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Access Academy

ACADEMICS / Access Academy
    • Mission
    • Overview
    • Required Courses
    • Faculty

    Mission

    The Access Academy prepares students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds for the rigorous, American-style undergraduate liberal arts curriculum at the Asian University for Women.

    Program and Curriculum Overview

    The Access Academy is an intensive, year-long, pre-undergraduate residential program that develops students academically, socially, and culturally. The main focus of the academic curriculum is to foster English communication skills, critical thinking, problem-solving and strategies for life-long learning and leadership. The courses build students’ skills in academic English reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and cover content in world history and geography, mathematics, and computers, as well as physical education. Additionally, students are required to participate in community service and encouraged to enhance their education through extra-curricular clubs, events, and use of on campus resources such as the library and the writing center. Through these comprehensive efforts the Access Academy trains young women to be assertive, confident, and culturally sensitive critical thinkers, communicators, students, and citizens of a global community.

    Successful completion of the Access Academy program leads to admission to the Asian University for Women undergraduate program.

    Required Courses

    [ENG0100] AA Writing Seminar: Language and Composition

    This one-year course builds skills in grammar and rhetoric so students are able to express themselves in clear, confident academic writing. The first term focuses on developing each student’s sense of herself as a writer. Writing is presented as a process as students are exposed to various types of essays and use these model texts to practice constructing, revising, and editing their own. The second term focuses on students’ composition of sound, well-organized academic arguments, culminating in a research paper. In the third term, students focus on “voice” in writing, solidifying their understanding of the relationship between rhetoric and grammar and demonstrating their ability to revise and polish their writing.

     

    [ENG0200] – Reading Across the Disciplines

    This one-year course emphasizes reading and analysis of various genres of fiction and non-fiction texts. The over-arching goals focus on reading comprehension skills and strategies, academic vocabulary, exposure to a wide range of academic texts, and responding to texts through writing and discussion. The first term emphasizes foundational skills in comprehension, vocabulary-building, and analysis, and also builds in-depth awareness of intellectual property and plagiarism. The second term focuses on the development of persuasive and independent argument in texts. Students are taught to analyze and evaluate the thesis and supporting claims of a text and also to recognize fallacies in arguments. The third term reinforces research skills and written and oral response.

     

    [CIV0100] World History

    This course will serve as an introduction to the study of World History, which will focus on aspects of region, culture, and geography. This will include language, religion, politics, the arts, current events, sociology, and gender. Students will be able to interpret the ways major turning points of human history have shaped our modern world and have created group and individual identities. The skills emphasized include the ability to comprehend academic lectures and deliver polished oral presentations. Overarching themes of the course content include: 1) introducing a survey of human societies from pre-history to modern day, 2) raising student awareness of our increasingly globalized world, while maintaining a regionally specific focus, 3) analysing the implications of current events and their historical backgrounds, 4) comparing similarities and respecting differences across world cultures, and 5) learning to identify broad historical themes and patterns.

     

    [COMP0100] Introduction to Computers

    This two-semester course is designed to teach students the necessary skills needed to operate a Windows-based computer in an academic and professional setting. The course will develop students’ abilities in typing, using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, navigating the web and e-mail systems, managing data, and understanding issues of privacy and security. An important component of this course within this context of university preparation is building students’ skills in computer-based academic research. Additionally, students will be trained in computer management and workstation ergonomics.

     

    [MATH0100] Pre-calculus (or [MATH1000] Calculus I)

    Access Academy students with diverse math backgrounds will receive appropriate math preparation and complete the prerequisites to undergraduate-level math courses. The courses focus on large concepts and problem-solving skills, encouraging students to explore real-life applications of mathematical formulas. The courses currently offered are:

    - Pre-calculus (remedial pre-pre-calculus instruction included in the course when necessary)

    - Calculus I (for undergraduate-level credit)

     

    [SEM0100] Leadership Seminar

    In the 2013-2014 academic year, the Access Academy has the opportunity to offer its first three-term seminar-style course in Leadership for students to develop the skills to engage in critical action. The course will guide students in constructing a professional persona and developing important interpersonal and communicative skills necessary to navigate their desired career paths. They will furthermore learn to identify problems in their communities, critically examine situations around them, and learn how to respond to such situations productively and effectively. Topics covered in the course include definitions and styles leadership, leadership qualities and self-management, professionalism, public speaking, conflict management, transnational feminism and activism, civic engagement, and event planning.

     

    [GYM0100] Karate

    This two-term course in physical education equips students with an understanding of the crucial benefits of regular exercise, as well as the confidence in the ability to defend themselves through Karate techniques. Students have the opportunity to progress from white belt level to higher skill levels through regular testing.

     


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