of science within human society, and the nature of human interaction with the wider natural world.

Cell Biology

The main topics covered are: biological molecules; cellular structure and function; the structure of chromosomes; cell division and movement through cell membranes, including diffusion and osmosis; structure and properties of enzymes and metabolic pathways such as catabolism and anabolism; and aerobic and anaerobic respiration.

Data Analysis

This module provides a sound foundation in statistical knowledge and skills and covers an introduction to probability, hypothesis testing, the interpretation of data in context, the application of data to problem-solving, and experimentation.

Communication in Healthcare

This module demonstrates the importance of effective communication and a range of core communication skills in nursing and healthcare. It explores the principles and methods of communication including challenging behaviour and how to respond.

Nursing and Healthcare

Exploring the history of nursing, this module introduces students to nursing and healthcare provision in the UK anddevelops understanding of different nursing theories, moral and ethical principles of nursing and how they influence current practice including expectations and some key roles of a nurse.

Anatomy and Physiology (Nursing)

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the anatomy (structure that makes up the body) and physiology (the functions of body parts and the body as a whole) of the body. The main topics covered are cells, tissues, homeostasis, organs and systems. The systems include the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, integumentary, nervous, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and lymphatic/immune systems.

Continuation Degrees:

BSc Nursing Ordinary and Hons pathways – Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Child Nursing

Overview

Social Studies enhances your understanding of societal structures, culture, politics and social science. This broad-based curriculum ensures that you can continue on to a wide range of degrees including Psychology and Law.

Course Description

In Social Studies, students are offered a modern, forward-looking approach to learning and a rigorous preparation for the professional world, whether in the legal sphere or elsewhere.

After completing the first stage at ICD, you will continue your chosen degree in the School of Social Sciences. The School of Social Sciences also contains Dundee Law School, which was the first to offer fully qualifying law degrees for the legal profession either in Scotland or the UK.

  • Guaranteed continuation to a wide choice of degree options upon successful completion of IS1
  • Small class sizes
  • Student support
  • Specialist teaching

Methods of assessment

  • Continuous assessment and feedback
  • Project work and testing

Teaching

  • Small classes with individual attention

Modules

 

Data Analysis

This module provides a sound foundation in statistical knowledge and skills and covers an introduction to probability, hypothesis testing, the interpretation of data in context, the application of data to problem-solving, and experimentation.

 

Cultural Context

Students develop a critical understanding of the contemporary, historical and cultural influences that inspire and inform their own practice as art, design or media specialists. The module broadens the experience of students by making them aware of the rich cultural diversity which has inspired earlier practitioners in their field, as well as introducing the key current concepts and influences.

 

International Business Management

This module looks at business structure and the impact of internal and external factors on business growth and development. It introduces students to different approaches to management and leadership within businesses, and how thinking about management has developed over time. Marketing is used as a context into which to look at businesses’ responsiveness to the market and the need for strategic planning.

 

Film, Media and Popular Culture

Students are introduced to critical and cultural theory, and their understanding of the theoretical aspects of film and TV production is developed with an emphasis on storytelling. Students learn about and reflect on the processes involved in film and TV programme production and consider the relationship between film and programme makers and their audiences. Students will be given a context in which to develop their team-working skills.

 

Law, Ethics and the Constitution

The module introduces students to the legal systems, sources of law and the administration of justice within the United Kingdom, and explores the differing origins, approaches and practices within the legal systems of Scotland and England and Wales.

 

Introduction to International Relations

The module provides an introduction to the study of international relations. The historical and theoretical background to current world problems is considered, and the course also looks at the concept of globalisation, considering supra-national organisations and the influence of multinational companies.

 

Introduction to Psychology

After looking at the subject’s historical development, three particular areas are studied. The main focus within Social Psychology is on antisocial behaviour. Cognitive Psychology focuses on the nature and structure of memory: capacity, duration and encoding in short- and long-term memory. Developmental Psychology covers the developmental theories of Piaget and Vygotsky, including key developmental concepts and how each may be applied to the process of learning.

Continuation degrees

Our IIB pathways leads to a range of the University’s top undergraduate degrees.

View our continuation degrees

* These courses are 3 year, rather than 4 year courses. This means continuation from ICD to UoD will be into Year 1 (not year 2)

-  LLB (Hons) Law Eng/NI
-  LLB (Hons) Law Eng/NI with Energy Law
-  BSc Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction
 









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